The Cougars took it to the Saanich Braves last night at the Archie Browning Arena with a 7-1 win. The teams skated to a 0-0 tie after 20 minutes which was due to some solid team defense from the Cougars. The Braves blew a glorious chance to take the lead when they got a 5-3 advantage for 1:36 and it seemed that the better chances went to the home side. The Cougars outshot the Braves 12-5 even though the Braves had 4 power plays to the Cougars 1.
The second was a different story. At 3:47 Carl Ewert took a point shot that found the back of the net beating starter Connor Cheyne. Assists went to Tyler Vanuden and Foster Martin. Then on the PP at 5:49 it was Vanuden's turn from Booker Chacalias and Marshall Brown with newly aquired Jakob McQuillin sitting in the sin bin. At 10:02 Kevan McBean twinkled the twine from Jaden McNulty. At 10:40 it was speedster Matt Clark on a short breakaway from Matt Berryman and Owen Dalman (just acquired from Nanaimo and nice to see him back in a Cougars uniform). That was the end of the night for Cheyne who was replaced in the net by Chris Combiadakis. Saanich was not to be held off the scoresheet at 15:53 rookie defenseman Jacob King took a point shot through a screen that beat Cougars starter Cam Stevenson. Assisting on the play was Nash Kellett. The period ended with Saanich outshooting the Cougars 11-9.
The Cougars weathered a frantic first 5 minutes of the third with Saanich pressing hard but Stevenson stood tall and shut the door on the frustrated Braves. At 8:40 of the period Booker Chacalias was parked in the slot and took a pass from behind the net and rifled a quick wrist shot high glove side on Combiadakis. Assists went to Bryce Irwin and McBean. Then at 14:19 newcomer Dalman scored a goal that mirrored Bookers from the right side of the Saanich goalie, beating him high glove side. You could hear the puck ring off the iron. Assisting was Foster Martin and McBean with his team leading 3rd point of the night. It was Josh Martins 18th birthday and although he didn’t hit the scoresheet he did manage to hit a number of Brave players with some bone crunching checks. The scoring was capped off at 17:45 when Berryman scored through a screen with assists going to McNulty and JC Ingram. The Braves again outshot the Cougars in the third 9-8 but it seemed like every Cougar was back checking hard and Stevenson was stellar in net. If the boys continue to play like this they could have a long win streak coming.
Stars of the game were:
Cougars – Kevan McBean
Braves – Jacob King
Next game for the Cougars is Thursday November 29th at home vs the Nanaimo Buccaneers. Puck drop is 7pm
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