In the B.C. Hockey Minor Midget League, the Cariboo Cougars made a statement with a pair of weekend wins against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, who opened a doubleheader as the league’s first-place team.
The Cougars downed the Thunderbirds 4-2 on Sunday, on the heels of an impressive 8-2 Saturday victory.
On Sunday, the Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Chase Pacheco (on a power play), Linden Makow and Decker Mujcin. The Mujcin marker came midway through the second period and was answered by goals from Cody Bathgate and Colton Tiviotdale of the T-birds. Max Sanford, with a third-period power-play goal, completed the scoring for the Cougars.
In the nets, Jasper Tait picked up the victory and Nathanial Bergen was saddled with the loss.
In the Saturday win, Scott Cousins was the big man on offence for the Cougars. Cousins struck for four goals and also added an assist for a five-point afternoon. Makow chipped in with two goals and an assist, while Brady McIsaac and Mujcin also scored.
The Cougars moved to 9-3-0-0 and are in third place, two points back of the now second-place Thunderbirds, who have played two extra games. The Okanagan Rockets (10-2-0-0) reclaimed first place.
The Cougars will face the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs next weekend in Coquitlam.