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Three goal third period powers Cougars to win over Slumping Commandos

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 4:33 PM CT
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On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Centennial Cougars took on the Hendersonville Commandos in the first round of the Predators Cup at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. The Commandos, who had lost their last five games, came into the night needing a win. On the other side of the spectrum, Centennial entered the night riding a three game win streak during which they had outscored their opponents 24 to five.

Both teams came out strong in the first period and traded early scoring chances. However, it would be Centennial that got on the board first when Jake Lyle scored on the power-play to put the Cougars up 1-0 after an elbowing penalty on Hendersonville’s Ian McCollum. Hendersonville would strike right back 34 seconds later, when leading scorer Jack Mali tied the game up with 10:50 left in the period. The Commandos weren’t done yet for the period, Gabriel Bahnn made the score 2-1 with 5:14 remaining, the score that would stand going into the first intermission.

The second period was highlighted by quality chances being traded from both teams and great goaltending from both Hendersonville’s Butera and Centennial’s Napier. Late in the period, Mali would find the back of the net for the second time, giving Hendersonville a two goal lead that would stand to start the third.

In the final period, Hendersonville controlled play early, defending their lead with solid defensive play and good goaltending from Butera. However, late in the period, Centennial’s Ian Currie scored a power play goal, cutting the Commando lead to a single goal. With new found motivation to tie the game, Centennial’s Ethan Levy would tie the game just a minute after the power play goal.

With all the confidence and motivation in their favor, the Cougars, with 2:59 left in the game, Christopher Hare would find twine to give Centennial a 4-3 lead. That’s all it would take, as Centennial overcame the two goal deficit to defeat the Commandos 4-3.

Both teams return to action on Friday night as Hendersonville takes on Indy-Summit and Centennial faces Brentwood.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33