(ISN) – Dorrin Luding showed Sunday why Team BC is in good hands heading into the 2015 Canada Winter Games next month in Prince George.
Luding made 27 saves for a shutout backstopping the Cougars to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in BC Major Midget League action at Kin 1. The victory earned the first-place Cougars a weekend split against the fourth-placed Chiefs.
Among the highlights for the Cougars’ net minder was a diving stick save to rob Parker Colley late in the first; a glove stop off Sam Chung shot in the second; and a pair of pad saves off Caleb Fantillo, who had parked himself at the top of the blue paint.
Luding and the rest of the Cougars penalty killers were called upon six times Sunday, including a 1:37 long stretch in third when the Cougars were down two men.
Darren Hards with a pair and Chase DuBois scored for the Cougars, who improve to 23-4-1. The Chiefs are now 16-9-3.
Hards got things started with a beautiful goal at 12:24 of the opening period. Positioned at the top of the crease, Hards took a behind-the-net feed from Almeida, patiently out waited Derochie and lifted a backhand to the top shelf.
Mitchell Williams had a chance to double the lead late in the first when he was awarded a penalty shot after getting hooked on a breakaway. He tried a deke on his solo attempt, but Derochie stopped the backhand attempt.
DuBois did make it 2-0 early in the second. His cantering attempt from the corner went in off Derochie’s stick at 1:12. Almeida once again picked up the lone assist.
Hards added an insurance maker at 18:12 of third, with a wraparound power-play goal assisted by Kolten Carpenter and Zack Smith.
The Cougars travel to Victoria next weekend to take on the South Island Royals.