The Cariboo Cougars are off to the BC Major Midget League championship.
The Cougars scored four times on the power play and Griffen Outhouse recorded his second straight shutout as they defeated the South Island Royals 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Kin 1 to sweep their best-of-three series.
Conor MacEachern, Alex Hanson, Keith Redden, and Steven Jandric scored for the Cougars. Outhouse made 27 saves and got lots of help from his teammates who were busy blocking shots all game long. Austin Roden made 26 saves in net for the Royals.
The Cougars took advantage their power play opportunities throughout the contest, but the turning point came in the second period. After killing off a couple penalties of their own early in the middle stanza, the Cougars pounced with a pair of power-play tallies less than two minutes apart.
First Hanson lifted a shot from the right face-off circle over Roden's shoulder on the blocker side at 10:55. Wesley Shipton and Todd Bredo set it up.
At 12:33 Redden replicated Hanson's goal, wiring a shot top corner blocker side on the power play. Hanson and Bredo picked up the assists.
MacEachern opened the scoring at 7:03 of the first with a howitzer from the point on the power play that went over Roden's shoulder, off the crossbar and in. Colton Thomas and Darren Hards got the assists.
Jandric finished things off at 1:50 of the third, taking a pass from Austin Gray and firing it home. MacEachern got his second assist of the game.
While the Cougars got offence from up and down the lineup Saturday, Outhouse stood tall between the pipes and was called upon to make some big saves. He had 21 stops in Friday's 5-0 Cougars' win on Saturday and followed that with an equally impressive outing Saturday.
The Cougars will host the BCMML championship series next weekend. Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. on Friday at Kin 1. Game 2 will go Saturday at 1:30 and if necessary Game 3 will be 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The Northeast Chiefs and Greater Vancouver Canadians are playing in the other BCMML semifinal this weekend.
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:45
The Cariboo Cougars exploded for four second-period goals to draw first blood in their best-of-three BC Major Midget League semifinal series against the South Island Royals at Kin 1.
The Cougars went on to win 5-0 and will have a chance to clinch the series on Saturday afternoon at 1. Chase DuBois led the way with a goal and two assists.
Steven Jandric, Austin Gray, Darren Hards and Mitchell Williams also scored for the Cougars. Griffen Outhouse made 21 saves for his first shutout of the post-season. Austin Roden made 10 saves for the Royals before Lane Delfs came on in relief after the Cougars' fourth goal. Delfs made seven stops.
Jandric got things going for the Cougars at 5:55 of the middle stanza with a power-play goal. After a point shot was blocked by a Royals' defender, the puck squirted to Jandric at the side of the net and he buried it past Roden. DuBois and Justin Almeida got the assists.
Just over a minute later DuBois made it 2-0 hammering home a one-timer off a feed from Hards at 7:08. Jesse Pomeroy got the other helper.
Jandric, from behind the net, fed Gray in the low slot at 14:06 and the captain converted.
Hards had the prettiest goal of the period finishing off a passing play with Almeida and DuBois at 17:21 with a perfectly placed backhand on the short side over Roden's shoulder.
Williams made it 5-0 at 12:16 of the third, ringing a shot from the high slot off the crossbar and in. Pomeroy picked up his second assist of the evening.
There was no scoring in the first period, but both teams generated good scoring chances. Outhouse made a great pad save off Tanner Sidaway after the Royals got a two-on-one down low on the power play.
Colton Thomas and Jandric each had great opportunities at the other end, but Roden was up to the task.
If necessary the two teams will play Game 3 on Sunday at 8:15 a.m.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 05:53
It went down to the wire, but the Cariboo Cougars are off to the BC Major Midget League semifinals.
The Cougars defeated the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 4-2 on Sunday morning to clinch their best-of-three
quarter-final series in a thrilling Game 3 at Kin 1. Captain Austin Gray scored twice and added an assist to
lead the way offensively for the Cougars. Todd Bredo and Colton Thomss also scored for the victors. Kyle
Bosko and Brice Sharp scored for the Thunderbirds. Griffen Outhouse made 18 saves for the Cougars, while
Paul Tucek was much busier and had 44 stops for the Thunderbirds.
Up 1-0 after one, the Cougars used a quick start in the second to build a three-goal cushion. First Gray and
Steven Jandric broke in on an odd-man rush, although they didn't score initially, the puck trickled back to trailer
Bredo who fired it home at 4:40. Less then two minutes later with the Cougars on the PP, Gray faked a pass to f
ellow point man Joel Patsey and fired a shot past Tucek at 6:13. Patsey and Justin Almeida got the assists.
The Thunderbirds got one back on a power play of their own at 14:29. Outhouse stopped Nic Ponak's long shot but
Kyle Bosko was crashing the net and the puck went off his leg and in. The Cougars protested it was kicked in, but
the officials conferred and ruled it a good goal. Alex Furlan also got an assist.
The Thunderbirds closed the gap further at 4:21 of the third when Sharp scored another power play goal assisted
by Brendan Murphy and Ponak.
Cariboo clung to the lead the rest of the way, with Outhouse coming up with some spectacular stops in the dying minutes
with the Thunderbirds pressing for an equalizer.
Thomas gave the Cougars some breathing room with an empty netter with 30 seconds to play.
Gray got things started at 9:07 of the first, taking a backhand feed from Jandric in the low slot and lifting a shot over Tucek.
Brendan Moore picked up the other assist.
The Cougars controlled much of the play in the first, outshooting the Thunderbirds 16-6. But of the six saves Outhouse was
called on to make, many were difficult. He got a blocker on a rising shot from Jamie Housh off the rush and quickly got across
the crease to block an Alex Furlan backhand on a rebound.
The Cougars opened the series with a 3-1 win on Friday, but the Thunderbirds evened the series with a 4-2 win on
The Cougars host the South Island Royals in the semifinals next weekend at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2015 21:37
The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds staved off elimination on Saturday afternoon and forced a decisive Game 3 on Sunday morning in their BC Major Midget League quarter-final series against the Cariboo Cougars.
The Thunderbirds scored twice in the third to secure a 4-2 win at Kin 1.
Steven Jandric and Joel Patsey scored for the Cougars. Nate Castonguay, Nic Ponak, David Padgham and Noah Wiebe replied for the Thunderbirds. Griffin Outhouse made 15 saves for the Cougars, while Paul Tucek made 25 stops and withstood a desperate attempt by the Cougars to even the score late.
With the game knotted at two goals apiece Padgham took advantage of a failed clearing attempt in the Cougars' zone to score what turned out to be the game winner at 11:10 of the third. Brett Clayton had the lone assist.
The Cougars pressed hard for the equalizer, but it never materialized and Wiebe iced it with an empty netter with less than a second to play.
The Cougars trailed 2-1 heading into the third, but were granted a great chance to tie it up with a lengthy two-man advantage after the Thunderbirds were called for a pair of major penalties in the dying minutes of the second. The opportunity did not go to waste as Patsey blasted a shot from the point past Tucek. Mitchell Williams and Justin Almeida picked up the assists.
Jandric opened the scoring with a highlight reel goal at 10:30 of the opening period. He stripped a Thunderbirds' player along the boards in the offensive zone, walked around another defender and slid the puck past Tucek after freezing him with a deke.
The Thunderbirds got back on even terms less than two minutes later as Castonguay converted on by two-on-one rush. He elected to shoot rather than pass and then found just enough room in the five-hole. Noah Wiebe and David Padgham had the assists.
Ponak gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the series at 15:51 of the second. Danny Choi sprung Ponak on a breakaway just after the forward stepped out of the penalty box. Ponak lifted one off the cross-bar and in past Outhouse.
Game 3 is 10 a.m. on Sunday at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2015 02:06
The Cariboo Cougars opened the BC Major Midget League playoffs on a winning note Friday evening, defeating the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 3-1 in the first game of their best-of-three quarter-final at Kin 1.
Steven Jandric had a goal and an assist in the decisive second period. The Cougars scored twice in the second period to build a three-goal lead, but just as importantly killed off a pair of five-on-three disadvantages.
Keith Redden, Justin Almeida also scored for the Cougars. Brett Clayton replied for the Thunderbirds.
Griffin Outhouse made 27 in net, while Paul Tucek stopped 26 pucks for the Thunderbirds.
Jandric got the Cougars off to a hot start just 18 seconds into the second, generating a turnover in huge Thunderbirds end and finding Almeida with a pass with the Cougars short-handed. Almeida was in alone on a Tucek and had time - he used it finishing with a silky deke.
Jandric got a goal of his own at 11:02 banging a cross-ice pass from Chase DuBois into a wide open cage.
At the other end, the Cougars killed off two five-on-threes, one for 17 seconds and the other for 1:10. During the latter penalty kill Outhouse made a great diving save to keep the Thunderbirds off the board.
Midway through the third Outhouse came up big again stopping Zack McKee on a breakaway.
The Thunderbirds finally did get on board at 13:42 of the third as Clayton banged home a shot down low on the power play. Brice Sharp and David Padgham had the helpers.
Outhouse was the star in the first period, making 13 saves - many with a high degree of difficulty. A couple of pad saves in the first minute kept the Thunderbirds at bay as the visitors came out flying. He used his skate to get just enough of the puck to deflect it wide in the final minute of the period. In between Nic Ponak managed to fire a puck past Outhouse, but he hit the post.
Redden scored the lone goal of the opening period, streaking down the left wing and sneaking a shot short side past Tucek. The unassisted tally came at 16:13.
Game 2 is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Kin 1. Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday at 10 a.m., also at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015 09:33