Southwest Cougars lose playoff series in overtime

The Brandon Wheat Kings swept the Cougars from the playoffs series in three games.

Lyndon McCallum found the back of the net 6 minutes into overtime, beating Randy Cooke for the winner. Bboth teams had chances in the extra frame.

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Tanner Andrew opened the scoring with an even strength goal 10 minutes into the first from Callum Fortin and Tanner Lawrence. Colin Cooke evened the score 5 minutes later as the teams left the first period tied at one. Rylan Thiessen scored a power play goal 8 minutes into the second frame. The Cougars instead of wilting battled on. Trent Sambrook took a questionable cross checking penalty 6 minutes later. The Cougars got the puck into the Brandon end and Keegan Watkins-McIntyre failed to clear the puck. Jared McCorrister pounced on it and fired it at the empty net and missed but it came off the end and Leighton Holstein cleaned up the mess and evened the score at 2.

The teams played scoreless hockey and went into overtime setting up the wild overtime. Randy Cooke had a big night turning aside 40 shots while the Cougars fired 24 on the Wheat kings net. Brandon had the lone power play goal while the Cougars scored a shorthanded goal in a well-played third game.

The series started in Brandon last Friday night with Brandon jumping out to a 6 goal lead before Jared McCorrister hooked up with Tanner Andrew and Callum Fortin broke the shutout 5 minutes into the third as Riley Wallace and Randy Cooke faced 36 shots. The Cougars fired 24 on the Wheat King net.

The series shifted to Souris on a snowy Sunday night and the result was the same with Brandon pounding the Cougars 9-2. Brandon grabbed and early lead and scored a pair of late goals for a 3 goal lead first period lead.

Leighton Holstein hooked up with Jared McCorrister for a power play goal in the second but Brandon escaped the second with a 5-1 lead.

The third saw Brandon score 4 more times with Callum Fortin scoring a power play goal with Tyson Pringle and Cody Shearer picking up the assists. Riley Wallace faced 50 shots while former Cougar Dawson Green faced 19 in the Brandon net.

The Cougars had 10 more wins on the year and were swept by a good Brandon team. The Cougars see five players moving on as Tanner Andrew, Jared McCorrister, Josh Wiens, Leighton Holstein and Riley Wallace finish their AAA hockey careers.

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