Cats fall to Rockets

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by Allan Bristowe

February 23, 2014 (ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars put a scare into the BC Major Midget League’s top team on Sunday, but couldn’t slay the Okanagan Rockets at Kin 1.

Despite holding a pair of one goal leads, the Cougars were unable to close out the game dropping a 5-4 decision.

Jesse Roach scored twice on the power play, including a goal early in the third that gave the Cougars a short-lived 4-3 lead. He almost completed the hat trick late in the third on a would-be tying goal, but Rockets goalie Brendan Barry got just enough of the shot and the puck trickled wide.

Chase Dubois had a goal and two assists and Steven Jandric contributed a goal and a helper.

Tyson Jost had a hat trick for the Rockets, a day after scoring four times in a 9-2 Rockets’ win. Jake Kryski and Tanner Campbell also scored for the visitors.

The loss drops the Cougars to 17-19-2 on the year. The Rockets improved to 31-5-2.

With the score tied 3-3 after two periods, Roach lifted a shot over Barry’s shoulder on the short side to give the Cougars their second lead of the hockey game. But Jost carried the Rockets back, first banging away at the side of the net until he jammed a puck past Cougars goalie Lane Delfs then converting on a power play to put the Rockets up for good.

The Cougars generated a few chances to tie the game, but couldn’t get the puck past Barry, who finished with 15 saves. Delfs was busier making 29 stops.

Down 2-0 early, the Cougars scored three straight to take their first lead.

Dubois got things going at 12:14 of the first when he rung a shot off the post and in on the power play. The goal came moments after Barry stopped a Colton Thomas one-timer at the side of the net, but Thomas was able to get the puck to Dubois in a great shooting position.

Dubois set up Roach just 29 seconds into the second when he made an excellent centring pass as the Cougars converted an other power play opportunity to level the score.

Jandric gave the home side the lead at 11 minutes of the second, taking a feed from Roach and beating Barry. Dubois also got a helper on the play.

Jost drew the visitors even before the second period was out, blasting a power-play shot to the top corner.

Kryski opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game when he finished off a nice power-play passing sequence with a tap in at the side of the net. Campbell made it 2-0 midway through the first period with a well-placed snap shot off a rush on the right wing.

The Cougars wrap up the regular season back on home ice next weekend when the Vancouver NW Giants make the trip north. Saturday’s game is set for 4:45 p.m. at Kin 1.