Sault College Cougars are showing teeth in their first season as official members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Through 11 league games, Sault College has yet to taste defeat in regulation time and boasts a very impressive record of 9-0-2.
What makes their showing even more startling is that of their 11 games to date, the Cougars have played only two home contests.
And those two home matches against the visiting Schoolcraft College Ocelots this weekend resulted in a pair of decisive 10-4 victories for Sault College.
Playing in the North Division of the Division 3 level ACHA, Sault College’s 9-0-2 record through 11 games includes the fact that the Cougars have out-scored the opposition by a resounding 92-41 margin.
Forward Ryan Vendramin leads the Cougars in scoring with overwhelming totals. He has 18 goals, 14 assists, 32 points despite having missed two of Sault College’s 11 games to date.
A local product, Vendramin played for the old Soo North Stars major midgets before moving up to skate for the Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
Among the many other top performers for Sault College have been a pair of defensemen who starred in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2016-2017.
Soo Eagles grad Nick Trecroce has 2 goals, 12 assists, 14 points while Cole Peck, formerly of the Blind River Beavers, has 4-8-12 totals.
Jay Houslander, who serves as the hockey co-ordinator at Sault College, is full of enthusiasm in talking about being a part of the ACHA.
“Sault Ste Marie is an incredible hockey town and to bring collegiate hockey to our school to be represented in the ACHA is an incredible honour with the support from the athletic department and especially (school officials) Michelle Morley, Matt Trainor, Colin Kirkwood and Dr. Ron Common,” Houslander told HockeyNewsNorth.com.
More than 450 fans took in the Cougars first two home games at Rankin Arena, according to Houslander.
“And that included Sault College students, friends, parents and grandparents from near and far and that shows us that collegiate hockey will be part of the future at Sault College for years to come,” Houslander noted.
Next home action for the Cougar men will be on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at the Rankin in a pair of a 7 p.m. matches against the Finlandia University Lions.
PHOTO: Sault College Cougars forward Ryan Vendramin, in Saturday action at Rankin Arena. (Photo by Allana Plaunt.)