With the Cougars up 2 games to 1 the Generals were a desperate team. Many of them wearing blue and red face paint to make a statement Tuesday night in Parksville.
The Cougars had some excellent chances early in the first period wanting to take a 3-1 lead back to the Arch on Thursday. If not for some great saves by Generals starter Jake Sweet they could have been up 3-0 in the first 5 minutes.
Tyler Vanuden was playing in his first game of the series and at 4:55 he was cross checked to the ice by Trey Boylan. On the power play Spencer Golden took a point shot that found the back of the net with lots of bodies out front. Assists were to Mateo Albinati and Booker Chacalias. Oceanside tied it up at 15:42 when Brady Kay finished off a nice play by Mateo Giomo. Giomo took an outlet pass from Dayton Keith and took the puck down into the Cougars zone, got a shot away which Cougars starter Owen Sikkes stopped but the rebound went to Kay who put the puck in the back of the net.
Shots on goal in the first were 11-10 in favour of the Cougars but they kept the puck in the Oceanside zone for most of the period.
The second was the Generals push back period out shooting the Cougars 10-6 and out scoring them 1-0. At 6:58 after both Mateo Giomo and Brady Kay were buzzing the Cougar net. Kay passed the puck to Giomo in front who had his back hander stopped by Sikkes. The rebound came out to the slot and Dayton Keith charged in from the point to put the puck in the net and give the Generals the lead again. There was no more scoring in the period.
In the third it was almost all Cougars. They kept coming and getting shots on Sweet but couldn’t solve the Generals netminder. Late in the third it looked like the Generals were going to hold on and go back to the Arch Thursday tied at 2 but the Cougar players didn’t see it that way. Late in the period on an offensive zone faceoff Jaden McNulty won the puck back to Cameron LeSergent who had his shot blocked by Froude of the Generals. LeSergent managed to pick up the puck and elude Liam Lytton and get a shot on goal which McNulty tipped in to tie the game. The goal was scored at 16:18.
The Generals kept trying to press but were stymied by the Cougars defense. Late in the third Okino stopped the Generals at the Cougars blueline and got the puck to LeSergent who fed Albinati on the right boards. Mateo took a shot that Sweet stopped and the puck went to Tyler Vanuden who swung around with the puck and put a perfect pass in front of the crease to Albinati. Mateo took the pass on his backhand and lifted the puck into the back of the net for what would be the game winner. The Generals pulled their goalie and tried to tie it but couldn’t get a shot on net.
The stars of the game were Mateo Albinati for the Cougars and Brady Kay for the Gens
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