The Manitoba AAA season is 48 games long and it took the Cougars 48 games to lock down 7th place with a 5-2 win over the Parkland Rangers in the final game of the season. It was a Wild weekend as they secured 1st place on the final day of play and Pembina Valley dropped from playoff contention on the final day of play.
The Cougars after a dismal 3-10 start started clicking and rolled to 26 wins 21 losses and 1 overtime loss for 53 points on the year.
Jared McCorrister had a big final weekend finishing with 33 goals including 17 with the man advantage to lead the team in scoring. He was followed closely by Cory King and Callum Fortin as the team spread the scoring around.
Randy Cooke and Riley Wallace combined to give the Cougars the third best goals against allowing 151 goals in 48 games.
The Cougars now take on the Brandon Wheat Kings in a best of 5 starting Friday night in Brandon, with game 2 being back in Souris Sunday night at 7, game 3 is Tuesday night in Brandon with game 4 if needed back in Souris on March 8 at 8pm with game 5 , should the series stretch out on March 10 at the Sportplex
The Cougars, needing wins, were lethargic in front of Randy Cooke Saturday night in Beausejour. The Selects skated away with an ugly 4-1 win with Jordan Chudley scoring a power play goal to give the Cougars the early lead. The Cats battled the whole game but had nothing to show for the effort as Randy Cooke faced 32 shots.
Sunday afternoon at Gateway the Thrashers scored a shorthanded goal in the first. It was the first SH goal the Cougars had given up this season. The Cougars were shutout until early in the third when Tanner Andrew evened the score and then Hunter Andrew scored the game winner 64 seconds later for the 22nd win of the season. Riley Wallace earned the win with 36 saves,
The Cougars have a big week this week with a midweek game with Pembina Valley in Souris, and then a showdown with Central Plains on Saturday night before venturing to Waskada for a Sunday afternoon tilt with Eastman.
The Cougars picked up a pair of wins as January rolled into February. Wednesday night in Souris the Yellowhead Chiefs jumped out to a first period lead before the Cougars tied the score on a Callum Fortin goal.
Cory King continued his hot hand scoring an unassisted goal that turned out to be the game winner as Riley Wallace slammed the door on the Chief shooters in a 2-1 win.
Saturday night in Boissevain the Lightning struck first before Randy Cooke said that was enough and shut the quests the rest of the way. Leighton Holstein potted a pair of goals in the 6-1 win with Callum Fortin, Cory King, Tyson Kozak, and Tanner Andrew rounding out the scoring.
The Cougars hopped on the bus Sunday morning and didn’t have enough gas in the tank as the high flying Winnipeg Wild skated to a 5-1 win. Callum Fortin had the lone goal for the Cats with a third period marker.
The Cougars have been in every game of late as they hang on to eighth place, Landon Roberts and Jared McCorrister are still on the sidelines and hope to be back before the month passes.
Congratulations to Cory King, the league defensive player of the month, and Riley Wallace who was named the goaltender for the month of January.
The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League is pleased to announce that Riley Wallace of the Southwest Cougars is the Xplornet Goaltender of the Month!
In seven games played this month, Wallace went 6-1, with a save percentage of .933 and a goals against average of 2.42. The 5’9” Oak Lake native was in net for all but one of the Cougars wins this month. With a 33 save performance, Wallace helped the Cougars defeat the 3rd-seeded Winnipeg Bruins. He also posted a 30 save shutout against the Norman Northstars, and put together a 46 save performance in a 2-1 loss to the Central Plains Capitals.
Wallace is in his second season with the Cougars and has a 14-8 record this year. He sits with a 2.78 GAA and a .913 Save Percentage on the year. He has also posted 2 shutouts this year. Wallace is protected by the Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Honourable mention: Cooper Hatfield (KEN)
The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League is pleased to announce that Cory King of the Southwest Cougars is the Motel 6 / Super 8 Defenseman of the Month!
In 10 games played this month, King produced an impressive 2 goals and 12 assists from the backend. The Souris native noticed four multi-point games, include two 4-point efforts (vs Thrashers and Rangers). King’s efforts helped the Cougars go 7-3 in the month of January and maintain their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot.
The 5’9.5”, 2002-born King is in his first season with the Cougars. He currently has 5 goals and 35 assists to lead Southwest in scoring. King is a Western Hockey League draft pick of the Moose Jaw Warriors and has already signed a Standard Player Agreement with the club.
Honourable mention: Mason Waite (WLD)
The Cougars played well enough on the weekend to remain in 8th place, just ahead of Central Plains and 3 points behind Yellowhead for 7th.
Saturday night in Portage Riley Wallace and Riley Sveistrup hooked up in a goalie dual with both tenders turning aside 46 shots. The Cougars opened the scoring in the first and then saw the Caps tie the score in the second and then notch the winning goal midway in the third.
Sunday afternoon Tanner Andrew hooked up with Cory King and Cody Shearer to open the scoring just like they did in the Capitals game Saturday night. The Cougars had a chance to increase the lead, but the goal post was to big and the Thrashers struck for 4 unanswered goals.
Rylan Gudnason and Tanner Clyne got a pair of second period goals as the Cougars made the score close after 2. The Cougars tied the score in a Callum Fortin goal early in the third and then saw Tyson Kozak score a couple of power play goals . The Thrashers tied the score when the Cougars got a too many men penalty to make it interesting to set up Kozak’s heroics with under 7 minutes to play.
The Cougars host Yellowhead in a battle to move up the standings and then host Interlake in Boissevain on Saturday night.
Southwest Cougars captain Jared McCorrister of Boissevain had a break out week this past week and earned the Manitoba AAA Midget player of the week.
In 3 games last week Jared had 6 goals and 3 assists in leading the Cougars to a pair of weekend victories. McCorrister joined Leighton Holstein and Tanner Andrew in a new line combination and combined for 23 points in the past week.
Jared will lead the Cougars in a weekend tilt with Central Plains and will be on the ice when the Winnipeg Thrashers pay a final visit to Souris on Sunday.
It is January 22, the Cougars have 12 games left in the regular season and a winning record. The Cougars sit with a record of 18-17-1 in 8th place a point back of Yellowhead and 6 points up on Central Plains who they play Saturday night in Portage
The Cougars were dismal in a 7-1 blowout to the Brandon Wheat Kings last Wednesday night, Jared McCorrister scored a power play goal on Dawson Green who had his first start in a Brandon uniform and earned the win.
The Cougars fell behind by 3 goals by the 11 minute mark and then scored 8 unanswered goals against Parkland in an 8-3 win, and followed up with another 8 goal game in a shutout win over Norman, Riley Wallace picked up both wins.
Jared McCorrister lead the Cats with a 9 point week, Leighton Holstein broke through with 8 points, Tanner Andrew picked up 6 points, and Cory King had 4 helpers to lead the offence as 8 different skaters found the back of the net.
Cougars visit Central Saturday night, host the Thrashers Sunday afternoon and Yellowhead the 31st.
The Cougars earned a split in a pair of weekend games in Kenora, dropping the first game 6-0 and then rebounding with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
Cooper Hatfield turned aside 36 shots to earn the shutout, Randy Cooke took the hard luck loss as he faced 34 shots.
Sunday afternoon 6 different players scored in the win. Tanner Lawrence, Tanner Andrew, Leighton Holstein, Callum Fortin, Jared McCorrister and Hunter Andrew found the net. Cory King and Josh Wiens both had a couple of helpers.
Riley Wallace earned the win as he faced 35 shots. The Cougars had 40 shots at Matthew Booth.
The Cougars have a tough game midweek as they pay a visit to their city cousins, and then host Parkland and Norman as the Cougars fight to hang on to the final playoff position as the season winds down
The Cougars got back into the win column to start the New Year with wins over Central Plains and the Winnipeg Bruins snapping a 3 game skid they were on entering the Christmas break.
The Cougars battled the Capitals on Saturday afternoon picking up win number 14 and moved 2 points up on the Capitals. Tanner Lawrence, Jared McCorrister and Tyson Kozak did the scoring with Tanner Andrew picking up a couple of assists. Randy Cooke turned aside 38 shots for the win.
Sunday afternoon the Cougars took the season series with the Bruins with there third straight win. The teams were tied at 2 after 1, and 3 after 2 periods before the Cougars scored 2 unanswered goals in the third for a 5-3 win. Five different players scored 5 even strength goals for the win. Callum Fortin, Rylan Gudnason, Tanner Clyne scored in the first 2 periods before Josh Wiens potted the game winner and then Cory King scored an empty net goal with a minute to go in the game.
Riley Wallace turned aside 30 shots for the win.
The win moved the Cougars into a tie with Yellowhead for 7th place.
The Cougars started December a game under 500 but a tough Friday night 3-2 loss to Pembina Valley, and then a second 3-2 loss to the Thrashers saw the Cats fall to 3 games back in the win column.
The Cougars then earned a win in Shoal Lake against the Chiefs with a shutout win on Tuesday night.The Cougars only fired 15 shots on the Yellowhead net but managed to get a win. Callum Fortin scored his third goal in the last 2 games midway through the first and then Tanner Andrew put the game on ice when he scored an empty net goal with 21 seconds left on the clock.
Riley Wallace earned the shutout with 25 saves with an huge stop in the last minute to preserve the win.
The Cougars will Thank the Stripes on Friday night when the Norman Northstars pay a visit to Souris as the Cougars reach the midway point in the season. Officials are as much a part of hockey as the players and parents are and Friday night the Cougars will thank Brian Sorenson, Paul Vanbeselaere, Nathan Lee and Brendan Mills for the work they do.
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.
The Cougars would like to thank everyone who purchased NHL drafts. The club sold 330 drafts. If you want to see how you are doing go to the Cougar site and look for the password.
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.