by Allan Bristowe
January 12, 2014, Prince George (ISN) – The Vancouver North East Chiefs earned a weekend split against the Cariboo Cougars on Sunday with a 5-3 win at the Prince George Coliseum in B.C. Major Midget League action.
Chase Dubois scored twice for the Cougars in the third to draw the home team even at 3-3, but a goal by Matthew Hermary with just over three minutes to go put the Chiefs ahead for good. Connor Burk sealed the win with an empty-net goal with five seconds to play.
Jesse Roach scored the other goal for the Cougars who move to 11-15-2, while Burk, Lucas Johansen and Kris Zlomisli also scored for the Chiefs who are 14-10-4 on the year.
With the Cougars down 3-1, Dubois got Cariboo back within one on a nice individual effort stealing a cross-ice pass and beating Chiefs goalie Adam Derochie. He got his second minutes later banging home a Roach rebound.
For the second day in a row the Cougars successfully killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 disadvantage, this time only conceding one shot against in a minute and a half in an early second period two man disadvantage.
Roach got the Cougars on the board in the power play just over six minutes into the second. Standing on the doorstep of the crease he took a perfect pass from the point by Carson Stephen and redirected past Derochie. Colton Thomas, who often mans the other point on the power play, also got an assist.
The Chiefs re-took the lead on a power play goal of their own as Burk whistled a shot from the point off the cross-bar and in. Parker Colley had the lone assist as the Chiefs took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Zlomisli tipped home a Jeff Wong shot just over a minutes into the third to make it 3-1.
The Chiefs controlled the play in the early part of the first period and struck first with Johansen scoring his second of the weekend just two and half minutes into the game set up by Lucas Santucci.
The Cougars best chance in the first period came on a two-on-one break as Thomas Webster and Dallas Goodwin led the rush, but they were unable to beat Derochie.
Vancouver jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead on the shot counter, but the Cougars clawed back to make it 14-9 after one period.
Lane Delfs, who played both games for the Cougars this weekend, made 23 saves, while Derochie blocked 28 pucks.
The Cougars were 5-3 winners on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars have next weekend off before they host the Thompson Blazers on Jan. 25and 26 at CN Centre.