Midget Giants top standings

The Vancouver Northwest Giants, based at the Burnaby Winter Club (BWC), hit the halfway point in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season at the top of the standings.

The Giants head into this weekend’s home games against the South Island Royals with a 17-1-2 record. They hold a four-point lead over the Okanagan Rockets with all teams having played 20 games. The Giants will play the Royals at 7:45 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

This past weekend they pulled off a pair of wins over the Thompson Blazers in Chase. On Saturday, the Giants edged the Blazers 2-1 with David Begert scoring an unassisted goal in the first period and Jansen Harkins getting the winner in the second. The next day, Anthony Conti scored twice in a 5-0 triumph with singles going to New Westminster’s Brandon Del Grosso, Zach Landon and Begert.

• Another club based at BWC, the Grandview Steelers, is 12-11-1-1 but their 26 points only have them fourth in the five-team Tom Shaw Conference of the Pacific International Junior B Hockey League. The same point total would have the Steelers second in the other conference.

Last Sunday at the Winter Club, the Steelers lost 3-1 to the Richmond Sockeyes. Karl Schopf was the only Steeler to beat Sockeyes goaltender William Latimer in 28 shots. The goal, on a set up from Jordan Hall in the second period, tied the game 1-1. Grandview game up the winner midway through the third period and Richmond added an empty netter in the game’s final minute. Grandview goalie Joshua Friesen made 26 saves on 28 shots.

The Steelers hit the road to play the Mission City Outlaws on Thursday and the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday. They will play host to the North Delta Devils on Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Burnaby Winter Club.

Grandview’s Nicholas Hermary, 17, is tied for third in league scoring with 33 points, including 17 goals.

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