Sunday, March 22, 2009
The BC Hockey Major Midget League Championships series third and final game was played this morning at the Burnaby Winter Club in front of a capacity crowd. The previous two (2) games between the Greater Vancouver Canadians and the Vancouver North West Giants served as a great indicator for what was to be expected.
The Canadians came out hitting hard looking to get off to a fast start against the Giants. The Canadians were rewarded with a sensational goal by Manraj Hayer (Vancouver, BC) at 6:31. The Giants were able to regroup after the Canadians marker and respond with a goal of their own. Brady Brassart (North Vancouver, BC) scored at 14:51 of the first period to tie the game at one (1).
The second period provided great end to end action, but neither team were able to capitalize on their scoring chances.
Heading into the third period, the game had turned into an instant classic. Neither team wanted to make the critical mistake. The Giant’s Khaleed Devji (West Vancouver, BC) and the Canadian’s Andrew Hunt (Vancouver, BC) made key save after key save to keep their team in the game. With just over four (4) minutes to play Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, BC) rang a blistering wrist shot off the cross-bar. The third period ended in a 1-1 tie and again overtime would be required.
At 7:24 of the first overtime period Dalton Thrower (North Vancouver, BC) scored the biggest goal of his life giving the Giants the right to be called the 2008-09 Major Midget League Champions.
The Giants will now wait to see who they will play from the Alberta Midget AAA League. The Championship series is currently underway with the Calgary Buffaloes taking on the Sherwood Park. BC hosts the Pacific Regional’s this year which is set for April 3-5. BC Hockey will announce the game location and start times once they have been determined.
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group. Playing at this high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.
For more information about the Major Midget League, please visit the Major Midget League website at