The Cariboo Cougars ran their BC Major Midget League winning streak to nine games on Saturday with an 11-0 win over the Thompson Blazers at Kin 1.
Conor MacEachern scored his first two goals of the season and Mitchell Williams also scored twice. Chase DuBois, Colton Thomas, Justin Almeida, Todd Bredo, Austin Gray, Riley Coish, and Jesse Pomeroy all scored for the Cougars. Bredo led the way with three assists.
Griffen Outhouse made 14 saves - including some nice pad saves in the early going - as the Cougars recorded their second straight shutout. Dorrin Luding blanked the Okanagan Rockets last weekend.
The Cougars led 2-0 after 20 minutes, but it was Thomas who helped open the floodgates early in the second. At 5:10 of the middle stanza he intercepted a pass Blazers' zone, got a shot away and potted his own rebound. Just over a minute later he set up Williams for a power-play tap-in, Bredo also got a helper on the goal at 6:14.
Almeida made it three goals in just over three minutes at 7:14, collecting another rebound in close and beating Blazers' starting goalie Keyon Bittner. DuBois got the lone assist.
The onslaught continued at 10:48 when Bredo's low point shot on the power play got past Aris Anagnostopoulos, who came in relief in the Blazers' net. Gray made it 7-0 at 13:25 with the Cougars' third power-play goal of the period, putting in a rebound off a Bredo shot.
After the Blazers' Greg Lind was assessed seven minutes worth of penalties four seconds into the third, MacEachern made it 8-0 at 2:41, picking the top corner with a wrist shot after navigating through a few defenders in the Blazers' zone. DuBois got the lone assist.
Coish added another power-play tally at 10:19, ringing one in off the iron. Gordon and Thomas picked up the assists.
Pomeroy got the Cougars into double digits at 12:01 with a backhand off a rush, Alex Hanson got the lone assist.
Williams scored his second of the night, shorthanded, at 13:51. Once again Bredo picked up an assist.
DuBois got the Cougars started at 5:26 of the first with a wicked one-timer from the high slot, set up by a nice cross-ice feed from James Gordon
MacEachern wired a point shot through traffic at 12:24, set up by Almeida and Wesley Shipton.
Bittner and Anagnostopoulos were busy and combined for 41 saves for the Blazers.
The first-place Cougars improved to 18-2-1 on the year, while the Blazers fell to 1-19-1.
The two teams complete the set at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday back at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 December 2014 07:05
Dec 4th, 2014 - For Immediate Release
Cariboo Cougars Captain Austin Gray has signed with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.
The 17-year-old, from Prince George, leads the BCMML in scoring, with 37 points is, and expected to spend the remainder of the season with the Cariboo Cougars, before joining the Winterhawks to start next season.
Winterhawks Assistant GM Matt Bardsley said the WHL club saw high potential in Gray, who attended training camp with the team in August: “Austin had a really good training camp with us this year. His excellent start to his midget season has given him confidence that he is ready to play at the next level. We were prepared to sign him to a contract and he felt he was ready to make that commitment.”
The Cariboo Cougars are home this weekend, taking on the Thompson Blazers at Kin 1 Arena. Saturday’s game starts at 7:15pm, while Sunday’s contest gets underway at 11:30am.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 18:36
Participating in a Canada Winter Games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, getting to do it in front of a hometown crowd is even more special.
Two members of the Cariboo Cougars will get that opportunity in February when they don the Team BC jersey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Forward Justin Almeida and goalie Dorrin Luding were named to the provincial under-16 team on Tuesday and are looking forward to the opportunity to defend the gold medal BC won four years ago in Halifax.
"This is a dream to play on Team BC," Almeida said. "I'm really excited, but also nervous. When I heard the word it was a big relief."
The selection process for Team BC has been months in the making and Luding said the extra coaching he's received along the way has helped his game.
"I was getting quite a lot of feedback from the coaches and the goalie coaches," he said. "They were telling me what I had to work on, and I looked that that feedback and started working on those things and there's been an improvement."
Six other players on the 20-player Team BC roster play in the BC Major Midget League. Both Luding and Almeida said playing against older boys this season has helped them develop and will help them prepare for the national stage.
"Our practice habits here are very good and we have a fast team," Almedia said of the Cariboo Cougars. "The league is fast and you have to be able to adjust and in a short tournament like the Canada Winter Games, you have to adjust quickly so playing (in the BC Major Midget League) will help me."
Star players like Sidney Crosby and Paul Kariya used the Canada Games as a step along their hockey journey, which puts Almeida and Luding in elite company. Both players expect some nerves leading up to the tournament, but at the same time they're excited for the chance to test themselves against the top players in the country in their age category.
"It's going to be nerve wracking having all the fans and all the scouts there," Luding said. "But mentally I'm going to focus on my game."
The male hockey tournament will take place during the second week of the Games, with matches at CN Centre and Kin 2.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 03:30
The Cariboo Cougars ended the first half of their BC Major Midget League season on a high,
completing a weekend sweep against the defending league champion Okanagan Rockets
with a 3-0 win at Kin 1.
Austin Gray, Keith Redden and Chase DuBois scored for the Cougars, while Dorrin Luding
made 23 saves to get the shutout between the pipes.
The Cougars further cemented their position in first place with the win and move to 17-2-1
on the year. The third-place Rockets are 13-6-1.
Gray opened the scoring at 12:44 of the second, burying a low shot past Rockets goalie Cole Demers
on a short-handed breakaway. Joel Patsey set up the play with a lob clearance that served as the breakaway
pass. Alex Hanson also picked up an assist
Gray's goal came minutes after DuBois almost scored on his own short-handed break. DuBois was in alone,
\but clanged one off the post.The short-handed chances were a necessity as the Cougars spent the better
part of the period a man down. Luding made some great stops to keep the Rockets off the scoresheet in the
middle frame, including showing great reflexes to block a Marcus Mitchell tip shot in tight.
Redden's one-timer at 8:52 of the third gave the Cougars a two-goal cushion. Hanson and Wesley Shipton
set up the pretty goal with some tic-tac-toe passing.
With the Cougars on a two-man advantage late in the third DuBois made it 3-0. He took a feed in the high slot,
took a moment to settle himself, and then fired a laser of a shot off the post and in. Patsey and Justin Almeida
got the assists.
There were plenty of scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes as both teams generated odd-man rushes.
Steven Jandric, Austin Gray and Colton Thomas broke in on a three-on-one for the Cougars, but defenceman
Connor Bowey stymied them with a great defensive play.
Moments later it was Cougars' defenceman Jesse Pomeroy who came up big, knocking down a pass as the
Rockets broke in two-on-one. Demers had 26 saves in a losing effort for the Rockets.
The Cougars are back on home ice next weekend when the Thompson Blazers visit Kin 1.
Game times are 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 23:42
It took until the third period for the Cariboo Cougars to produce offensive results, but it was well worth the wait in a 4-1 win over the Okanagan Rockets on Saturday night at Kin 1.
Colton Thomas and Keith Redden scored early in the third for the Cougars, Chase DuBois added an insurance marker and Griffen Outhouse made 18 saves. Austin Gray added an short-handed goal into an empty net.
Zach Erhardt replied for the Rockets.
The Cougars improved to 16-2-1 on the year, while the Rockets fell to 13-5-1.
After two scoreless periods, Thomas got the third off to a wild start just 32 seconds into the stanza. Steven Jandric got the play started, muscling a Rockets' defender off the puck behind the net. He got the puck to Austin Gray, who had a couple of whacks at it in front before the puck bounced to Thomas at the side of the net. Thomas had a wide open net to slide the puck in.
Two minutes later Redden's backhand off the rush down the left wing beat Rockets goalie Jordan Reynolds on the short side. Wesley Shipton picked up the lone assist.
The Rockets got one back on the power play at 4:46 as Erhardt lit the lamp, assisted by Rout.
DuBois restored the two-goal lead at 13:10 with a blast from the high slot, set up by Redden.
Gray won a foot race to a loose puck in Rockets' territory to pot empty netter at 19:17. Todd Bredo got the assist as his initial clearance set up the dash for the puck.
Both teams had chances in the first, with Gray and Jandric causing the most havoc in the Rockets' end.
Although lacking in offence, there was no shortage of physicality in the opening 20 minutes as both teams set the tone early for the weekend.
Thomas had best chance of the second period, rifling a shot past Reynolds, but ringing it off the cross-bar.
The Cougars out chanced the Rockets through the first 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, but Reynolds excelled when called upon. The Rockets goalie finished with 26 saves.
The two teams complete the two-game set on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Kin 1.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 06:56