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Fun times for all
The Cougars Mites played three games in the season's final weekend, and they split up for a bit of pond hockey as well.
The team played well, winning one of three games, and they enjoyed some quality bonding time, including several meals
and some late-night pool activity on Saturday.
While the season is over, we have a few upcoming events - a night at The Tank to see the real Sharks, our season-ending
party and the Cougars organization banquet. We look forward to those events as a team, and hope you'll enjoy this
wrap-up of the three games…see you next fall!
Game 1 vs. Vacaville Jets
The tournament hosts defeated the Cougars 9-1 on Friday night. The Cougars played better than last weekend and the
game was closer, but the Cougars were still were outshot by a large margin (19-5). Kiernan had the only goal,
on an assist from John.
Game 2 vs. Junior Sharks Girls 10-U
Saturday morning's game was hard-fought and one of the most exciting this season. Once again, the Junior Sharks Girls
10-U team and the Cougars Mites squad matched up for a close, low-scoring and very competitive game, with the Cougars coming
out on top 3-1. Shots were almost even at 16-13, Cougars. Christian made several nice saves to keep the
score at 1-0 Sharks after one period. The Sharks were dominating, but the Cougars were rallying: Kiernan took a
pass from Ethan and was off to the races midway through Period 2. He converted the breakaway to knot the score
and then broke out his best "Guitar Hero" goal celebration. It was nice to see the team having fun, even in a tense
game. Christian made a great save on a breakaway, coming out to challenge the shooter, and Jackson teamed
up with Kiernan for the game winner shortly thereafter. It looked like a play out of the NHL - the defense forced
Jackson wide, but he stopped as he reached the goal line and centered to a streaking Kiernan…puck on the tape,
in stride, for a tip-in as he crashed into the net. Slava had an excellent short-handed break later in the second,
and the Sharks goaltender made a great save to thwart him. Eric, Brian, John, Joshua and Bella all displayed
great hustle throughout Period 2, as the momentum shifted towards the Cougars. The third period had two more great chances
for Slava and Jackson while shorthanded, and the Cougars defense (led by Jack, Ethan, Adriel and Alex)
was stifling throughout. Christian made an excellent save at the two-minute mark and the Sharks pulled their goalie
to apply more pressure. Jackson corralled a loose puck and skated down the ice, scoring an unassisted empty netter
with six seconds remaining for the final score.
Game 3 vs. Junior Sharks Girls 10-U
After the Sharks Girls tied Fresno, it was time for a Sunday morning rematch. But first…pond hockey, games of tag, pizza
and keep-away at the pool involving a few of the Sharks Girls until 10:45 at night. Apparently, there weren't enough Sharks
at the late-night pool party - they certainly seemed well rested as they outworked the Cougars on Sunday and won the game 4-1.
The Sharks Girls dominated the game early and the Cougars generated little offense - shots this time were 19-9, Sharks, including
9-1 during the first period. Alex was in the net for this game and made numerous nice saves, including about a
half-dozen breakaways. For one crazy shift, Alex was down, with a Shark in his lap, then lost his stick, and the puck
stayed in the Cougars zone for about two minutes. A deflected shot gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead after the first period, but it
could have been worse. Two quick Sharks goals in the second period made it 3-0, but the offense then began to click.
Joshua, Bella, John and Eric picked up the pace midway into Period 2, and Jackson led a breakout, passing to
Slava for an excellent wrist shot that beat the Sharks goalie to the short side. Play was physical, as both Jack
and Christian hit the ice hard as a result of high elbows and/or sticks. Ethan and Adriel were solid on
defense and there were great rushes by both squads throughout the last two periods. The Junior Sharks Girls 10-U team simply
out-hustled the Cougars on this day and won the game 4-1.