By Alex Gallacher
The Haliburton County Huskies fought back from being two goals down to beat the Cobourg Cougars 3-2, Friday night at S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.
The Cougars opened up the scoring as George Krotiris scored his seventh of the season only four minutes into the match. With an aggressive game taking place the last time these two teams met, the story was more of the same again this time.
Haliburton’s Ryan Hall would get into a shoving match with one of the Cougars forwards after Hall’s stick was snapped. Big hits and big plays all around the ice, the Cougars would get one more before the period was up.
Zach Smith fanned on his shot attempt but it somehow fooled Christian Cicigoi and ended up in the back of the net. The Huskies headed back to the dressing room down a pair, but the charge back started as soon as the second began.
Cameron Kosurko set up Lucas Stevenson who managed to beat Justin Easter glove side, netting his ninth of the year. The goal lit up the arena, giving the Huskies a much needed spark and cutting the lead in half.
Isaac Sooklal came back from injury and put up some good stats, but Sooklal left Friday’s game after taking a hard hit into the boards. He was taken to the Minden Hospital for an evaluation and will hopefully be back in the roster for the Dec.11 game vs Wellington.
Another Husky who came back from injury was Patrick Saini, having not laced up in nearly a month and a half. Saini made quite a comeback, burying a beautiful feed from Oliver Tarr on the powerplay less than two minutes into the third to tie the game up at two apiece.
Seven minutes later and the Huskies took their first lead of the evening.
Bryce Richardson scored off a pass from Christian Stevens, beating Easter with a powerful snap shot. Hall picked up an assist on the goal and just like that, the Huskies were in front.
The Cougars threw everything they had at the Huskies, but Cicigoi turned it all aside. In the end, the Huskies held on for the 3-2 victory.
“The players did a great job to rebound and delete that first period,” head coach Ryan Ramsay said. “If we play the rest of the season like we did the final 40 of this game, I think we will win a lot more games. It was a good effort from the team and a big two points for us tonight.”
For Patrick Saini, being able to score in his first game back meant the world to him. Having missed a good chunk of the season, being able to light up the Minden arena never gets old.
“It feels great to finally get back on the ice after being away for so long,” Saini said. “Tarr gave me a great pass to get it in front of the net, and I was really happy I was there to pop it in.”
With another game winner, Richardson is cementing himself as a key franchise player in the Huskies lineup. He expressed that Cobourg and Haliburton would make an amazing playoff matchup and one he would love to see.
“Just to get the win in general felt great,” Richardson said. “This win is huge for the whole team. Cobourg is an aggressive team, sometimes you gotta out rough them, but mostly just play our game and use our skill to win.”
The Huskies then headed out to Trenton to take on the Golden Hawks on Sunday. Saini added two more goals as the Huskies defeated the first place Golden Hawks 2-1 and will return to the S.G. Nesbitt memorial arena on Dec. 11 to take on the Wellington Dukes.