On September 22nd, the Sault College Cougars men’s hockey program hit the road for the first time in school history as a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) DIII north division to face the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals in collegiate hockey action in Saginaw, Michigan.
In Saginaw on Friday evening in front of a nosy full house and SVSU band, the Cougars headed 4 – 2 into the first intermission with first year players Lucas Duckstein and Ryan Vendramin finding the back of the Cardinals net. In the second, Vendramin and Mark Khull brought Sault College within one of Saginaw Valley with Cardinals entering into the third. When the final buzzer sounded in the Cougars first official game in the ACHA, the Cougars pulled out a 7 – 5 win with captain Tyler Brown, Andrew Trowbridge and Duckstein contributing one each for Sault College.
Sault College coach Mike Hall told Saultsports.com that ” we came out in the first a little disorganized, but that is expected when we have had only two practices with the team being named September 15th. I have to give credit to the boys with coming back twice after being down 3 – 0, 5 – 2 in periods one and two. The work ethic impressed me throughout the final two periods and we have to work on systems. We outshot the Cardinals 32 – 22 in our 7 – 5 win tonight. It was an incredible atmosphere in front of a pack house with the fans yelling and the SVSU band playing now stop for the whole 60 minutes.”
“Hustle always beats talent anyday” Hall said.
Check out the Cougars versus Cardinals photo gallery.
The Cougars will be back in action on Saturday September 23rd for their second match – up against the Cardinals in a 8:00 p.m puck drop in Saginaw.