Jarid Lukosevicius and Eric Margo both scored two goals to lead the Northwest Giants to a 6-2 win over the Cariboo Cougars in the first game of a two-game B.C. major midget hockey series on Saturday.
Lukosevicius sparked a three-goal opening period, tallying his first of the game off the opening faceoff. He scored his second of the game in the middle period as the Giants led 5-0 before the home team was able to reply.
Colton Kerfoot and Brandon Del Grosso of New Westminster also registered two-point outings, both counting a goal and an assist. Gavin Gould and Jackson Cressey both chipped in with a pair of helpers for the Giants.
The Giants lost the Sunday rubber match 4-0 behind Nathan Warren's sixth shutout of the season in the Prince George nets.
The win Saturday kept the Giants in first place in the B.C. league at the Christmas break.
The Okanagan Rockets moved to within two points of the Giants with back-to-back wins, 7-0 and 7-3, in Kelowna against the Valley West Hawks.
Both Okanagan and the Giants have lost just twice this season. Cariboo remained in third place with an 18-6-0 record.
The Giants are back at it on Jan. 5 and 6 for a home-and-home series against the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
The two teams open the second half of the league schedule at the Burnaby Winter Club on Jan. 5 at 7: 45 p.m.
The Northwest Giants will send six players to the B.C. major midget league all-star game to be held in Langley on Jan. 18.
Defenceman Malik Kaila and forwards Cole Todd and Jarid Lukosevicius were named to Team Red, while defenceman Zach Landon, forward Eric Margo and rookie goalie Bo Didur will be part of Team White, coached by the Giants' Clint Thornton.
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