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Three goal third period powers Cougars to win over Slumping Commandos

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Three goal third period powers Cougars to win over Slumping Commandos

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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61