By Alex Gallacher
The Haliburton County Huskies found themselves in a similar position to their first round series against the Golden Hawks, as they dropped game one 5 – 3 to the Cobourg Cougars on Sunday, April 17 at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.
Oliver Tarr got the game’s first goal with less than a minute remaining in the first period, sending the packed house into a frenzy. Taking a deficit into the dressing room, the Cougars mounted a charge in the second and third periods.
The second period saw a lot of back and forth action from both sides. The teams tossed around big hits like they were shots on net, and the extra-curricular post-whistle conduct picked up.
The teams chipped and chirped at each other, but the Cougars would net the only goal of the game.
A.J. Cook took advantage of a Sam Solarino penalty to tie the game at one apiece, burying a centering pass over the shoulder of Cicigoi. The Huskies valiantly played out the rest of the period however, the Huskies were in for a world of pain in the third period.
In just over one minute, the Cougars managed three unanswered goals. Starting at 3:32, Devon Thibodeau beat Cicigoi using a screen in front. Then, 43 seconds later, Zach Smith beat Cicigoi on an Adam Barone rebound. At 4:43, the Cougars added another With George Krotiris scoring on his own rebound.
The Huskies added two of their own as Patrick Saini buried a beautiful rebound from Payton Schaly, while Schaly scored his own marker taking advantage of on Isaac Sooklal rebound. The Huskies pulled within one, but the Cougars got the last laugh. Team Captain Tucker Firth managed to take advantage of his own rebound and score a nearly identical goal to that of Krotiris and Smith.
With the clock expiring, the Cougars claimed game one 5 – 3 over the Huskies. The ramifications from the match will mean the game tomorrow night in Cobourg will be a do-or-die for the Huskies. Despite this loss, the Huskies have a stellar record in Cobourg only having lost twice.
While the Huskies look to avoid elimination, they hope a repeat of the comeback in the Trenton series will be in their future.
Should they be victorious in Cobourg, the Huskies will be back at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena on Wednesday, April 20 for game three.