The Cariboo Cougars are looking to lock up a playoff spot this weekend as they head out on the road for their final trip of the regular season.
A pair of wins this weekend against the North Island Silvertips will clinch a post-season berth for the Cougars.
"We want to make sure we can solidify a playoff spot as early as possible and we can that this weekend so we want to make sure we get it done," head coach Bryan MacLean said.
The Cougars, 15-17-2 on the year, enter the weekend in sixth place in the BC Major Midget League. The Silvertips, 11-18-5, are clinging to the eighth and final berth.
After splitting its games during each of the past two weekends, Cariboo is looking to get maximum points out of its Island visit and build some momentum as the playoffs approach.
MacLean said his team needs to do a better job of levelling out the peaks and valleys that occur over the course of a game.
"We've got to be consistent for 60 minutes," MacLean said, noting a mid-second period let down cost the team a chance for a weekend sweep last weekend against South Island. "We can't have that happen, we need to be mentally strong when we get scored on. The other team is working hard to score goals too, so you need to accept the fact when it goes in the net and keep plugging away."
After this weekend the Cougars host the league's top two teams, Okanagan and Vancouver Northeast, the final two weeks of the season, so clinching a playoff spot now is important.
"For us it would be nice to solidify it heading into the final two weekends because then you get some free hockey out of that," MacLean said. "You can work on some stuff and not play with a lot of pressure against those teams and you might gain a bit of confidence going forward."
The Cougars and Silvertips meet on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. in Alberni Valley and on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Courtenay.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 06:46
Defenceman Bryan Allbee contributed offensively on Sunday as the Cariboo Cougars earned a weekend split with the Kootenay Ice in Nelson.
Allbee scored twice as the Cougars won 4-2 to improve to 14-16-2 so far in the BC Major Midget League season. Isaiah Berra and Chase Dubois also scored for the Cougars as the closed back within six points of the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the race for fifth place.
Lane Delfs got the win between the pipes for the Cougars.
The loss dropped the Ice to 5-22-5 on the year.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 08:12
Greg Dakus had the lone goal for the Cariboo Cougars on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Kootenay Ice in Nelson.
Jeremy Matte was in net for Cariboo as the team lost its first road game of 2014. With the defeat the Cougars fall to 13-16-2 on the year and the team was unable to put any additional distance between itself and the North Island Silvertips in the battle for sixth place in the BC Major Midget League. The Cougars remain three points up on the Silvertips with a game in hand.
The Ice improved to 5-21-5.
The Ice have played the Cougars hard so far this year, winning twice and earning a point in a tie in the other match. The Cougars will try to reverse that trend on Sunday morning when the two teams complete the weekend set in Nelson.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 February 2014 01:07
As a forward with the Cariboo Cougars, Mitch Williams is used to working out to stay in top shape for the BC Major Midget League season, but a recent exercise regime had nothing to do with the team.
"I was out on Kin 3 here for like five hours playing hockey than at Masich [Place Stadium] three nights in a row filming," Williams said.
It was all for a commercial shot to promote next year's Canada Winter Games which will be held at venues all around Prince George and the region.
A family connection gave Williams a foot in the door to be part of the production and he made the most of the opportunity.
"I had to do pushups at Masich, run stairs and do sit-ups, they were working me kind of hard," he said. "[At the arena] they were running me through little stations."
After all those hours of filming the ad was edited down to a 31-second spot which combines the footage of Williams on and off ice training with shots of animals native to northern B.C.
Williams said the final product is awesome and he's happy to be part of the lead up to next year's sports extravaganza coming to Prince George.
"I think it's really good for Prince George to have the privilege of hosting the Canada Winter Games," he said.
On the ice, Williams has three goals and four assists for the Cougars so far this year and is looking to continue to contribute as the team makes its push towards the playoffs.
"We're all confident and we're excited to get out there and play more games," Williams said, referring to the team's unusually light January schedule.
The Cougars are back on the ice this weekend in Nelson against the Kootenay Ice.
The ad for the Winter Games featuring Williams can be seen at: http://is.gd/2rEXkA
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00
Seb Lloyd, current West Kelowna Warrior, and Cariboo Cougar alumni has been accepted to Harvard University Class of 2018. The Cariboo Cougars would to congratulate Seb on this achievement. Hard work and dedication pays off!
So far this season Seb has 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points in 43 games for the Warriors this season.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 03:46