Cougars mark silver anniversary with gold-level score
The Cougars have been the face of junior hockey in Vankleek Hill for 25 years now. The hometown crowd enjoyed gold-level scoring when their team hosted the StIsidore Aigles for the Cougars’ silver anniversary home-opener over the Oct. 1 weekend.
The Cougars plucked the feathers off the Eagles 6-2 Saturday in a game that saw the home team dominate both the play and the scoreboard. Maxime Emond put Vankleek Hill on the scoreboard first in the opening period, collecting a rebound goal-attempt by Tyler Dopelhamer.
Riley Sauvé and Charles Doyon each punched in singles to add to the secondperiod score. Third period saw Samuel Founier’s power-play goal click the clock score counter to 4-1 at the 13-minute mark. Emond repeated his goal-scoring success in a back-to-back scoring scene with fellow Cougars shooter Vincent Huneault.
Assisting on the Vankleek Hill goals during the night were Dopelhamer, Fournier, Ryan Allen, Nikolas Ayotte, Nicolas Castonguay, Marc-Antoine Doyon, and Tyler Druce. Scoring for the Aigles were Francis Laviolette and Pier-Luc Viau, with goals assists coming from Jean-Louis Mandel, Frederik Laflèche and Nicholas Souligny.
Last Friday’s road game in Gatineau against the Hull-Volant ended in a 10-4 pounding against the Cougars with single goals from the two Doyons and from Druce and Emond. Assisting on the goals were Marc-Antoine Doyon and Brenden Rowe. Scoring two points each for Gatineau were Alexis Gauthier and Marc-Olivier Lafrenière with single goals from Ryan Abraham, Martin Arnold, Louis-Philippe Cyr, Denis Gratton, Francis Nadon, and Charles St-Denis. Goal assists came from St-Denis, Nadon, Lafrenière, Gauthier, Cyr, Arnold, Abraham, Alex Ethier, Nolan Peck, and Karl Venne.
En cette 25e année au sein de la ligue Junior C, les Cougars de Vankleek Hill, qu’on voit ci-dessus lors d’une partie contre les Lions de Morrisburg le mois dernier, ont poursuivi sur leur lancée de parties victorieuses en l’emportant à domicile contre les Aigles de St-Isidore le 1er octobre dernier.—