Eric Hunter continues to improve on his career high goal scoring season, picking up three goals against the Vancouver Giants during weekend action, including both game-winners.
The series against the Giants helped the Cougars get back into fourth place in the B.C. division. The Cats sit three points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers, but the Cougars aren’t thinking the playoffs are a sure thing.
“From Thursday to Saturday there has been a big change in the standings and it also shows how fast things can change. These games were big for us,” said Hunter, who leads the team with eight game-winning goals this season. “The fact that Kamloops lost both their games was an added bonus. We had to win these games. Vancouver is a great team. We know they are a little short staffed on the back end and we focused on that.”
The Blazers dropped games against Portland and Seattle.
The Cats have been successful against the Giants with their sixth win of the season.
The Cougars will have one game in hand following Tuesday night’s road game in Kelowna.
Goaltender Scott Bowles improved his record to 25-14-0-2 with the pair of wins.
“I thought we played good as a team. My life was a lot easier with most of the shots coming from the outside,” said Bowles.
“I feel good out there right now. A lot of credit goes to the team.”
The Cougars will host the Blazers for a pair of home games this weekend.
“We’re not really looking too far ahead. We’ve got to worry about ourselves and how many points we pick up,” said Bowles.
“We just want to make it to the playoffs. If we gets there it doesn’t matter who we play. It could be the Detroit Red Wings or the Montreal Canadians and it wouldn’t matter,” said Bowles.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. both nights.