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Cougars Cling to Life

01/18/2015, 9:30pm CST
By G. Moffatt
The Southwest Cougars got some breathing room on Saturday night with a convincing 5-2 win over Yellowhead in Shoal Lake . Sunday afternoon saw the Pembina Valley Hawks make their way to Souris and put another nail in the Cougars coffin as they eked out a 2-1 win.
In Shoal Lake the Cougars picked up there 9th win of the year jumping out to a 1 goal lead as Jared Janke hooked up with Kyle Braybrook and Braden Billaney 6 minutes into the first.
Morgan Geekie tied the game 6 minutes into the second frame, but 3 minutes later the Cougars regained the lead when Matt Millan hooked up with Billaney for the 2-1 lead. Quin Hobbs then scored a power play goal from Keaton Jameson and Tyler Kirkup at 10:32 for a 2 goal lead.
Blake Meryvn got the Chiefs to within a  goal before the period ended.
The third saw the Cougars put the game on ice; Kyle Braybrook at 16:38 from Jared Janke and Braden Billaney.  Brett Opperman then scored an empty net goal as Billaney picked up his 4th point of the game.
Rylan Rommelaere was solid in net stopping 31 shots while Brett Friesen stopped 27 Cougar shots.
Sunday afternoon the Cougars did something they hadn’t done all year. Jared Janke opened the scoring from Tristen Cross 7 minutes into the game. This as the Cougars first goal with the Hawks in 3 games.
Mark Klassen tied the score 10 minutes later as the teams went to the dressing room tied at one.
Eli Carels gave the Hawks the lead in the second, a goal that turned out to be the eventual game winner. Aaron Brunn shut the door on the Cougars stopping 28 shots, while Rylan Rommelaere had his second great game in a row with 29 stops.
The Cougars travel to the Wheat City for a midweek game with Brandon, and then play host to the Winnipeg Thrashers on Friday night before travelling to Morden for the final meeting of the year with the Pembina Valley Hawks

Tag(s): Southwest