Cougars in fourth place

The Cougars picked up their sixth straight win in November with a pair of road wins in Interlake and Eastman. The Cougars are a point back of Yellowhead and the Thrashers with a record of 13-2-3 good for 29 points and are seven back of the first place Winnipeg Wild.

Braeden Lewis opened the scoring from Cory King 5 minutes into the game. Landon Roberts increased the lead from Matthew Ramsey and Lewis. Tyson Kozak buried the biscuit from Hunter Wallace and Trevor Hunt before the Lightning were able to beat Caden Wilson in the Cat’s net. Cory King hooked up with Tyson Kozak, with the man advantage, as the period came to a close. Callum Fortin then went to work scoring the next three goals. Tyson Kozak assisted on the first goal, and Hunter Andrew and Cody Shearer worked a power play marker in to finish the second period scoring. Callum Fortin completed a hat trick, with help from Kozak and Hunter Wallace, to start the third. Rylan Gudnason then scored with the man advantage with Tyson Kozak picking up his fifth point of the night. Trent Sambrook also helped on the setup. Cody Gudnason then finished the scoring with Callum Fortin and Cody Shearer, picking up the apples. Caden Wilson turned aside 15 shots in the win. The Cougars fired 56 shots at Christopher Fines in the Lightning net. The game was a physical affair with the teams combining for 105 minutes in the game.

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Sunday afternoon, the Cougars visited Eastman for the first time this season. The Cougars had already earned a couple of home ice victories. This game was to be one of the Cats toughest games in November. The Selects scored midway through the first and had a two goal lead early in the second. Hunter Wallace got the Cougars on the board from Callum Fortin and Hunter Andrew. The Selects got the two goal lead back 14 ticks later. Callum Fortin then scored his fourth goal of the weekend on the man advantage with Cory King in on the setup. Jordan Boyechko then evened the score with a point shot with help from Hunter Andrew, with 2 minutes left in the second. The Selects opened up a 4-3 lead in the first 2 minutes in the third. The Cougars then potted three in a row. Tyson Kozak found the back of the net with Tyson Pringle and Randy Cooke in on the goal. Hunter Andrew then hooked up with Landon Roberts and Matthew Ramsey. Matthew Ramsey then scored into an empty net with time winding down for the 6-4 lead. Eastman pulled to within a goal with 40 seconds left on the clock.

Randy Cooke faced 22 shots in the Cougar net and picked up an assist in the win. The Cougars fired 38 at the Selects net.

The Cougars open December with a game in Central Plains on Saturday afternoon and will travel to Boissevain on Sunday afternoon in a second place battle with the Winnipeg Thrashers. Hope to see you in Boissevain.

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