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Chicago Cougars sweep division #1 MJDP

By Anne Tokarski, 11/08/21, 7:45AM CST

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The Chicago Cougars traveled back to Michigan to tango with the Metro Jets Development Program (MJDP), and came home with a weekend sweep in their opponents’ barn. Friday evening saw the Cougars score five unanswered goals to claim the 5-2 victory, and Saturday was even busier with Chicago skating away to a 6-3 win. 

Game 1 of the weekend vs. MJDP: Friday, November 5

The first period did not start as hoped for the Cougars, as MJDP got on the board just a minute into the opening frame. A tripping call against Metro at the halfway point made it seem like the scales might be tipping in Chicago’s favor...until MJDP scored shorthanded to put their squad up 2-0. 

The period’s brightest spot came shortly thereafter, when George Boos got his stick on a shot from the blue line by Gerdas Paulauskas and tipped the puck into the net. It was Boos’ first goal as a member of the Cougars, and gave the team some spirit heading into the first intermission, despite being down 2-1. 

From there, it was all Cougars all day — just the way we like it. 

The line of Mike Sliwinski, George Boos, and Joe Gulino combined for a highlight reel goal early in the third period to tie things up at two. Shortly thereafter, Francesco Addante tallied his second goal of the season with what would ultimately go down as the game-winner...his second such accomplishment in as many games. The Cougars carried the 3-2 lead into the second intermission. 

MJDP was whistled for tripping about a quarter of the way through the third period, and that gave a power play unit that included Jake McDonald, Trent Carter, and TJ Haas room to maneuver. McDonald capitalized for Chicago just thirteen seconds into the player advantage to give the team a 4-2 lead. 

The icing on the cake would come later in the third, when a streaking Haas tallied his second goal of the season on a breakaway to put the Cougars up by three and seal the team’s fate with another tally in the win column. 

Scoring events:

George Boos (Gerdas Paulauskas, Joe Gulino) (PP)
Joe Gulino (George Boos, Mike Sliwinski)
Francesco Addante (Kevin Kost, Kevin Maisells)
Jake McDonald (TJ Haas, Trent Carter) (PP)
TJ Haas (Jake McDonald, Danny Determann)

Game 2 of the weekend vs. MJDP: Saturday, November 6

Much like Friday’s game, the first period on Saturday opened with an MJDP goal...but the Jets’ jubilation didn’t last long. Just over a minute after they skated past their own bench to celebrate, Trent Carter let one loose from the top of the far circle and it found its way into the back of the net to tie things up at one apiece. 

From there, Chicago took off. 

MJDP was whistled for slashing at the halfway point, and Cody Lourenco would capitalize just over a minute into the skater advantage with a sneaky back door play. From there, the Cougars kept on rolling, as Joe Gulino got a breakaway just twenty seconds later to give Chicago a two-goal advantage. 

While Metro would cut the celebrations short and answer right back, the game was far from over. A boarding call against MJDP would send the Cougars to a five-minute power play, compounded by an additional tripping call that would give the squad a 5-on-3 advantage. 

Danny Determann converted for his first real goal of the year (the tally we all thought was his from last week turned out to be attributed to TJ Haas) shortly thereafter, putting Chicago up 4-2 heading into the first intermission. 

The Cougars opened the second period in style, with Gerdas Paulauskas scoring his eighth of the season just 37 seconds into the middle frame off a Metro turnover. 

While Cody Lourenco would head to the box, an MJDP player would join him in the sin bin, leading to some 4-on-4 hockey. With so much open ice, TJ Haas was bound to convert right off the face-off to put the final nail in MJDP’s coffin. 

MJDP would get one more past Ian Young before the game was up, but that didn’t change much for them as the Cougars would still skate away with a dominant 6-3 victory. 

Scoring events:

Trent Carter (Mike Sliwinski, Joe Gulino)
Cody Lourenco (Mike Sliwinski, Trent Carter) (PP)
Joe Gulino (Unassisted)
Danny Determann (Joe Gulino, Gerdas Paulauskas) (PP)
Gerdas Paulauskas (Jake McDonald)
TJ Haas (Kyle Lamphere)