GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Cougars played host to the Division I West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday night during the first ever Winter Classic hosted by the Sault at the Rankin Arena. The fans were treated to a close game in this one, with the first period yielding no score by either team as both tried to find their game.
The Cougars offence would break out in the second to the amusement of the packed crowd at the Rankin. The barrage started with a goal by Bryceton Lalonde followed shortly after by a goal from Lucas Duckstein. The period would be capped off by captain Ryan Vendramin on a feed from Mark Tassone as he put an explanation point on the second period.
The Cougars would continue to pepper West Virginia with shots (42 total in the game) but the Mountaineers goalie Jacob Hough would stand tall. Cougars goalie Justin Richer would do the same has he turned away all the shots in the third, and the rest of the game, to preserve a shutout in game one which sent the Cougars to a big win in their first ever Winter Classic game.
Cougars Scoring: Ryan Lawrence (2A), Ryan Vendramin (1G), Lucas Duckstein (1G), Bryceton Lalonde (1G), Kaelan O’Flynn (1A), Mark Tassone (1A), Noah Serre (1A), Tanner Mayne (1A).
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – After a big night for Sault College Athletics, and a big win to cap it all off, the Cougars found themselves back at the Rankin Sunday looking for another win against West Virginia. The first started off with a plethora of scoring including 2 goals and an assist by captain Ryan Vendramin and 2 assists by Austin Rowe bringing the Cougars lead to 4-0 after twenty minutes.
Vendramin would finish off the hat trick early in the second sending the Cougars to a 5-0 lead. After the quick Sault goal, West Virginia would strike twice both by Dmitri Jukus as they attempted to climb back into the game. The Cougars would eventually respond near the end of the second with another two goals to add on more to their lead.
In a comfortable position in the third up 7-2 the floodgates would open at the Rankin as the Cougars would score five more goals in the period, including 3 more by Ryan Vendramin as the Cougars swept the weekend series against the Division I West Virginia Mountaineers with a 12-2 final in game two.
Cougars Scoring: Ryan Vendramin (7G, 2A), Austin Rowe (1G, 4A), Kaelan O’Flynn (5A), Mark Tassone (1G, 2A), Lucas Duckstein (3A), Tanner Mayne (1G, 2A)
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs MOHAWK MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – After picking up a thrilling win in Niagara last weekend, the Cougars went into the final two games of the season looking to end things on a high note. The young Cougars did not disappoint giving the fans something to look forward to next year. The first game started off close the entire quarter with the Cougars and Mountaineers going bucket for bucket including eight lead changes in the back and forth affair. Kevon Clarke went 3 of 3 shooting for 6 points and pulled in 6 rebounds in the opening ten minutes with Tristen Kamal adding a 3 pointer and 3 rebounds of his own. After all the lead changes and close play, the Cougars would find themselves down one to Mohawk at the end of the first quarter 19-18.
In the second quarter the Cougars ran into a hot shooting hand from Rommel Calura who would hit 4 of 6 from three-point range in the quarter to keep the back and forth game going for the first six minutes of the frame. The Cougars would go on a strong run in the last four minutes as they would continue to hit shots. Tristen Kamal kept up his strong play with 9 second quarter points and was only out paced by Simon Wal who went off for 14. Efficient play by both would contribute to a 50% shooting quarter for the Cougars who would outscore the Mountaineers by eight in the quarter and would take a 48-41 lead into the half.
The roles would reverse in the third as it was Mohawk’s turn to outscore the Cougars. In a quarter in which the Sault ran into some offensive struggles, Stephen Miller kept the Cougars afloat with 11 points and three big 3’s to keep the Cougars in the game. Kevon Clarke and Tristen Kamal were a big presence again in the rebound category with 5 and 3 respectively. At the end of the third it would be Mohawk outscoring the Cougars by eight and holding the lead this time at a narrow 65-64.
Both teams were drawn back into a close game in the fourth going toe to toe until the last minutes of play. Rommel Calura for Mohawk and Tristen Kamal for the Cougars would go back and forth with points as both tried to bring their team ahead. The Cougars would battle back after the Mountaineers took the lead to get the score to 82-80. Despite finishing the game with three different 20 points scorers the Cougars would allow Cudjoe Masuka to the line where he made two free throws to put the game just out of reach. Mohwak would finish would the narrow 84-80 win.
Cougars Scoring: Stephen Miller (20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), Tristen Kamal (20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists), Simon Wal (20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals), Kevon Clarke (10 points, 21 rebounds, 1 assist)
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs MOHAWK MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – With the Cougars establishing they could hang with Mohwak, they were looking for a different result in game two. Mohwak would draw first blood however, and go on a run of their own to start the game. With the Mountaineers up 12-4 Simon Wal made a layup and came back down the floor to hit a 3 pointer to get the Cougars rolling. They would take it to the Mohawk defense after that with Kevon Clarke and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker also stepping up for the Cougars in the frame. The score would be 20-19 in favour of Mohawk going into the second.
Mohawk would continue to test the Cougars in the second. Cudjoe Masuka, who had been big for the Mountaineers all weekend went off for 11 points in the second as he was a focal point in game two. The guards for the Sault would respond as points came in from Stephen Miller and Anthony Hall as they tried to limit the damage done by Mohawk. The Cougars did their best but couldn’t contain Moawhk as they shot 57.9% from the field in the quarter and went into half with a 45-38 lead.
The Cougars came out much better in the third. Although the first half of the quarter was a bit slow by both teams, play picked up in the ladder half of the frame with Jaylyne Moore-Tucker going off for the Cougars with 10 points and 6 rebounds while he was all over the court. After outscoring Mohawk 23-20 in the quarter the Cougars were within striking distance going into the fourth at 65-61.
It was make or break time for the Cougars in the fourth as Valentine Okeke came out in the opening minute for a big bucket and the foul call to get the team within one point of the Mohawk lead. A flurry of 3’s from Mohawk would extend their lead over the Cougars after the couple shots the Sault hit to open the frame. With three minutes left head coach Pat Murray would call a timeout to calm things down and make a final push. The timeout worked as Stephen Miller and Kevon Clarke got a couple points apiece along with an Anthony Hall 3-pointer to force Mohawk into using a timeout of their own. After Mohawk’s timeout Rommel Calura would hit a 3, followed by a Rickey Morrison layup put the Cougars down nine with a minute left. With no timeouts left to use the Cougars were forced to foul, Mohawk would make the ensuing free throws to put the game out of reach for the Sault with a final of 91-82.
Cougars Scoring: Kevon Clarke (20 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block), Jaylyne Moore-Tucker (17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Stephen Miller (15 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists).
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs MOHAWK MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Cougars came into the weekend, the last of the season, looking for that elusive first win of the season. It was a rough start to the game for the Cougars as the Mountaineers came out looking to spoil the Cougars changes at a victory. Mohawk would get themselves out to a 25-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, one that the Cougars were looking to put behind them. Taylor Elliott and Skylar Toms would be the only scorers in the quarter for the Sault.
The second proved to be much better for the Cougars on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end the Cougars would out rebound the Mountaineers 15-7 on their own glass and 8-2 on the offensive board. Andrea Gorman would pull down 6, Taylor Elliott had 4 and Jayme Meser and Skylar Toms each had 3. Cassidy Sabourin made her presence felt after missing most of the second half of the season, but returned to play her two games as a Cougar. Sabourin would have 4 points in the frame tying Skylar Toms for highest offensive output in the quarter. The Cougars defense would keep the Mohawk starters in check and would actually outscore the Mountaineers 13-12 in the frame. Despite the better quarter the Cougars were still down 37-20 going into the half.
Mohawk would come out of the second with their offence taking advantage of the Cougars defense. The Cougars bench would provide a nice relief in the third with Sarah McLeiod and Emma Filion coming in to hit for 2 points and Sabourin hitting for 3. Mohawk’s Liana Hughes and Sam Pocrnic would work over the Cougars defense to have the Mountaineers up 58-31 after the frame.
The fourth quarter was eerily similar to the third, as Mohawk continued to knocked down some shots over the Sault. Again, the Cougars bench trio of McLeod, Filion and Sabourin would come on to score, but it wouldn’t be enough to get back into the game as Mohawk would finish game one with an 80-44 win.
Cougars Scoring: Skylar Toms (9 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 blocks), Cassidy Sabourin (9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block), Taylor Elliott (6 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals), Emma Filion (6 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks)
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs MOHAWK MOUNTAINEERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – In the last game of the season for the Cougars, they recognized three graduating athletes of their program. Cassidy Sabourin, Emma Filion, and Sarah McLeod played in their final game for the Women’s program on Sunday, a game that was worth the price of admission and came down to the final seconds. The Cougars started off a bit slow in the first as they allowed Mohawk to get out to an 11-2 lead out of the gate. That stretch wouldn’t last long as the Cougars broke out of the funk half way through the quarter and would pour it on the rest of the game. The post players did most of the damage in the first with Emma Filion, Cassidy Saburin and Skylar Toms accounting for most of the Cougars points. They would fight back in the quarter to go into the second down 19-13.
The second was even closer as the Cougars continued their strong play to press hard for their first win. Skylar Toms led the Sault in the second quarter with 10 big points. Most of the rebounds were taken care of by Cassidy Sabourin and Emma Filion in the quarter, and both players would round out the scoring for the Cougars offence. With the Sault pressing Sam Pocrnic of Mohawk did her best to keep the Mountaineers in the lead. At the end of the second the Cougars found themselves within striking distance 38-29.
With a palpable energy in the stands the Cougars roared out of the gate in the third quarter, playing possibly their best quarter of basketball of the season. The Cougars offence was spread around and shot a remarkable 60% from the field in the frame. Cassidy Sabourin led the charge with 7 points in the third and chipping in with 5 rebounds. Taylor Elliott and Andrea Gorman also had 4 points apiece and a combined 10 rebounds to frustrate Mohawk. The Cougars remarkable run in the third in which they outscored Mohawk 21-10, would give them a lead going into the fourth 50-48.
The building was buzzing in the fourth as the Cougars had a lead in the final frame, as they tried to lock down that first win. Sam Pocrnic of Mohawk and Skylar Toms of the Sault went back and forth to shoulder the offensive load for their respective teams. After a couple lead changes Cassidy Sabourin would hit a shot to put the Cougars up two with 51 seconds left. Right after the Sabourin shot, Mohawk would go to the line from a foul and make both free throws to tie the game at 68. Mohawk would have last possession to try and avoid overtime. The Cougars set up defensively and Grace Mahler of Mohawk found herself with the last shot, which she put up with less than a second of game time on the clock. The shot would bank in off the backboard for the game winning, buzzer beater 3 point shot to send the Mountaineers away with the 71-68 win.
Cougars Scoring: Skylar Toms (25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), Cassidy Sabourin (13 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals, 1 block), Emma Filion (10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal, 1 block), Taylor Elliott (9 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks)
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 5-2 L
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs CONFEDERATION THUNDERHAWKS: 5-2 L
GAME 3: SAULT COUGARS vs MOHAWK MOUNTAINEERS: 8-6 W
GAME 4: SAULT COUGARS vs FLEMING KNIGHTS: 5-1 W
GAME 5: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 7-1 L
GAME 6 (SEMI FINALS): SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 9-0 L
GAME 7 (BRONZE MEDAL GAME): SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 8-2 L
The Men’s team would fall just short after coming back from an 0-2 start to the tournament, losing the Bronze medal to the Fanshawe Falcons.
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 9-0 L
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 8-5 W
GAME 3: SAULT COUGARS vs CONFEDERATION THUNDERHAWKS: 5-4 W
GAME 4: SAULT COUGARS vs FLMEING KNIGHTS: 9-8 W
GAME 5 (SEMI FINALS): SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 6-5 W
GAME 6 (GOLD MEDAL GAME): SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 6-3 L
After a big loss in game one to Humber, the women’s team ran the table the rest of the weekend to work their way to the Gold Medal game. Unfortunately, Humber got the best of them for the second time to clinch the Gold, while the Cougars would win Silver.
MIXED DOUBLES-1 (NELSON & DUNNET)
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS-1 vs SAULT COUGARS-2: 6-5 W
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs NIAGARA KNIGHTS: 9-2 L
GAME 3: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 13-1 L
GAME 3 SAULT COUGARS vs NIAGARA KNIGHTS: 8-7 L
GAME 4: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 8-7 W
GAME 5: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 10-4 L
GAME 6: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 8-2 L
MIXED DOUBLES-2 (SCHUMACHER & SPENCE)
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS-2 vs SAULT COUGARS-1: 6-5 L
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs NIAGARA KNIGHTS: 10-2 L
GAME 3: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 7-6 L
GAME 4 SAULT COUGARS vs NIAGARA KNIGHTS: 11-2 L
GAME 5: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 9-0 L
GAME 6: SAULT COUGARS vs HUMBER HAWKS: 8-1 L
GAME 7: SAULT COUGARS vs FANSHAWE FALCONS: 10-9
Both mixed doubles teams did their best but failed to make the medal round at the OCAA Championships.
Freshii Athletes of the Week:
Ryan Vendramin (Men’s Hockey): Ryan scored a goal in game one to help preserve a 3-0 win in the Winter Classic and scored 7 goals and added 2 assists in game two to win 12-2 against West Virginia.
Michelle MacLeod (Women’s Curling): Michelle led the Women’s curling team to a Silver Medal at the OCAA Provincials over the weekend.