Cariboo Cougars forward Colton Thomas is one of the players tasked with helping B.C. repeat as Western Canada under-16 Challenge Cup champions.
The Williams Lake product was named to the provincial team's roster on Tuesday in advance of the tournament set to run Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 in Calgary.
Cougars general manager Trevor Sprague will be behind the bench for the team looking to match last year's team which went 4-0 and took home B.C.'s first title at the annual event sponsored in part by the Western Hockey League.
Thomas, an eighth-round pick of Seattle, is one of 16 players on the B.C. squad drafted by a WHL team. Meanwhile, 17 of the 20 players play in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.
In six games with the Cougars this season, Thompson has recorded two assists.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 03:33
The Cariboo Cougars were looking for their second sweep of the season. The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds had other ideas. The T-birds would open the scoring less than 5 minutes in. After that the Cats would get into penalty trouble. Fraser Valley would make them pay scoring twice on the man advantage to grab a 3-0 lead.Bryan Allbee would cut it to 3-1 at the end of the first.In the second the Thunderbirds would restore their two goal lead less than 3 minutes in. They would then go ahead 5-1. The Cats would counter with a hilight reel goal by Chase Dubois but would trail 5-2 after 40.In the third Donovan Law would make it 5-3 but the Thunderbirds would add an empty netter for a 6-3 final score. The Cats lose for the first time and fall to three and one on the season.Next action for the cariboo cougars is October 12 on the road against the North East Chiefs at 4:15 p.m. The following day the teams will square of at 11:45 a.m. The Cougars return to home ice October 19th against the Valley West Hawks.
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 23:37
The Cariboo Cougars ran their season-opening winning streak to three games on Saturday, defeating the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds 2-1 at CN Centre.
Chase Dubois potted the winner early in the second period as he combined with Jesse Roach and Steven Jandric to generate chances all game long.
The win was the first on home ice this year for the Cats and the third straight one-goal victory.
The Cougars had a few great chances to add an insurance marker, but both Colton Thomas and Jordan Low rang shots off the iron in the third.On the game winner, Dubois accepted a feed from Roach in the slot, waited just along for Gunnar Neilsen to make the first move and then beat the Thunderbirds goaltender to the short side at 6:40. Jandric also picked up an assist on the play.
The Cougars put their penalty kills skills on display midway through the second when Fraser Valley had a two-man advantage for 51 seconds. During the five-on-three Cariboo not only prevented the Thunderbirds from getting a shot, the visitors were unable to even get sustained possession in the Cougars' end.
In all, the Cougars killed off all five of the penalties they were assessed. The Cats finished the game zero for three on the power play.
In the opening 20 minutes, the home had more of the territorial edge as the period went on and eventually the Cougars earned themselves a power play. For most of the man advantage the Cougars weren't able to generate many chances, but the changed on the final rush as they were able to work the puck down low.
As the Thunderbirds' penalty expired, Thomas was able to find Donovan Law in front and Law banged it past Neilsen.
The Thunderbirds got it right back, as Andrew Stelezki converted a three-on-two down low just over a minute after the Cougars opened the scoring.
Roach had the best chance for the Cougars early in the opening period, taking a feed from Jandric at the hashmarks, but he wasn't able to settle the bouncing puck and Neilsen got enough of the high shot to knock it over the net.
Cariboo goaltender Jeremy Matte was the busier of the two netminders through two periods, but was solid between the pipes giving the Thunderbirds few second chances. Matte finished with 28 saves, while Nielsen blocked 29 pucks.
The loss dropped the Thunderbirds to 1-4-0.
The two teams will complete the weekend set on Sunday morning at 9:15 at the Coliseum.
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 02:32
The Cariboo Cougars are proud to announce 17 year old defenceman Scott Cullen will be the team's captain for the 2013 - 2014 season.
This season marks Scott Cullen's second season with the club.The hard working D - man is ready to return with a bigger role this year after having a solid previous season. Being one of 6 returning players, only 5 of which being 3rd years, Cullen is excited to lead this younger group of players.
Cullen is joined by three assistant captains. Forwards Donovan Law and Cole Morris, as well as defenceman Bryan Allbee.
17 - year old Law is entering his second season with the club, posting 7 goals and 19 assists, with 57 PIMs last season in 34 games last season. The hardworking and skilled forward will be a good example for younger players to look up to.
16 - year old Allbee is entering his second season with the club as well, Allbee developed quite well through out the year, posting 1 goal, 4 assists and 26 PIMS in 33 games last year. The leadership team of Cullen and Allbee on the blue line will help guide younger D - men as the season goes on.
17 - year old Morris has come on board for his first season as a Cariboo Cougar. He played a few games as an AP last season. He is hard a working, gritty forward. He will set a good example for the team this year.
17 - year old Jonah Boston was named the Coach's Captain which means he will wear an A if any of the captains can't wear a letter.
Come see the Cariboo Cougars at their home opener. The team will be playing at 3:30 PM, October 5th at the CN Centre versus the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds with a rematch at 9:15 AM the next morning at the Prince George Coliseum.
You can also tune in online at PlayFullscreen.com
Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 05:32
The Cariboo Cougars began the regular season on the road this weekend with 2 games against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The team swept the two game weekend series against the Canadians.
Saturday’s game was won by a score of 4-3. The Cariboo Cougars were leading 4-0 going into the 3rd period when the Canadians made a strong push to tie it up. The Cougars held them off just enough to escape with the 4-3 win. Goals game from Brogan O’Brien, Kole Comin, Bryan Allbee, and Todd Bredo. Lane Delfs had the win in net.
The teams had a rematch the next morning with Greater Vancouver jumping out to an early lead. The teams would keep trading goals until they were tied 5-5 with 5 minutes remaining. With 2 minutes left in the game Jesse Roach scored his 3rd of the game to make it 6-5. The Cariboo Cougars held off a last minute push by the Canadians to tie the game once again but the defense held strong to maintain their only lead of the game. Goal scorers for Sundays game were Jesse Roach with a hat-trick, Brogan O’Brien had a pair of goals, and Donovan Law had one goal as well. Lane Delfs had the win in net on Sunday.
Brogan O’Brien had a busy, yet productive weekend after playing his first BCHL regular season game with the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday night Vs. The Coquitlam Express. He then started firing on all cylinders scoring a goal in the Saturday game and then adding another 2 goals Sunday and setting up his line mate Jesse Roach for all three of his goals, bringing Brogan’s point total for 6 on the weekend. Roach also finished with 3 goals and 3 assists on the weekend.
Lane Delfs also had an awesome weekend. The ’97 born goalie was playing in his first regular season BCMML action came away with wins in both of his 2 starts this weekend, getting that monkey off his back early and giving him some confidence early in the season.
A great way to start off the season for every body! Join us for our home opener this Saturday, October 5th, versus the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds at 3:30 PM at the CN Centre and if you can’t make it in person you can tune in live to playfullscreen.com to catch the game
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 05:22