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Chicago Cougars win weekend vs. Motor City, Detroit

By Anne Tokarski, 11/22/21, 8:00AM CST

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The Chicago Cougars skated to a dominant victory over Motor City Hockey Club on Saturday, then closed out the weekend with another win against the Detroit Fighting Irish on Sunday

The Chicago Cougars won the weekend with games vs. Motor City Hockey Club and the Detroit Fighting Irish, allowing just three goals all weekend and lighting the lamp sixteen times in 120 minutes of play. 

Game 1 of the weekend vs. Motor City Hockey Club: Friday, November 19

Though Motor City opened the scoring on Friday afternoon with an even-strength goal three and a half minutes into the first period, the rest of the game was all Cougars — which is just the way we like it in Chicago. 

Francesco Addante evened the score with a neat little net-front tap in with thirteen minutes to play in the opening frame, then the top line of Mike Sliwinski, Joe Guliino, and George Boos combined for their first of four goals on Friday to give the Cougars the one goal advantage. By the time the period was up, Peter Drake and Jake McDonald would tally goals of their own to give Chicago a 4-1 lead going into the first break.

A hooking call against Detroit cost the Fighting Irish early in the second period when the Cougars converted on the power play, with Kevin Kost tapping home the rebound of Gulino’s initial shot for his fifth goal of the season. Not one minute later, Kyle Lamphere scored his third of the year, and within another minute, Sliwinski, Gulino, and Boos would combine for their second of the game. By the time the period was up, defender Jack Parks had tied the team lead among blue liners for goals scored with his fifth of the season, and Gulino would get his first of the evening off a feed from Boos. The Cougars carried a dominant 9-1 lead into the second intermission. 

Just as he closed out the second period, Gulino would open the third period scoring when he found himself all alone in front of the net. TJ Haas would tack on one more for his sixth of the year and to put the final nail in Motor City’s coffin as the Cougars skated away with a dominant 11-1 victory. 

Scoring events:

Francesco Addante (Kevin Kost, Jack Parks)
Mike Sliwinski (Joe Gulino, George Boos)
Peter Drake (Joe Gulino, George Boos)
Jake McDonald (TJ Haas, Gerdas Paulauskasa)
Kevin Kost (Joe Gulino, George Boos) (PP)
Kyle Lamphere (Andreas Zorn, Gerdas Paulauskas)
Mike Sliwinski (Joe Gulino, George Boos)
Jack Parks (Jake McDonald, Daniel Danko)
Joe Gulino (George Boos, Mike Sliwinski)
Joe Gulino (George Boos, Mike Sliwinski)
TJ Haas (Jack Parks, Jake McDonald)

Game 2 of the weekend vs. the Detroit Fighting Irish: Sunday, November 21

Kyle Lamphere got the party started in Chicago in the first period, lighting the lamp in the first period off a feed from newcomer Lukas Theodosopoulos, who in turn registered his first point (an assist) on Lamphere’s goal. 

In the second period, the Fighting Irish evened up the game with a tally of their own, but a slashing call against Detroit would give the Cougars an opportunity with the skater advantage — an opportunity fans and opponents alike know they are not prone to wasting,a s Jake McDonald quickly capitalized to restore the lead. 

A turnover midway through the second period by the Cougars gave Detroit a breakaway, which, despite Ian Young’s best efforts, found its way to the back of the net. The Cougars took the 2-2 tie into the second intermission. 

The third period was more to the tune of Friday’s game, with Chicago scoring three unanswered goals to secure the 5-2 victory. Gulino would register his eighth of the season, and then another slashing call against the Fighting Irish gave the second power play unit room to maneuver on the ice. Defender Trent Carter would get the final touch on the goal. An unsportsmanlike conduct minor against Detroit would give the Cougars another power play, an opportunity Mike Sliwinski is no stranger to converting upon, and the forward scored his third power play goal of the year to help his team to a 5-2 win. 

Scoring events:

Kyle Lamphere (Lukas Theodosopoulos, Kas Moncheck)
Jake McDonald (Mike Sliwinski, Cody Lourenco) (PP)
Joe Gulino (Mike Sliwinski, Andreas Zorn)
Trent Carter (George Boos, TJ Haas) (PP)
Mike Sliwinski (TJ Haas, Andreas Zorn) (PP)