Well, it wasn't the low-scoring affair I predicted, but the Cougars did indeed manage to beat the 2nd place Markham Waxers 5-4 in overtime last night. The offense was impressive, as scoring 5 goals against a team that came in ranked 5th in total goals allowed on the season is no mean feat.
The teams traded goals, in typical high-scoring Cougar fashion, making for a scintillating hockey game. The 250+ fans certainly got their money's worth last night - and a great Remembrance Day ceremony to boot! Hats off to the Cobourg Pipe and the Veterans who helped to give the ceremony a sense of sincerity and authenticity.
Adam Place continues to be a monster for the team, scoring two goals and assisting on the game winner with 0:44 left in OT. Foote had a great night for his fantasy owners (kidding..) with the game winning goal, two assists, four penalty minutes and a +1 rating. Finally, I need to mention Lawton McCracken's incredible work in overtime. While the Cougars were shorthanded he blocked three shots, one of which was a certain goal with Behling way out of position, and cleared the zone at least twice. If the Cougars continue to get big games like this from their big players they could start to make a serious push up the standings.
Recently, the club lost Branden Morris to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Branden was easily one of their best players on the Cougars during their recent run of high-octane hockey. It's a big loss on the fragile back end but it's a fantastic sign for the CCHL as it is working to become a legitimate developmental league for players to go on to the OHL, College and maybe even the NHL. Stay tuned for a blog on this in a few days.