Coming into last nights game versus the Wolves the Cougars were fresh off a win against the G Kings, and the Wolves were fresh off the first shootout win of the VIJHL season against the Panthers.
The Cougars were undeafeated in two contests against the team from Westshore, a pair of 2-1 wins. Last night was different. The Cougars played a full 60 minutes. It felt like the entire game was in the Wolves end too. It wasn’t of course, but the Cougars did dominate most of the play. They also collected their first short handed goal of the year. On that note, the Cougars seemed to carry the play short handed more than Westshore did on the power play. The Cougars own power play was stale at best but their even strength and penalty kill was outstanding. On a more negative note the Cougars had lots of practice short handed last night. 6 power plays for the Wolves. Regardless of the strength of the Wolf power play, no coach is happy giving them 6 chances.
Both teams took plenty of penalties. Which is no surprise to anyone really. These teams play each other hard and fast. Lots of huge body checks, chippy play, and a ton of extra curricular activities after the play kept the penalty box door swinging all night.
The Cougars had two stand out players. Cam Stevenson played a fantastic game to earn the shutout. Positioned well all night and making a few acrobatic saves to hold onto the shutout. Tyler Vanuden stole the spotlight though. 4 points including a short handed and power play goal. Vanuden seems to have come back to his former glory.
Mateo Albinati collected two more points to keep his league leading points total far out of reach for now (18G 17A 35P 21GP). Booker Chacalias also pulled in 2 points and sits second in league scoring (11G 15A 26P 18GP).
The Cougars go again tonight at home. The Islanders storm the Cougars barn at 7pm.
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