Cougars Weekend Recap

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MEN’S HOCKEY

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs LIBERTY FLAMES

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – Game 1 vs the Liberty University Flames started off well for the Cougars for a team travelling 15 hours and arriving at the rink 45 minutes before puck drop. Sault College would shake off the bus legs and come out with some jump creating early chances with Mitchell Devins-Cann opening the scoring on a top shelf howitzer from the left blue line. With both teams pressing at each end, Ryan Vendramin would make it a 2 goal lead scoring a beauty on a feed from Max Khull. Liberty would respond with 2 goals just 3 minutes apart on goals from the slot to tie things up before the period would come to a close.

The 2nd period would start slow with both teams playing conservatively until Liberty would strike 5 minutes in to take a 3-2 lead. Less than 2 minutes later, Max Khull would take a feed from O’Flynn and deposit it behind Flame’s goalie Partridge to tie things up at 3-3. The rest of the period would see both goalies make some good saves to keep things even heading to the 3rd.

The 3rd frame would see the teams continue to pressure each other and trade chances, and then at the 12 min mark, Max Khull would pot his 2nd of the contest under the pad of the Liberty goalie to give the Cougars a 4-3 lead. That lead would evaporate a few minutes later as Liberty strikes on a high glove shot past Justin Richer from the hash marks to tie it up at 4-4.  More back and forth play would see Liberty regain the lead with 4 minutes left on a partial breakaway shot that beat Richer glove side once again. Now Trailing 5-4, the Cougars would pull starter Richer in favor of Drew Gregory who would come in cold and make a few key stops in the dying minutes to keep the deficit at 1. Patience and late pressure would pay off as the Cougars would strike to tie the game up 5-5 with 50 seconds remaining. Ryan Vendramin would one-time a cross ice feed from the left faceoff dot past the Liberty net minder to stun the Flames and their crowd. Overtime would see both clubs get a few decent chances and both goalies would answer the call in ensuring the game would end in a 5-5 deadlock.

Cougar scoring: Ryan Vendramin (2G 1A), Max Khull (2 G 2A), Austin Rowe (3A), Ryan Lawrence (1A), Brad Thrower (1A), Bryceton Lalonde (1A), Kaelan O’Flynn (1A).

 

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs LIBERTY FLAMES

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – Game 2 vs Liberty University would see 2 early goals in the 1st minute of play. Liberty would strike just 11 seconds in with a puck slipped through the legs of Richer in the high slot to go up 1-0. Sault College would answer just 17 seconds later after gaining the Liberty zone with Austin Rowe banging home a feed in the slot from Vendramin to make it 1-1. Both clubs would pressure and it would be Liberty re-gaining the lead at the 9-minute mark. Sault College would press hard in the period but Liberty goalie Partridge would make a handful of big stops to preserve the 1 goal lead for Liberty heading to intermission.

The 2nd period would see some back and forth action and both teams would trade chances but not be able to capitalize. Both goalies would weather the storm and the Flames would head to the break still up 2-1.

Coming out for the 3rd period, the Cougars would come out pressing hard and tie things up just 28 seconds in with Steve Khull banging the puck home. Liberty would try and hold back the Cougars push but Sault College would continue the dominant play and with 5 minutes left, Austin Rowe would give the Cougars the 3-2 lead then Ryan Vendramin would add some insurance just 24 seconds later to extend that lead to 4-2. Liberty would try to respond late but Richer and the Cougars would shut down the attack and help send Sault College to the 4-2 Win.

Cougars scoring: Austin Rowe (2G 1A), Ryan Vendramin (1G 1A), Steve Khull (1G), Kaiden McDonald (1A), Kaelan O’Flynn (1A), Max Khull (1A).

Up Next: The Cougars travel to play the Grand Valley Lakers on Friday Nov. 15th @ 8:30pm and Saturday Nov. 16th @ 3:30pm.

 

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – The Cougars had a long road trip over the weekend, making it into Notre Dame for a 2-game series against the Fighting Irish. The Cougars got out to a quick lead in the 1st period courtesy of 2 quick goals by Rachel Barban. In the 2nd, good plays by Notre Dame had the game tied at 3-3 late in the frame before Olivia Barsanti put the Cougars up one going into the 3rd. Sault College never looked back from that point as they added two goals in the 3rd powered by Chelsea Dokis and Mackenzie Nadeau to send the Cougars home from game one with a 6-3 win.

Cougars Scoring: Rachel Barban (2G), Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau (2A), Mackenzie Monico (1G 1A), Olivia Barsanti (1G 1A)

GAME 2: SAULT COUAGRS vs NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – After a 6-3 game one win the Cougars looked to keep their momentum going in game two of their weekend series. The game was even throughout a majority of the contest with the score 4-4 going into the 3rd. The Cougars would add two goals to the Notre Dames’ 1 to hang on for the 6-5 win, a game which saw the Cougars give up 7 power play opportunities but found a way to hold on to complete the weekend sweep against Notre Dame.

 

Cougars Scoring: Mispon Martin (2G, 2A), Coleen O’Neill (3A), Ashleigh Wiwchar (1G 1A).

Up Next: The Cougars travel to Chicago to take on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Saturday Nov. 23rd @ 10:10pm and Sunday November 24th @ 1:00pm.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs CONESTOGA CONDORS

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Cougars were looking to add a second win to their record on Saturday night, and had a good opportunity to do so against an evenly matched Conestoga Condors team. The Cougars got off to a good start in the 1st quarter with Simon Wal and Valentine Okeke kick starting the Cougar offence and Mahier Mohamed coming off the bench for 5 points in 3 minutes of action for a 4-point lead at the end of the 1st.

Conestoga would flip the switch in the 2nd quarter as guard Avery Sutton went off for 10 points on 4-4 shooting, including a 3 pointer to send the Condors to a 4-point lead at half. Wal and Okeke for the Cougars continued their strong play into the 2nd to keep them within striking distance going into the 3rd.

The Cougars put on the pressure in the 3rd with some solid defense and contributions from Matthew Kment and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker being a strong presence on the glass. The Cougars would cut the lead down to 3 points for the Condors going into the final frame.

With the win in the Cougars sight, the 4th quarter would come down to the wire. Kevon Clarke would score 7 points and pull down 4 big defensive rebounds in the frame and come up with a big block late in the game and score on the other end to get within 2 points of the Condors’ lead. The last minute of play proved crucial, however as the Condors hit some key shots to make it a two possession game and would finish with the 73-69 win over the Cougars.

Cougar Scoring: Simon Wal (18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks), Matthew Kment (10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist), Jaylyne Moore-Tucker (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Mahier Mohamed (10 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists).

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs CONESTOGA CONDORS

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Cougars were looking to bounce back Sunday after a close 4-point loss on Saturday to the Condors. The game would see the teams change leads frequently with Conestoga taking the first turn in a low scoring first quarter of 12-7 with Stephen Miller providing 5 of the 7 Cougar points.

The 2nd quarter was the Cougars turn to jump out in front as they outscored the Condors 27-16 thanks to 7 a point run and back to back 3 pointers by Brian Senecal. The 2nd quarter onslaught also had Simon Wal scoring 7 points and Mahier Mohamed and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker both contributing 6 points.

After being held in check in the 2nd the Condors came out flying in the 3rd going on a 6 point run to start the frame, with the Cougars following up with a 6 point run of their own, answered immediately from the Condors as they went on a 7 point run in response.

Kevon Clarke kept the cougars afloat in the 2nd half with 10 points, including a timely 4 points in the 4th. The final quarter had two more lead changes and foul trouble put the Condors into bonus free throws, which turned out to be too much to overcome in the final minutes, ending in a 67-57 final in favour of Conestoga.

Cougars scoring: Simon Wal (14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists), Kevon Clarke (12 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals), Stephen Miller (9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists).

Up Next: The Cougars take to the road to play the St. Clair Saints on Saturday Nov. 16th @ 6:00pm and Sunday Nov. 17th at 3:00pm.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs CONESTOGA CONDORS

SAULT STE. MARIE – In game one the ladies struggled on the score board against the Condors but there was great effort put forth by the Cougars. Conestoga shot an impressive 45% from the field and were a plus 12 in the rebounding margin. The very athletic trio of Beckford, White and Abdalla for the Condors were too much to for the Cougars to handle leading to the 75-35 loss.

Taylor Elliott was very efficient during game one coming in off the bench, scoring 9 points on 3 for 7 shooting leading the way for the Cougars. Skylar Toms and Andrea Gorman chipped in with 7, while Clara Yanchuk and Cassidy Sabourin added 5 to round out the Cougar attack. On the defensive side Cassidy Sabourin and Bryanna Baker did all they could hauling in 6 and 5 rebounds respectively.

Cougars Scoring: Taylor Elliott (9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Andrea Gorman (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Clara Yanchuk (5 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists).

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs CONESTOGA CONDORS

SAULT STE. MARIE –  In game two there was better start by the ladies as they exchanged baskets with the Condors for most of the first quarter and the Cougars found themselves in the lead at points near the end of the frame thanks to some 3 point shooting that was missing from the Cougars offence in game one.

The rest of the game the Condors pulled away by massive performances by Megan White of Conestoga who drained 21 points and Maddy Weber who contributed 14 points and 18 rebounds that prevented the Cougars offence that was present in the 1st quarter.

Andrea Gorman had a very good shooting night going 4 for 10 and knocking down three 3’s in the process which helped the Cougars in their strong 1st quarter start. The first year player from Bowmanville led the Cougars with 11 points. Cassidy Sabourin was a consistent presence again and hit for 8 points. While Clara Yanchuk added 7 and Skylar Toms chipped in with 6. Gorman also had a very impressive game on the boards leading the team pulling down 8. Emma Filion also grabbed 6 boards. Yanchuk led the Cougars with 5 assists while Toms added 4.

Cougars Scoring: Andrea Gorman (11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists), Cassidy Sabourin (8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block), Clara Yanchuk (7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals).

Up Next: The Cougars take to the road to play the St. Clair Saints on Saturday Nov. 16th @ 4:00pm and Sunday Nov. 17th at 1:00pm.

 

INDOOR CRICKET

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs SAULT STE. MARIE CRICKET CLUB

SAULT STE. MARIE – The cricket team representing the College played its first game at the Northern Community Centre over the weekend and lost their first match 171-122.

 

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs ALGOMA UNIVERSITY

SAULT STE. MARIE – The cricket team’s second game of the weekend had them going up against the cross town rival Algoma University which they would win with an extremely close 120-118 final score.

Stand out players for the College at this tournament were Jivan Madishetty and Meet Mandapwala.

The Cricket team will be representing Sault College in the local cricket leave taking place at the Northern Community Centre with the first official match beginning on November 23rd