Pittsburgh Hockey Digest


CHATHAM: The Men fall and the women split the series

Chatham Cougars line up before game vs Aurora --

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — The Chatham men played a rare weekday game as they traveled to New York on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to take on the Morrisville State Mustangs. With an injury and the game being non-conference, Head Coach Michael Callan took the opportunity to dress some different players to get them game experience. But in the end the result was similar, as the Cougars fell 4-1.

Morrisville scored first when CJ Stubbs put a shot just under the cross bar past Chatham goalie Brian Baker.. Baker would keep the score that way through the first making 12 saves on 13 shots.

The Mustangs extended their lead halfway through the second period when Stubbs scored his second goal of the game. The Cougars were able to cut the lead in half when Noah Medalsy scored on a power play. The Cougars were unable to capitalize on two additional power plays through the third period. Local Jon Kasper scored for the Mustangs to give them a 3-1 lead and they tallied an empty-net goal to seal the game at 4-1.

Chatham goalie Brian Baker made 27 saves in the loss. With the loss Chatham drops to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in conference. The Cougars had the Thanksgiving weekend off and will return to action on Friday Nov. 30 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y. take on Nazareth Golden Flyers at 7 p.m. They then travel to Utica, N.Y to play the Utica Pioneers on Saturday. For Friday’s game at Nazareth, you can join me, Alex Lyons, for all the action at https://gochathamcougars.com/watch/?Archive=126&type=Live

RICHLAND TWP., Pa — The Chatham Lady Cougars split a two game weekend series when they hosted the Aurora Spartan in a non-conference matchup. The Cougars won game one 3-1 on Saturday and fell short 5-3 in Sunday’s game.

Saturday’s game began with a scoreless first period with each team having a power play opportunity. That quickly changed in the 2nd period when at 1:29 rookie Cougar Kerry Carr scored her second goal of the year. Just 5:26 later Madison Black scored on a power play giving the Cougars 2-0 lead.

Aurora answered with just over four minutes remaining in 2nd when Spartan Lexie Martinez capitalized on a turnover and scored on a breakaway making it 2-1 after two periods.

Chatham started the third period strong with Carr getting her 2nd of the day. The Cougars overcame a couple third period penalties and held on to register the win. First-year goaltender Katy Reed made 23 saves in route to her second career win. Chatham registered 32 shots on goal with Carr being the offensive star with two goals on four shots.

On Sunday, Cougar defender Jillian Rowland opened the scoring with a one-timer on a power play. Rowland then scored a shorthanded goal with just over a minute remaining in the first period.  This would move Rowland into the lead for team goals at five.

However, things would change drastically in the second period. Aurora would answer with four unanswered goals including two on the power play. The Spartans would enter the third period with a 4-2 lead, and the Cougars would enter it with a new goalie.

The third period continued much as the second ended with Aurora maintaining momentum. Cougar goaltender Devon Strachan stood on her head against the onslaught to keep the score in check. With 2:19 remaining and the goalie pulled, Chatham made it pay off when Michele Jones was able to score from in close to make it 4-3. The Cougars were not able to get the tying goal and the Spartans added an empty netter to give the visitors the 5-3 win.

Chatham would register 25 shots with Rowland leading the Cougars with two goals and Jones adding a goal and assist. Strachan made 15 saves in the 3rd period.

With the split, the Cougars record is 3-6 overall and 1-3 in conference. They return to action this weekend when they travel to Rochester, N.Y. to take on The Nazareth Golden Flyers (8-0 overall, 4-0 conference). Puck drop on Friday is 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m. You can join me, Alex Lyons, for all the action at https://gochathamcougars.com/watch/?Archive=126&type=Live

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