Cougars suffer OT loss in season home opener

Submitted by Nicole Currie

The PureChem Cougars headed back onto the ice to start off the 2018-19 season on Friday, Nov. 2, playing host to the Midale Mustangs.  Over 260 fans were in attendance with a 50/50 totalling $491!  The Cougars have had tremendous support from the community since getting back into the league three years ago.

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A Cougar opportunity happened shortly into the game, as Brent McLean tried to bury one on Carlyle’s only CMP Power Play.  Midale got on the board first with a goal at 12:22 from Burk, assisted by Kolke.  Two of Carlyle’s rookies quickly replied with a goal from Mason Belanger and the assist going to Mitchell Morrison.  With under 5 minutes left to play in the first, Ben Johnstone netted one with the assist going to Nathan Deck.

Things got a little physical in front of Carlyle’s goalie, Landon Audet, in the beginning of the second as things heated up.  Both teams worked hard all period with action happening at both ends of the ice.  Again, with under 5 minutes left in the period, Carlyle looked to make it 3-1 when Captain Ben Johnstone scored his second of the night from Zach Brown and Nathan Deck.

Midale took advantage of their two power plays in the third period, scoring on both.  Van De Sype scored less than 3 minutes into the third with assists from Tomiski and Kmita.  Tomiski and Kmita were huge for Midale in the third, as they also assisted Garrett Sherlock’s goal halfway through the third.

The third ended in a 3-3 tie and it’s off to OT.  Just over 1 minute into over-time, Midale’s Tomiski, with his 3rd point of the night, scored to give Midale the win.  Great game played by both teams.

Hope to see you at our next home game Friday, Nov. 16 vs Bienfait.

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