(ISN) – Late-game heroics from defencemen Connor MacEachern and Joel Patsey lifted the Cariboo Cougars to a 5-4 victory over the South Island Royals in BC Major Midget League action at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Cougars trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and 3-2 after 40 before launching a late third period come back to extend their latest winning streak to three games.
“I think we showed a lot of resilience today, having to score two goals in the last two minutes is never easy, but we worked hard enough and long enough to find a way to win,” Cougars coach Bryan MacLean said.
MacEachern tied the game at four with 1:56 to play and Patsey potted the winner with just 1:42 on the clock.
The Cougars took advantage of some late South Island penalties and their power-play converted at a crucial time to secure the victory and the weekend sweep.
“It was also nice to see our power play click late in the game when we needed goals,” MacLean said.
Patsey, Wesley Shipton, and Austin Gray also scored for the Cougars, who are now 25-4-1 on the year. Gray also pitched in with a pair of assists, including on the game winner.
The Royals are now 13-14-2.
“You have to give South Island a lot of credit, they executed their game plan well, and slowed our speed down,” MacLean said.
On Saturday the Cougars blanked the Royals 4-0.
The Cougars will take part in the second BCMML Showcase weekend next weekend when they play the Valley West Hawks in Richmond.