The Cariboo Cougars came back from four one-goal deficits to earn a point Sunday morning in a 4-4 tie with the Kootenay Ice in BC Major Midget League action at the CN Centre.
Thomas Webster secured the tie early in the third period, when he slid home a rebound past Kootenay goaltender Jason Maihiot. Chase Dubois got the play started, sending Cole Morris in on a rush. Morris drove hard to the net, his backhand was stopped but Webster was right there for the rebound.
Chase Dubois, Jesse Roach and Steven Jandric also scored for the Cougars who moved to 5-6-1 on the year. Sam Weber had a pair for the Ice, with Logan Wullum and Austin Tambellini also scoring.
Cougars goalie Lane Delfs helped preserve the tie with some key saves in the dying minutes as the Cougars killed off a late penalty.
Delfs finished with 24 saves, while Maihiot made 32 stops - including 14 in the third as the Cougars pressed hard to find the go ahead goal.
Isaiah Berra had the best chance, sliding a puck through the crease. It went off the post and then jumped over Jandric's stick. Bryan Allbee also rung a shot off the cross-bar in the third.
With the score 1-1 after one period, Wellum gave the Ice their second lead of the game early in the second, converting after nice play off a face-off deep in Cariboo territory.
The Cougars battled back, with Roach scoring a minute later, taking a beautiful pass from Berra behind the net and beating Maihiot. Jandric also picked up an assist.
Weber got his second of the game later in the period on the power play, but the Cougars came right back with Roach finding Jandric alone in the slot. Berra also got an assist.
Just 18 seconds after the Cougars had levelled the score, the Ice went back in front thanks to Tambellini's unassisted tally.
Weber opened the scoring for Kootenay just 59 seconds into the game when he banged home a rebound after a scramble in front of the Cougars net.
The Cougars got better as the first period went on, with Allbee and Scott Cullen both ringing shots off the post, Maihiot robbing Jandric on the edge of the crease and Dallas Goodwin and Thomas Webster just missing on a 2-on-1.
Finally with four seconds left in the opening frame, the Cougars hit pay dirt. Chase Dubois set up Cole Morris in front of the net and Morris one-timed it past Maihiot, although Dubois got credit for the goal. Webster also picked up an assist on the play.
The Cougars hit the road again next weekend as they visit the South Island Royals for a pair of games. The two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 06:57
Congratulations to Forward Colton Thomas and GM Trevor Sprague on bringing home silver from the Western Canadian Under 16 Challenge. Team BC fell 4-2 to Alberta in the final.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 02:13
Isaiah Berra is following a well beaten family path in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League.
Berra is the third member of his family to play for the Cariboo Cougars in recent years, following in the footsteps of brothers RJay and Hayden-James.
"The Cariboo Cougars have been a big part of my family," he said recently after his first practice since joining the team mid-season. "It's been my goal since I started midget hockey to play here and to be here in my second year is really great."
Berra, who styles himself as a power forward with a good shot, saw his first regular season action on the weekend as the Cougars swept a two-game set with the Thompson Blazers. He'll make his home ice debut on Saturday when the Cougars host the Kootenay Ice.
He's already noticed some changes since making the jump to the Cougars: the game itself is faster and the practices focus on more complex systems.
"The speed of the play here in the BCMML is a lot faster than in triple-A," Berra said. "Getting in and trying to adjust to it is going to be like a stepping stone, it's going to take some time."
Cougars head coach Bryan MacLean coached Hayden-James in the past and is looking forward to having another Berra in the lineup.
"It gives us a little confidence, knowing the family, because we know what type of character [Isaiah Berra] has," the coach said. "Isaiah is the first one [in his family] to make it at 16, which is pretty cool for him. We're really happy with what he brings to the team character wise, he's a hard-working kid and he's going to earn everything he gets."
Berra wants to make the most of the opportunity with his new team, both to help the Cougars climb up the BCMML standings and improve his own game as he becomes more comfortable at the new level.
"I want to be able to work my up," he said. "Playing here was definitely my goal this year and now that I achieved that I want to continue to develop and be the best player I can be and be a good teammate."
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 18:59
The Cariboo Cougars were looking to snap a four game losing streak. It didn't start the way they would have liked. Three minutes and three seconds in Luke Gingras opens the scoring for the Hawks. Three minutes and three seconds later Cougar affiliated player Isaiah Berra ties it shorthanded. Then another two and a half minutes would go by when Bryan Allbee rips home a point shot on the power play. 2-1 cats half way through the first. Later in the period the Hawks pull even again on a goal by Davis Koch. With 2:15 remaining in the first Allbee connects for his second of the game. 3-2 after 20 minutes.
In the middle frame Jesse Roach would add to the Cougars lead on the man advantage. Jamieson Ree would get the Hawks back within one at 4-3 after two periods.
In the third Valley West would keep coming and thanks to two power plays they would turn the game in their favour. Justin Wilde tied it just over a minute in. Then two minutes later Devante Stephens would put the Hawks up 5-4. Eric Callegari iced it with an empty netter. 6-4 final score. The Cats fall to 3-5 on the season and the Hawks are now 8-2.
Next game for the Cougars will be October 26/27 in Chase against the Thompson Blazers.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 02:13
The Cariboo Cougars were back on home ice for the second time this season. The 6-2 Valley West Hawks would be the visitors.
Halfway through the opening frame the Cats would open the scoring. Thomas Webster would get the ice breaker. The Cougars had a 1-0 lead after the first.
In the second the Hawks would answer when Justin Wilde snapped one past Jeremy Matte. Once again just one goal in the period and it was off to the third tied at 1.
In the final 20 minutes Valley West would take their first lead when Matt Bradley went top shelf. Just two minutes later Bryan Allbee fired home a one timer on the power play to it. With just over three minutes left Jesse Lansdell would put home a loose puck for the game winner. 3-2 final score. The Cats have now dropped four in a row and sit at 3-4 on the season. The Hawks improve to 7-2.
Same teams meet at CN Centre at 10:00 am tomorrow.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 October 2013 06:09