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Chicago Cougars Split Weekend Series with Fort Wayne

By Anne Tokarski, 11/01/21, 8:15AM CDT

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The Chicago Cougars closed out the month of October with a series split against the Fort Wayne Spacemen at home

The Chicago Cougars got the weekend off to a rocky start on Saturday with a 4-1 loss to their rivals in the standings, the Fort Wayne Spacemen. That being said, Sunday was a much different story with a much happier ending.

Game 1 of the weekend vs. the Fort Wayne Spacemen: Saturday, October 30

Saturday’s game startd with a goal by the Spacemen thirty seconds into the opening frame. Fort Wayne would tack on another before the period was up to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The second period was much of the same story, with a flurry of action in the second half that saw two Fort Wayne goals. An interference call against the Spacemen led to a Goodman Elite power play for the Cougars, but it ultimately went south when Fort Wayne capitalized on an odd-man rush and scored shorthanded. 

Jack Parks and Joe Gulino would connect before the end of the frame to get the Cougars on the board and spoil the Spacemen’s shutout, but it would be the team’s only tally of the evening as the Cougars fell, 4-1, to Fort Wayne in the first game. 

Scoring events:

Joe Gulino (Jack Parks)

Game 2 of the weekend vs. the Fort Wayne Spacemen: Sunday, October 31

The Sunday Scaries were out in full force for the Spacemen, who took a hooking penalty to open the first period — a penalty Danny Determann would convert on, giving the team a 1-0 lead and giving Determann his first goal of his Cougars career. 

Despite Fort Wayne answering back around a minute later, much of the period was dominated by the Cougars, who kept the puck in the zone and did a great job at shutting down any Spacemen opportunities. 

Towards the end of the first, Mike Sliwinski scored his ninth goal of the season to put the Cougars up by one. A holding call against the squad would then send the team to the Sure Seal penalty kill, and Fort Wayne would ultimately capitalize with the skater advantage to tie the game at two apiece heading into the first intermission.

The second period was mostly quiet...until Joe Gulino fed a backhand, cross-crease pass to Mike Sliwinski, and the latter tapped the puck in over the shoulder of Fort Wayne’s net-mnder to restore the good guys’ the lead. The Cougars would take a 3-2 goal advantage into the third period.

For his first career goal, Franesco Addante converted on a beautiful breakaway that sealed the deal for the squad in the third period. 

The Cougars would skate away with a 4-3 victory. 

Scoring events:

Danny Determann (Cody Lourenco, TJ Haas)
Mike Sliwinski (Daniel Danko, Trent Carter)
Mike Sliwinski (Joe Gulino)
Francesco Addante (Unassisted)