The Cariboo Cougars are the Mac's AAA Midget Tournament Champions for 2014. The Cats defeated the Regina Pat Canadians 2-1 in a double overtime thriller at the ScotiaBank Saddledome in Calgary, on the strength of a 40 save performance by the tournament's top goaltender, Griffen Outhouse, and a game wining goal from Chase Dubois just seconds into the second OT frame.
The Cougars opened the scoring early in the first, as Wesley Shipton stole the puck deep in Regina territory. Shipton buried the puck, bar down on the short side to give the Cariboo Cougars an early 1-0 lead.
That lead was short-lived, though, as the Canadians broke in on an odd man rush, which was finished off by some pretty passing and a nice shot by Regina's Owen Sillinger, to tie the game at 1. That was all the scoring we'd see in regulation, as both goaltenders stood tall, keeping both teams off the board.
After a furious 10 minute overtime frame, that saw the Cats kill of a 2 minute tripping minor to Darren Hards, the Cariboo Cougars used the full intermission to rest and regroup. The break seemed to energize the Northern BC boys, as early in the second overtime period, Chase Dubois fired a shot from a tough angle past a surprised Curtis Megar, and into the Regina goal for the game winner.
This is the Cougars first-ever victory at the illustrious tournament, which has a history dating back nearly 40 years. Their previous best finish was an OT loss in the quarterfinals.
As mentioned, Outhouse was named the event's Top Goalie, while Conor MacEachern was named Top Defenceman for the tournament. Both players were also named First Team All-Stars for the event.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 04:04
The Cariboo Cougars opened the 2014 Mac's Midget AAA Tournament with a victory over the Midget AAA Hurricanes from Lethrbridge. The Cats got goals from Colton Thomas, Conor MacEachern, Todd Bredo, Austin Gray, Justin Almeida, and Steven Jandric on their way to a tournament openeing victory on Boxing Day. Gray finished the night with a goal and two assists, while Griffen Outhouse stood tall in goal for the Cougars, stopping 32 of 35 shots faced. The team will enjoy a day off tomorrow, and will get back to the ice at 9:00am, as they take on the Calgary Northstars.
Audio-only broadcasts of the games can be heard here.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014 01:41
The Cariboo Cougars completed the pre-Christmas portion of their BC Major Midget League schedule with a weekend split on the road against the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
A 5-1 win on Saturday pushed the Cougars winning streak to 13, but their winning ways ended there as the Canadians skated to a 4-2 victory on Sunday.
Gary Dhaliwal scored twice in the third to break a 2-2 on Sunday, as the Cougars suffered their first loss since Oct. 26. Wesley Shipton in the first and Colton Thomas in the second scored for the Cougars.
It was a different story on Saturday as Thomas scored twice to lead the Cougars' attack. He opened the scoring in the first and added an insurance marker early in the third. Shipton, Darren Hards, and Brendan Moore also lit the lamp.
At 22-3-1 on the year, the Cougars still have a lead over the rest of the BCMML pack.
Later this week the Cougars head east for the annual Mac's AAA Tournament in Calgary. They open on Boxing Day against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and also have round-robin dates with the Calgary Northstars (Dec. 28); the Battlefords Stars (Dec. 29); and Markham Waxers (Dec. 30).
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 01:57
The Cariboo Cougars made it an even dozen Sunday, defeating the North Island Silvertips 4-1 for their 12th straight BC Major Midget League victory.
Steven Jandric scored a pair for the Cougars, with Riley Coish and Mitchell Williams adding singles. Matthew Cahill replied for the Silvertips.
Dorrin Luding was solid in the Cougars net when called upon, making 14 saves for the win. During the Cougars 12-game winning streak they have conceded one goal or less in every game.
The Cougars potent power play was deadly on Sunday, connecting on four of the first five opportunities and finishing the game four for eight.
The win not only improved the Cougars record to 21-2-1 on the year, it also served as a birthday present for Cougars head coach and GM Trevor Sprague. The Silvertips fell to 3-17-4.
Three power-play goals in the second broke a 1-1 tie and put the Cougars in the driver's seat. Williams got things started at 3:34, redirecting a Todd Bredo point shot past Silvertips goalie John Hawthorne. Brendan Moore picked up the other assist.
Jandric got his first of the period at 8:09 of the middle stanza, making a nifty move down low and sliding the puck, with MacEachern and Colton Thomas picking up the helpers. He then gave the Cougars a three-goal lead at 18:31 with a wraparound goal. Justin Almeida and Austin Gray had the helpers on Jandric's second of the game.
The Silvertips got on the board first, just 57 seconds into the opening period. Cahill was the trailer on a three-on-two break and fired a shot past Luding, set up by Dawson Frank and Davis Robbie.
The Cougars, who controlled the play through most of the opening 20 minutes, got back on even terms at 15:44 when Coish banged in a rebound on a power play after a scramble in front of Hawthorne. Williams took an initial pass from Gray and got a shot away and both he and Coish charged toward the net looking for a rebound.
Hawthorne finished with 40 saves for the Silvertips.
Sunday morning's win came on the heels of a 7-1 Cougars victory on Saturday night. Williams scored a pair and had an assist, while Gray contributed a goal and two helpers.
The Cougars built a 3-0 lead after the first period and led 5-1 after two periods.
Jandric and Almeida each had a goal and an assist, while Wesley Shipton and Chase DuBois also lit the lamp. Griffin Outhouse got the win between the pipes.
The Cougars hit the road next weekend for the first time since Nov. 2. They will travel to Richmond and Delta for games against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The Cougars won't be back to Kin 1 for games until Jan. 10 and 11 when the Vancouver North East Chiefs make the trip up north.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 06:37
The Cariboo Cougars' winning streak has reached double digits.
The Cougars rattled off their 10th straight BC Major Midget League win on Sunday afternoon, dispatching the Thompson Blazers 5-1 at Kin 1. The first-place Cougars, 19-2-1 on the year, have only conceded eight goals during their current streak - including a pair of shutout wins.
Justin Almeida with a pair led the way, while Todd Bredo, Keith Redden, and Riley Coish also scored for the Cougars on Sunday. Tyler Ward replied for the Blazers.
The Cougars have now won 15 of their past 16 games, outscoring their opponents 99-25 during that span.
Almeida got things going at 6:17 of the first, taking a feed from Chase DuBois and expertly placing a snap shot past Blazers goalie Aris Anagnostopoulos. Bredo made it 2-0 just over a minute later with a bouncing backhander finding its way through traffic in front at 7:27. Colton Thomas had the lone assist.
Bredo also set up the third goal of the period with a powerful point shot, Redden buried the rebound at 9:46, with Austin Gray also picking up a helper on the power play goal.
Almeida potted his second of the game at 9:06 of the second, converting a rebound after a scrambly play in front of the Blazers' net. Wesley Shipton and Zack Smith got the assists.
Coish capitalized on a rebound off an Alex Hanson shot at 10:10 of the third to score his second of the weekend. Jeremy Gervais also got an assist.
Ward ended the Cougars' shutout streak at 13:58 of the third, tipping a shot over Dorrin Luding's shoulder. Matthew Facchinelli and Garrett Ewart got the assists.
Luding and Griffin Outhouse had combined for a shutout streak of 189 minutes and six seconds, dating back to last weekend's games against the Okanagan Rockets.
Luding finished Sunday's game with 19 saves, Anagnostopoulos had 63.
The Cougars play their final home games before the Christmas break next weekend. The North Island Silvertips visit Kin 1 at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:38