Cougars Finish Even With Canadians For First Tie

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Jeff Sargeant

Januray 21, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – The hometown Canadians got out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period once again massively outshooting the Cats through the first 20 minutes as Nathan Warren played another strong game in net.

The Cariboo Cougars played to their first draw of the 2012-2013 season Sunday with a 2-2 tie with the Greater Vancouver Canadians.

Brad Morrison evened things up seven minutes into the second on a breakaway scoring a hilight reel goal as the two teams headed into the third tied at one.

The Cats took their first lead of the game three minutes into the final frame as Lien Miller-Jeannotte scored his third of the season from Jordan Low and Thane Anderson who recorded his first point as a Cariboo Cougar. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Canadians tied things back up less than four minutes later.

Canadians forward Glenn Gawdin was assessed a five minute cross-checking major and a game misconduct with 4:53 left on the clock for a hit on Braiden Epp who was luckily uninjured on the play. Depsite being on the power play for the rest of the period, including a full two minute two man advantage, the Cats could not execute as they took three of four points and remain unbeaten in their last four games.

Warren stopped 39 saves for yet another brilliant performance in goal.

The Cougars record now sits at 22-7-1 and with the Okanagan Rockets falling 4-1 to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Sunday, the Cats and Rockets are tied for second place although Okanagan does hold two games in hand.

The Cougars are on the road again next weekend as they face the Kootenay Ice Saturday and Sunday in Nelson.