The Cariboo Cougars avenged losses in the last two (2) Major Midget League (MML) Championships and claimed the title this year, defeating the Greater Vancouver Canadians two (2) games to one (1) in Prince George.
In game one (1) of the Championship series, the Canadians would pull off a 3-2 overtime win thanks to a goal from Michael Araki-Young (Richmond) at 14:25 of the extra frame. The Canadians sent the game to overtime with a tying goal with 48 seconds left in the third period.
The Cougars would then respond in game two (2) with a 2-0 victory. Both goals came in the second period from Devin Sutton (Prince George) and Reid Perepeluk (Prince George). Marcus Allen (Prince George) would earn the shutout in the Cariboo net.
The rubber match would also see stellar play from the Cariboo netminder as Marcus Allen (Prince George) shut out the Canadians for a second straight game as the Cougars took the series and championship with a 4-0 victory. Daine Dubois (Williams Lake) led the team with three (3) assists along with defenceman Jeremy Gervais (Prince George), who had a goal and two (2) helpers for Cariboo.
The Cougars were competing in their third straight MML championship. The win now marks a different team winning the MML Championship in the last five (5) years; in 2012-13 the Vancouver North West Giants, in 2013-14 Okanagan Rockets, in 2014-15 Vancouver North East Chiefs and the Valley West Hawks in 2015-16.
The Cougars are the host team for the 2017 TELUS Cup, welcoming the country’s top Midget teams to the national championship at CN Centre April 24-30, 2017. Since Cariboo is the host team, the Pacific region will be represented by the Alberta winner and there will not be a Pacific Midget Regional Championship which is pre-arranged when a host team wins their region.
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