Sault College Cougar Weekly Update

Sault College Cougars Men's Hockey



LANSING, MI – The Cougars travelled down to Lansing on Friday to play Michigan State in a two games series. The Cougars got on the board first with Lucas Duckstein potting the first goal of the game to go up 1-0. A flurry of goals was exchanged at the end of the first, with Parker Morgan adding the Sault’s second of the game, and Michican State adding one curtesy of Joeseph Majoros. The end of the period would reap a 2-1 score.

The Cougars poured it on in the second scoring four goals and extending their lead over Michigan State 6-1. Mark Tassone scored 2 goals in the frame and Ryan Vendramin scored one and assisted two others to extend the lead. The Spartans couldn’t do anymore damage as the Cougars would score 5 more in the third including a hat trick by Ryan Vendramin and an assist by goalie Justin Richer, who also turned away the rest of the shots he faced after his first period goal against. The Sault would skate away with a convincing 11-1 win in game one.

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



LANSING, MI – Game two was much different for both teams on Saturday as Michigan would strike first and the Sault would be playing behind. Noah Serre was able to answer Michigan State’s opening goal before the end of the first to make it a tight 1-1 game after twenty minutes of play.

Not a lot of offense was created in the second, but Michigan State would break the Cougars defense in the second with Lachlan Sawall getting a shot past goalie Justin Richer. The Cougars would find themselves in unfamiliar territory entering the third period down 2-1.

After an impressive game the day before, Mark Tassone potted another goal in the third to even the game back up at 2-2. Sawall would strike again for Michigan State before the Spartans added another to take a two goal lead late into the third period. Steve Khull would score late in the third in an attempt to make a comeback, but it was too little too late for the Cougars who ran out of time and dropped a 4-3 decision in game two in Lansing.

Cougars Scoring: Kaelan O’Flynn (2A), Kaidan Mcdonald (2A), Mark Tassone (1G), Noah Serre (1G), Steven Khull (1G).



LANSING, MI – The Cougars were looking to add another win to their record as they took on Michigan State. It would be the Spartans to get on the board first with a goal in the first half of the period. Mackenzie Monico, coming off a good performance last weekend added to her scoring streak as she scored before the end of the frame to even the game at 1-1.

Monico and the Cougars would keep it rolling in the second with a goal from Ashleigh Wiwchar early in the period and a second goal by Monico to put the Cougars up 2-1 heading into the third.

A quick goal by Rachel Barban extended the Cougars lead, but was answered almost immediately by Michigan State to keep it close. A couple minutes later a pair of quick back to back goals by Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau and Olivia Barsanti would send the Cougars home with a 6-1 win in game one.

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


LANSING, MI – The Cougars were looking to keep up their play in game two of the weekend series against Michigan State. They picked up where they left off in game one with an early goal by Hannah Leask to get the Cougars out in front 1-0. After the goal Michigan State would add one of their own to even it up after the first period.

The Cougars would fight through the second with no scoring while killing two penalties in the process to ensure the game was tied 1-1 going into the third period. The ladder half of the third cost the Cougars however, as Michigan State would add two goals after no offence in the second and was able to hold on for the 3-1 win in game two.

Cougars Scoring: Hannah Leask (1G), Rachel Barban (1A).



WELLAND, ON – The Cougars went into Welland to play the Niagara Knights over the weekend looking to keep their momentum going from their second win of the season last weekend against Canadore. Unfortunately, it would be Niagara who would gain momentum from the jump as the Knights went out to a 9-0 run to take the lead. The Cougars would fight back in the first quarter behind a couple buckets from Simon Wal which would get the Sault to within one point 11-10. The changes of momentum would continue as the Knights went on a 13 point unanswered run to take a first quarter lead of 24-10 into the second.

The second quarter proved to be much more even as the Cougars and Knights exchanged blows in a closely contested ten minutes of play. Simon Wal, Tristen Kamal and Kevon Clarke made their presence felt in the quarter as they carried the offensive load for the Cougars. The Knights would only outscore the Cougars by three in the quarter (19-16) and take a 43-26 lead into the half.

The Cougars offence would pick up the pace in the second half, starting in the third quarter by a strong performance by Kevon Clarke with 10 points and 4 rebounds in the frame while Jaylyne Moore-Tucker had 6 points and 2 rebounds. As the Cougars offence picked up the pace, so too did the Knights as they would go on to score a big 32 points in the quarter powered by all Niagara starters hitting the score sheet.

Much like the second, the fourth quarter was much more even for both teams. Kevon Clarke would continue to be a big presence in the second half for the Cougars draining 7 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. Moore-Tucker and Stephen Miller would score 4 each and Valentine Okeke and Amos Varfee would each score 3, but in the end the Knights proved to be too much and would walk away with a 97-69 win.

Cougars Scoring: Kevon Clarke (22 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists), Simon Wal (14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist), Jaylyne Moore-Tucker (10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist).


WELLAND, ON – The Cougars were looking to avenge their 28 points loss on Saturday as they took the court for game two against the Niagara Knights. The first quarter was very even throughout with both teams trading chances early on. The Cougars would move the ball around better in the ladder half of the quarter as Simon Wal and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker added 5 and 4 points apiece to carry a lead into the second.

The Cougars would improve upon their first quarter offence in the second with Simon Wal adding 10 more points of his own and Tristen Kamal hitting for 8. While the Cougars offence was picking up the pace their defense was holding its own. The Sault defense made it hard for Niagara to gain much offensive traction, and when shots went up the Cougars grabbed a majority of the loose balls by out rebounding the Knights 14-5 in the quarter lead by Kevon Clarke (6), Tristen Kamal (3) and Stephen Miller (3). The impressive ten-minute stretch had the Cougars 44-36 lead going into the half.

The third quarter started a bit slow for the Cougars as Niagara would begin to find their game. The duo of Kevon Clarke and Tristen Kamal did most of the damage for the Cougars as they attempted to maintain their lead but the Knights would do it by committee with six of their seven players scoring points. The Cougars would go into the final quarter with a 63-56 lead, looking to get a second win in three games.

The Knights continued to push the pace in the fourth quarter trying to take the lead away, but the Cougars did not break as Stephen Miller moved the ball around assisting four buckets while attempting to put the game out of reach. Head coach Pat Murray would call a time out to rally the team which was just what they needed in a close game as Miller hit a clutch free throw to put the Cougars ahead by two. Niagara took a three for the win but it would rim out, and Miller would go on to hit two more free throws to put the game out of reach in the dying seconds of the quarter, leading the Cougars to an 87-83 win against the Knights.

Cougars Scoring: Simon Wal (24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Tristen Kamal (20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Kevon Clarke (14 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists).




WELLAND, ON – The Cougars went into Niagara looking to snag a win from the 1-13 Knights in game one of their weekend series in Welland. The first quarter started with the Knights jumping out to a 14-3 lead looking to assert themselves in the early going. The Cougars would fight back to a 14-9 score thanks to a couple made shots by Clara Yanchuk and some rebounding by Taylor Elliott.

Both offenses seemed to find their groove in the second, as Skylar Toms scored a majority of the Sault’s points in the frame with 8, and Jayme Meser contributed a couple assists while moving the ball around to kick start the offence. The Cougars would shoot 3 of 5 from three points range in the frame and shoot 5 of 11 in field goals as they closed out an efficient quarter trailing the Knights 33-22.

The third quarter was even closer than the previous two as both teams would lock down defensively and hold on to the ball. Quality shots were hard to come by for both teams, but Toms would break through with 4 points, along with Emma Filion’s 4 points coming off the bench. Taylor Elliott would continue to take care of the rebounding and Clara Yanchuk would also hit her third 3 point shot of the game to keep the Cougars within striking distance going into the fourth quarter, eyeing their first win of the season.

While the Cougars played a solid game the first three quarters, they ran out of steam in the fourth. Taylor Elliott continued her strong game with 4 points in the final quarter along with Andrea Gorman also contributing 4, but Niagara would pour in 22 points in the final frame to outpace the Cougars in the end 67-41.

Cougar Scoring: Skylar Toms (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block), Clara Yanchuk (11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), Taylor Elliott (8 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block).


WELLAND, ON – The Cougars looked to keep pace with the Knights after Niagara pulled away in the fourth quarter on Saturday. The Cougars got an early albeit small lead to start the game with a couple quality shots by Jayme Meser and Clara Yanchuk. However, the Knights would respond going on a 16 point run including three 3’s to take a 16-5 lead.  Before the end of the quarter thanks to a couple baskets by Emma Filion the Cougars would find themselves down 20-11 going into the second.

Niagara continued to score in the second going up 33-15 powered by Elisabeth deBoer’s 8 points in the quarter. The Cougars would respond with continued strong play by Yanchuk, Filion and Taylor Elliott. Elliott added 4 points and 2 rebounds on extremely effective two minutes of playing time in the quarter. The Cougars did their best to keep the Niagara offence at bay but at the end of the half they would be down 40-23.

The Cougars offence came out hot in the third quarter going bucket for bucket with the Knights. Skylar Toms and Andrea Gorman showed up big time in the third frame scoring 7 and 5 points respectively while added a combined 7 rebounds. At the end of the quarter the Knights would still hold a 61-42 lead.

Both teams in the fourth quarter lost some steam as the offence on each side sputtered. Elliott was able to pull in 7 rebounds in the frame while Filion added 4 points, but in the end it wasn’t enough to catch Niagara as the Knight pulled out the victory over the Cougars 75-50.

Cougars Scoring: Emma Filion (12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks), Clara Yanchuk (10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Taylor Elliott (8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks), Andrea Gorman (8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists).

Freshii Athletes of the Week:


Kevon Clarke (Men’s Basketball): Kevon had a double-double in each game this weekend with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in game one, and 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and a game two win against the Niagara Knights.


Taylor Elliott (Women’s Basketball): Taylor was all over the court and the scoresheet with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in game one, and 8 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks in game two against the Niagara Knights.