The Cariboo Cougars were forced to win ugly on Sunday against the South Island Royals.
The defending BCMML champs came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Royals 5-4 thanks to a hot power-play that connected four times.
Goaltender Ryan Buchan got the yank in the second period after giving up three goals on just 13 shots.
“There were a couple plays on icings where we thought we had the other team hemmed in and they went to ice the puck and Ryan came out and played it, so I just wasn’t sure he was fully engaged in the game and for me, I thought we were still in the game down 3-1 with plenty of firepower to comeback and win,” said Tyler Brough, Cariboo Cougars Head Coach.
When Marcus Allen entered the game, the Cougars captured the momentum and scored four of the game’s final five goals.
Brandon Dent led the way offensively for Cariboo with a 1 goal and 2 assists while Mason Richey, Jacob Gendron, and Hunter Floris (2) also scored.
Brough can’t help but marvel at the 16-year old’s recent play.
“Denter is a guy that is offensively gifted, he’s a guy that has to key on the defensive side of the game to be good but when he has the puck on his tape usually good things happen. He’s such a smart little hockey player when he has the puck in the offensive zone to restrict him in any way and when he has it on the power-play, it’s clicking pretty high.”
South Island was outshot 46-18.
The Cougars improve their record to 9-2-1-0 and remain first overall in the league standings.
The Kootenay Ice will take on the Cats next weekend in Trail from the Cominco Arena.