GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
MILWAUKEE, WI – Coming off an almost 3-week layoff, in game 1 vs Marquette University the Cougars came out sharp and ready to play. The Cougars would pressure Marquette early and Tanner Mayne would open the scoring for Sault College 5 minutes into the opening frame. Four minutes later the Cougars would score 2 in a 40 second span to open the game up at 3-0 just 10 minutes into the period. Puck movement and pressure would dominate the period for Sault College and with 3 minutes left in the 1st, Austin Rowe would strike to make it 4-0 and send the Cougars to the intermission at that same score.
Sault College would come out for the second and continue the dominance throughout. Ryan Vendramin would tally his second of the contest just 2 minutes into the frame and Kaiden MacDonald would pot one 50 seconds later to put the Cougars up 6-0. Marquette would manage their lone goal of the contest a few minutes later by squeaking the puck by Cougars Starter Justin Richer on a broken play in the crease area to cut the lead to 6-1. After both teams killed a couple of penalties each, Tanner Mayne would bury his second goal of the night followed by a goal by Parker Morgan 90 seconds later to help send the Cougars to the Intermission up 8-1.
The 3rd period would see both clubs trade power plays and see both teams trade a few scoring chances. Marquette goalie Jimmy Bertane would make several BIG stops for his club in keeping the score down. The period would be a quiet one as no scoring would take place and the Cougars would skate to an 8-1 victory.
Cougars Scoring: Kaelen O’Flynn (4 A), Ryan Vendramin (2G 1A), Tanner Mayne (2G 1A), Steve Khull (2A), Max Khull (2A), Lucas Duckstein (1G 1A), Austin Rowe (1G), Kaiden McDonald (1G), Parker Morgan (1G), Mark Tassone (1A), Brad Thrower (1A), Gage Stephany (1A).
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
MILWAUKEE, WI – Game 2 vs Marquette Started out well for the Cougars as they took possession off of the initial face off and less than a minute in would lead 1-0 on a goal by Steve Khull. Dominant play would continue for the Cougars as they would out play Marquette and find themselves leading 2-0 on a goal by Gage Stephany just 3 minutes into the game. Marquette would head up ice soon after and fire a shot through goalie Justin Richer to make it 2-1. Off of the next faceoff, Sault College would gain possession and Kaiden MacDonald would extend the lead to 3-1 with a shot past Marquette starter Jimmy Bertane. Pressure and scoring chances for the Cougars would continue and on a second goal by Stephany, and an Austin Rowe tally, would take a 5-1 lead into the locker room at intermission.
The second period would be a slow pace and the Cougars would get caught up in some sloppy play. At the 11-minute mark, Marquette would fire a screened shot past Richer to cut the lead to 5-2. Sault College would answer 4 minutes later after a couple of chances and enhance their lead to 6-2. More sloppy play would continue and the Cougars would give up another goal on a miscue in the defensive end cutting the lead to 6-3 with 5 minutes to play in the period. The rest of the period would see a couple of penalties aside but neither team would capitalize and the teams would go to 2nd intermission at the 6-3 score.
Third period action would see both teams trade a few scoring chances and both Marquette Goalie Jimmy Bertane and Justin Richer for the Cougars would shut the door with some nice stops. The teams would not be able put anything else up on the board and at the final whistle, Sault College would skate away with a 6-3 win. With the win the Cougars Men’s hockey team heads into the Christmas break with a record of 13-3-2 in ACHA D2 play.
Cougars Scoring: Gage Stephany (2G), Steve Khull (1G 1A), Mark Tassone (1G), Austin Rowe (1G), Kaiden McDonald (1G), Kaelen O’Flynn (2A), Dan Heelis (2A), Noah Serre (2A), Brad Thrower (1A), Mitchell Devins-Cann (1A), Ryan Lawrence (1A).
Tanner Mayne (Men’s Hockey): Tanner provided solid play for the Cougars this weekend as he would score 2 goals and 1 assist in game 1 to lead the Cougars to victory.