Giant midgets take Mac’s tournament

Vancouver North West Giants won the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament in Calgary on Tuesday.

For the second time in four years the BC Major Midget League’s Vancouver North West Giants won the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament in Calgary with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Giants went undefeated through the tournament winning all seven games on their way to the championship.

The Jr. Hurricanes led 2-1 in the second frame, however, with one minute remaining in the game, the Giants pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker and Brandon Del Grosso was able to score with 12 seconds left on the clock to force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime period, the Giants’ Jackson Cressey slid the puck past the Hurricane goalie with 14  minutes remaining in the second OT for the victory.

Anthony Conti was named the game star for the Giants. In addition, the Prince George Cougar’s Brad Morrison and Liam Blackburn were named to the Mac’s first All-Star Team, and Eric Margo from the Giants was named to the second All-Star Team.

The team went a perfect 4-0 in the round robin, before beating Red Deer 8-5 in the quarter final and Pirati Chomutov from the Czech Republic 4-2 in the semifinal.

The Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament is a prestigious ice hockey tournament held annually for midget aged players in Calgary. The tournament features 25 male and 15 female teams from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The Giants lead the BCMML with a 20-2-2 record.