The Vankleek Hill Junior “C” Cougars are one-third of the way through the current season and so far, results have exceeded expectations.
The team, part of the National Capital Junior Hockey League, has won nine of 13 games so far. Their fourth and most recent loss was on Sunday in St-Isidore when they lost 8-5 to the Eagles. That was the Cougars’ second loss this season to St-Isidore; the last one was on October 21.
Losses aside, Cougars General Manager Marc Bernique said he is “pretty pleased and a bit surprised” at the team’s showing so far this season. He said that both veterans and rookies alike are strong. He specifically mentioned forwards Ryan Allen, Tyler Dopelhamer, Justin Labrosse, and defenceman Keean McEachern.
Bernique gives credit to the Cougars’ coaching staff of head coach Franky Dopelhamer, and assistant coaches Greg McEachern and Luc Chaumont for being able to get the players to “buy in” to their strategies.
According to Bernique, audiences at Cougars’ home games range from about 100 to 125 people.
The Vankleek Hill Cougars’ next game is on Friday night at 8:15 in Vanier where they will face off against the Bytown Royals at the Bernard-Grandmaître Arena.