Cougars fall flat against Rockets, settle for home split


The Cariboo Cougars still haven’t shaken those lopsided losses.

Less than 24 hours after collecting a 6-1 victory over the Okanagan Rockets on Saturday during the team’s Eighth Annual Jameson Jones Night, the defending BCMML Champions fell to the Rockets by the same 6-1 margin on Sunday at Kin 1.

The Rockets scored five unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes Tanner Brown, Ben King, Jack Finley, Brendan Boyle and Brandon Della Paolera to salvage the split, even though the game was tied at one after the first period.

“I feel like in our four losses this year I feel like we haven’t been beaten by a team that’s outplayed us, I think its more us beating ourselves and it was a big let down today after the effort we had last night (Saturday),” says Tyler Brough, Cougars Head Coach.

The lacklustre effort led shortened outing for starting goaltender Marcus Allen after the Rockets went up by four goals early in the third period

“I was protecting my starting goaltender,” says Brough . “Our team hung him out to dry and he was one of the few guys working his butt off – you always get that from him and I don’t want to lose my starter over a loss like this,” added Brough.

Cariboo has lost twice by resounding margins in less than a month with the last one coming against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds during the Remembrance Day long weekend.

“If a team comes in and beats us we will tip our cap to them and we’ll learn from it but we don’t seem to lose tight ones, we always seem to get blown out. It is concerning to me and to me, it all comes down to pride and putting your best effort in, we can’t just go away. We have to play 60 minutes.”

The Cougars are now four points back of the Valley West Hawks for top spot in the BCMML.

Cariboo welcomes the Thompson Blazers next Saturday and Sunday from Kin 1.