Cougars Win 5 In A Row; Division Title In Sight
Cougars Win 5 in a Row; Division Title in Sight
The Cougars have won five straight, and return to the Stockton Arena this Thursday night to face their division rivals the San Diego Sockers, kickoff is 7:35pm. The Sockers lead the Western Division with a record of 10-1 and the Cougars sit alone in second with a record of 9-3.
The Cougars lost both of their games in San Diego in overtime. The Cougars now end the season with a four game homestand, two of those games are against the Sockers. The Cougars can win their final four games, and win the division. They only need to beat the Sockers, by a total of three goals in both games, and they will hold the tie-breaker on San Diego.
January 24th- Cougars 4 Tacoma 3
Enrique Tovar scored the game winner with 3:12 remaining in the third, assisted by Farber, on the power play. Cougars took the early lead in the first quarter on goals by Hugo Brambilla, and Brian Farber. Nelson Santana had the assists on both goals, and the first quarter ended with the Cougars leading 2-0. Tacoma scored three unanswered goals in the second quarter. Two of the goals were scored by Mark Liegh and assisted by Greg Howes. Tacoma went into the half with a 3-2 lead. Robbie Christner scored in the third to tie the game.
January 23rd- Couagars 15 Wenatchee 6
Brian Farber, Enrique Tovar, and Robbie Christner each scored hat tricks as the Cougars top the Fire. The third quarter ended with the Cougars leading 10-6. Wenatchee had a 3-1 run in the third quarter to keep the game close. Farber scored a natural hat trick in the fourth to put the game away for the Cougars. Tovar added 2 assist to his 3 goals in the game.
January 17th- Cougars 13 Texas 5
The Cougars took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The halftime score was 7-1. Brian Farber and Nelson Santana both recorded hat tricks in the game.
January 10th CALIFORNIA 8 TEXAS 5 F
The Cougars take sole possession of second place in the Western Division with a 8 to 5 win against the Texas Outlaws. California struck first in the first period as Nelson Santana put the Cougars on the board with 7:54 remaining in the period. Less than a minute and a half later, the Cougars struck again as Brian Farber found Ernesto Bueno for the goal. The Outlaws were undaunted in the their attack, outshooting the Cougars 10 to 5 in the first period. Renato finally found the back of the net off of a pass from Dominic Schell with 4:38 left in the period. The shooting was more balanced in the second period as Schell tied the game about halfway into the period off of a pass from Jamie Harrigan. The Cougars slowly edged away scoring two in the second, two in the third, and two in the fourth periods. Enrique Tovar had four goals for the Cougars.
January 9th California 7 Denver 6
The Denver Dynamite fell to the California Cougars in a close fought 7-6 loss. The first half was a low scoring affair as the teams went to the locker room tied at 2. Brian Farber opened the scoring in the 3rd quarter to give the Cougars the lead. 22 seconds later Tony Avery scored to re-tie the game at 3. Nelson Santana scored two consecutive goals to put the Cougars up 5-3. This was followed by another Avery goal with 47.3 seconds left in the quarter to bring the Dynamite within one goal, down 5-4 at the end of the 3rd. Jorge Martinez opened the scoring in the 4th to give the Cougars a 6-4 lead. Tony Avery scored again with 8:05 left to bring it back to 6-5, but the Dynamite gave up a goal to Craig Scheer 18 seconds later to bring the deficit back to 2. The Cougars improved to 5-3 and moved into a tie for 2nd place, while the Dynamite dropped to 1-5 and remain in 4th place in the West.
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