The Cariboo Cougars would like to congratulate alumni Brad Morrison on being named to Team Pacific for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. The event will take place in Nova Scotia December 29th to January 4th. Morrison has moved up to the Prince George Cougars this season. We wish Brad the best of luck!
As one of the few veterans on a team full of rookies, Cariboo Cougars captain Scott Cullen sees his role as helping many of his teammates adjust to life in the B.C. Major Midget League.
"I've just got to show the guys the ropes," the physical blue-liner said when asked to describe the leadership role he's taken on this year. "I'll echo the coaches a lot, they say a lot of good stuff, we just need to drill the coaches' words into the new guys' heads."
Cullen likes to lead by example on the ice and at practice. He values hard work and said his game is predicated on making the right play at the right time. Although he doesn't rack up huge offensive numbers, his consistent play allows coaches to use him in all situations.
The five-foot-nine, 170-pound Prince George product also likes to inject some energy into the game by throwing his weight around. His open-ice hitting ability was on display two weeks ago when the Cougars hosted Kootenay and Cullen separated two Ice players from the puck with clean checks.
With last year's experience under his belt, Cullen is more confident in his own abilities this year which he said has translated into a more comfortable style of play on the ice.
"It's fun to play with that extra year of confidence underneath me," he said.
Cullen admitted it's been a bumpy start for the Cougars who have grown accustomed to being near the top of the standings, but he's been impressed with how the team has grown over the first phase of the season and is looking forward to big things as the year goes on.
"We'll be good by the time the playoffs come, we'll be ready to go," he said.
The Cougars (6-7-1) are back on home ice this weekend as they host the North Island Silvertips for a pair at the CN Centre. The teams open the set on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. and will meet in the rematch on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Isaiah Berra scored twice on Saturday as the Cariboo Cougars defeated the South Island Royals 3-1 in the first half of a weekend BC Major Midget League set in Victoria.Steven Jandric also scored and added two assists for the Cariboo squad at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.
The Cougars extended their road winning streak to three games and improved to 6-6-1 on the season. Jeremy Matte secured the win in net.The win moved the Cougars to within one point of the Royals in the BCMML standings.
If Cariboo can win Sunday morning's rematch they can leapfrog the Royals and push their record past the .500 mark. The two teams complete the weekend set at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
The Cariboo Cougars earned a weekend split with the South Island Royals in Victoria. After winning 3-1 Saturday, the Cats fell Sunday. Each team scored once in the first period, but the Royals went ahead 2-1 in the second and never looked back. Riley Pettitt had the lone goal for the Cougars.
The Cats now sit 6-7-1 on the season and fall three points back of the Royals in the standings. Up next the Cougars will host the North Island Silvertips at CN Centre. Saturday puck drop is at 4:15 and Sunday at 10:15. All the action can be seen on playfullscreen.com
The Cariboo Cougars have a chance to make up some ground this week in the BC Major Midget League standings as they travel to the provincial capital to take on the South Island Royals. The Cougars have won their last two road games and are hoping to carry on that success to the Save on Foods Memorial Centre for games on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Heading into the weekend double header the Cougars are 5-6-1 on the year, while the Royals are 6-6-2.
Improving the teams play in their own zone has been one of the main focuses at practice this week after the Cougars managed only one point out of two home games against Kootenay last weekend. "Our focus is our own end right now," Cougars head coach Bryan MacLean said. "We continue to have breakdowns in our own end and end up letting the puck go in and for us, we just can't have that." The Cougars early season scoring woes seem to have been solved, with 21 goals in their last five games, but the team has a 2-2-1 record over that stretch. "It's a characteristic of a young hockey team, you start focusing on one thing, it becomes better and then you lose focus on another area," MacLean said.
As the Cougars work to tighten up defensively they will have to contend with BCMML leading scorer Haydn Hopkins who has nine goals and 16 assists in 14 games for the Royals. The Cougars welcome Colton Thomas back in the lineup this weekend after he missed the games against Kootenay due to his participation in the Western Canada U6 Challenge Cup in Calgary. "It's been a while since we've played with 12 forwards," MacLean said. "It will be nice to have him back in the lineup for sure."
Last season the Cougars swept the regular season series against the Royals 4-0 and beat them twice more in the quarter-finals. The Cougars return to home ice for games on Nov. 16 and 17 against the North Island Silvertips.