The last time the Cougars faced the Wolves they won, 9-8… Brody Coulter joked when he brought Sam McMullen in to be a coach for the Cougars that they would have to win every game 9-8, that time it was literal. Defence was non-existent in that game.
It sure wasn’t for Victoria this time. Westshore only managed 3 shots on net to the Cougars 22 in the 1st. It was very apparent who was the better team in the opening frame. The game was also chippy. Westshore took a few penalties and the Cougars made them pay for it. Victoria scored twice in the 1st, both on the PP. Easton and Golden were the scorers. The 2nd would prove interesting as it’s usually much later in a game when two teams start playing chippy and undisciplined.
The 2nd period saw the Wolves come out flying, and far more disciplined for the most part. A bad defensive miscue from the Cougars led to Brenden Martin making the game 2-1 1:26 into the period. Just like that the Wolves outlook shifted drastically. It didn’t last long though. The Cougars scored 3 goals in less than 3 minutes. Trey Anderson from the goal line in tight with the roof job, Evan Easton with his second of the game on a messy play and a lucky bounce, then Zach Guerra taking the pretty Irwin pass to bury his 6th of the year. The Cougars led 5-1 after 2. Shots were 33-14.
The 3rd period period saw the Wolves completely devolve as far as discipline went. 3 Check to the Head penalties in a row. The Cougars didn’t score on all three power plays, but did collect 3 PP goals in the period. Marshall Brown, Zach Guerra, and Trey Anderson all grabbed third period Power Play goals. The Cougars walked away with a dominating 8-1 win, went 5 for 7 with the man-advantage, and out-shot Westshore 46-24.
Trey Anderson and Evan Easton both had 3 point games, and 7 more Cougars had 2 point games.
Players of the game were Evan Easton and Johnny Houlding.
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