Cariboo Cats Finish Strong In Mac's Opener

By Jesse McGowan
December 27, 2018 - 1:38pm Updated: December 27, 2018 - 4:07pm

Everyone knows that it's not how you start, but how you finish.

That rang true for the Cariboo Cougars on Day 1 of the Mac's Tournament in Calgary on Wednesday. The Major Midget team surrendered two powerplay goals to the Calgary Midget AAA Flames, including one early in the third, to trail 2-0 with 19 minutes to work with.

Thankfully, the comeback started shortly thereafter. The team's leading scorer, Brendan Pigeon, would tip in a Booker Daniel cross in front of the net to get the Cariboo squad on the board two minutes after the Flames second goal. That cut the lead in half. Daniel would be the next to score with five minutes left on a hard wrister from the point. His goal tied the game at two, the eventual final to open the tournament.

With just six shots in the third period and 20 overall, the Cougars escaping with a tie fell largely on the shoulders of goalie Devin Chapman. The former Salmon Arm Silverback joined the team in November and made 14 saves in the third period, good for 34 overall. 

The 41st installment of the Mac's AAA Midget Tournament continues Thursday, though the Cougars have no games. They'll be back in action Friday against the Brampton 45's, who opened the tournament with a tough 10-1 loss to the Swift Current Legionnaires. The puck drops from the Max Bell Centre on Friday at 11:45 MST.



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