GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs CANADORE PANTHERS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Cougars had a big game on Saturday as they went up against the Canadore Panthers, the team they beat the first game of the season in thrilling OT fashion, this time looking to win their first home game of the season. The Cougars came out hot right from the tip off going on a 17-4 run. Simon Wal got the ball rolling with 8 points on 4 of 7 shooting followed closely by Jaylyne Moore-Tucker with 4 points in the opening frame. The Cougars would also do their job defensively making the Panthers take tough shots and cleaning up the rebounds when necessary. The Cougars would out-rebound the Panthers 21-12 in the 1st quarter and take a 19-8 lead into the 2nd.
The Cougars kept the pressure on in the 2nd with another big quarter of play by Simon Wal who scored 17 and the other starters for the Sault would be extremely effective to finish out the first half as new comer Tristen Kamal hit two 3’s, and Kevon Clarke put up 6 points with 9 rebounds and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds to finish off an impressive first half with a 45-27 lead.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the Panthers found some rhythm in the 2nd as they shot 55.6% from the field in the ten-minute stretch. The Panthers Ravione Young proved hard to contain as he attempted to lead the comeback for Canadore with 14 points in the frame but the Cougars defense would find a way to contain the threat with Kevon Clarke, Tristen Kamal, and Jaylyne Moore-Tucker being big presences defensively. Kamal and Clarke would score 8 points and 6 points respectively to contribute to the 76-54 lead they would carry into the final quarter.
The Panthers would make another run in the 4th trying to mount a comeback and spoil the Cougars performance but head coach Pat Murray would call a timeout to settle things down. The reset was just what the Cougars needed as Anthony Hall hit a couple clutch shots and the team locked down defensively to secure the Cougars first home win in three years with a final of 95-82.
Cougars Scoring: Simon Wal (32 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Tristen Kamal (19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists), Jaylyne Moore-Tucker (15 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists), Kevon Clarke (13 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals).
Up Next: The Cougars travel to Niagara College to play the Knights on Saturday February 8th and Sunday February 9th.
GAME 1: SAULT COUGARS vs ADRIAN BULLDOGS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – After a long road trip to Thunder Bay last weekend, the Cougars were looking to get back in the win column at home as they hosted the Adrian Bulldogs. Coleen O’Neill would strike first for the Cougars for the 1-0 lead in the first period.
The Cougars would strike again in the early stages for the second from a goal by Mispon Martin who returned to the lineup for the first time in 2020. Adrian would answer back in the second period on a goal from Katelyn Hayward but the Cougars would keep the score 2-1 going into the final period of play.
The Cougars offence took over in the third with a goal and an assist from both Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau and Mackenzie Nadeau and a second goal from Martin on route to a three goal outburst. Jenelle Manitowabi turned away 36 of 37 shots she faced to help preserve the win for the Cougars with a 5-1 final score.
Cougars Scoring: Mispon Martin (2G), Kaitlyn Lambert-Mousseau (1G, 1A), Mackenzie Nadeau (1G, 1A), Coleen O’Neill (1G, 1A), Jenelle Manitowabi (36 saves, 36/37, .973 SV%).
GAME 2: SAULT COUGARS vs ADRIAN BULLDOGS
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Cougars were back at the Rankin Arena against the Bulldogs on Sunday, looking for a weekend sweep. Game two had both teams peppering the other with shots as both goalies would stand strong in the first and second periods. Olivia Barsanti would score first and put the Cougars in the lead early in the first. A goal by Adrian’s Carlee Casteel would tie the game at 1-1, but before the first period concluded Mackenzie Monico would add another one for Sault College for the 2-1 lead.
The second period would have no scoring behind a perfect 20 minutes by Jenelle Manitowabi of the Cougars and Victoria Poland of the Bulldogs. The third period got off to a quick start with two quick goals by Mackenzie Monico and Mackenzie Nadeau to put the Cougars up quickly 4-1. Play got chippy later in the third with both teams trading multiple penalties and spending their time in the box. After the dust settled Olivia Barsanti would add another for the Cougars before Adrian would add a second, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs as the Cougars swept the weekend series with a 5-2 final in game two.
Cougars Scoring: Olivia Barsanti (2G), Mackenzie Monico (2G), Mackenzie Nadeau (1G, 1A), Jenelle Manitowabi (38 saves, 38/40, .950 SV%).
Up Next: The Cougars hit the road and take on Michigan State next Saturday February 8th and Sunday February 9th.
Freshii Athletes of the Week
Tristen Kamal (Men’s Basketball): Kamal had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists against Canadore College on route to the first home win for the Men’s Basketball team in 3 years.
Mackenzie Monico (Women’s Hockey): Monico had 2 goals and 1 assist over the two game weekend series against the Adrian Bulldogs and helped the Cougars take two home victories at the Rankin Arena over the weekend.