(ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars are the best team in the BC Major Midget League, at least for the regular season. The Cats clinched the league title on Sunday morning, with a 4-2 victory over their rivals from Burnaby, the Vancouver NorthWest Giants.
Steven Jandric got the ball rolling on Sunday morning, scoring first for the Cats. The Cougars also got goals from Justin Almeida, Darren Hards, and Colton Thomas. Thomas was the offensive standout for the Cats on Sunday, with 2 assists to go along with his goal. Dorrin Luding started the between the pipes, but was shaken up in a collision with a Giants player, and ended up leaving the game. Griffen Outhouse got the win in relief, surrendering one goal in the victorious effort. Luding was treated after the game, and is not expected to miss any time.
The victory over the Giants ensures the Cats will enjoy some good ol’ home cookin’ during the BCMML playoffs, which GM & Coach Trevor Sprague is excited about. “It’s been a while since we’ve won the league, and the boys are fired up,” said Spraguer over the phone on the bus ride back to Prince George. The Cats have next weekend off, before heading to Kelowna to take on the Okanagan Rockets, who are currently leading a three team battle for 3rd place in league standings by a single point.