Playing their first games since the holiday break, the Cariboo Cougars (19-6-3, 41 points) and Valley West Hawks (19-5-1, 39 points) are still neck-and-neck at the top of the league standings. Catch up on all of the action around the league with our Week 15 MML recap.
Cariboo Cougars vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
The Chiefs travelled to Prince George for the first time since last year’s MML finals, but unfortunately didn’t leave with any points as the Cougars earned a sweep. In Game 1, Tyler Maser, Riley Coish, Tyler Ho, and Jeremy Gervais scored for the Cougars, who held onto their lead as Brett Didyk, TJ Prexler, and Harris Pearce scored for the Chiefs. In Game 2, Coish, Ho, Maser, and Daine Dubois scored for the Cougars. The Chiefs’ Pearce and Didyk scored in the third period to prevent the shutout.
Thompson Blazers vs. Valley West Hawks
Valley West showed off their offensive firepower, scoring twelve goals against the Blazers. Michael Farren scored four (4), Ben Evanish scored two (2), and Josh Bruce, Justyn Gurney, Ilijah Colina, Daniel Chifan, Carson Franklin, and Christian Bosa each scored one (1) goal to make it 12-0. The Blazers held the Hawks to five (5) goals in Game 2, with Evanish (2), Farren (2), and Justin De Vos finding the back of the net. Brendan Mongey scored the lone goal for Thompson.
North Island Silvertips vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
North Island 4, Fraser Valley 6
North Island 1, Fraser Valley 3
The Thunderbirds travelled to Nanaimo to take on the Silvertips, and left with two (2) wins. Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair, with Fraser Valley holding on the lead thanks to two (2) third period goals. Ethan Schmunk, Trey Watson, Cole Broadhurst, and Dawson Frank scored for North Island, while Zac McKee (2), Mackenzie Wight (2), Brendan Black, and Ryan Crosby-Jones scored for Fraser Valley. In Game 2, the Silvertips jumped to an early lead thanks to a goal from Wyatt Selva, but Fraser Valley got three (3) unanswered goals in the second and third periods from Wight and Jake Mulder (2) to claim the win.
Kootenay Ice vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
Kootenay 5, Greater Vancouver 2
Kootenay 2, Greater Vancouver 3
Kootenay displayed their offense on Saturday night, with Reese Tambellini (2), Tommy McConnachie (2), and Grayson Valente finding the back of the net. Matheson Kroeker and Eric Bourhill scored for Greater Vancouver in the loss. The Canadians won Game 2 in a close decision, with Vaughn Bamford, Alex Pescitelli, and Julius Zhang scoring. Shawn Campbell and Bradley Ross scored for the Ice.
South Island Royals vs. Vancouver North West Giants
South Island 4, Vancouver NW 1
South Island 2, Vancouver NW 8
The South Island Royals held the Giants to just one (1) goal in Game 1, and Holden Cochrane, Oliver Hahn, Lach Hadley, and Joe Stafford-Veale scored to help the Royals to a 4-1 victory. Justin Wilson scored the lone goal for Vancouver North West. The Giants bounced back in Game 2, with Jason Village netting a hat trick and Wilson (2), Jack Graham, Ethan Cap, and Mateo Coltellaro also finding the back of the net. Stafford-Veale and Hahn scored for the Royals in the 8-2 loss.
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