PHA Elite 15s split week­end games

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

In the Prairie Hockey Academy Elite 15 Cougars game this past week­end, the Cougars picked up a 4-3 shootout win over the Na­tion­als on Satur­day be­fore drop­ping a 7-4 de­ci­sion in the re­match Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The split saw Prairie Hockey sit­ting with a 12-7-0 record, good enough for fifth in the Cana­dian Sport School Hockey League stand­ings, two points back of Rink Academy. The open­ing con­test on the week­end saw PHA trail­ing 2-0 af­ter the first pe­riod, be­fore a sec­ond-pe­riod rally saw the Cougars bat­tle back and take the lead.

Con­nor McGrath, Austin Reschney and Kirk­land Mullen all scored in the span of 3:28 to put the Cougars ahead 3-2 be­fore Rink tied the game with 1:57 left in the pe­riod. Af­ter a score­less third and over­time, Ethan Peters scored the lone goal of the shootout. Chase Coward made 46 saves to earn the win.

The re­match the next day didn’t go as well for the Cougars as they scored six goals in the first pe­riod, out­shoot­ing PHA 17-4 in the process. The Cougars bat­tled back to get as close as 6-4 af­ter the sec­ond, but that’d be as close as they’d get as Rink added an empty-net­ter late in the third.

Reschny, At­ley Calvery, Max Wan­ner and Chris Ot­ter­son had the goals for PHA. Nathan Airey stopped 27 shots in the loss.

The Elite 15 Cougars are back in ac­tion dur­ing the Dec. 14 week­end when they travel to Ed­mon­ton for a four-game set.

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