Defence and goaltending are major factors in the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs' strong start to the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season.
The squad improved to 5-1-2 by sweeping both games with the Cariboo Cougars on the weekend, outscoring their opponent 9-3 in the process. Powerplay tallies from Caleb Fantillo, Jordan Henderson and Ziyam Karim gave the Chiefs a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes in the opening 4-2 win.
They followed that with a 5-1 victory on Sunday, with Lucas Santucci netting a pair, with singles by Matthew Davis, Lucien Serban and Karim.
"I'm super pleased with the guys in how we approach playing without the puck," said coach Doneau Menard. "Our defence, our forwards and our goalies are all contributing." The Chiefs currently sit one point out of first place in the top B.C. midget circuit.
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