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Bisons Drop to Cougars 3-2 in Double OT

February 21, 2014 11:34 PM | Sports

Manitoba Bisons - Mount Royal Cougars

Manitoba Bison forward Brendan Rowinski (10) eludes Mount Royal Cougars forward Justin Kirsch (18) in action at the Wayne Fleming Arena on Friday, February 21, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — In double overtime, the University of Manitoba men’s hockey team couldn’t stop a late goal by the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday night.

The Cougars took the first game 3-2 in an 85-minute series opener in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at the Wayne Fleming Arena.

Brenden Turnbull lobbed in the game-winning goal at 4:09, while Manitoba’s Jordan DePape and Brendan Rowinski put up goals for the Bisons against Cougars’ goaltender Dalyn Flette.

“We knew they’re a physical, hard-working team but it’s a playoff game, there were a lot of hits on both sides and both teams worked hard,” said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant. “We turned over too many pucks and that didn’t help us.”

It was the first-ever post-season game for the Cougars, who meet the Bisons again on Saturday at 7 p.m. Should the Bisons win, both teams will play at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

— With files from Bison Sports / John Gaudes