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Bantam Cats rise to top

The Integris Credit Union bantam Cougars were tired of finishing second-best.

The Integris Credit Union bantam Cougars were tired of finishing second-best.

They wanted all the glory that goes to the winning team in minor hockey tournaments and got exactly that Sunday in Williams Lake after defeating the host team 6-0 in the final.

"We were runners-up in Kelowna and runners-up in Quesnel and we finally won one this weekend," said Cougars head coach John Law.

The weekend wins improved the Cougars' season record to 16-4-2.

Cougars goalies Jeremy Matte and Riley Druskin were at their shutout best. Matte blanked Williams Lake 7-0 in the opening game Friday and Druskin was perfect in net for a 2-0 win over Burns Lake.

The Cougars also defeated Vernon 12-1 and tied Quesnel 3-3.

Blair Scott, the Cougars' five-foot, 100-pound forward, was named tournament MVP. Scott scored two goals in the final. Austin Gray, Donovan Law, Mathew Longhurst and Trevor Gagne also scored in the championship game.

The Cougars' next tournament action is set for Nov. 26-28 in Dawson Creek.

Meanwhile, in 100 Mile House, the Western Industrial Contracting bantam female Cougars took on Kamloops in a two-game exhibition series and gained a split. The Cougars won the first game Saturday 3-2 with goals from Sabrina Knoop, Madison Fjellstrom, and Courtney Trudeau.

Kamloops edged the Cats in Sunday's rematch 4-3. Prince George goalscorers were Meagan Hickey, Krysten Franz and Avery Quiring.

This year's Cougar team has 11 first-year players on a 17-player roster. The Cougars started the tournament season two weeks ago in Kelowna, finishing with a 1-3 record.

"The girls are developing extremely well at a higher level and are starting to understand the systems expected at this level," said head coach Don Knoop. "The work ethic of this team is always around the top of the province."

Knoop has coaching help this season from Stew Malgunas and Judy Shawara.

The Cougars will be in Burnaby next weekend for the inaugural Hayley Wickenheiser tournament.