FRASER, Mich.- In a high-stakes divisional clash at Big Boy Arena, the Chicago Cougars Premier unit continued their impressive road form, securing a 5-2 victory against the Motor City Gamblers. This win marked the Cougars' second consecutive triumph on the road, capping off a challenging three-game series against their divisional rivals.
The game showcased an intense battle, featuring dynamic plays, power plays, and penalties that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Both teams fought tooth and nail, with the Cougars ultimately emerging victorious and taking two out of three games in the series.
The opening period saw the Chicago Cougars setting the tone early, with TJ Haas firing a power-play goal at 9:11, assisted by Aidan Canady and Kevin Hanly. The Cougars continued their offensive onslaught, doubling their lead at 15:43 with a goal from Kevin Hanly, assisted by Alexander Musyakevych and Connor Schuckmann.
The second period saw a response from the Motor City Gamblers, as Angelo Massaro scored a power-play goal at 10:22, assisted by Jace Weimer and Preston Stenzel. The Cougars held their ground defensively, and goaltender Cameron Boville made crucial saves to maintain their lead.
In the final frame, the Cougars displayed resilience and determination. Arthur Pawlik notched a power-play goal at 4:49, assisted by Gerdas Paulauskas and Aidan Canady, extending the lead. JT Gollinger added another at 6:48, assisted by Trey Henderson and Connor Schuckmann.
The Motor City Gamblers managed to pull one back with a power-play goal from Jace Weimer at 15:13, but the Cougars responded decisively. Gerdas Paulauskas sealed the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:03, assisted by Arthur Pawlik and Cooper Brackett.
The game was not short on physicality, with both teams racking up penalties. The box score showed a total of 68 penalty minutes, highlighting the intensity and fierce competition throughout the match.
Cougars' goaltender Cameron Boville played a pivotal role in the victory, stopping 46 of 48 shots. Meanwhile, Arthur Pawlik stood out on the offensive end with a goal and an assist, contributing to the team's success.
With this crucial road victory, the Chicago Cougars improve their season record to 18-14-1-2. As they head back home, the Cougars aim to build on this momentum and continue their push for a top playoff spot in the USPHL.
Next Game: Chicago Cougars vs. Decatur Blaze, Wednesday, February 7th, 12:40PM at Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont, Illinois.
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