Saanich comes out on top, but the outlook is bright.

The Cougars and Braves battled hard last night, with the Braves coming out on top. In a game that saw both teams dent the posts repeatedly, the score could have been much different. Alas, the Cougars fell 6-4.

Victoria lead 2-1, and seemed to hold the play for most of the game until the last few minutes of the 2nd period. With 2:18 left in the period, and 15 seconds later the Braves took the game back and headed to the dressing room up 3-2.

Heading into the 2nd intermission the momentum seemed to shift when it looked like Victoria was going to head into the 3rd with the momentum and the lead. Saanich had other plans by using the home crowd, that was fairly quiet for most of the 2nd, to help get them back into the game.

In the 3rd things seemed to get worse for Victoria when the Braves scored again just over a minute into the period and now leading 4-2. Marshall Brown and Kevan McBean threw a wrench into the works for the home team when they scored back to back goals and bringing the Cougars back into the game and tying it up.

Unfortunately a few mistakes from the Cougars cost 2 more goals with the 6th and final Saanich goal coming late and ultimately sealing the deal. The mistakes looked to be from a team that is still gelling and getting to know how to play together, things that will be corrected with more game time.

But it wasn’t doom and gloom by any means. The Cougars played well for a good portion of the game, and it’s also early in the season. This should act as a wake-up call to the boys showing them that while they are good, they aren’t infallible. Mateo Albinati also showed that his VIJHL Player of the Week nod wasn’t a fluke, collecting 3 more points on the night and 10 total in 3 games. Marshall Brown added 2 goals to his total and now has 7 points in 3 games for those two to sit 1 and 2 in the league point totals so far.

The Cougars will look to bounce back tomorrow in an afternoon contest against the Storm after that team will face Saanich tonight. Also keep eye out of the next instalment of the Cougars Insider out tomorrow morning.

Puck drop against the Campbell River Storm is at 330pm Sunday at the Archie Browning Arena located at 1151 Esquimalt rd in Victoria.



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