The Cougars have waited a long time to play a meaningful game since their elimination from last year’s WHL playoffs. They have a new coach, and a roster primed for big things. Tomorrow, the Cats open the season in Victoria, and Jared Bethune talked to us about starting the year with four consecutive divisional games. The Cougars are coming off back to back consecutive years of making the playoffs, but also back to back years of first round eliminations. The nucleus of the roster is that strong group of 1997-born players, who know this is a huge opportunity for a special season. While they’re taking it game by game, Bethune knows about the heightened expectations.