The Midget Varsity squad did their part by picking up a pair of overtime wins on their way to a 3-1 record at a showcase tournament in Penticton, B.C. this past weekend.
The Cougars opened with a 5-4 extra time win against Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence before falling 2-1 to Couer d’Alene. They followed with a 4-3 win in overtime against Okanagan Hockey Academy before closing out the tournament with a 6-2 victory over Shawnigan Lake.
Cougars 5, POE 4 OT
Prairie Hockey looked to have things in hand when Colton Aikens and Lang Lee scored just over a minute apart in the first period to give their team a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Pursuit wouldn’t go down easily, though, and scored three goals in a span of 2:27 early in the third period to take a 3-2 edge.
Zach Ashworth would tie the game with 7:05 to play, but the two teams weren’t done there. POE would regain the lead only 15 seconds after Ashworth’s goal, and 2:23 after that marker, it was Tyson Kistner’s turn to play hero with a goal that tied the contest 4-4.
Lee would then score with only 12 seconds remaining in overtime to secure the win.
Brody Hsiao made 39 saves in the Cougars net.
Couer d’Alene 2, Cougars 1
Aikens scored PHA’s lone goal 4:04 into second period to tie the game 1-1, but once again, a quick response only 1:39 later gave Couer d’Alene back the lead.
The Cougars wouldn’t be able to respond despite four power plays in the first 10 minutes of the third as they finished 1-for-8 on the man advantage.
Riley Gross made 35 saves for PHA.
Cougars 4, Okanagan 3 OT
There was no break in intensity against OHA, as Aikens and Kistner scored in the first and second periods respectively to see the game tied 2-2 through two.
Okanagan took the lead with 4:01 to play, but Brandon Kelly scored with 1:17 remaining to tie things up and again send the contest into overtime.
The Cougars didn’t wait long to score in the extra frame, as Aikens needed only 32 seconds to pot the game winner.
Hsiao had a 25 save showing in goal.
Cougars 6, Shawnigan 2
Prairie Hockey closed out the tournament with a comfortable win, as they outshot Shawnigan 33-15 – including 14-1 in the second period – on their way to securing the victory.
Kelly led the way with three goals for the Cougars, Aikens and Ashworth each had a goal and an assist while Chase Jocelyn added their other marker. Walker Douglas had two assists.
Ryley Gross was the beneficiary of the solid defensive showing with 13 saves.
Prairie Hockey holds a 5-4-2-1 record to sit in third place in the Midget Varsity division.
The Cougars are now off until the Nov. 8 weekend when they host Calgary’s International Hockey Academy for a trio of contests.
The Elite 15 Cougars also find themselves off to a solid start with a 6-3-0-1 record, good enough for third place in their 14-team league, three points back of Northern Alberta (7-1-1-0).
They return to action this weekend for a three-game Showcase set in Wilcox, as they face North Alberta this afternoon before taking on Edge Academy at 11 a.m. on Saturday and OHA Edmonton at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.