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Prairie Hockey Academy goes undefeated on opening weekend

Elite 15s close out Showcase with 4-3 win over Rink, Midget Varsity down Shawnigan 3-1, Coeur d'Alene 2-1
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The Prairie Hockey Academy Cougars are coming out of their first Showcase tournaments of the 2019-20 Canadian Sport School Hockey League season undefeated.

And yes, that's tournaments, plural: the Elite 15s wrapped up their first-ever Showcase at Barkman Arena with a 4-3 win over Rink Hockey Academy on Sunday to finish 3-0, while the Midget Varsity squad defeated Shawnigan 3-1 on Saturday night followed by a 2-1 win over Coeur d'Alene Sunday morning to finish 4-0 in Calgary.

Elite 15 Cougars 4, Rink 3

Rink scored a pair of goals in the final 1:44 of the contest to make things interesting, but that would be as close as they'd get as PHA won their fourth straight contest and are the only team in the Elite 15 division with a perfect record.

Jackson Allan and McKale Paul scored first-period goals before Paul and Ty Paisley exchanged single markers in the second to send the Cougars into the final frame with a 3-1 lead.

Tate Schofer had increased PHA's edge to 4-1 when Rink mounted their late rally as Isaiah Kinnavanthong and Owen Pickering scoring the game's final goals.

Dazza Mitchell turned aside 47 shots to earn the win, Max Hildebrand stopped 21 for Rink.

Midget Cougars 3, Shawnigan 1

In a rematch of the CSSHL Midget Varsity championship final from last season, PHA handed Shawnigan their first loss in more than 18 months.

Gordon Kean gave Shawnigan a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the first period, but the Cougars would do all the scoring the rest of the way.
Colton Aikens tied the game at the 10:16 mark and after a scoreless second period, Garrett Hachey and Chase Jocelyn added single markers in the final frame for the 3-1 win.

Brody Hsiao made 31 saves for PHA, Darian Feser turned aside 28 for Rink.

Midget Cougars 2, Coeur d'Alene 1

Hachey and Aiken each scored first period goals and that would be all the Cougars would need as they closed out their perfect weekend.

Adam Redding scored for Coeur d'Alene midway through the third period, but that would be as close as they'd get.

Ryley Gross had a 37 save performance for PHA, Ryder Graham stopped 22 for Coeur d'Alene.

The Elite 15s are back in action when they host Edge School for Athletes for a pair of games on Saturday, Oct. 5 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 6 (10 a.m.), with both games at Barkman Arena.

The Midget Varsity Cougars are in Pilot Mound for a two game set beginning Saturday, Oct. 5.




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