The Cougars finished the week with a pair of games in Winnipeg. Saturday afternoon the Cougars 4-1 win over the Thrashers moved them to second place. Before the evening was over they were in fourth place. Then, the Wild shut the Cougars out at the ICEPLEX Sunday afternoon, dropping them into fifth; four games remain in the regular season.
Cougars 5 Brandon 3
The Wheaties opened a 2-goal lead in the first as Brady Frattinger tipped the point shot in with the man advantage eight minutes in. Dalton Andrew stretched the lead three minutes later when he beat Kieran Stewart with a wicked shot from the left dot. The Cougars got on the board when Kain Shearer hooked up with Braeden Lewis as the Cougars outshot the host 15 - 6 in the period.
The second was all Cougars as Trevor Hunt scored an unassisted power play goal to tie the score in the second minute. Dexter Whittle and Hunter Wallace hooked up on a shorthanded goal at the 9-minute mark. Cody Gudnason finished the scoring when Wallace and Jordan Boyechko teamed up with the extra man to finish the second with a 4-2 lead.
Wallace scored in the first minute of the third with Matthew Ramsey and Hunt picking up assists. Brady Frattinger finished the scoring at the 18-minute mark with another power play marker for the final score.
Kieran Stewart turned aside 27 shots in the Cougars net; Tyson Gregory stopped 37 shots at the other end.
Cougars 4 Thrashers 1
The Cougars took control in the first with a pair of goals. Matthew Ramsey hooked up with Myles Sobry for the early lead at 8:41. Cody Gudnason finished the scoring with a minute left when he buried a pass from Nolan Wickham.
The Thrashers got on the board at the 7-minute mark when Brenden Huminuk beat Eric Reid. Trevor Hunt restored the 2-goal lead from Gudnason and Jordan Boyechko in the fourteenth minute.
Colton Miller hooked up with Ramsey and Sobry at the 15-minute mark to give the Cougars the win. Eric Reid turned aside 37 shots, Cole Plowman stopped 35 Cougar shots.
Cougars 0 Wild 6
The Wild showed why they are the class of the league with a convincing win. Michael Cicek opened the scoring in the first. The Cougars were in the game but couldn’t get on the scoresheet.
The Wild notched three second period goals and scored two more in the third. The Cougars hit a couple of posts. Eric Reid turned aside 33 shots while Carson Cherepak had an easy shutout with 24 stops, many on the glove side.
The Cougars host Interlake and Central Plains this Saturday and Sunday and finish up on the road with games against the Interlake and Winnipeg Bruins.
Of note: Braeden Lewis was named a second team All Star on the weekend.