The Cougars welcomed Pembina Valley Hawks to Souris on Saturday night and started the 2019 off with a convincing 5-1 win. Sunday afternoon the Cougars blew a three-goal lead and fell in overtime 4-3 to the hard skating Central Plains Capitals.
The Cats and Hawks played a close first period. Callum Fortin scored his 25th goal of the season when he slid the puck home four minutes into the game from Hunter Andrew and Hunter Wallace on a nice give and go.
The Clyne twins hooked up six minutes into the second with Tanner Clyne banging the puck home from Austin Clyne. The Cougars were controlling play with Randy Cooke making some big stops when a Hawks dump in took a crazy bounce off the glass and found the back of the Cougar net with Cooke out to play the ring around. Cooke was solid the rest of the way facing 28 shots while the Cougars fired 34 at Brock Moroz.
The Cougars took over in the third. Tyson Pringle hooked up with Rylan Gudnason and Clyne to make it a 3-1 score, seven minutes in. Trevor Hunt fired a shot from the high slot from Grady Lane at the 17-minute mark and Rylan Gudnason finished the scoring a minute later from Cody Gudnason and Jordan Boyechko.
Sunday afternoon the Capitals made a final visit to Souris. The Cougars were ready to head to the room with a three-goal lead but the Capitals found the back of the net with 25 seconds left, breaking Caden Wilson’s shutout bid.
In the third period the Cougars got skated into the ice with the Caps scoring at the 11-minute mark, then tying the game with just over three minutes left, outshooting the Cougars 18-8 in the third period.
In overtime Ryan Botterill scored his second goal of the game with five seconds left, sending the Cougars home with a single point.
Caden Wilson finished the game with 37 shots, while the Cougars fired 26 at the Caps net.
The Cougars visit Yellowhead this week before heading to Winnipeg for a pair of games this weekend.