Oil Kings down Cougars on home ice

Nicole Currie

Sports Contributor

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The Cougars hosted the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings on Friday, Dec. 4, who are new to the league this year and it wasn’t the start to the last half of the season that they were looking for.
Before the game started there was a little fun to be had. Dean Harcourt had challenged the Cougars on Twitter, before the Dec. 21 match-up in Kipling, stating that the loser of the game would have to wear the opposition’s jersey at the next game. So, Dean wore a Cougar jersey Friday night and dropped the puck for a ceremonial puck drop to start the game.
Our two MVP’s, Rogan McLean and Luca Sabourin, were all smiles as they skated out with the Cougars and stood with their dad and uncle for the singing of O Canada.
Audet made a huge save on a Kipling break-away, 5 minutes into the game, which led to the play going down to the other end and the Cougars lighting the board up first.
Cooper Fox scored the first goal of the game with the assists going to McLean and Morrison. Shortly before the first ended, Kipling tied up the game with a goal from Blake Nicholson, and it’s off to the second, tied at 1.
Kipling scored the only two goals in the second period, from Brandon Munro and Matt Bean, to make it a 3-1 going in the third.
It was not without the Cougars trying. Austin Toth, the Oil Kings goalie, made some huge saves and the Cougars just couldn’t get one to sneak by him.
Nathen Deck scored an unassisted goal closing the lead to just one, at just over 5 minutes into the third period. Despite all the shots, that is how the game ended. Oil Kings win 3-2.
There was another great turnout at the game and the 50/50 was $520. Congratulations to Shelley Hoffart who is the second person in the Pharmasave Chance To Win $25,000 on the Feb. 1 game vs Wawota.

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