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
Steven Jandric scored three times, including twice on the power play in the third, to lift the Cariboo Cougars to a 7-4 win over the Valley West Hawks on Saturday at Kin 1 in BC Major Midget League action.
Jandric helped the Cougars erase a 4-2 deficit heading into the third and scored the go ahead goal at 6:39 of the final stanza.
During the first two periods it was the Hawks who took advantage of Cougar penalties, going three-for-eight on the man advantage over the opening 40 minutes to build their lead. The tables turned in the third as the Cougars scored three power-play goals in the first seven minutes to retake command of the game.
First Jandric finished off a passing play which also included Austin Gray and Justin Almeida with the Cougars on a two-man advantage at 4:30. Just over a minute later, with the Cougars still on a five-on-three, Gray beat Hawks goalie Jakob Walter thanks to a feed from Darren Hards and Colton Thomas at 5:42. Finally at 6:39, Gray slid a cross-ice pass to Jandric, who had a wide open net to work with.
Gray iced it at 17:21, taking a slick feed from Jandric and roofing a shot over Walter.
Gray finished with two goals and two assists, while Jandric had the one assist to go with his three tallies.
Todd Bredo added an empty-net goal, shooting the puck into the gapping cage from the corner in the Cougars end of the rink.
The Cougars finished 3/8 on the PP, while the Hawks went 3/10.
With the game tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Cougars took their first lead of the game early in the second. Hards scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and with a Hawks defenceman pinching, had a clear path to the net. Hards kept a pair of backcheckers at bay and made a nifty move to lift a backhand into the top corner over the glove of Walter at 2:47.
The Cougars maintained the lead for most of the period, but the Hawks regained the advantage with three goals in the final five minutes of the period. First Ian Ross evened the score at 16:15, as his point shot beat a screened Griffen Outhouse.
Then, with Hards in the box for a four-minute head contact penalty, the Hawks struck twice. First Spencer Berry's point shot hit a body in front and beat Outhouse at 18:04, then Trevor Ayre set up an unmarked Jeffery Stewart in the low slot at 19:24.
Hards' penalty came shortly after Kolten Carpenter spent four minutes in the box for the same infraction.
Despite all the time spent a man down, the Cougars did generate some good offensive chances shorthanded. In the opening frame Thomas broke in alone on the penalty kill, but couldn't beat Walter. In the second Jandric and Almeida were unable to convert on a two-on-one.
The Cougars also got into penalty trouble early on, giving the Hawks three power plays less than seven minutes into the game. It caught up with the home side at 7:40 when Luke Gingras tipped in an Ian Ross point shot while the Hawks were on a two-man advantage. Gingras had a three-point day, adding two assists to his goal.
The Cougars got that one back at 17:07 when Chase Dubois sprung Jandric on a breakaway. The veteran forward showed his touch around the net, getting Walter to commit before sliding the puck home.
The two teams meet again on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. at Kin 1 to complete the weekend set.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 02:46