Last nights contest against the Storm was billed to be a battle of two titans of the VIJHL. It looked like it was going to be that way in the first half of the first period. Then the second half of the 1st, and the entire 2nd happened. Five minor penalties, two ejections, two misconducts and a 5 minute major for the Cougars, in a row I might add, lead to a complete collapse of the game.
The Storm did manage to score on the PP twice in the game, but all those penalties shifted the momentum is such a way it looked like a Junior team was playing against a beer league team.
There was some bright spots for The Cougars last night, Anderson Violette in peticular. 38 saves, most on two separate 5on3’s and many that were stellar as the Defence didn’t help much for most of the night.
The Cougars Special Teams was pretty good, even if they forced them selves to get a lot of short handed practice. The Storm went 2 for 10 on the PP and outshot the Cougars 20-6 in the 2nd period, which was mostly on the power play.
Head Coach Karod wasn’t pleased with the effort from his team, and rightfully so. But this will hopefully act as a wake-up call. A home and home against the Panthers this Thursday/Friday should force the Cougars to step up their game or face being woefully behind early in the South Standings.
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