It’s playoff season in the Big Six

On Feb. 4 the Cougars hosted the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings in a make-up game from Jan. 17. 

         It was a great way for the Cougars to end the season - with a win.

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         The win was important as it gave us home ice advantage going into playoffs against the
Bienfait Coalers (which should have been an advantage. Fingers crossed for the 17th). 

         The Wheat Kings struck twice before Johnstone responded and got the Cougars on the board.  Yellow Grass scored first with 9 minutes left and then again with 3 minutes remaining.  Johnstone, with help from Struthers and Rose, cut their lead in half with just under 3 minutes left in the first.

         The lone goal of the second period was scored by McGonigal with help from J Matthewson and Struthers.  The game is tied and we’re off to the third period!  The Cougars lit it up scoring 3 goals. It was a great crowd and they were ecstatic with every goal scored and save made.  Turgeon, Shaw and Brown were the snipers and McGonigal, Geiger with 2, J Matthewson and his 3rd of the night, Struthers with an assist.  Yellow Grass scored with 1:52 left of the board and it was a 5-3 victory for the Cougars.  The shots were 53-28 for the Cougars.

         Then we had our first home game of play offs and let’s just say, it is a game the Cougars are happy is over and yet nobody wants to start a best of 5 series, (or any series) one down.

         There were lots of chances, shots, saves and penalties and frustrations in this game.  The wonderful world of sports!!  The score was 3-0 after the first, 7-1 after the second.  McGonigal with help from J. Matthewson was our lone goal.  One more goal in the third for the Coalers and they won 8-1.

         Now to just “Shake, shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off.”

         Game 2 is in Bienfait at 8:15, Tuesday, Feb. 11.

         Game 3 is in Carlyle at 8:00, Monday, Feb. 17.

Stay tuned for updates.  See you at the rink.

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