by Allan Bristowe
January 11, 2014, Prince George (ISN) – Mitch Williams scored twice and had two assists on Saturday as the Cariboo Cougars defeated the Vancouver North East Chiefs 5-3 at the Prince George Coliseum in B.C. Major Midget League action.
Aggressive forechecking Williams and his linemates generated turnovers all afternoon which led directly to two goals. Dallas Goodwin scored a pair for the Cougars and Colton Thomas added another tally. Thomas Webster and Carson Stephens chipped in with a pair of assists each.
Connor Burk replied with a pair for the Chiefs and Lucas Johansen also scored.
With Cougars leading 3-1 after 40 minutes, Goodwin scored his second of the game off a blast from the top of the face-off circle early in the third set up by Williams and Stephens.
Johansen got one back for the Chiefs to make it 4-2, but Williams put the game away with his second of the game on the power play with under four minutes to play.
Burk scored late to bring the Chiefs back within two, but that’s as close as they would get.
Thomas gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead midway through the second period when he took a pass from Williams after a Chiefs turnover deep in the Vancouver end.
Cariboo was on their heels in the later stages of the period, taking three penalties for illegal hits – two boarding infractions and one cross-checking call – which gave the visitors over a minute and a half of 5-on-3 time. Cariboo defended it well and Lane Delfs came up with some timely saves to keep the Chiefs at bay.
The Cougars got on the board first in the opening period as Williams forced yet another turnover and quickly converted it into an unassisted goal.
Each team also benefited from and odd bounce in the first period. First it was Burk who fired a puck from a sharp angle and it bounced off Delfs and in.
But the Cougars caught their own break later in the stanza when Dallas Goodwin scored off a broken play in front of the net. Thomas Webster and Zach Smith got the assists.
Shortly after the Cougars second goal Adam Derochie relieved Chiefs starting goalie Jakob Severson. Delfs went the distance for the Cougars making 23 saves. The Cougars directed 32 shots on the two Chiefs goalies.
The Cougars and Chiefs complete the weekend set at the Coliseum at 10 a.m. on Sunday.