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Cariboo Cougars earn a point in tough game against Thunderbirds

It was a hard-fought point, and the Cariboo Cougars will take it.

In BC Elite Hockey League action on Sunday in Abbotsford, the U18 Cougars battled the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to a 2-2 overtime tie. Cariboo defenceman Zachary Leslie sent the game to extra time when he scored with 1:40 left in the third period. Lincoln Edwards had given the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead when he struck shorthanded in the first two minutes of the third.

The teams played a scoreless second period.

Part way through the first, Caleb Poitras gave the Cats a 1-0 lead when he scored on a power play. Matteo Speranza answered back for the Thunderbirds.

Damien Knackstedt (Cougars) and Trevor Agnew (Thunderbirds) were the goaltenders.

The Cougars and Thunderbirds also met on Saturday. In that one, the T-birds were deadly on special teams and skated to a 4-0 victory. Riley Joslin and Isaiah Peters scored power-play goals, while Gavin Giesbrecht connected for a shorthanded marker. Speranza also scored for Fraser Valley.

Nicholas Cristiano earned the shutout while Tysen Smith took the loss.

On the season, the Cougars now stand at 4-5-1-0 and are in seventh place in the 10-team division. The Thunderbirds are sixth at 4-3-2-1.

The Cougars will be back at Kin 1 on Saturday at 4:30 and Sunday at 10:30 for games against the ninth-place Okanagan Rockets (3-5-1-1).

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