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
The Cariboo Cougars have finalized their roster for this season. 7 Players from the 2013-2014 season will be back with the team this year. 13 new players will don the Cariboo Cougars crest this season.
See our roster below.
Justin Almeida - '99 - Kitimat, BC
Steven Jandric - '97 - Prince George, BC
Austin Gray - '97 - Prince George, BC
Colton Thomas - '98 - Williams Lake, BC
Chase DuBois - '98 - Williams Lake, BC
Darren Hards - '98 - Prince George, BC
Brendan Moore - '98 - Smithers, BC
Riley Coish - '98 - Smithers, BC
Keith Redden - '98 - Quesnel, BC
Wesley Shipton - '97 - Dawson Creek, BC
Alex Hanson - '97 - Whitehorse, YT
Mitchell Williams - '98 - Prince George, BC
Kolten Carpenter - '97 - Williams Lake, BC
Joel Patsey - '99 - Hazelton, BC
Zack Smith - '97 - Prince George, BC
Todd Bredo - '97 - Prince George, BC
Jesse Pomeroy - '99 - Prince George, BC
Griffen Outhouse - '98 - Likely, BC
Dorrin Luding - '99 - Prince George, BC
* Bold = Returning Players
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:41
Austin Gray has committed to the Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2015-2016. Gray was released today (Sept 11th 2014) by the Spruce Kings and sent back to the Cariboo Cougars for this season. We're thrilled to have Austin back with us, but are also very excited about his opportunity for next season and his junior hockey future!
The Spruce Kings have released this statement about Gray:
" The Prince George Spruce Kings have reassigned 1997 born local forward Austin Gray to the Cariboo Cougars. At the same time the Spruce Kings would like to announce that Gray will be an affiliate player with the Spruce Kings this season and has committed to the Spruce Kings for the 2015/2016 season.
“Austin had a tremendous training camp and played extremely well in 2 exhibition games for us. He is a very special player who possesses great speed and has a skill set that will enable him to be a very good player at our level in the years to come” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “He will excel at the Major Midget level this season and then will join us full time next season and be a very big part of our team moving forward. Our fans will get to see Austin often this season as he will be our first call up when we need a player due to injury”. "
Once again we'd like to congratulate Austin on this achievement!
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 02:47
Brett Cullen sat down with Prince George Cougars Vice President of Business, Andy Beesley, recently to chat about his new role in the New Ice Age. Listen to the interview here:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:13