Southwest Cougars in first

The Cougars jumped into first place after an 8-1 win over Parkland in Killarney Saturday night, but dropped back to second a point back of the Winnipeg Wild and tied with Yellowhead after the Wild won a pair of games on the weekend.

Friday night the Cougars travelled to Shoal Lake and scored four power play goals in a 5-1 win over the Chiefs. The Chiefs outshot the Cougars as Randy Cooke faced 34 shots while the Cougars fired 26 at Trevor Wotton and Nathan Falloon.

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The Cougars opened the scoring 15 seconds after a Yellowhead penalty as Cody Shearer snapped a point shot off with Callum Fortin and Austin Clyne earning the assists. Braeden Lewis scored three minutes later from Hunter Andrew and Trent Sambrook for a second power play goal.

The Cougars killed off a pair of penalties to start the second period and had just returned to full strength when Landon Roberts scored his first of the year from Austin Clyne and Cody Gudnason five minutes into the second period. The Cougars took a 4 goal lead at 8:28 when Callum Fortin hooked up with Braeden Lewis and Trent Sambrook for the third power play goal. The Chiefs scored a power play marker when Sloan Stanick scored with the man advantage at 12:19. The Cougars finished the scoring with 4th power play goal when Landon Roberts scored his second goal of the game from Austin Clyne and Callum Fortin to finish the scoring after two periods.

The difference in the game was the Cougars power play as they scored four times on eight chances.

Saturday night in Killarney the Cougars scored twice in the first minute on the way to an 8-1 win. Rylan Gudnason opened the scoring from Jordan Boyechko 26 seconds in. Tyson Kozak scored 12 seconds later when he snapped a shot home from Boyechko and Cory King. Rylan Gudnason scored with seven seconds left in the period from Sambrook and Trent Hunt as they out shot the Rangers 22-3.

The Cat extended the lead in the second. Landon Roberts hooked up with Boyechko and Fortin, before Rylan Gudnason made the hometown proud with his third of the game from Cody Gudnason. Tyson Kozak made it 6-0 with a power play marker from Braeden Lewis and Cory King to finish the second period scoring.

Cody Gudnason increased the lead with Rylan Gudnason and Hunter Andrew helping out. The Rangers finally broke Caden Wilson’s shut out bid with just over two minutes left in the third with the man advantage. Hunter Andrew scored nine seconds later to finish the scoring. The Gudnason brothers combined for six points in the win in front of the hometown crowd.

The Cougars host the Winnipeg Bruins and Eastman Selects the first weekend in November.

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