After an abysmal game 1 for the Cougars offence the Cougars needed to reset for game 2. The biggest improvement needed to be the power play.
For the second game in a row the Buccaneers took a warm up penalty, and for the second game in a row the Cougars start the game with the man-advantage. While the PP danced with two left feet in game 1, game 2 was far different. It only took 55 seconds for Marshall Brown to find the back of the net on a screened shot from the slot. Only 4 minutes later Trey Watson took his first of four minor penalties in the game. This time Jaden McNulty was able to bury a backhand over the shoulder of Blake Wood and the Cougars were up 2-0 fast. Foster Martin was able to extend that lead 9 minutes later even strength and the Cougars went into the intermission up 3-0, and having equaled their entire PP output from the first round in 1 period.
The Buccaneers are not a team that will roll over though, and 3-0 is not insurmountable for them to overcome. They almost did it quickly too. Trey Watson and Billy Walters scored only 14 seconds apart early in the second to cut the lead to 1. The game looked to be shifting. Then Darian Harris took one of seven slashing penalties for the Bucs. Kevan McBean scored another power play goal to give the Cougars a two goal lead again. Notable on this goal, the assists went to Carl Ewert and Ryan Okino. A goal scored by a D-Man, assisted by two more D-Men. That can’t happen often.
The second ended the way the game ultimately would end. The third had no scoring, but wasn’t short on action. The Bucs had a hard time keeping their discipline in check. In the span of about 5 minutes their was 6 penalties including a 5 minute major for slashing when Harris two handed Kevan McBean on the hand.
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