Cariboo Cougars Win 10th Straight

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(ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars’ winning streak has reached double digits.

The Cougars rattled off their 10th straight BC Major Midget League win on Sunday afternoon, dispatching the Thompson Blazers 5-1 at Kin 1. The first-place Cougars, 19-2-1 on the year, have only conceded eight goals during their current streak – including a pair of shutout wins.
Justin Almeida with a pair led the way, while Todd Bredo, Keith Redden, and Riley Coish also scored for the Cougars on Sunday. Tyler Ward replied for the Blazers.
The Cougars have now won 15 of their past 16 games, outscoring their opponents 99-25 during that span.
Almeida got things going at 6:17 of the first, taking a feed from Chase DuBois and expertly placing a snap shot past Blazers goalie Aris Anagnostopoulos. Bredo made it 2-0 just over a minute later with a bouncing backhander finding its way through traffic in front at 7:27. Colton Thomas had the lone assist.
Bredo also set up the third goal of the period with a powerful point shot, Redden buried the rebound at 9:46, with Austin Gray also picking up a helper on the power play goal.
Almeida potted his second of the game at 9:06 of the second, converting a rebound after a scrambly play in front of the Blazers’ net. Wesley Shipton and Zack Smith got the assists.
Coish capitalized on a rebound off an Alex Hanson shot at 10:10 of the third to score his second of the weekend. Jeremy Gervais also got an assist.
Ward ended the Cougars’ shutout streak at 13:58 of the third, tipping a shot over Dorrin Luding’s shoulder. Matthew Facchinelli and Garrett Ewart got the assists.
Luding and Griffin Outhouse had combined for a shutout streak of 189 minutes and six seconds, dating back to last weekend’s games against the Okanagan Rockets.
Luding finished Sunday’s game with 19 saves, Anagnostopoulos had 63.
The Cougars play their final home games before the Christmas break next weekend. The North Island Silvertips visit Kin 1 at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.