skip navigation

Chicago Cougars drop weekend series vs. Fort Wayne

By Anne Tokarski, 12/13/21, 8:00AM CST


It was a tough weekend for the Chicago Cougars as the team dropped two straight contests to the Fort Wayne Spacemen. Though the team fought hard, the Cougars ultimately couldn’t mount comebacks enough to force overtime either night.

Game 1 of the weekend vs. the Fort Wayne Spacemen: Friday, December 10

Friday’s game saw the Cougars battle hard both in and out of their own zone, but an early roughing call against Chicago would put the team on the defensive and down a skater just five minutes into the opening frame. 

The Spacemen would convert with the player advantage to go up 1-0. The period wasn’t over yet though — and a couple of penalties to the Spacemen later, the Cougars power play would get to work doing what it does best: score. Chicago defender Trent Carter found an open lane and fired one past Fort Wayne’s net minder to tie the game at one apiece with the skater advantage, and the team took a 1-1 tie into the first intermission. 

Fort Wayne would get on the board twice more in the middle frame to power them to a 3-1 lead, with one of those goals transpiring on the power play.

The game wasn’t over until the final horn went, though, as a shot from Gerdas Paulauskas was tipped by Daniel Danko in the Spacemen’s crease to narrow the margin to one. With fifty seconds on the clock, the Cougars battled hard until the final buzzer, but came up short by a score of 3-2. 

Game 2 of the weekend vs. the Fort Wayne Spacemen: Saturday, December 11

Fort Wayne got off to an early start again on Saturday, scoring just 19 seconds into the opening frame. The lead didn’t last too long, though, as the Cougars would strike back two minutes later with a wide wraparound attempt that found the back of the net. 

From there, a penalty against the Cougars had the team skating shorthanded, and Fort Wayne was quick to capitalize. The Spacemen took a one-goal lead into the first intermission.

A late penalty in the first period carried over into the second, but that was no big deal for the team in green and gold. Not only did Chicago kill the penalty, but less than a minute into the middle frame, Kyle Lamphere and Jake McDonald combined for an absolute beautiful tally from just below the far circle. 

While the Cougars carried the tie well into the second period, the Spacemen would break the draw and go up 3-2 before the end of the frame. 

Two goals from the Spacemen in the third period put the final nail in the Cougars’ coffin, as Fort Wayne won by a score of 5-2.