Cougars Drop Royals in Series Opener

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(ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars rolled to their sixth straight win on Saturday night defeating the South Island Royals 7-2 in BC Major Midget League action at Kin 1.
Colton Thomas scored a pair for the Cougars, who have out scored their opponents 36-12 during the current winning streak. Justin Almeida, Wesley Shipton, Brendan Moore and Austin Grey also scored for the Cougars.

Four of Cariboo’s first five goals came on the power play and the team finished the night 4/9. The Royals went 0/4.
Despite all the offence, Dorrin Luding was strong between the pipes for the Cougars, making 24 saves – including some big ones early on as the Royals peppered him with 12 first-period shots. Jordan Guiney, with two, was the only Royal to beat Luding.
The Cougars built a 3-0 first period lead on the strength of a pair of power-play goals and a buzzer beater.
Almeida opened the scoring at 11:31, lifting a rebound over Royals starter Lane Delfs with the man advantage. Connor MacEachern got the play started, gloving down a clearing attempt and sliding a pass to his blue-line mate Joel Patsey who fed Chase DuBois. Delfs got a pad on DuBois’ shot but had no chance on the rebound.
Shipton made it 2-0, roofing a backhand at 17:04, with MacEachern picking up the lone helper.
Moore gave the Cougars a three-goal lead headed into the break when his shot off the rush found the back of the net with one second left in the opening stanza.
The onslaught continued in the middle period, with Hanson and Thomas scoring on the power play and Thomas and Gray scoring at even strength. Almeida, Keith Redden and Todd Bredo had second period assists.
Austin Roder spelled Delfs after the sixth Cougars goal.
Both teams were shorthanded after a skirmish early in the second resulted in the Cougars’ Zack Smith and Joel Patsey getting ejected for fighting along with Andrew Jack, Jarrett Malloch and Cam Cinsman of the Royals.
Guiney scored twice 19 seconds apart late in the third for the Royals. Tyler Preziuso assisted on both, while Cam Thompson assisted on the second one.
The two teams meet again on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Kin 1.

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