The Cariboo Cougars major midget hockey squad is back on home ice this weekend after splitting a pair of games on the road.
In a two-game set versus the Greater Vancouver Canadians, the Cariboo Cougars won 2-0 on Saturday and lost 2-1 Sunday.
“I thought we played very well and perhaps should’ve won a little more comfortably than we did, but the Canadians have a good hockey club and they have very good goaltending,” Cariboo Cougars head coach Grant Williams said. “They don’t give up an awful lot of opportunities.”
Chapen Leblond scored the Cariboo Cougars first goal on Saturday in the second period. Nick DeSousa scored the only other goal in the game when he shot the puck into an empty net in the final minute of play. Alex Wright earned the shutout in goal.
On Sunday, Paul Simoes got the call in goal. Leblond also scored in that game, the Cougars’ lone goal in the defeat.
The Cariboo Cougars record improved to 2-4-2 after the weekend games. This weekend the Prince George major midget squad returns to the confines of Kin 1 to host the Kootenay Ice. In last place in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League standings with a 0-5-1 record, the Ice appear weak on paper. But Williams said taking a team lightly based on its place in the standings is always a coach’s concern.
“We will worry about that more than the players will,” he said. “Last year we did take Kootenay too lightly all four games and it almost came back to bite us. From what I understand, they’ve improved significantly from last year.
Entering action this weekend, the Cariboo Cougars are in sole possession of eighth place in the 11-team standings with six points. The Vancouver Northwest Giants remain atop the standings with a record of 6-0.