By Peter James
(ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars made it an even dozen Sunday, defeating the North Island Silvertips 4-1 for their 12th straight BC Major Midget League victory.
Steven Jandric scored a pair for the Cougars, with Riley Coish and Mitchell Williams adding singles. Matthew Cahill replied for the Silvertips.
Dorrin Luding was solid in the Cougars net when called upon, making 14 saves for the win. During the Cougars 12-game winning streak they have conceded one goal or less in every game.
The Cougars potent power play was deadly on Sunday, connecting on four of the first five opportunities and finishing the game four for eight.
The win not only improved the Cougars record to 21-2-1 on the year, it also served as a birthday present for Cougars head coach and GM Trevor Sprague. The Silvertips fell to 3-17-4.
Three power-play goals in the second broke a 1-1 tie and put the Cougars in the driver’s seat. Williams got things started at 3:34, redirecting a Todd Bredo point shot past Silvertips goalie John Hawthorne. Brendan Moore picked up the other assist.
Jandric got his first of the period at 8:09 of the middle stanza, making a nifty move down low and sliding the puck, with MacEachern and Colton Thomas picking up the helpers. He then gave the Cougars a three-goal lead at 18:31 with a wraparound goal. Justin Almeida and Austin Gray had the helpers on Jandric’s second of the game.
The Silvertips got on the board first, just 57 seconds into the opening period. Cahill was the trailer on a three-on-two break and fired a shot past Luding, set up by Dawson Frank and Davis Robbie.
The Cougars, who controlled the play through most of the opening 20 minutes, got back on even terms at 15:44 when Coish banged in a rebound on a power play after a scramble in front of Hawthorne. Williams took an initial pass from Gray and got a shot away and both he and Coish charged toward the net looking for a rebound.
Hawthorne finished with 40 saves for the Silvertips.
Sunday morning’s win came on the heels of a 7-1 Cougars victory on Saturday night. Williams scored a pair and had an assist, while Gray contributed a goal and two helpers.
The Cougars built a 3-0 lead after the first period and led 5-1 after two periods.
Jandric and Almeida each had a goal and an assist, while Wesley Shipton and Chase DuBois also lit the lamp. Griffin Outhouse got the win between the pipes.
The Cougars hit the road next weekend for the first time since Nov. 2. They will travel to Richmond and Delta for games against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The Cougars won’t be back to Kin 1 for games until Jan. 10 and 11 when the Vancouver North East Chiefs make the trip up north.