Cougars roaring at 8-1-0

Randy Russon
October 22, 2018

The only Canadian school in the Division 3, American Collegiate Hockey Association is off to a roaring start to the 2018-2019 season. Sault College Cougars won all three of their games at a weekend tournament in Midland, Michigan that was hosted by Northwood University.

The Cougars now have an overall record of 8-1-0 through nine outings. Coach Mike Hall’s Sault College crew will have this weekend off before heading to Michigan State for a pair of games on November 3-4.

Five Sault Ste. Marie area products are leading the high-flying Cougars in scoring.

Despite having played in only seven of the Cougars nine games to date, forward Ryan Vendramin has put up astronomical numbers for Sault College thus far.

The 23-year old Vendramin, who played 20 games in the Ontario Hockey League for the Sarnia Sting after being drafted from the Soo North Stars of the Great North Midget Hockey League back in 2012, has eye-popping totals of 21 goals, 13 assists, 34 points in just seven outings for Sault College this season.

Following Vendramin on the Sault College scoring chart are four players who have all played in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Forwards Mark Tassone and Max Khull are second and third, respectively, after Vendramin.

Tassone, who played three NOJHL seasons with the Soo Thunderbirds, has 6 goals, 15 assists, 21 points in nine games thus far in his rookie year with Sault College.

And Khull, who played three NOJHL seasons with the Blind River Beavers, has 3 goals, 18 assists, 21 points in nine games thus far in his rookie year with Sault College.

Next up are a pair of defensemen.

Andrew Barbeau has 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points in nine games. And Kaelan O’Flynn has 2 goals, 13 assists, 15 points in nine outings.

Barbeau played in the NOJHL, the North American Hockey League and the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League before opting to continue his education at Sault College.

And O’Flynn skated in the NOJHL, the Central Canada Hockey League, the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Greater Metro Hockey League before enrolling at Sault College.

Barbeau’s NOJHL time was with the Thunderbirds while O’Flynn suited up for Blind River.

Between the pipes, Drew Gregory has a record of 4-0-0 to date while Brian Kment has a 4-0-0 mark as the Sault College goalies of record.

Gregory played briefly in the NOJHL with Blind River while Kment is a former starting goalie with the Soo Thunderbirds.

Team wise, in its nine games so far this season, Sault College has scored 77 goals and allowed 32.

What you think about “Cougars roaring at 8-1-0”

  1. With the numbers these players are putting up, this team should try to schedule some games with the better ACHA D 1 teams in Michigan (Davenport University, Adrian College, U of M Dearborn) to really test themselves. Teams at the D 1 level typically recruit players with junior hockey experience, compared to D3 where there are more players who come directly from US high school hockey. Glad the team is doing well, best of luck the rest of the season!

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