Cougars slip to third, host Parkland Friday night

 

The Southwest Cougars suffered their first home ice loss and second loss of the season when the Winnipeg Bruins handed the Cats a 4-3 set back on Saturday night in Souris. The Cougars rebounded from a lack lustre affair Sunday afternoon and knocked off the Eastman Selects with a Callum Fortin buzzer beater in overtime for a 5-4 win. The win keeps the Cats in a tie with Yellowhead with 19 points, three back of the Winnipeg Wild and just back of the second place Thrashers.

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The teams were tied at 1 after one and 3 after the second and the Bruins potted the game winner 52 seconds into the third with his second of the game.

Tyson Kozak scored in the first from Cody Gudnason to open the scoring. The Bruins jumped out to the lead in the second before Hunter Wallace evened the score from Kozak. Tyson Kozak then scored his second of the game with the man advantage from Cory King and Braeden Lewis. The Bruins evened the score with a short-handed goal with 14 seconds left in the second.

The Bruins took the lead 52 seconds into the third when Luc Masse scored his second of the game. The Cougars were out shot 41-32 as Caden Wilson turned aside 37 shots in the loss.

The Cougars had to pick it up Sunday if they wanted a weekend split and despite playing short handed most of the second and killed off over four minutes of 5-on-3 hockey they escaped with the win after taking 10 minors in the game to the Selects four.

The Cougars had a 2-1 lead after one on a power play goal by Cory King from Matthew Ramsey and Tyson Kozak. The Selects tied and a last minute goal by Tyson Kozak restored the lead as the Cougars were out shot.

The teams split a pair of goals in the second with Cody Shearer hooking up with Hunter Wallace and Tyson Kozak only to have Kade Runke bring the Selects within a goal to end the second. Callum Fortin stretched the lead in the third from Kozak and Wallace but the Selects scored a pair t even the score including Kade Runke's third of the game to send the game to extra time.

The overtime saw the Cougars not allow a shot and Callum Fortin finally undressed the Select defence and slipped the puck through the five-hole on Denton Belluk with a tick left on the clock. Randy Cooke earned the win as he faced 45 shots. The Cougars fired 38 on Belluk in the Selects net.

The Cougars host Parkland in Souris Friday night and then play an afternoon game against Interlake Saturday in Virden.

 

 

 

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