The Cougars dropped a hard-fought 3-1 battle Friday night in Souris as the Winnipeg Thrashers took Game 1 in the best of five.
Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg, the Cougars earned a 6-5 win in a penalty filled affair to even the series.
Thrashers 3, Cougars 1
Matthieu Moreira opened the scoring late in the first as the Cougars had chances to score but failed to find the back of the net. Moreira scored a power play goal seven minutes into the second in a goal mouth scramble for the two goal lead.
The third period saw the Cougars continue to press. Rylan Gudnason got loose in front of Dawson Rattai and fired the puck into a wide open net to get the Cougars on the board with Cody Gudnason and Grady Lane picking up the helpers fifteen minutes into the period. That was as close as the Cougars could get on the night. The Thrashers scored into an empty net with 23 ticks left on the clock.
The Cougars fired 42 shots on Rattai while Caden Wilson faced 30 shots in the loss.
Cougars 6, Thrashers 5
The Cougars scored on the man advantage three times and scored a pair of shorthanded markers on their way to the win. The Thrashers scored with the man advantage and had a shorthanded goal as well.
Callum Fortin had a pair of power play goals, Grady Lane opened the scoring with the man advantage, with Jordan Boyechko scoring an unassisted marker. Rylan Gudnason and Tanner Clyne with the game winner scored shorthanded goals. Cory King had three helpers in the win, Hunter Andrew picking up a couple of assists. Matthew Ramsey and Austin Clyne also got on the score sheet.
The Cougars fired 51 shots on Rattai, while Wilson faced 37 shots in the win.