Submitted by Nicole Currie
On Friday, Nov. 16 the PureChem Cougars hosted the Bienfait Coalers and celebrated their first win of the season with a score of 12-3.
Ben Johnstone scored 19 seconds into the game to get the team rolling. He proceeded to score 4 more with a total of 5 points on the night.
Tyler Fleck’s assists led him to a 5 point night as well. Bienfait took advantage of their Power Play opportunities scoring their 3 goals with Carlyle down a man. Greenwood, Morrison, Shaw, Ty Currie and Boutin each contributed with a goal, Fox netting 2 and Deck with a couple of assists for the win.
Saturday, Nov. 17 the Cougars headed to Carnduff to take on the Red Devils.
This was a hard fought game as each team wasn’t giving the others an inch. Ben Johnstone got things fired up for the Cougars again, scoring the first goal of the game at 13:52. Nathan Deck had the only goal in the second period, scoring 9 minutes in on a power play.
Carnduff wasn’t backing down and didn’t want the 2-0 score going into the third to stay that way. They snuck 2 in and tied up by the 7-minute mark.
It was tense for all the fans, each hoping that their team would score the next goal as it felt like sudden death. With just 16 seconds left in the third, looking at overtime, Ben gets his second of the night. Cougars win.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Cougars hosted the 2017-18 League champs, the Redvers Rockets.
Audet was ready for this game, making a huge save just 1 minute into the game.
Brent McLean took charge, responding 28 seconds later by scoring a beauty goal with the assists gong to Morrison and Fox.
It was only 5 minutes into the game when Nathan Deck rifled one in from the point giving us a 2-0 lead. Johnstone and Turgeon would get the assists.
Deck, then took advantage of the Rockets being short-handed due to an interference penalty and blasted another one in from the blue line! Clayton Geiger and Tyler Fleck helped him out with that one and the Cougars lead 3-0 heading into the second period.
The battle was on and Redvers has a great chance, but it won’t cross the line. A rush is started as Kelly Currie gets it past a Rocket, Brayden Liboiron lending a hand and getting it over to Ben Johnstone who makes it a 4-0 game. Redvers is working hard to get on the board. Kenton Miller scores a short-handed goal, with less than 6 minutes left in the period. It ends at 4-2.
To start the third, it was Miller striking again, scoring a minute and a half into the period. With the score now 4-2, the Cougars aren’t looking to allow them to score again.
Four minutes later, Johnstone lets them know the Cougars mean business, tapping one in with Deck and Greenwood getting the helpers. The Cougars are on a roll and Audet is playing another great game, facing 40 shots. There is less than 4 minutes left and the Cougars take advantage of a Rockets’ slashing penalty. Geiger snipes with help from Fleck and Johnstone. It’s a 6-2 win for the Cougars.
The Cougars 2nd Annual Give Back To The Community is this Friday, Nov. 30th hosting the Arcola/Kisbey Combines. The 50/50 is being donated to KidSport and in lieu of admission, please bring non-perishable items to help support our local Food Bank. (Check out our full page ad on page 20 for more details).