Cougar Hockey Moves on to Semi-Finals

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The College of the Canyons hockey club continued its dominate run through the Division III National Tournament with a 4-1 win over Saginaw Valley State in Holland, Michigan on Friday afternoon.

The Cougars got revenge as they lost to SVS a year ago in the quarterfinal round, they will now advance to the semi-final round to be played on Saturday, March 12. COC beat Fredonia State on Wednesday 4-2, and a 5-4 victory over Loyola Maryland on Thursday.

The club is now 24-0 this year after finish the 2010-2011 season with a 21-0 record capturing the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association, winning every game by at least two goals.

COC started the game with a surprise goal on the Cardinals with a short handed four on three break away goal by forward Brian Voogt. The freshman led the team with 48 goals this season, continuing his dominate play in Michigan.

Fifteen seconds left in the first period Andy Jakiel snuck one past the Saginaw goalie on the power play to give the Cougars a two goal advantage.

The third goal for COC came on an extraordinary pass from Alex Brodetsky, who floated it up and over the Cardinals defense to Voogt who was waiting all by himself behind the defense. Voogt slipped it by goalie for the third goal. COC led Saginaw 3-0 after two periods.

With 16:30 to play in the game Saginaw cut the lead to two with a goal by Ryan Satko but all hopes came to a close when Voogt completed the hat trick by knocking in the empty net goal.

The Cougars will face California University of Pennsylvania at 9:45 a.m. EST. The winner will advance to the finals against either Central Florida, Hope College in Michigan, Farmingdale State College in New York, or Colorado which will be held Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. EST. 

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