100 Mile House’s midget rep hockey team got big minutes from key players in Prince George.
Coach Pat Sims says the local team, sponsored by Mayvin Plumbing and Heating, played two “intense” games on Jan. 17-18.
100 Mile House won the first game 3-2, and dropped the second game 5-1.
Sims says he was proud of his team, which was undermanned, with three defencemen – Brandan Moore, Derek Popadinac and Lynden Jeffrey – and two centremen – Cooper Uphill and Emmett Collens – seeing a ton of ice with the short bench.
“We played our big players quite a bit,” the coach says. “They played a hell of a game. They all played probably 30 or more minutes.”
The midgets host Vanderhoof on Jan. 24 at 12:45 p.m. and on Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
They meet Prince George again Feb. 13-14 in 100 Mile House in playoff action, with a shot at provincial playdowns on the line.
Sims says the team is peaking at the right time, having also won a couple of games at a Clearwater tournament two weeks ago.
“We’re on the right path,” he adds. “I’m very proud of us, especially when you play a program like Prince George. That’s a very good hockey program up there, and we went in there as a small town and our young men went toe-to-toe with them. It was a good fight.”