Cougars earn home ice advantage in playoffs

Nicole Currie, Sports Contributor

Friday, Feb. 1, the Cougars hosted the Wawota Flyers in their last game of the regular season.  This game was a needed win for the boys as it affected their standing in the league and, with a win, give them home ice advantage in the first round of play-offs.

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Colten Dixon and Jordan Hewitt were proud to join the big guys out on the ice for warm-up and the singing of O Canada.  It has been a lot of fun, to have the kids skating with the Cougars to start the game.  The smiles on their faces, are priceless!

The first period was one the boys wish they could have re-started.  Wawota dominated the period with Taylor Ernst scoring just five and half minutes in.  They took advantage of a Cougar penalty when Dylan Lamontagne scored.  It was a 2-0 lead at the halfway mark.  Ben Johnstone got the boys on the board, taking advantage of a Cougar power play with help from Marc Shaw and Kelly Currie.  Wawota scored 2 more times with goals from Jordan Fox and Devin Stewart to end the first at 4-1.

Wawota struck first again in the second period, scoring at just a minute into the period.  Marc Shaw closed the gap, scoring 2 minutes later, with help from Ben Johnstone and Ty Currie.  The Flyers, Tyler Matthewson, then made it a 6-2 game.  The Cougars weren’t going to end the period without hammering another one in and that is just what Cooper Fox did with help from Mitchel Morrison and Braden Liboiron.  The second ended in a score of 6-3.

The Cougars need a huge 3rd period if they want to stay in 4th.  A tie would keep them there and a win would give them home ice in the play-offs.  A huge third is just what they did!  They shut down the Flyers and scored 5 goals. Brett Turgeon, Kelly Currie, Ben Johnstone, Brent McLean and Brandon Lequyer made it a 8-6 final with helpers from Mitchell Morrison, Kelly Currie, Brett Turgeon, Brent McLean and  Billy Greenwood. Brett’s goal off the hop was a great start to the period, followed by Currie’s backhand and Johnstone’s sniper. 

The crowd was hopping as there was life again for the Cougars.  McLean and Lequyer kept them on their feet celebrating, scoring the last two, to finish the game.

Jason Dixon, Jace Fischer and Deb Chalus were the shooters in the $25,000 Pharmasave Shoot To Win.  They all were close and were rewarded with a $100 Gift Card.  Thank you to Jolyn and Steve Schultz.  Stay tuned for play-offs.

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