Cougars Lose In Overtime For The First Time

After keeping their overtime streak alive on Thursday against the Kerry Park Islanders the Cougars end up on the wrong side of a 2-1 overtime score against the Storm Friday. It was a goaltending dual all night long. Looking at the score it looks like it was a boring defensive game but it was anything but.

The Storm opened the scoring at 13:41 on the power play when Noah Fladager tipped a Cole Slaney point shot past Cougars starter Owen Sikkes. The Storm outshot the Cougars 10-5 and were 1 for 2 on the PP.

On the first shift of the second, Tyler Vanuden took a Cameron LeSergent pass, drove down the right wing and sped past the Campbell River defender then cut in front of the net out waiting Storm goaltender Aaron de Kok sliding the puck in to tie it up at 1. Ryan Okino had the second assist on the goal.

At 6:53 of the second Jaden McNulty was tripped up and tempers flared when Davis Frank speared Josh Martin in the back of the leg. Martin turned and cross checked Frank to the ice. Tyler Chyzowski then hit Martin from behind and the two then had a short tussle. Both hit the showers early. The Cougars went on a 2 minute power play and Frank got away with that one.
There was no more scoring during regulation and the only reason for that was the enormous saves made by Owen Sikkes. De Kok made a few nice saves as well but Sikkes was by far the busier of the two. The Storm outshot the Cougars 44-23 in regulation and their only shot of overtime crossed the line. Sikkes got a piece of it but not enough. The overtime marker was scored by Kyle Jennings with assists to Owen Christensen and Fladager.

The game stars went to Jennings for the home side and Vanuden for the Cougars. No criticism to Tyler’s play but if it wasn’t for Owen Sikkes it could have been a rout.

That’s the last time these 2 meet during the regular season. The Cougars win the match-up with 2 regulation wins, a loss and an overtime loss. The Storm had 1 regulation +1 overtime win and 2 losses. It will be interesting to see if these two meet in the playoffs. If so that will be a hell of a series.

Next game for the Cougars is a rare Tuesday meeting up in Mill Bay against the Kerry Park Islanders and then at home Thursday against the struggling Saanich Braves. Game time at the Arch will be 7pm.

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