Cariboo Cats and Ice Battle to a Tie

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November 3, 2013, Prince George (ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars came back from four one-goal deficits to earn a point Sunday morning in a 4-4 tie with the Kootenay Ice in BC Major Midget League action at the CN Centre.

Thomas Webster secured the tie early in the third period, when he slid home a rebound past Kootenay goaltender Jason Maihiot. Chase Dubois got the play started, sending Cole Morris in on a rush. Morris drove hard to the net, his backhand was stopped but Webster was right there for the rebound.

Chase Dubois, Jesse Roach and Steven Jandric also scored for the Cougars who moved to 5-6-1 on the year. Sam Weber had a pair for the Ice, with Logan Wullum and Austin Tambellini also scoring.

Cougars goalie Lane Delfs helped preserve the tie with some key saves in the dying minutes as the Cougars killed off a late penalty.

Delfs finished with 24 saves, while Maihiot made 32 stops – including 14 in the third as the Cougars pressed hard to find the go ahead goal.

Isaiah Berra had the best chance, sliding a puck through the crease. It went off the post and then jumped over Jandric’s stick. Bryan Allbee also rung a shot off the cross-bar in the third.

With the score 1-1 after one period, Wellum gave the Ice their second lead of the game early in the second, converting after nice play off a face-off deep in Cariboo territory.

The Cougars battled back, with Roach scoring a minute later, taking a beautiful pass from Berra behind the net and beating Maihiot. Jandric also picked up an assist.

Weber got his second of the game later in the period on the power play, but the Cougars came right back with Roach finding Jandric alone in the slot. Berra also got an assist.

Just 18 seconds after the Cougars had levelled the score, the Ice went back in front thanks to Tambellini’s unassisted tally.

Weber opened the scoring for Kootenay just 59 seconds into the game when he banged home a rebound after a scramble in front of the Cougars net.

The Cougars got better as the first period went on, with Allbee and Scott Cullen both ringing shots off the post, Maihiot robbing Jandric on the edge of the crease and Dallas Goodwin and Thomas Webster just missing on a 2-on-1.

Finally with four seconds left in the opening frame, the Cougars hit pay dirt. Chase Dubois set up Cole Morris in front of the net and Morris one-timed it past Maihiot, although Dubois got credit for the goal. Webster also picked up an assist on the play.

The Cougars hit the road again next weekend as they visit the South Island Royals for a pair of games. The two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.