The Cougars had a dismal opening month winning just 3 of 12 games and mired near the bottom of the AAA standings, November saw Eastman drop the Cougars on November 4th, since then the Cats have rolled off 6 wins and an overtime loss to the Winnipeg Wild picking up 13 much needed points in the process.
The Cougars now sit in 8th place a point back of 7th.
Pembina Valley visits the Cougar den Friday night having dropped 4 of 5 in November. The Hawks defeated the Cougars 3-1 in Morden before the Cougars started to turn the season around. The Thrashers come into the week on a roll but face the Bruins and Brandon before visiting Souris on Sunday. This is the second time the two teams have met with the Thrashers winning the opening weekend with a 6-4 win.
The Cougars picked up a pair of wins in Norman on the weekend and survived a night on the bus in Ponton. A Manitoba winter storm stopped the bus for the night southwest of Thompson at Ponton as the team waited out the storm and made into Thompson at 9 am after 18 hours on the road.
The Cougars won a pair of games and have now earned 9 points in the last 5 games to move to 7-10-1 just a point out of 8th. The Cats earned a 6-1 win on Friday night and earned a 5-1 win on Saturday. Randy Cooke and Riley Wallace each picked up a win with Jared McCorrister, Rylan Gudnason, Cory King, Tyson Kozak and Leighton Holstein all enjoying multi point weekends.
Jordan Chudley spent the weekend on the sidelines with a 1 game suspension and recovering from an upper body injury.
On to Winnipeg and Interlake this weekend
The Cougars picked up 3 of 4 points on the weekend with a convincing 5-2 win over Kenora on Friday night and then saw the Winnipeg Wild come from behind with a 4-3 overtime win Sunday afternoon.
Randy Cooke had a great weekend and looks to have got into a groove. Riley Wallace was on the sidelines for the weekend with and upper body injury, but looks to return to the lineup this week. Cody Shearer did not dress Sunday and Jordan Chudley left the game in the second. Dawson Green played backup to Cooke on the weekend
The Cougars head to Norman to face the winless Northstars this weekend. The Stars just finished a tough three game weekend but where in every game, The Cougars will have to work hard to improve on there 5-10-1 record that has them in 11th place.
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The Cougars begin November with 4 games at home as winter begins to arrive in the southwest. October saw the Cougars win 3 games in month and sit in 12th place in the 13 team MBAAA midget league.
The home stand begins with Eastman and the Winnipeg Bruins, the league top two teams visit Souris. The following weekend the Kenora Thistles and Winnipeg Wild pay a visit to the Cats. The team spends the third weekend in Norman for a pair of games.
The Cougars continue to disappoint with a lack luster performance in consecutive games. The team is in most games but mental mistakes cost them the games.
Look for the Cougars improved play as the second month of the 48 game schedule gets under way.
The Cougars still have NHL drafts for sale with the closing date of November 4th. The SWCougar office pool is open with a number of entries already entered. If you would like a draft visit a Cougar player or parent.
The Cougars went into the showcase weekend in Portage with a record of 1-6. Wins over Interlake and Kenora gave the Cougars something to cheer about.
Sunday in Winnipeg the Wild went wild blitzing the Cougars 7-1 as the Cougars finished the weekend with a 3-7 record good for 6 points and 10th place in the league.
The Cougars defeated Interlake when Rylan Gudnason scored with 40 seconds left in the game for a 2-1 win Friday night. Saturday night the Cougars trailed Kenora 2-1 heading into the third. Three goals in under 2 minutes early in the third lifted the Cougars to the win as the team played its best period of the season. Tanner Lawrence scored the game winner at 6:27 when his point shot found the back of the net Sunday versus the Wild they buried any chances they had and earned the win.
Grady Franklin and Jacob Dolomont saw action with the Cougars as Landon Roberts, Cory King and Tyson Kozak wore Manitoba colors in the U16 tournament in Calgary on the weekend.
The Cougars host Yellowhead on Friday night before travelling to Morden to face the Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Cougar NHL drafts are available from any player and are due November 4th. The drafts are $10 or 2 for $15 with $825 in prize money.
The Cougars continue to look for a win after week 2 of the Manitoba AAA midget league. After week 1 the Cougars dropped 3 tough games in Winnipeg and Eastman. The Cats played well giving up 19 goals in the 3 losses. The team was able to find the net 12 times in the process.
Week 2 saw the Cougars struggle to find the net in Yellowhead dropping a 5-1 decision and then played a better game in the home opener and led 1-0 after 2 only to give up 4 unanswered goals in the third to drop to 0-5 after 2 weeks.
This week the Cats host the undefeated Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night, before venturing to Parkland for a Sunday after noon tilt.
Everyone is at a loss for words as the team struggles to pick up a win. Finish around the net, lack of compete when the puck is turned over and on it goes. The Cougars have a young and talented group of guys. I think everyone has to have patience as the Cougars begin to fight.