Sault College Cougars shrugged off some questionable refereeing to upend the Lake Superior State Lakers on Sunday for their first win of the Division 2, American Collegiate Hockey Association season.
The 6-4 road victory for Sault College came after the Cougars lost 6-3 to Lake Superior State on Saturday and followed earlier 9-1 and 7-3 losses to Miami of Ohio in mid September to begin the season.
In winning its first game of the 2022-2023 season, Sault College overcame 13 minor penalties to just seven for Lake Superior State. Cougars head scout and recruiter Charly Murray acknowledged a “much better effort” by the Sault College men in the 6-4 win.
Caleb Wood, formerly of the Soo Eagles and Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, sparked Sault College to victory with a pair of goals. Gregory Trudeau-Paquet, who previously played for three teams in the NOJHL, had a goal and two assists and defenseman Chase Muswagon, formerly of the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, fired a howitzer of a shot for his first goal as a Cougar and added an assist to aid in the Sault College win. Colby Arbour and Ethan Esposito also scored for Sault College and Russell Oldham produced four assists in support of goalie Cedric Joubert, who made 35 saves. Like Wood, Arbour and Oldham also played in the NOJHL for the Thunderbirds.
In the 6-3 loss to Lake Superior State, Esposito had two goals and an assist, Wood had a pair of helpers and Csongor Jakabfy also found the back of the net for Sault College.
Up next up for the Cougar men is a three game road trip to St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for contests against three different schools.