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by Allan Bristowe, Media Director

December 20, 2013, Prince Geroge (ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars are looking to end the 2013 portion of their BC Major Midget League on a winning note and build some momentum heading into the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament.

The Cougars head south this weekend for a pair of games against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

“It’s a huge match up for us,” Cougars head coach Bryan MacLean said. “They’re one point behind us and we have to be ready to play.”

With a 9-13-2 record, the Cougars sit in seventh place, just ahead of the Thunderbirds. The teams split their first two games in Prince George in October.

With the teams so tight in the standings, MacLean said this weekend’s results could come into play later in the year as teams jockey for playoff positions.

“If you leave some of the points on the table, you’re going to be fighting even to make the playoffs,” he said. “This is playoff hockey for us, and it’s playoff hockey from here to the end of the season.”

After the games this weekend, the Cougars head to Calgary for the Mac’s. They’ve placed in a pool alongside the Okanagan Rockets, Calgary Flames, Notre Dame Argos and Red Deer Optimist Chiefs.

The competition at the invitational tournament will be fierce, but MacLean said as long as the Cougars come out to compete, they can play with anyone.

This weekend’s set begins with a 4 p.m. game on Saturday in Abbotsford and concludes with a 10 a.m. rematch in Chilliwack.

Don’t forget our annual alumni game is Monday evening at 7:00 at CN Centre. Admission is free. Hope to see you there.