March 16, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars season ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Okanagan Rockets who swept the BC Major Midget best-of-three semi-final series to advance to the championship.
The loss ends the Cougars streak of final appearances at three, the first time the Cats have not advanced beyond the semi-finals since 2008-09.
Tyler Povelofskie scored his first of the post-season midway through the first to give the Cougars their first lead of the series, but it was shortlived as less than four minutes later Justin Marreck banked a shot off Stephen Penner’s skate and into the open Cougar net.
The close-knit affair remained tied at one until the 12:46 mark of the third when Brett Mennear gave the Rockets their first lead of the game. But just 26 seconds later, Liam Blackburn made a nice play to put the puck on his forehand before snapping it past Rocket goaltender Brenden Mills to tie the game at two.
Still tied after 60 minutes, the Cougars entered their first overtime game of the playoffs where Spencer Hewson got the series winning goal at the 6:04 mark.
The Rockets advance to their first championship series since 2007-08 when they were swept by the Cougars. The game was the last in major midget for several Cariboo Cougars including captain Ryan Forbes, assistant captains Eli Jarvis and Stephen Penner, as well as goaltender Nathan Warren and forwards Kirk Hards, Tre Potskin, and defenceman Nick Headrick.