Cougars advance in high school hockey nationals
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Centennial’s undefeated streak in the high school hockey USA National Championships ended Friday as the Cougars lost in a shootout 7-6 to Fort Dorchester, South Carolina.
Despite the loss, Centennial finishes atop their division in pool play with seven points and will advance to the next round.
The Cougar goalie Tom Nichols was taken off the ice due to injury in the overtime, giving Fort Dorchester an advantage in the shootout.
Centennial could never manage a multi-goal lead Friday as their opponent would equalize the score seemingly moments after each Cougar goal.
Dakota Davis, Devin Pierce, Bennett Jones, and Tyler Hardin each had goals for Centennial while Jake Lyle scored twice.
Friday’s game was Centennial’s closest of the tournament as they won their first two games by a combined score of 12-4.
They beat Uintah, Utah 6-0 Thursday and Omaha, Nebraska 6-4 one day prior.
The win over Omaha was not as close as the score indicates as the Cougars held a 6-1 advantage in the third period before their opponents scored three quick goals to close the margin.
Centennial next plays an early Saturday game against Santa Margarita, California – the winner of Pool A 1. Semifinals are scheduled for later Saturday evening with the championship to be played on Sunday in .
Posted on: 3/22/2013