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Cougars lock up 2nd overall

The last time the Cougars and Bucs faced each-other a few weeks ago it was a mess. The Buccaneers ended up with 14 games worth of suspensions, 9 to Braydon Nelson. The Cougars won that game.

Last night the Cougars were trying to keep that same Nanaimo team at bay and lock up 2nd overall in the league standings.

Things didn’t start out so well for the Cougars though. A minute and a half into the game, with the Cougars already on the power play,  the Buccaneers Trey Watson stole the puck in the Cougars end and potted the first of two shorthanded goals for Nanaimo on the night.

The Bucs continued their trips to the box though. The next two goals were both Cougar power play goals. The first from Kevan McBean with a bomb from the right circle and the second a top shelf job from Mateo Albinati on a nice feed from Booker Chacalias.

Tyler Vanuden and Bryce Irwin added 5 on 5 markers in the 2nd period to make the game 4-1 before Ethan Dyck added that second shorty.  The Cougars got that second one back though when Matthew Clark scored on that same power play.

Nanaimo was able to get a power play goal themselves in the 3rd but it wasn’t enough and the Cougars took the 3 points and guaranteed at least 2nd place overall.

If Nanaimo wins out the season and the Cougars lose their remaining 3 games in regulation the Buccaneers will be tied in points with Victoria at 93, but Victoria already has the tie-breaker by virtue of more wins overall.

Victoria actually has a shot at first overall too, although unlikely. If Campbell River loses their 4 remaining games and the Cougars win the 3 remaining games in regulation the Cougars will have 1 more point than the Storm. If the Storm lose once in overtime and the rest in regulation and the Cougars win out, Victoria gets first with the tie breaker. If Campbell River wins any games they clinch. Basically, first place is Campbell River’s to lose.

The real question is the race for 3rd, and 5th. The middle of the standings are anyone’s guess right now. It will be interesting to see if the 3 point system makes or breaks a team this late in the season.

Next up for the Cougars is Comox on Saturday on the road. 7:30pm start.

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2 Different Cougar teams on consecutive nights!

Thursday night the Cougars put in a pretty lackluster performance and ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 score. The best Cougar on the night was between the pipes and Owen Sikkes stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced making some outstanding saves to give his team a chance to win.

At the other end Generals goalie James Brendeland was a little busier and stopped 31 of 32 to secure the win for his team. Late in the first Mateo Giomo sent Greyson Weme down the right wing against the flow and he hit a charging Brady Kay with a perfect pass in the slot and Kay made no mistake redirecting the puck past Sikkes for a 1-0 lead.

 

Early in the second with Josh Martin in the box the Generals captain Landon Dziadyk put a rebound into the net to make it a 2-0 lead for the visitors. At 13:26 of the same period the Cougars found a little life. Mateo Albinati passed the puck up to Tyler Vanuden who sped into the Oceanside zone and carried the puck to the back of the net before feeding Booker Chacalias in the slot. Chacalias doesn’t miss from that spot and the Cougars hit the scoresheet making it 2-1.

There was no more scoring even after the Cougars pulled their goalie late in the game.

Players of the game were the 2 netminders who deserved the honour.

21 hours later the Cougars took the ice as visitors at Pearkes Arena in Saanich to take on the Braves. With little more than 3 km separating the 2 teams rinks the game was played on a night when the other 3 games in the league were cancelled due to the snow and highway conditions.

It was a much better showing for the Cougars as they played a hard fought game against a team that was hungry for a home win. The Cougars never trailed in the game but never led by more than 1 goal. At 13:11 of the first Foster Martin fed Matt Clark and he beat Saanich starter and former Cougar Anderson Violette to make it 1-0. Just under 5 minutes later Braves defenceman Reid Lindsay took a pass from Gavin Grewal and let a shot go from the point that beat Cougars starter Cam Stevenson high blocker side. Cam didn’t see the puck until it passed by his head as he had a couple of players blocking his view.

There was frantic action back and forth through the second until the 18:01 mark when former Brave Cameron LeSergent found the back of the net. Assisting on the play were Tyler Vanuden and Spencer Golden. The Cougars held the one goal lead for a whole :37 until Ryan Strange beat Stevenson from Zach Guerra.

Early in the third the Cougars Grady Birk and the Braves Jackson Egan collided away from the play with Egan going to the ice. It was incidental contact but the Braves Kyle Mace didn’t see it that was and lost his cool and ended up being ejected from the game. This resulted in the Cougars getting a power play and at the 2:15 mark Booker Chacalias scored from Vanuden and Mateo Albinati to again take a 1 goal lead. This held up until 6:23 of the third when Dale McCabe scored short handed from Jacob King. No more scoring happened so the game went to overtime.

Nothing was solved in the first overtime which was 4 on 4. Second overtime period goes to 3 on 3 and the Cougars wizard of overtime came through again. Booker Chacalias took a pass from Marshall Brown in his own end and fed the puck up to Ryan Okino on the left wing then raced down the ice and took a pass from Okino and beat Violette with a backhand deke to win the game. In 7 overtime wins Chacalias has 4 of the goals and an assist. Definately worth betting on Booker when overtime hits.

Players of the game were Anderson Violette for the Braves and Booker Chacalias for the Cougars.

The Cougars don’t get much time to rest as the Nanaimo Buccaneers are scheduled for a Sunday match up at the Arch at 3:30. See you there or tune in to Hockey TV.

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Cougars Dominate, Take 3 Points.

Just a couple weeks ago I called the Cougars “Kittens” in a 3-0 loss to the Westshore Wolves. At the time they deserved the title. Last night though, they were Cougars through and through.

1:33 into the 1st period, on the Power Play, Cameron Lesergent potted what would be the game winner. A wicked wrist shot from the point went bar down. This set the tone for the remainder of the period. The Cougars dominated the opening frame against a hapless Westshore Puppies…er… Wolves. 10 Minutes later Booker Chacalias made it 2-0 and took the lead in the league scoring, for now. Matthew Clark, he’s fast. I mean really fast. We talk frequently on the broadcast at how unreal his acceleration is. Last night he show that off and showed his hands too. Two goal in a row saw Clark blast out of his own zone to leave the defence in the dust. Sometimes he is so much faster than the defence on the other teams it almost looks like he has rockets on his skates. Grady Birk rounded out the scoring in the first with less than a second to go in the period. There was enough time on the clock so no one could argue it was a good goal, but was late enough the buzzer went with the puck in the net. 5-0 and outshooting the Wolves 15-4 after 1 the Cougars didn’t look back.

The second and third saw the Pups step up and recover from the first. Westshore played like Wolves and competed hard for the final 40 minutes. 2 goals, Albinati and Berryman, and solid defensive play from Victoria, gave nothing up. Only 14 shots made it through in the final two periods and Cam Stevenson kept all of them out.

7-0 was the final score and a bit of a statement. Victoria wanted to erase that terrible showing from a few ago and they did just take.

Next up is a road contest in Kerry Park. 3pm on Sunday.

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Two Games With a Little Extra

On Tuesday the Cougars travelled to Mill Bay to take on a hungry Kerry Park Islanders team.
The Islanders had just lost both games of a home and home with the Westshore Wolves. At the
Allstar game last Sunday the Islanders Players had been telling Booker Chacalias that they
were going to have their way with the Cougars come Tuesday.

The Islanders Alex Engan put the home team ahead at 4:46 of the first and they kept the lead
for 3:18. At 8:18 Mateo Albinati tied it up and then a little over 5 minutes later Spencer Golden
gave the Cougars the lead. The Islanders would tie it up only to have the Cougars go ahead by
a goal once more. With the Cougars leading 4-3 and only 35 seconds remaining the Islanders
scored with their goalie Rett Rook pulled for the extra attacker. It was Tanner Tiel finding the
back of the net and sending the game into overtime.

Just a minute and 31 seconds into overtime it would be the aforementioned Booker Chacalias
who would seal the deal for the Cougars with assists going to (AP) Gerrit Lindhout and Golden.
Other scorers in the game for Kerry Park were Cole Amado and Evan Easton with assists going
to Matt Baird, Logan Furkalo, Daniel Paseschnikoff, and Isaac Leik.
Also scoring for the Cougars were Tyler Vanuden short handed and Albinati again, this time on
the power play. Cougar assists went to Foster Martin with 2, Cameron LeSergent, Marshall
Brown, Bryce Irwin and Kevan McBean.

Player of the game for KPI – Tanner Tiel Cougars – Booker Chacalias

Last night the Cougars hosted the Saanich Braves and after the first it looked like the Cougars
would sail to an easy victory going into the dressing room with a 3-0 lead on goals from Spencer
Golden, assists to Josh Martin and Bryce Irwin, Booker Chacalias, assisted by Matt Clark and
Tyler Vanuden and another short handed marker for Vanuden assisted by Chacalias. The
Braves had other ideas however and came out flying in the second period.
The only goal scored was to James Vince of the Braves at 2:25 with assists to Will Wright and
Jarrod Lucoe.

In the third the Cougars Bryce Irwin went five hole on Connor Cheyne who came into the game
at the beginning of the 2nd for starter Anderson Violette. Assisting were Nathan Ingram and
Golden. The Cougars restored a healthy 3 goal lead that stood up for a whole 8 seconds. With
a faceoff in the Cougars end Brendan McTavish got his first Jr B goal right after the faceoff
beating Cougars starter Owen Sikkes glove side. Sikkes got a piece of the puck but not
enough to keep it out of the net. Assists went to Reid Lindsay and Graeme Getty.

The Braves Ryan Strange then took over and not only brought the Braves to within one but also
tied the game. Both of his goals were assisted by Zach Guerra and Dayton Clarke. The game
seesawed back and forth with pressure at both ends but the time expired deadlocked 4-4.

Overtime for the second game in a row and the Cougars again scored early in the frame. At :48
Mateo Albinati would win the faceoff in the Islanders zone back to Kevan McBean at the point.
McBean took a shot on net that Albinati got his stick on and redirected past Cheyne for the
overtime winner.

Players of the game: Saanich – Ryan Strange Victoria – Mateo Albinati

Next up is the Prospects Game this Sunday at Peakes in Saanich where Cougars Cameron
LeSergent, Matt Clark, Spencer Golden and Cam Stevenson will be playing with Suneil Karod
as Head Coach. Game time is 3:30pm.

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