The Cougars are proud to play in the lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Territory, on Truth and Reconciliation night we were honoured to have elders from the Songhees First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, and the Ahousaht First Nation join us to offer a pray and song before the game.
The Generals came into the Arch dropping 2 of 3 games. But, both those losses came in extra time so they managed to score 4 of 6 points which helped them hold the 2nd overall spot in the North.
The Cougars by contrast were on a 2 gaming winning streak after dropping the first 2 games of their recent 4 game road swing. They were also 2nd, but in the South.
This game was high flying to say the least. Both teams traded blows, both on the boards, and on net. Jesse Pye was especially fantastic for the Cougars between the pipes making 3 amazing saves in the 1st period alone. He continued to make save after save that looked impossible to make for the rest of the game, making the decision to give him Player of the Game an easy choice. If you subscribe to HockeyTV, it’s worth a rewatch just for his saves.
Kieran Strange also scored. Normally this wouldn’t be significant, but it’s becoming an interesting pattern. Strange has scored in 5 games this year. He has failed to score in 2 games. The 5 games he scored in? The Cougars won. So, the early take away for the Cougars is Kieran Strange needs to score every game. No pressure kid.
On a more serious note, the Cougars looked more coherent as a team tonight. The new faces are slotting in nicely. Having Owen Evers back has proven to be huge. Not only did he score the game winning goal, but his physical presence is undeniable. Offence and defence, Evers is a force. Jacob Batson is also playing to his strengths, literally, he’s strong. Every time he’s on the ice he is tossing someone around or smashing someone into the boards. When he’s not hitting he’s strong on the puck.
A few players were out with injuries, once they are back (hopefully soon) the Cougars will be a top team, if they aren’t already.
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