It was a glass half-full, glass half-empty weekend for the Cariboo Cougars.
After picking up a resounding 6-1 victory over the Okanagan Rockets on Saturday during the team’s Eighth Annual Jameson Jones Night, the Cougars fell by the same 6-1 score against Okanagan on Sunday at Kin 1.
Despite being tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Rockets scored five unanswered goals over the next two periods by Tanner Brown, Ben King, Jack Finley, Brendan Boyle and Brandon Della Paolera to salvage the split.
The loss certainly didn’t sit well with Cariboo Head Coach Tyler Brough.
“I feel like in our four losses this year I feel like we haven’t been beaten by a team that’s outplayed us, I think its more us beating ourselves and it was a big let down today after the effort we had last night (Saturday).”
The lacklustre effort by the defending BC Major Midget Hockey League Champions (BCMML) led Brough to pull starting goaltender Marcus Allen after the Rockets went up by four goals early in the third.
“I was protecting my starting goaltender,” says Brough . “Our team hung him out to dry and he was one of the few guys working his butt off – you always get that from him and I don’t want to lose my starter over a loss like this.”
This is the second time in less than a month the Cougars have suffered a lopsided loss at home in less than a month – the last one came on November, 12th when they fell 7-1 to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
“If a team comes in and beats us we will tip our cap to them and we’ll learn from it but we don’t seem to lose tight ones, we always seem to get blown out. It is concerning to me and to me, it all comes down to pride and putting your best effort in, we can’t just go away. We have to play 60 minutes.”
The Cougars are now four points back of the Valley West Hawks for top spot in the BCMML.
Cariboo is back in action next weekend when they host the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday from Kin 1.