Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 18:35
On Saturday morning in Abbotsford, Steven Jandric and Chase Dubois each had a goal and an assist as the Cariboo Cougars got back in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
Jandric and Dubois both tallied on the power play, while Justin Almeida and Brendan Moore added even-strength goals for the first-place Cougars.
The 28-6-1 Cougars got a solid outing from Griffin Outhouse between the pipes. The Thunderbirds fell to 12-17-4.
On Sunday, a furious third period comeback attempt came up short for the Cariboo Cougars on Sunday as they dropped a 7-6 decision to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Abbotsford.
Trailing 5-2 after 40 minutes, the Cougars rallied with four third-period goals - including three on the power play - but it wasn't enough to salvage a point in the high-scoring affair.
Steven Jandric, with his second of the game, got the comeback started. Mitchell Williams, Colton Thomas, and Austin Gray also scored in the final stanza, but a pair of goals early in the third by the Thunderbirds made it too big a hole to dig out of.
Jesse Pomeroy also scored for the Cougars and Joel Patsey had a couple of assists.
The Cariboo Cougars head back out onto the road next weekend to take on the Vancouver NW Giants in Burnaby.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 February 2015 22:45
The Cariboo Cougars road trip got off to a rough start, but ended on a high note.
After a broken down bus delayed their arrival in Richmond for the second BC Major Midget League showcase weekend, the Cougars dropped a 3-2 decision to the Valley West Hawks on Saturday. The Cougars rebounded with a 2-1 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
Steven Jandric and Colton Thomas scored in the second game of the weekend, propelling the Cougars to victory and a league-leading 26-5-1 record.
On Saturday Darren Hards and Joel Patsey each scored second-period power-play goals, as the Cougars led 2-1 after 40 minutes. But the Hawks responded with a pair of third period goals for the come-from-behind win.
The Cougars are back on home ice next weekend as they welcome the Kootenay Ice to Kin 1. Saturday's game goes at 7:15 p.m., while Sunday's rematch is set for 8:30 a.m.
Don't forget to come to trink a little early on Saturday evening, as the Cariboo Cougars are hosting their 5th annual Jameson Jones Night. The Cougars will be accepting donations at the door which will go to BC Children's Hospital, and alo welcome some special guests to the rink as the Cats plan on raising their Mac's Midget AAA Championship banner.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 01:43
The Cariboo Cougars opened the weekend with a 4-0 shutout of the South Island Royals.
Griffen Outhouse turned away 32 shots on Saturday as the Cougars skated to a 4-0 win over the South Island Royals in Victoria. The win followed last Sunday's 3-0 blanking of the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs when Dorrin Luding made 27 saves to record a clean sheet.
Steven Jandric, Justin Almeida, Austin Grey, and Darren Hards provided the offence for the Cougars.
On Sunday, late-game heroics from defencemen Connor MacEachern and Joel Patsey lifted the Cariboo Cougars to a 5-4 victory over the South Island Royals in BC Major Midget League action at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Cougars trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and 3-2 after 40 before launching a late third period come back to extend their latest winning streak to three games.
"I think we showed a lot of resilience today, having to score two goals in the last two minutes is never easy, but we worked hard enough and long enough to find a way to win," Cougars coach Bryan MacLean said.
MacEachern tied the game at four with 1:56 to play and Patsey potted the winner with just 1:42 on the clock.
The Cougars took advantage of some late South Island penalties and their power-play converted at a crucial time to secure the victory and the weekend sweep.
"It was also nice to see our power play click late in the game when we needed goals," MacLean said.
Patsey, Wesley Shipton, and Austin Gray also scored for the Cougars, who are now 25-4-1 on the year. Gray also pitched in with a pair of assists, including on the game winner.
The Royals are now 13-14-2.
"You have to give South Island a lot of credit, they executed their game plan well, and slowed our speed down," MacLean said.
On Saturday the Cougars blanked the Royals 4-0.
The Cougars will take part in the second BCMML Showcase weekend next weekend when they play the Valley West Hawks in Richmond.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 02:39
Dorrin Luding showed Sunday why Team BC is in good hands heading into the 2015 Canada Winter Games next month in Prince George.
Luding made 27 saves for a shutout backstopping the Cougars to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in BC Major Midget League action at Kin 1. The victory earned the first-place Cougars a weekend split against the fourth-placed Chiefs.
Among the highlights for the Cougars' net minder was a diving stick save to rob Parker Colley late in the first; a glove stop off Sam Chung shot in the second; and a pair of pad saves off Caleb Fantillo, who had parked himself at the top of the blue paint.
Luding and the rest of the Cougars penalty killers were called upon six times Sunday, including a 1:37 long stretch in third when the Cougars were down two men.
Darren Hards with a pair and Chase DuBois scored for the Cougars, who improve to 23-4-1. The Chiefs are now 16-9-3.
Hards got things started with a beautiful goal at 12:24 of the opening period. Positioned at the top of the crease, Hards took a behind-the-net feed from Almeida, patiently out waited Derochie and lifted a backhand to the top shelf.
Mitchell Williams had a chance to double the lead late in the first when he was awarded a penalty shot after getting hooked on a breakaway. He tried a deke on his solo attempt, but Derochie stopped the backhand attempt.
DuBois did make it 2-0 early in the second. His cantering attempt from the corner went in off Derochie's stick at 1:12. Almeida once again picked up the lone assist.
Hards added an insurance maker at 18:12 of third, with a wraparound power-play goal assisted by Kolten Carpenter and Zack Smith.
The Cougars travel to Victoria next weekend to take on the South Island Royals.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 20:53