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
For the second straight day a second period scoring outburst paced the Cariboo Cougars in a win over the Thompson Blazers in BC Major Midget League action.
The Cougars overcame an early deficit to beat the Blazers 6-3 on Sunday at CN Centre for their third win in four games since the calendar flipped over to 2014. The win moves them to 13-15-2 on the year, good for sixth in the league.
Steven Jandric, affiliate player Darren Hards and Isaiah Berra all scored in the decisive second period on Sunday as the Cougars followed up on Saturday's 8-3 win over the Blazers with another victory.
Jandric, with his second of the game and third of the weekend, Riley Pettitt and Mitch Williams also scored for the Cougars. Jacob Faraday, Josh Pilon and Gordon Keaton replied for the Blazers, who fall to 4-20-6.
Down one heading into the second, Jandric erased that deficit less than a minute into the frame, sliding home a goal set up by Pettitt and Greg Dakus.
Hards put the Cougars up for good, poking a wraparound past Blazers starter Bailey De Palma, assisted by Colton Thomas and Carson Stephen.
Berra potted his third off the weekend on the power play to make it 4-2. With the Blazers down two men, the Cougars patiently worked the puck around until Jandric found Berra in front and he fired it home. Bryan Allbee also got an assist.
Pettitt added an insurance marker in the third when he wrapped one in from behind the net, set up by Brendan Moore with less than six to play
Less than a minute later Jandric deflected in his second of the game, set up by Jesse Roach and Berra.
The Blazers got one back late Faraday capitalized on a broken play in the Cougars end. Cole Clifford and Cole Perison got the assists.
Despite controlling the play for much of the first period, the Cougars found themselves down 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Williams opened the scoring for the home side on the power play when he took a long cross-ice pass from Scott Cullen and deposited it behind De Palma. Carson Stephen also picked up an assist.
The Blazers, who had just one shot on goal in the first half of the period, came on strong in the latter stages. Pilon struck first finishing off a passing play set up by Dante Caillier and Alex Winters. Gordon Keaton put the visitors ahead when he scored off the rush, firing a shot mid-stride past Matte. Nii Noi Tetteh and Cody Allen got the assists.
Jeremy Matte got the win for the second straight day, making 20 saves. De Palma blocked 22 pucks.
The Cougars hit the road next weekend with a trip to Cranbrook to play the Kootenay Ice. Cariboo returns home on Feb. 8 to play the South Island Royals at 1 p.m. at CN Centre.
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 January 2014 20:38
The Cariboo Cougars rode a quartet of power-play goals to an 8-3 win over the Thompson Blazers on Saturday at CN Centre.
Jesse Roach, Scott Cullen and Isaiah Berra all scored second-period goals as the Cougars capitalized on three straight power plays to take control of the game and improve to 12-15-2 on the year. Thomas Webster added the fourth power-play goal late in the third.
Chase Dubois, Greg Dakus, Steven Jandric and Berra got the other goals for the Cougars, who controlled the game from start to finish. Colton Thomas had three assists.
After failing to generate any goals on their first three power play chances of the game, the Cougars got things going midway through the second in large part thanks to the work of those manning the points. Already leading 2-1, the three goals broke the game open.
First it was Thomas who rung a long-range shot off the post and after the puck bounced off Blazers starting goalie Daniel Toews, Roach poked it home. Then it was Cullen's turn and his point shot beat a screened Toews, with Brendan Moore picking up the lone assist.
The Blazers switched goalies, sending in Bailey De Palma, but the Cougars still converted their next power play chance. Once again it was a Thomas shot that got things started. His point blast was wide of the mark, but Berra collected the rebound off the end boards and scored. Bryan Allbee also got an assist as the Cougars took a 5-1 lead into the third period.
The Blazers made a game of it in the third as Gordon Keaton scored right off a face-off and then set up a Nii Noi Tettah goal a minute later to cut the Cougars' lead in half.
The Cariboo defence tightened up after that and the Cougars restored their big advantage. First Thomas set up Dubois, with Allbee getting an assist, then Dakus tipped home a Riley Pettitt shot.
Webster rounded out the scoring with a shot from the high slot.
The loss dropped the Blazers to 4-19-6 on the year.
The Cougars top offensive line generated both Cariboo goals in the first period. Less than three minutes into the game Roach did the heavy lifting getting the puck into the Blazers zone and slid it front. In the ensuing scramble Berra buried it past Toews.
After the Blazers tied it midway through the period when Zander Buchanon tipped home an Alex Astasiewicz point shot, the Cougars took the lead a second time.
Jandric was the beneficiary of a beautiful passing play. Roach fed Berra in front and rather than shoot he passed off to Jandric at the side of the net. All Jandric had to was tap the puck into the open net.
Jeremy Matte made 16 saves for the Cougars - 13 of those in the third period. Toews had 19 saves for the Blazers and De Palma blocked seven pucks.
The two teams complete the weekend set back at the CN Centre on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 January 2014 02:55
The Cariboo Cougars have played just two league games in the past month, but that's about to change as they begin the stretch drive in the B.C. Major Midget League this weekend with a pair of games against the Thompson Blazers.
Cougars head coach Bryan MacLean said the light schedule to start 2014 has given the team a chance to rest injured players and regroup in advance of the playoff push.
"It's been a good month, we've been at home and we've been able to rest and relax and get our heads in the right space," he said.
The break between games has also given the coaches a chance to work on a few things they feel need to be improved during the closing weeks of the regular season.
First up are the Blazers who are near the bottom of the BCMML standings with a 4-18-6 record, 10 points behind the 11-15-2 Cougars. But MacLean knows they can't take the visitors lightly as the Blazers have been playing better in recent weeks.
"They've won three games in the last little while, including one against the [Vancouver] Chiefs last weekend," the coach said. "They're doing things the right way right now and playing spoiler a little bit."
The Cougars enter the weekend in seventh place in the standings, but are just one point behind the North Island Silvertips with two games in hand.
Over the next four weeks the Cougars will play eight games against teams in the bottom half of the standings. Win those and they'll have a chance to climb the ladder, but stumbling could cost them a playoff spot.
As the Cougars play teams for a second time this year, MacLean and the coaching staff can use the video they shot earlier in the season to get players ready for what to expect. And MacLean thinks his team is ready to put those lessons into action this weekend as the teams meet twice at the CN Centre. Saturday's game is set for 4:15 p.m. and the rematch on Sunday is scheduled for 10 a.m.
"If we play the way we want to play the way we want to play and get to it early and do it for 120 minutes, I think we're going to like where we're at, at the end of the day," he said.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 08:05