The Cariboo Cougars solidified top spot in the BC Major Midget League on Saturday evening with a 5-1 win over the Vancouver NW Giants at Kin 1.
A hat trick of goals by Austin Gray, along with singles from Colton Thomas and Darren Hards powered the Cougars to the win over their perennial rivals in the first of four meetings between the two teams during the regular season. Josh Latta replied for the Giants.
The Cougars improve to 14-2-1 on the year and will look for the weekend sweep when they host the Giants (12-3-0) at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday at Kin 1.
Dorrin Luding made 27 saves for the Cougars, including a great blocker stop in the first and some nice pad saves down low in the second to record the win.
Gray gave the Cougars the lead late in the first period when he blocked a shot on the penalty kill, out skated the other Giants defenceman to the loose puck in the neutral zone for a clear cut breakaway. His shot low on the glove side beat Giantd starter David Tendeck at 18:06
Thomas made it 2-0 just 1:16 into the second with a picture perfect deflection into the top corner from just inside the right face-off circle in the offensive zone. Steven Jandric and Zack Smith picked up the assists.
Brendan Moore had a great chance to extend the lead midway through the stanza when he stole the puck at his own blue-line and streaked towards the Giants' net, but his shot rang off the post.
The Cougars kept pouring on the offence and Hards made it 3-0 converting a great feed from Justin Almeida at 15:41. Almeida gained the Giants zone with speed, but slowed down just enough to allow the trailing Hards to get into scoring position and then dropped the puck back to his linemate.
Giants goalie Beck Warm entered the game after the Hards goal in relief of Tendeck.
Gray got his second of the game at the three-minute mark of the second, collecting a loose puck from behind the Giants' net and jamming it past warm. Jandric and Thomas got the helpers.
Latta spoiled Luding's shutout bid with a power-play goal with seven minutes to play. Clint Colbourne and Callahan Brebner got the assists.
Gray completed the hat trick at 18:03 into an empty net. Jandric got the play started, generating a turnover in the Cougars zone. He had a good look at the empty net himself, but chose to feed his linemate instead and finished with three assists.
Warm and Tendeck combined for 27 saves for the Giants.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 03:28
Justin Almeida scored a natural hat rick in the first 13 minutes of the opening period and the Cariboo Cougars cruised to an 8-1win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on Saturday at CN Centre.
Almeida added one more for good measure in the third, Chase DuBois added a pair of goals in the second, Keith Redden scored on a penalty shot and Myles Mattila closed out the scoring.
Nate Castonguay of the Thunderbirds broke up Cougars' goalie Griffen Outhouse's shutout bid midway through the third. Outhouse finished with 24 saves for the win.
After Almeida opened the scoring eight minutes in the game, he proceeded to pot a pair less than a minute apart giving the Cougars a three-goal lead before the game was 13 minutes old. Darren Hards assisted on the first two goals and DuBois picked picked up a helper on the first one.
Almeida's last two goals couldn't have been more different. On the first he took a feed from Hards and snapped a quick shot from the slot just under the crossbar. He jammed the second goal home after a turnover deep in Thunderbirds territory for a unassisted marker.
The Cougars penalty killers were tested in the latter half of the period, first killing off a two-man disadvantage for 1:23 then keeping the Thunderbirds off the scoresheet during a major penalty levied against Brendan Moore for a check from behind. In all the Cougars killed eight penalties on Saturday.
DuBois shone in the middle stanza, scoring twice as the Cougars peppered Thunderbirds goalie Paul Tucek with 18 shots in the period and 46 in the game.
Redden made it 6-0 a penalty shot after getting hooked on a breakaway after stepping out of the penalty box serving a two many men on the ice penalty. Redden actually got a shot away on the initial breakaway, fighting through the hook, and put the rebound in the net but the whistle for the penalty shot had sounded.
On the penalty shot, Redden went wide to his left and tucked a low shot past Tucek.
Almeida added his fourth in the final period, the only power-play goal of the afternoon for Cariboo. Mattila scored his first late in the third.
The two teams play again on Sunday at 1:15 p.m.at CN Centre.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:29
- This past weekend the Cariboo Cougars journeyed to Chase to faceoff against the Thompson Blazers. After a sluggish start, letting in a goal just 21 seconds in, Saturdays game ended up a 5 - 2 win for us. Todd Bredo ended up with 2 shorthanded goals, while Alex Hanson, Steven Jandric, and Colton Thomas also added markers in the game. Dorrin Luding earned the win between the pipes.
- Sunday came with an explosion of goals. Once again the Blazers drew blood first but the Cougars netted 11 goals to take the game 11-2. 4 different players hit the back of the net twice: Austin Gray, Colton Thomas, Brendan Moore, and Justin Almeida, while Chase DuBois, Darren Hards, and Mitchell Williams added the remaining 3 markers. Affiliate goalie Jake Sweet landed his first BCMML win in the game on Sunday.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:39
The Cariboo Cougars would like to remind everyone of our practice times! They are as listed!
Tuesday 5 - 6:15 Kin 1
Wednesday 6am - 7:30am Kin 1
Thursday 3:45 - 5:15 Kin 1
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:39
Darren Hards was the playmaker Sunday as the Cariboo Cougars completed a weekend sweep of the Valley West Hawks at Kin 1.
Hards had three assists as the Cougars won 3-2 in the second game of the weekend set. Colton Thomas scored twice, while Steven Jandric contributed his fourth goal of the weekend. Trevor Ayre and Jeffery Stewart replied for the Hawks.
With the Cougars up 1-0 after one period, the Hawks wasted no time in getting back on even terms as Ayre's shot from the slot beat Cougars' starter Dorrin Luding less than a minute into the second. But less than a minute later the Cougars regained their lead as the Hards-Thomas connection cashed in for the second time in the game.
Stewart tipped home a Luke Renton point shot at 7:48 to make the score 2-2, but the Cougars went ahead before the second period was out as Jandric potted a short-handed tally at 17:50. Moments after Jandric set up Hards for a scoring chance that went wide, Jandric was able to take advantage of a sprawled out Hawks goalie Nicholas Tellarico to put the Cougars ahead for good.
The Cougars hung on in the third to preserve the win and move to 2-0-0 on the year.
Luding made 19 saves to secure the win, while Tellarico was called upon to make 24 saves.
Thomas got the Cougars on the board midway through the opening period. After hustling on the backcheck to break up a Hawks' three-on-two rush, Thomas was the recipient of a heads up drop pass by Hards and proceeded to rip a shot past Tallarico.
Next weekend the Cougars hit the road for the first time this regular season. They will visit the NE Chiefs for games Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m. and Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
The next home game for the Cougars is set for Oct. 4 when the Greater Vancouver Canadians visit Kin 1 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 23:53