The Greater Vancouver Canadians jumped out to a quick lead Sunday morning and never looked back, beating the Cariboo Cougars 10-2 at CN Centre and earning a split of the BC Major Midget League weekend set.
The Canadians (12-11-1) scored three times in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the first period and the Cougars (9-13-2) were never able to bounce back from that early deficit.
Isaiah Berra and Kole Comin scored for Cariboo, while Braeden Gurney had a hat trick for Greater Vancouver. Dante Hannoun and Jordan Deyrmenjian each had two for the Canadians. Alex Whitwam, Gunnar Wegleitner and Scott Munro also scored for the visitors.
Just over three minutes into the game Hannoun opened the scoring with a well placed shot from the slot. Gurney made it 2-0 two minutes later, deflecting Ryan Vorster's point shot home. Whitwam extended the lead converting on a short-handed breakaway.
The Cougars did get one back on that very same power play as Berra circled the slot, outwaited Canadians goalie Tyler Shugrue and got the home side on the board. Steven Jandric and Jesse Roach got the assists.
Gurney got a power-play goal for the Canadians before the second period was out.
The Canadians scored four more times in the second period, with all the goals coming in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the frame. Deyrmenjian had a pair in the middle stanza - both assisted by Hannoun. Hannoun had one of his own on the power play. Wegleitner also lit the lamp.
Munro scored on the power play in the third as the Canadians went four for nine with the man advantage. The Cougars were two for seven on the power play as Comin's long shot found the back of the net midway through the final period. Thomas Webster and Bryan Allbee picked up the assists.
Gurney scored late in the third on a five-one three to complete the hat trick.
Lane Delfs and Jeremy Matte split the duties in net for Cariboo. Tyler Shugrue got the win for the Canadians. Despite the lopsided loss, the Cougars actually outshot the Canadians 32-30
The Cougars next home game is Jan. 11 when the Vancouver North East Chiefs make the trip north. Before the team will be on the road next weekend in the Fraser Valley for their final regular season games of the calendar year. Over the holidays they'll be in Calgary for the annual Mac's Midget AAA tournament.
The Cougars alumni will be on the ice at CN Centre on Dec. 23.
The Cariboo Cougars got a warm welcome in Fort St. James on Saturday night and didn't disappoint the crowd with a thrilling 3-2 win against the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
Jesse Roach scored twice, including the winner with just 1:17 to go in the third. Colton Thomas aslo scored for the Cougars as the BC Major Midget League team moved its home game up Highway 27 to the Fort Forum due to a city labour dispute in Prince George.
Braeden Gurney and Scott Munro replied for the Canadians.
With the game knotted 2-2, Roach won a face-off in the Cougars end and three Cariboo players quickly broke out on a 3-on-1 break. Steven Jandric drew a defender to him and then fed Roach who beat Canadians goalie Tyler Shugrue.
For the Cougars (9-12-2) the victory snaps a six-game winless streak dating back to mid-November.
The Cougars never trailed and held a 2-0 lead heading into the final stanza.
The Canadians (11-11-1) scored twice early in the third to tie the score, first Gurney scored after some miscommunication in front of the Cougars net then Munro was johnny on the spot when the puck took an unexpected bounce off the end boards.
Jeremy Matte preserved the points for the Cougars stopping Owen Siedel on a breakaway and then making another big save as the Canadians had a 3-on-1 rush with two minutes to play.
Roach opened the scoring just over 11 minutes into the first when he converted right off a face-off in the Canadians end. His unassisted tally came mere seconds after the Cougars were given their third power play of the period.
Earlier in the frame Cariboo had a two-man advantage for 1:28, but the Canadians successfully killed that one off.
Thomas extended the Cougars lead to 2-0 late in the second when he banged a rebound past Shagrue.
Jeremy Matte came up big in net in the second, his biggest save coming off the stick of Kyle Uy from point blank range. Joshua Murphy had the best opportunity for the visitors when a bounce off the end boards fooled Matte, but with the Cougars goalie out of position, the Canadians forward as unable to convert.
Greg Dakus had a great chance for the Cougars midway through the second, but Shagrue got his pad over in time to make a toe save at the side of the net.
The Cougars and Canadians are two of six teams separated by just five points in the tight middle section of the BCMML standings. Heading into the weekend the Canadians led that group with 23 points, good for fourth overall. The Cougars, sitting on 18 points were in eighth place.
The Cougars closed that gap on Saturday and will look to bring the two teams even closer on Sunday morning.
The two teams will be back in Prince George on Sunday to conclude the weekend set at 10 a.m. at CN Centre.
Due to job action by CUPE locals 399 and 1048 the Cariboo Cougar game Saturday against the Greater Vancouver Canadians is being relocated to Fort St James. The puck will drop at 5:00. Sunday the Cougars and Canadians will play their regularly scheduled contest at 10:00 in CN Centre.
After a six-game road trip, the Cariboo Cougars will return home this weekend - just not to the home they expected. Due to a labour disruption in Prince George, the B.C. Major Midget League team will open a two-game set on Saturday evening in Fort St. James as the Greater Vancouver Canadians make the trip north. The two teams will play the back end of the weekend set in the familiar confines of CN Centre.
The Cougars (8-12-2) opened the season with a pair of wins over the Canadians (11-10-1), but now find themselves trailing this weekend's opposition by five points in the standings. Cougars coach Bryan MacLean said this weekend's game could have major implications in determining the order in the league. "Coming off last weekend where we played consistently well for 120 minutes, we are really looking forward to getting back on the ice and having another opportunity to get on a roll here," he said, referencing a loss and a tie on the road against the Valley West Hawks last weekend. "Building on our defensive play last weekend will be very important for us, especially the Sunday game, where we limited the Hawks to only one goal [a 1-1 tie], which was for sure our best performance in our own end all season."
This weekend's games are the last at home for the Cougars in 2013 and MacLean said the team is looking to take its game to another level over the next few weeks as they prepare for the Mac's Midget AAA tournament over the Christmas holidays. Game time in Fort St. James on Saturday is 5 p.m. and Sunday's game is set for 10 a.m.
Cariboo Cougars forward Steven Jandric has been named the Easton B.C. Major Midget League player of the month for November after scoring nine goals and nine assists in just nine games.The five-foot-eight, 180-pound forward from Prince George tallied at least in point in eight games as the Cougars went 3-5-1 for the month. Jandric spent most of the month on a line with Jesse Roach and Isaiah Berra. He had seven multi-point games during November, including three outings where he scored three points. He had two goals and an assist in a Nov. 2 6-5 loss to Kootenay and again on Nov. 16 in a 6-2 win over North Island. Jandric had a one-goal, two-assist effort on Nov. 9, getting in on all the Cougars' goals, in a 3-1 win over South Island.Of the 18 points Jandric amassed, four came on the power play - two goals and two assists. Jandric leads the Cougars in scoring this year with 13 goals and 15 assists in 22 games, putting him in 10th place in league scoring.
Jandric and the Cougars are back home for the first time in four weeks. The Greater Vancouver Canadians are in Prince George. Games times are 4:15 Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at CN Centre.