Cougars Weekly Re-Cap

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MEN’S HOCKEY

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs MICHIGAN TECH HUSKIES

HOUGHTON, MI – Men’s hockey was back in action against Michigan Tech this past weekend looking to add onto their ACHA Div. II leading record. The Cougars came out fast in the 1st period scoring three times before the ten-minute mark. Michigan Tech would fight back with two goals of their own before the Cougars added one more to leave the score 4-2 after the one period of play.

The Cougars never looked back after that as they scored four times in the 2nd and added another two in the third. Ryan Vendramin would lead the charge with six points (4G, 2A) and goalie Justin Richer would turn away all the remaining shots he faced after Michigan’s two goals in the first. The Cougars would skate away with a 10-2 win.

Cougars Scoring: Ryan Vendramin (4G, 2A), Austin Rowe (3G, 2A), Max Khull (5A), Kaelan O’Flynn (3A).

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs MICHIGAN TECH HUSKIES

HOUGHTON, MI – The Cougars carried all the momentum in game two of the weekend series in Michigan Tech’s home rink. The Sault locked it down from the puck drop and scored seven unanswered goals before Michigan Tech struck curtesy of Kyle Callaway, who would also add their second goal as well. Ryan Vendramin and Kax Khull capped off terrific weekends on the stats sheet as Vendramin would add another four points (3G, 1A) and Khull scored four goals to power the Cougars to an 11-2 win over the Michigan Tech Huskies, starting off the second half of the season with two big wins.

Cougars Scoring: Ryan Vendramin (3G, 1A), Max Khull (4G), Mark Tassone (1G, 3A), Austin Rowe (3A).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN WOLVERINES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Cougars welcomed the Michigan Dearborn Wolverines to the Rankin Arena this past weekend. The Wolverines, who are ranked second in the West Region came out in full force Sunday night as they hit the ice for game one. The Wolverines would strike first on a goal by Kaylee Keledjian putting the Cougars in the hole early. The Cougars would snap back with two unanswered goals by Lambert-Mousseau and Bethany Tummillo for the 2-1 lead. Before the end of the period the Wolverines would score two more to go up 3-2 going into the 2nd period.

The Wolverines would continue to roll as Claudia Maguire would add two more to finish off her hat trick and send Michigan-Dearborn to a 7-2 win over the Cougars in game one.

Cougars Scoring: Bethany Tummillo (1G, 1A) Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau (1G), Mackenzie Nadeau (1A), Makenzie Monico (1A).

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DEARBORN WOLVERINES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Game two was very different for both teams and turned out to be a close, and entertaining contest. Claudia Maguire showed up big for the Wolverines again putting them out in front right out of the gate in the 1st period. Rachel Barban would tie the score at ones, before Olivia Barsanti would pot back to back goals to put the Cougars up 3-1 early in the 2nd period. The Wolverines rallied quickly and scored three straight to go up 4-3 and put themselves in a leading position they found themselves in on Sunday for game one.

The Cougars did not falter though, as they would answer Michigan’s three goal flurry with a three goal spurt of their own with Olivia Barsanti striking again to finish off the hat trick and Lambert-Mousseau potting two to put the Cougars up 6-4. The Wolverines would add one more to push the score to 6-5, but the Cougars would hold on for the win against the second ranked Wolverines.

Cougars Scoring: Olivia Barsanti (3G, 1A), Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau (2G), Rachel Barban (1G), Coleen O’Neill (2A).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs REDEEMER ROYALS

ANCASTER, ON – The first game back from the winter break was a tightly contested one for the Cougars to begin the game, with the first 5 minutes of the game having a 12-9 score in favour of the Royals. The game opened up after that 5-minute mark and Redeemer would knock down five 3’s in the 1st to outscore the Cougars 11-2 down the stretch and end the 1st quarter with a 23-11 lead.

Redeemer’s offensive output would improve in the 2nd quarter as they shot 50% from the field and went 9 of 11 in free throws. The Cougars did their best to keep the game within reach with 8 points in the quarter by Brian Senecal and 6 from Kevon Clarke leaving the score 55-25 Redeemer at half.

Like the Royals’ offense, the Cougars offense improved as the game wore on with Jaylyne Moore-Tucker stepping up in the 3rd quarter with 9 points and Kevon Clarke continuing to be a presence around the rim with 4 more points and 3 rebounds.

The final frame had the starting lineup for the Cougars spread the ball around which saw 4 of 5 starters contributing with points, but unfortunately for the Cougars the Royals offense was too much to overcome and took the game with a final score of 109-65.

Cougars Scoring: Jaylyne Moore-Tucker (19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks), Kevon Clarke (15 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block), Brian Senecal (12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal).

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs REDEEMBER ROYALS

ANCASTER, ON – The Cougars were looking to put the 44-point loss behind them as they played game 2 of the weekend series against the Royals on Saturday. The Royals got off to a hot start in this one hitting three 3’s to the Cougars one field goal for the 9-2 lead out of the gate. The Royals continued to knock down shots in the 1st making the Cougars play catch up for the rest of the quarter. Simon Wal and Jorrel Grant scored 10 of the Cougars 18 points in the first but found themselves down 32-18 going into the 2nd.

Both teams saw a dip in their offensive output in the 2nd quarter with the Cougars shooting 28.6% from the field and Redeemer shooting 34.6%. The Royals would out rebound the Cougars 17-6 in the frame as both teams attempted to suppress the other. Kevon Clarke would lead the Sault with 4 points in the quarter and the Sault would go down 53-29 into the half.

The second half was more of an even affair with the Cougars not only outscoring the Royals in the half but out rebounding them as well pulling in 26 from the glass to the Royals 17. Simon Wal showed up in a big way in the 3rd with 11 points while Jaylyne Moore-Tucker and Kevon Clarke took care of most of the rebounding for the Cougars.

Despite scoring 32 points in the final quarter; including another 10 points from Simon Wal and 5 from newcomer Jorrel Grant, the overall consistency from the Royals put the game out of reach for the Sault with Redeemer coming out on top 99-79.

Cougars Scoring: Simon Wal (30 points, 4 rebounds), Kevon Clarke (14 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist), Stephen Miller (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs REDEEMER ROYALS

ANCASTER, ON – The Cougars were looking for their first win of the season Friday against the (0-8) Redeemer Royals. Redeemer would start off hot hitting four 3-pointers in the frame for the quick lead. The Cougars would keep it close in the opening quarter thanks to Emma Filion’s 8 points and 5 rebounds keeping the ball out of the Royals hands. The Royals Jessica Angelini would score 11 of her game high 32 points in the 1st to keep the Redeemer in front. Filion’s 8 points and a Clara Yanchuk 3 pointer had the 1st quarter score at 22-13 in favour of the Royals.

The Cougars would get within 6 points in the 2nd quarter before the Royals hit back to back 3’s to extend their lead. From there both defenses would elevate their play with a stretch of over 2 minutes where no points were scored by either team. Unfortunately for the Cougars at the end of the half the Royals still had the lead at 43-23.

The Cougars would hit a couple 3’s in the 3rd quarter from Yanchuk and Taylor Elliott but the Royals scored 31 points in the frame by six different players that extended their lead to 74-31. Redeemer would continue their solid play scoring 21 points in the 4th to win the first game of the weekend, and their first of the season.

Cougars Scoring: Emma Filion (12 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block), Clara Yanchuk (11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Skylar Toms (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists)

GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs REDEEMER ROYALS

ANCASTER, ON – The Cougars watched the Royals celebrate their first win of the season Friday night, and looked to flip the script Saturday as they looked for their first win of the season in game 2 of the weekend series. The Royals, clearly riding a high from their win the night before ran an incredibly efficient offence shooting 63.2% from the field to the Cougars 31.3% in the 1st.

The Redeemer offence would continue to produce in the 2nd, with three different players scoring 6 points. Clara Yanchuk poured in 8 points in the quarter to lead the Cougars offence while Skylar Toms would add a 3 pointer of her own and pulled down 5 defensive rebounds to try and keep the ball out of the Royals hands. The Cougars would find themselves down 50-25 going into the half.

The 3rd quarter was a tough one for the Cougars as Redeemer would pull down 18 rebounds to the Cougars 9 to stifle their offence. Game 1 stand out Jessica Angelini would score 9 points in the frame for the Royals to extended their lead going into the 4th.

The Cougars found their offence in the 4th outscoring the Royals 22-17. Jayme Meser scored 6 and added 3 assists while spreading out the offence. Emma Filion would score 7, Skylar Toms would score 5, and Clara Yanchuk would add 4 in the final frame of the contest. Despite outscoring the Royals in the 4th, the Cougars couldn’t catch up to Redeemer as they took the game in the end, 90-56.

Cougars Scoring: Clara Yanchuk (17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal), Skylar Toms (16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist), Emma Filion (14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists).

Freshii Athletes of the Week:

Ryan Vendramin (Men’s Hockey): Ryan scored four goals in game one, and three goals in game two and totaled 10 points over the weekend leading the Cougars to two victories of the Michigan Tech Huskies.

Clara Yanchuk: (Women’s Basketball): Clara had two solid performances over the weekend against the Redeemer Royals. In game one Clara scored 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and elevated her performance in game two with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.