The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League will be on full display at the Richmond Olympic Oval this weekend, including the host team looking to continue its winning ways. B.C. Hockey's premier league for 15-to-17-year-olds is staging a showcase weekend with nine games on tap at the Oval, including a pair featuring the Greater Vancouver Canadians taking on the Cariboo Cougars. The teams will meet at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. before the Cougars make the long trip back to Prince George.
After an unbeaten pre-season, the Canadians continued their momentum in league play by sweeping the South Island Royals last weekend in Victoria.
The opener saw Greater Vancouver erupt for four unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 victory. The Royals made things interesting with a pair of late tallies, before Nathan McCarnan sealed the win with 27 seconds remaining.
Sean Gillespie, Kyle Uy, Braeden Gurney and Ryan Jones had the other goals. Dane Hannoun chipped in with three assists while Owen Seidel and Cameron Ginnetti had two each.
The series finale was highlighted by the Canadians scoring six times in the second period in a wild 7-5 win. South Island enjoyed a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes when a pair from Jordan Deyremenjian and another from Gurney gave the visitors a 3-1 advantage four minutes into the middle stanza. More goals followed from Gunner Wegleitner, Blake Hayward and McCarnan, before Ryan Wilkinson closed out the scoring with three minutes remaining. Gary Dhaliwal had a pair of assists.
Icing.... The league showcase weekend features four other games on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and three more on Sunday, following the Canadians/Cougars tilt.
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