|Third Period Comeback Earns Tie|
|Sunday, 05 February 2012 13:54|
The Cariboo Cougars took three of four weekend points against the visiting Okanagan Rockets with a 4-4 tie Sunday.
Down two goals in the third, the Cats got one back early in the third with Cougar Captain Tanner Fjellstrom scoring on a penalty shot with just a minute left in the game to tie it at four.
Cougar defenceman Josh Connolly opened scoring midway through the first with a hard wrister for his first goal of the season, beating Okanagan goaltender Harrison Whitlock. The Rockets responded just over two minutes later with their first goal of the season as Justin Marreck scored on the power play beating David Readman for the first time this weekend.
Fjellstrom scored 7:39 into the second to put the Cats back up by one. But once again, the Rockets responded, this time with two goals in little over two minutes to take their first lead of the weekend.
Parker Bowles then added another Rockets goal early in the third to go up 4-2. But a little over a minute later Nathan Craft cut the lead to one. The Rockets appeared headed to the weekend split before a penalty shot was awarded with just 1:05 on the clock after the referee determined Whitlock knocked the net off its moorings on purpose. Fjellstrom then made no mistake going forehand, backhand lifting the puck past Whitlock and tying the game, salvaging a single point.
Cougars Assistant Coach Bryan MacLean says the late break gives a bit of breathing room between the Cats and at least one other team in the tight BCMML. "Three of four is nice, I guess we caught a bit of a break there but you're not allowed to knock the net off on purpose, they broke the rules and we got a fortunate break out of it and (Fjellstrom) put one home. For us that's good to steal that point and get out of here with three of four because Okanagan's not too far off from us in the standings," said MacLean.
After Saturday night's 6-0 game ended in a bruhaha of sorts, the Cougars made sure to keep their heads about them going into Sunday's rematch.
"It was a pretty exciting moment, everybody was really happy about it and really excited but it's important to keep focused on the next game and just keep moving forward," said Cougar Forward Jake LeBrun.
The Cougars outshot the Rockets 43-27 going 0/6 on the power play Sunday, allowing one goal against on the penalty kill on five Okanagan opportunities.
The Cougars record now stands at 20-8-6 as the team heads back on the road next weekend to face the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday in Chase.
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