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Cougars score late to claim win

12/23/2016, 8:45am CST
By Delmar Scanlon, WiPH Staff

Another nailbiter going into the holiday break

Milligan doesn't need a mulligan for game winning goal

The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine game of the week lived up to its billing.  There weren't many scoring highlights, but two teams battled for 51 minutes and the game kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer.  The Lightning entered the game coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Appleton United.  The Cougars were on the other side of a 2-1 score as they held off the Blackhawks of Viroqua on Tuesday evening.

The Lightning and Cougars met in Sun Prairie looking for a victory to put in their Christmas stockings.  The first period saw one penalty called with 32.3 seconds left in the period, when Lakeshore was caught with too many skaters on the ice.  Thornton had 4 saves for Sun Prairie, while Mirek had 9 saves for the Lightning.

The second period found the Cougars' Sydney Spatola called for slashing at 6:01.  Lakeshore was unable to score on the power play opportunity and the period ended knotted at zero.  Mirek stopped 17 shots in the period compared to 10 for Thornton.

The final period started and the Cougars continued an offensive attack which started in the second period.  Colleen Milligan slid a puck past Mirek at 12:55 of the period with an assist from Jada Ward.  Zephryn Jager was called for roughing with 3:03 remaining in regulation and put the Lightning on the power play.  Unfortunately for the Lakeshore fans, the Lightning were not able to capitalize.  Thornton finished the game with 19 saves after stopping 5 in the third.  Mirek stopped 42 in the game having collected 16 saves in the final period.

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