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Cobras win second straight to start season

The Canora Cobras continue to spread the scoring around with their deep and opportunistic offence.

If the first two games of the 2021-22 season for the Canora Cobras are any indication, the goal lights are going to be working overtime in their Sask East Hockey League games.

In their first road game of the season, the Cobras travelled to Whitewood and downed the Orioles 11 to 3 on November 19. Canora has now scored 28 times in their first two games.

In Whitewood, the Cobras once again relied on a balanced scoring attack, according to Cal Homeniuk, Cobras General Manager and President.

“Tanner Denesowych and Kyle Yaremchuk both scored twice and enjoyed three-point games while Brennan Watson scored a beauty and made a picturesque pass as part of a five-goal first period barrage,” said Homeniuk.

Ryley Stefanyshyn of Canora and Brandon Whitehawk had three-point games as well with each player contributing a goal and two assists. Donnie St. Marie, Cole Rathgeber, Kody Rock of Canora, and Tanner Mak also lit the lamp for the Cobras. Valdez Bear factored in on all three goals for the Orioles, scoring two. Daniel Fiske also scored for Whitewood.”

The Cobras chased starting netminder Owen Bachtold from the game early in the second period after mounting a 7 to 1 lead. Kevin Kryger held the Cobras off the score sheet for the remainder of the period before allowing four goals in the third.

“Adam Stokes made a number of highlight reel saves in the second period for Canora and earned the win,” reported Homeniuk.

Cobras Coach Terry Dennis said the game in Whitewood “was a solid road victory. Again the team showed good speed and skill. Tanner Denesowych had an excellent game with two goals and an assist from his position on defence.

“The line of Ryley Stefanyshyn, Kody Rock and Brandon Whitehawk had a great game, combining for three goals and eight points. Adam Stokes provided strong goaltending. We had a good defensive game as we had a lot of penalties.”

The Cobras were whistled for a total of eight minor penalties, resulting in seven power plays for the Orioles. Canora was limited to three power plays on five Whitewood minor penalties.

The next home game for the Cobras is this Saturday, November 27, when those same Whitewood Orioles will visit the Canora Civic Centre.