It was a crazy weekend in the world of sports, both locally and on the national and international fronts, so strap on your chinstraps and let’s get ready to rumble.
First off, major props to a couple of Midget hockey teams from Prince George. Last Thursday, the Coast Inn of the North Midget Tier 1 Cougars needed triple overtime, but they got the job done with a 1-0 win over Chilliwack to repeat as provincial champions. Had the chance to talk with coaches Justin Fillion and RJ Berra on our Friday Night Lights show, and they were still in something of a state of shock.
Then, it took three games, but the Cariboo Cougars beat the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the finals of the BC Major Midget Hockey League to claim the playoff title to go with their regular-season title. After losing the first game, the Cougars apparently decided the best way to make sure you win the game is to not allow the other team to score – so they posted back-to-back shutouts.
The team that may have been happiest to see the Cougars win (after the Cougars themselves) was Leduc. Leduc won the Alberta championship, and now qualify directly for the Telus Cup in Prince George at the end of April. If the Canadians had won, they would have played Leduc in a series to determine the Western representative, with the Cougars already being in as the host team.
The only problem for both the Cougars and Leduc may be finding a few games between now and the end of April to keep them in game shape.
The Prince George Cougars got their playoffs going with a bit of a rocky start, as they dropped the opening game of their series against Portland before rebounding to take Game 2 on Sunday. They’re off to Portland for games tonight and Thursday before coming home for Game 5 on Saturday.
Also a big weekend for a Canadian curling team in China, as Rachel Homan and her team went undefeated in 13games to win the Women’s World Curling Championship. For Homan, third Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle, the gold gives them a full collection of world medals, having previously won silver and bronze. Second Joanne Courtney had her first trip to the worlds be a winning one.
A few other notes from the worlds: When the last rock was thrown early Sunday morning (Prince George time), Homan was 26. The skip of the Russian team she beat, Anna Sidarova, was also 26. The skip of the Scottish team which won bronze, Eve Muirhead, was 27. Those three have a good chance to be around for a while.
And don’t forget, the Kelly Cup and the Ladies Bonspiel are both on at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club this weekend.