The Cariboo Cougars continue to rise up the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League standings.
A doubleheader sweep over the North Island Silvertips at Kin 1 on the weekend improved the team’s record to 8-4. They’re three points behind the division-leading Vancouver North West Giants, who remain undefeated at 9-0-1.
In the Cougars’ latest game on Sunday, they were well on their way to victory after 20 minutes, carrying a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. They ended up outscoring the Silvertips 7-2.
With a hat trick, Luke Gordon led the Cariboo squad against North Island. With nine goals and seven assists in 12 games, he’s in a three-way tie for fourth in league scoring with 16 points.
Also on Sunday, Nathan Craft had a goal and an assist while Hayden Berra, Levon Johnson and Tanner Fjellstrom scored their other goals for the home team. Colton Manning recorded three assists, while two helpers came from Jared Crossan.
Jared Schmeisser led the Silvertips with a goal and an assist. Will McNamara scored the other North Island goal.
On Saturday, the Cougars downed the Silvertips 3-1. Tyson Witala led the Cariboo attack in that game, as he scored the game winner and added an assist. Johnson and Chase Witala also scored, while Chase Astorino chipped in with two assists. Taylor Grabowski scored North Island’s goal.
Jared Rathjen picked up the victory between the pipes in both games.
Sunday’s victory was the Cougars’ fifth in a row and seventh in their last eight. They will be in Kelowna this weekend for a doubleheader with the Okanagan Rockets. At 6-4, the Rockets are four points behind the Cougars with two games in hand.