Mitch Williams scored twice and had two assists on Saturday as the Cariboo Cougars defeated the Vancouver North East Chiefs 5-3 at the Prince George Coliseum in B.C. Major Midget League action.
Aggressive forechecking Williams and his linemates generated turnovers all afternoon which led directly to two goals. Dallas Goodwin scored a pair for the Cougars and Colton Thomas added another tally. Thomas Webster and Carson Stephens chipped in with a pair of assists each.
Connor Burk replied with a pair for the Chiefs and Lucas Johansen also scored.
With Cougars leading 3-1 after 40 minutes, Goodwin scored his second of the game off a blast from the top of the face-off circle early in the third set up by Williams and Stephens.
Johansen got one back for the Chiefs to make it 4-2, but Williams put the game away with his second of the game on the power play with under four minutes to play.
Burk scored late to bring the Chiefs back within two, but that's as close as they would get.
Thomas gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead midway through the second period when he took a pass from Williams after a Chiefs turnover deep in the Vancouver end.
Cariboo was on their heels in the later stages of the period, taking three penalties for illegal hits - two boarding infractions and one cross-checking call - which gave the visitors over a minute and a half of 5-on-3 time. Cariboo defended it well and Lane Delfs came up with some timely saves to keep the Chiefs at bay.
The Cougars got on the board first in the opening period as Williams forced yet another turnover and quickly converted it into an unassisted goal.
Each team also benefited from and odd bounce in the first period. First it was Burk who fired a puck from a sharp angle and it bounced off Delfs and in.
But the Cougars caught their own break later in the stanza when Dallas Goodwin scored off a broken play in front of the net. Thomas Webster and Zach Smith got the assists.
Shortly after the Cougars second goal Adam Derochie relieved Chiefs starting goalie Jakob Severson. Delfs went the distance for the Cougars making 23 saves. The Cougars directed 32 shots on the two Chiefs goalies.
The Cougars and Chiefs complete the weekend set at the Coliseum at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:53
Cariboo Cougars alum Nathan Warren makes the jump to Junior A hockey. Warren will be joining the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL after playing the first half of this hockey season with the Junior B level 100 Mile House Wranglers of the KIJHL. Warren has played in 21 games this season with the Wranglers and has recorded 9 wins along with a 2.82 GAA and a .917 SV%. Previous to this season Warren spent 2 seasons between the pipes for the Cariboo Cougars. In his 27 games played last year Warren won 20 of the contests and finishing off with a 2.53 GAA. The Cariboo Cougars would like to congratulate Nathan on making the jump to Junior A caliber hockey.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 20:50
Three players have been named to the BC Major Midget All-Star game. Defenceman Bryan Allbee, along with forwards Steven Jandric and Jesse Roach. The game takes place January 17th in Langley. Allbee and Jandric will suit up for Team White. While Roach will play for Team Red.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 03:36
Congratulations to alumni Brad Morrison on helping Team Pacific earn silver at the World Under 17 Challenge in Nova Scotia. Team Pacific fell 4-0 in the final against the Americans. Morrison had three goals and three assists in the tournament. We are proud of you Brad!
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 01:59
The Cariboo Cougars lost for the third straight game on Sunday at the Mac's AAA Midget World Invitational in Calgary, but forward Cole Morris was a winner.
The Cougars fell 6-2 to the Okanagan Rockets to fall to 0-3-0 at the prestigious tournament, but Morris was the named the winner of the tournament's scholarship.
Morris is the third Cougar in five years to win a tournament scholarship, following in the footsteps of Sam Brennan and Marcus Beesley. The Grade 12 student has five years to apply the $1,500 award to any post-secondary institution. He'll pick up the award on New Year's Day during the gold-medal game.
On the ice, Chase Dubois and Jesse Roach scored for the Cougars. Both goals came in a wild first period as the Rockets took a 4-2 into the first intermission. The Rockets added two more goals in the third. Lane Delfs made 28 save for the Cougars.
Cariboo will conclude the tournament Monday when they play the Calgary Flames.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 04:01