Cariboo Cougar alumni Tyler Povelofskie spent 2013-2014 as a member of the Vernon Vipers. The team's main goal for the season: to win the RBC Cup on home ice. Today the National Jr. A Championship tournament starts and Povelofskie and his teammates are going to give it everything they have to win a record seventh RBC Cup, adding to their impressive total.
Coming into this season Tyler knew his role on the Vipers would be much different to the role he played with the Cariboo Cougars the season prior. Povelofskie was put into a leadership role by Head Coach Trevor Sprague, as Sprague entrusted him with the assistant captaincy. During his time in the BCMML, Tyler was also expected to contribute heavily offensively. This season, as he moved up into the BCHL that all changed. Povelofskie described his role, saying “I’m a 4th line energy guy, trying to do my best to contribute in any way I can with my limited ice time.” Povelofskie embraced the new challenge, feeling like he "put it all on the ice and left an impact" while playing that role this season.
“Scoring goals, a lot more goals this season would be great, and overall improvement of every aspect of my game” is Tyler's focus going into next season. With the Cariboo Cougars, the ice times that focused on skating and puck handling were intsrumental. “Puck Control is huge. You’re watching the older and more experienced guys. They’re so much better with that and it helps create so much more space for them when they’re on the ice.” Povelofskie added.
With a month away from game action, staying game ready was a challenge for Povelofskie and his Vernon teammates. Tyler believes the team's preparation in that down time helped keep them ready for today’s face off. “We had 8 days off so a lot of the guys went home and relaxed and enjoyed time with family, then we came back and did lots of skating at our practices to get our legs back. As the tournament approached, we worked on systems and had a few scrimmages.”
As it was during his time with the Cariboo Cats, Povelofskie understands one of the Vipers keys to victory is being physical, “We have a big team and we want to use that to our advantage. We also want to keep the games high tempo and keep moving, and we need to be disciplined and stay out of the box.”
The Vipers face off against the CCHL Champions the Carelton Place Canadians out of Ontario, and will also face the Dauphin Kings (MJHL), Yorkton Terriers (SJHL), and the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL).
Good luck Tyler! Show everyone at the RBC Cup what Northern Pride is all about!
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 21:59
Northern Pride was definitely present in this years WHL Bantam draft. It was showcased early in the draft as Kitimat born Justin Almeida was picked 5th overall the Prince George Cougars. Almeida, who was a force for the Northshore Winter Club Bantam Tier 1 Winterhawks, scored the provincial title clinching goal, and was huge part of their gold medal performance at the Western Canada Bantam Championship. Almeida is set to return to his Northern roots and play for the Cariboo Cougars for the 2014-2015 BCMML Season.
Other draft picks from the north include Landon Fuller, who was selected 90th overall. Fuller is a 6'3" defenceman that weighs in at 190 lbs. He is from 100 Mile House, and played for the Bantam Tier 2 Timberwolves out of Williams Lake this past season.
In the 8th round the Prince George Cougars selected another northern player. They took Joel Patsey, who is a 6'1", 175 lb. defenceman who hails from Hazelton and played last season with the Smithers Bantam Tier 2.
The 9th round brought the drafting of Quesnel born Myles Mattila to the Vancouver Giants. He moved up to Prince George last season to play for the Bantam Tier 1 Cougars. Mattila took on the teams leader as he wore the C on his shoulder with pride. Mattila helped the team put up a strong showing as the team hosted this seasons Bantam Tier 1 provincials.
As the tenth round was about to come to a close one more northern player was selected. Nick Nordstrom, the 6'2", 170 lb. defenceman from Terrace was drafted by the Kelowna Rockets. Nick is the younger brother of alumni Kenny Nordstrom.
Congratulations to all the Northern men drafted today. Good luck at the rookie camps and show them what Northern Pride is all about.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 22:02
The Cariboo Cougars dropped their final game of the regular season Sunday, losing 4-1 to the Vancouver NW Giants at Kin 1.
The Cougars, who finish the BC Major Midget League season in sixth place with a 17-21-2 record, will play the Valley West Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Giants, 33-5-2, secured the regular-season pennant with Sunday's win.
Chase Dubois scored for the Cougars, who were looking to play spoiler against their longtime rivals.
Colton Kerfoot with three, Keyvan Mokhtari scored for the Giants.
Dubois got things started on the right foot for the Cougars less than five minutes into the, capitalizing on a turnover in the Giants zone and beating Vancouver starter Trevor Winters to give the home side an early 1-0 lead and some early momentum.
The Giants stormed back with Mokhtari tying the game at one midway through the period and then Kerfoot scoring a natural hat trick to put the visitors up 4-1 after 20 minutes.
Cougars goalie Jeremy Matte was busy in the first period, making 17 saves as the Giants had the territorial edge. He finished the game with 34 stops. Winters blocked 23 pucks.
The Cougars were stronger in the second second period, outshooting the Giants 10-4, but were unable to close the gap. Cariboo continued to pour on the the pressure in the third, buzzing around the Giants goal but couldn't beat Withers to draw any closer.
Looking ahead to the playoffs, the Cougars played the Hawks tough all year but were unable to win a game. Valley West won 3-2 and 6-4 in Prince George on Oct. 19-20. In Langley on Dec. 7-8, Valley West won the first game 5-3 and the teams tied the second game 1-1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 21:08
The Cariboo Cougars will go into their final regular-season game Sunday secure in the knowledge they've locked up sixth-place in the BC Major Midget League.
Despite a 7-0 loss to the Vancouver NW Giants on Saturday evening at Kin 1 on parent and billet appreciation night, the other results around the league mean the Cougars know they'll face the Valley West Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. A South Island win over Fraser Valley means the Thunderbirds can no longer catch the Cougars, but a Vancouver NE tie against Okanagan means the Cougars can't catch the Chiefs either.
The loss drops the Cougars to 17-20-2 on the year, while the Giants improved to 32-5-1 and into sole possession of first place in the league.
Keegan Jones with two, Owen Stout, Colton Kerfoot, Ty Schultz,Quinn Thompson and Nash Dabb scored for the Giants.
Lane Delfs made 17 saves for the Cougars, including some difficult ones against Justin Szeto and Kerfoot to keep it a close game in the first period. Tavin Grant turned aside 13 shots for the Giants.
Stout opened the scoring midway through the first, taking a feed from Dabb from behind the net. Jones made it 2-0 3 1/2 minutes later as the Giants converted off a rush. Kerfoot made it 3-0 with a power-play goal with just two-tenths of a second left in the opening period, banging home a rebound.
After a scoreless second, Schultz put the Giants up by four with a short-handed goal. Jones made it 5-0, banging one in at the side of the net. Thompson added a power-play goal and Dabb scored late to close out the scoring.
The Cougars and Giants round out the weekend set on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 03:21
The Cariboo Cougars put a scare into the BC Major Midget League's top team on Sunday, but couldn't slay the Okanagan Rockets at Kin 1.
Despite holding a pair of one goal leads, the Cougars were unable to close out the game dropping a 5-4 decision.
Jesse Roach scored twice on the power play, including a goal early in the third that gave the Cougars a short-lived 4-3 lead. He almost completed the hat trick late in the third on a would-be tying goal, but Rockets goalie Brendan Barry got just enough of the shot and the puck trickled wide.
Chase Dubois had a goal and two assists and Steven Jandric contributed a goal and a helper.
Tyson Jost had a hat trick for the Rockets, a day after scoring four times in a 9-2 Rockets' win. Jake Kryski and Tanner Campbell also scored for the visitors.
The loss drops the Cougars to 17-19-2 on the year. The Rockets improved to 31-5-2.
With the score tied 3-3 after two periods, Roach lifted a shot over Barry's shoulder on the short side to give the Cougars their second lead of the hockey game. But Jost carried the Rockets back, first banging away at the side of the net until he jammed a puck past Cougars goalie Lane Delfs then converting on a power play to put the Rockets up for good.
The Cougars generated a few chances to tie the game, but couldn't get the puck past Barry, who finished with 15 saves. Delfs was busier making 29 stops.
Down 2-0 early, the Cougars scored three straight to take their first lead.
Dubois got things going at 12:14 of the first when he rung a shot off the post and in on the power play. The goal came moments after Barry stopped a Colton Thomas one-timer at the side of the net, but Thomas was able to get the puck to Dubois in a great shooting position.
Dubois set up Roach just 29 seconds into the second when he made an excellent centring pass as the Cougars converted an other power play opportunity to level the score.
Jandric gave the home side the lead at 11 minutes of the second, taking a feed from Roach and beating Barry. Dubois also got a helper on the play.
Jost drew the visitors even before the second period was out, blasting a power-play shot to the top corner.
Kryski opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game when he finished off a nice power-play passing sequence with a tap in at the side of the net. Campbell made it 2-0 midway through the first period with a well-placed snap shot off a rush on the right wing.
The Cougars wrap up the regular season back on home ice next weekend when the Vancouver NW Giants make the trip north. Saturday's game is set for 4:45 p.m. at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 20:59