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Cougar Update Week 2
The Cougars were at Portage this past weekend for a preseason tournament. The boys played well this past weekend and came away with 3 wins and a tie. Friday nights tilt was against Central Plains. The Cougars came out flying and scored 5 goals, while 2nd period saw no scoring then in the 3rd Cougars scored twice more while Central Plains scored one. Brady Edmunds was in goal for the Cougars. Goal scorers were Jordan Boyechko, Ryan Colon, Landon Roberts (2), Zach Maddess, Cory King and Lex Friesen. Assists were Cory King, Hunter Wallace, Hunter Andrew, Keaton Cline, Connor Cory and Avery Kirkup (2). Final shots were 56-17 for the Cougars. Coaches were really pleased with the speed and effort the boys put forth for the whole game.
Cougars then played their second game against Pembina Valley Hawks this was a close game with Cougars getting another win (4-3). The team both scored two goals in the first period, then in 2nd Hawks scored another while Cougars scored 2. Third period saw no scoring. Jared Paulsen had the victory in net facing 17 shots and Cougars had 27. Goal scorers were Cody Colon, Zack Maddess, Hunter Andrew and game winner was scored by Hunter Wallace. Assists were Hunter Wallace and Chase Tillbury. Coaches were really happy again with the effort and speed at which the boys played.
A short break between game 2 and 3 then the Cougars faced the Brandon Wheat Kings. Again the pace was fast and the Cougars found themselves down 2-1 after the first period. Second period the Cougars power play scored twice which put them ahead 3-2 after two. Teams then exchanged goals in the third period and Cougars went on to win 4-3. Goal scorers were Matthew Ramsey, Braeden Lewis, Grady Lane and Tyson Kozak with the winner. Assists were Braeden Lewis (2), Grady Lane, Cory King, Matthew Ramsey and Ryan Colon. Eric Reid got the victory in net, final shots were 57-18 for Cougars. Coaches were impressed with the team as they kept pressing thru out the game as Wheat Kings goaltenders played a solid game.
The fourth and final game was against the Interlake Lightening. Interlake scored the lone goal of the period as Cougars had 15 shots but could not berry their chances. In the 2nd period Cougars were able to score 3 goals while Lightning answer back with 3 goals themselves. Cougars came out pressing and finally scored with just over 4 minutes left in the period. Teams skated to a 4-4 tie. Kieran Stewart picked up the tie. Goal scorers were Keaton Cline, Tyson Kozak, Matthew Ramsey and Landon Roberts. Assists were Matthew Ramsey, Nolan Wickham, Avery Kirkup, Landon Roberts, Parker Korman, and Jordan Boyechko. Final shots were Cougars 50-30. Again coaches liked what they seen from the team. With lots of different guys playing with each other they felt the weekend was a good experience for the boys that have not played the AAA level and even for some their first experience with body contact.
The team will practise a couple of times this week then get ready for their annual tournament. They will face the Brandon Wheatkings Friday night at 7 pm at Wawanesa. Other teams that are appearing Notre Dame Hounds, Yellowhead Chiefs and Central Plains Capitals. Each team will play 4 games over the weekend. Best of luck to the Cougars!
Saturday, September 10
Cougar Update Week 1
Bantam Cougars tryout camp has come and gone. There were 9 goalies and 36 skaters at camp. The skills and tempo were very impressive throughout the tryouts. The selection committee and coaches had very difficult decisions just getting down to a preseason team. Coach Robertson said the skills of all players at camp was very impressive and decisions were difficult, he felt a lot of the boys cut would have had a good chance of making other teams. He also wanted to thank the parents and coaches for the great job they have done with our region of boys and keep up the good work.
The preseason team consists of 15 forwards, 7 defencemen and 4 goalies. The Cougars will be attending the tournament in Portage weekend of 16th and hosting their own tournament at Wawanesa the following weekend. The team will play 8 preseason games so coaching staff wanted to carry extra players to get a good look at the talented pool of boys.
Coach Robertson is excited about his coaching staff which consists of Jeff Dort former defence man in SJHL and Notre Dame Hounds alumni, Kirby Braybrook former power forward for the Southwest Midget AAA program, Brian Elder former Wheat King and Winnipeg Jets goalie, Troy Chandler former Southwest Midget AAA, Bouttineau College and Finlandia Division 3 goalie and Sheldon Kowalchuk former Southwest Midget AAA as well as Virden Oil Capitals, his role is trainer and fitness coach which is very hard to come by. Robertson really likes how all the staff really thinks alike and have a huge amount of hockey experience which they want to teach the young bantam Cougars.
Team is allowed to carry up to 19 players total for the season so they have some difficult decision ahead before the league starts (Oct 1st). Best of luck to the boys.
Monday, September 5