The Cougars picked up their sixth straight win in November with a pair of road wins in Interlake and Eastman. The Cougars are a point back of Yellowhead and the Thrashers with a record of 13-2-3 good for 29 points and are seven back of the first place Winnipeg Wild.
Braeden Lewis opened the scoring from Cory King five minutes into the game. Landon Roberts increased the lead from Matthew Ramsey and Lewis. Tyson Kozak buried the biscuit from Hunter Wallace and Trevor Hunt before the Lightning were able to beat Caden Wilson in the Cats’ net. Cory King hooked up with Kozak for the man advantage as the period came to a close.
Callum Fortin then went to work scoring the next three goals; Kozak assisted on the first and Hunter Andrew and Cody Shearer worked a power play marker in to finish the second period scoring.
Fortin completed the hat trick with help from Kozak and Wallace to start the third. Rylan Gudnason then scored with the man advantage, Kozak picking up his fifth point of the night. Trent Sambrook also helped on the setup. Cody Gudnason finished the scoring with Fortin and Shearer picking up the apples.
Wilson turned aside 15 shots in the win. The Cougars fired 56 shots at Christopher Fines in the Lightning net. The game was a physical affair with the teams combining for 105 minutes in the game.
Three in a row vs Eastman
Having earned a couple of home-ice victories, Sunday afternoon the Cougars visited Eastman for the first time this season in one of the Cats’ toughest games in November.
The Selects scored midway through the first and had a two-goal lead early in the second. Wallace got the Cougars on the board from Fortin and Andrew. The Selects got the two-goal lead back 14 ticks later. Fortin then scored his fourth of the weekend on the man advantage with King in on the setup. With two minutes left in the second, Jordan Boyechko evened the score with a point shot helped by Andrew.
The Selects opened up a 4-3 lead in the first two minutes in the third. The Cougars then potted three in a row. Kozak found the back of the net from Tyson Pringle and with Randy Cooke in on the goal. Andrew then hooked up with Roberts and Ramsey. With time winding down, Ramsey scored into an empty net for the 6-4 lead. Eastman pulled to within a goal with 40 seconds left on the clock.
Cooke faced 22 shots in the Cougar net and picked up an assist in the win. The Cougars fired 38 at the Selects net.
The Cougars open December with a game in Central Plains on Saturday afternoon and will travel to Boissevain on Sunday afternoon in a second place battle with the Winnipeg Thrashers. Hope to see you in Boissevain.