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Cariboo Cougars earn weekend split against South Island Royals

The Cariboo Cougars needed a spark, and Marik Mamic gave it to them.

On Sunday in Victoria, the Cougars were looking to gain a split with the South Island Royals in the second game of a BC Elite Hockey League weekend doubleheader. Thanks largely to Mamic, the U18 Cougars left the rink with a 3-1 victory.

After a scoreless first period, Mamic scored consecutive goals about four minutes apart in the middle frame for a 2-0 Cariboo lead. Oliver Josephson replied for the Royals, but Chase Pacheco netted the only goal of the third period to produce the final result.

Tysen Smith was the winning goaltender and Jaden Vanderlee took the loss.

In Saturday’s opener, the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and held on for a 5-4 win.

In that one, the host team was up 5-2 by the end of the second, and a pair of goals by Amar Powar in the third left the Cats just short of the comeback.

Powar finished with a hat trick, while the other Cariboo goal came courtesy of Ryan Toor.

Markus Johansen scored twice for the Royals. Josephson, Luka Jansen Van Rensburg and Nathan King had the other South Island goals.

Vanderlee and Damien Knackstedt were between the pipes for their respective teams.

The Cougars are now 3-3 on the season, a mark that has them in fifth place in the 10-team league. The Royals have a mark of 2-3-0-1.

The Cougars will host the Vancouver Northwest Hawks next weekend. Games are set for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, both at Kin 1.

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In other weekend action, the U17 Cougars skated to a 7-1 Saturday win and a 6-5 overtime victory on Sunday against the Royals. Sunday’s OT winner came off the stick of Anthony Duhamel.

The games were played at Kin 1 and CN Centre.

The Cougars improved to 2-2 and the Royals dropped to 0-2-0-2.

The Cats will visit the Vancouver Northwest Hawks next weekend.

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