Cariboo Cougars fall to Canadians

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Allan Bristowe, Media Director

December 15, 2013 Prince George (ISN) – The Greater Vancouver Canadians jumped out to a quick lead Sunday morning and never looked back, beating the Cariboo Cougars 10-2 at CN Centre and earning a split of the BC Major Midget League weekend set.

The Canadians (12-11-1) scored three times in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the first period and the Cougars (9-13-2) were never able to bounce back from that early deficit.

Isaiah Berra and Kole Comin scored for Cariboo, while Braeden Gurney had a hat trick for Greater Vancouver. Dante Hannoun and Jordan Deyrmenjian each had two for the Canadians. Alex Whitwam, Gunnar Wegleitner and Scott Munro also scored for the visitors.

Just over three minutes into the game Hannoun opened the scoring with a well placed shot from the slot. Gurney made it 2-0 two minutes later, deflecting Ryan Vorster’s point shot home. Whitwam extended the lead converting on a short-handed breakaway.

The Cougars did get one back on that very same power play as Berra circled the slot, outwaited Canadians goalie Tyler Shugrue and got the home side on the board. Steven Jandric and Jesse Roach got the assists.

Gurney got a power-play goal for the Canadians before the second period was out.

The Canadians scored four more times in the second period, with all the goals coming in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the frame. Deyrmenjian had a pair in the middle stanza – both assisted by Hannoun. Hannoun had one of his own on the power play. Wegleitner also lit the lamp.

Munro scored on the power play in the third as the Canadians went four for nine with the man advantage. The Cougars were two for seven on the power play as Comin’s long shot found the back of the net midway through the final period. Thomas Webster and Bryan Allbee picked up the assists.

Gurney scored late in the third on a five-one three to complete the hat trick.

Lane Delfs and Jeremy Matte split the duties in net for Cariboo. Tyler Shugrue got the win for the Canadians. Despite the lopsided loss, the Cougars actually outshot the Canadians 32-30

The Cougars next home game is Jan. 11 when the Vancouver North East Chiefs make the trip north. Before the team will be on the road next weekend in the Fraser Valley for their final regular season games of the calendar year. Over the holidays they’ll be in Calgary for the annual Mac’s Midget AAA tournament.

The Cougars alumni will be on the ice at CN Centre on Dec. 23.

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