The Cougars entered the Q Centre on Wednesday to make up a game that was postponed on the Thanksgiving Weekend. This was the 7th of 8 meetings between these two teams this season, and the Cougars have won the first 6.
The opening period saw the Cougars hold the majority of the play gathering twice as many shots on net, 14-7. It was a hard hitting affair too. Both teams were hard on the body from the opening face-off. Unfortunately, those people who watched the game from home on HockeyTV, like i did, didn’t much in the way of detail in this game. There was no audio for the entire first half of the broadcast. So context was a challenge for some plays.
The Cougars did manage to get on the board early. Only 4 minutes into the game Spencer Golden grabbed his 15th goal of the year. Although no one got to see it as the broadcast started late and we were all treated to a 1-0 Cougars lead already. We did get to see the Cougars 2nd goal though. After a bad pass in the defensive zone by the Wolves the Cougars managed to move the puck around and feed Kieran Strange’s out front for his 1st goal as a Cougar.
The 2nd period started with no broadcast, but after a short while a voice jumped onto the broadcast! It was Connor McClelland, the Wolves forward! Not sure if it was his broadcast debut, but he did pretty good. Some of the name pronunciations were way off, but it was entertaining listening him try and figure out Dumonceaux the first time. He tripped over the names on air that most broadcasters, myself included, usually do to themselves before a game.
The middle frame continued the rough stuff with several penalties going both ways. Only 1 goal in the 2nd, and it was the Wolves cutting the Cougars lead in half. Taron managed to bury a scramble in the crease that Brett Anderson got a piece of, but not enough to freeze the puck. Westshore played far better in the 2nd catching up in the shot total, and collecting quiet a few chances. Brett Anderson made some stellar saves, including one that McClelland called the save of the year on a diving stop going across crease.
The 3rd period started with Khalil Fontana, the former Wolves Captain, giving the play-by-play a shot!
The first real chance for the Cougars in the 3rd was a power play with Duffin in the box. But the Wolves PK was solid making it almost impossible for the Cougars to get set in the O-Zone. Then on the first face off after the media time out Parkhouse charged the net and buried a loose puck to tie the game with 9 minutes left in the game. The Cougars then started to press. Two posts and several chances for the Cougars in the subsequent few minutes had the Wolves on their heels. But Victoria would run out of time in regulation.
The 3rd would end tied, and a little extra hockey was needed.
Taron would take a penalty early into the extra frame when he and Clark got tied up and he threw Clarks stick away from him. He would also get an extra 10 to end his night. The Wolves had a solid PK and the Cougars couldn’t capitalize. Then the Wolves turned the tables and forced the Cougars onto their heels late into OT. The Cougars managed to hold on. Shoutout next!
Both teams would trade misses with the dueling goalies standing tall. But the lone goal came from Zach Guerra in round 4 would lift the Cougars to the win.
Vic – Bryce Irwin – Miss
WW – Caleb Parkhouse – Miss
Vic – Spencer Golden – Miss
WW – Andy Westhaver – Miss
Vic – Evan Easton – Miss
WW – Johnny Houlding – Miss
Vic – Zach Guerra – GOAL
WW – Lach Hadley – Miss
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