Cougars’ Winning Streak at Four Games
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are back in BC with their fourth straight victory thanks to a 3-0 shutout win Friday in Everett. Colby McAuley scored twice for the Cougars to increase his point streak to seven games and Ty Edmonds did the rest making 27 saves to complete his second shutout and his ninth victory of the season for the Cougars who climb to seven games above .500.
The first period did not yield any goals but both teams had terrific chances. Ty Edmonds and Carter Hart both made some clutch saves early in a fight filled first that resulted in three fights. Late in the first the Cougars were given a five minute power play after Silvertips captain Dawson Leedahl was ejected from the game after a charging major penalty against Cougars forward Jared Bethune. Despite some great looks at the net, the Cougars were unable to capitalize and the two teams skated into the first intermission tied at zero with the Cougars holding a 10-6 lead in the shots category.
Early in the second period the Prince George Cougars were rewarded for their power play efforts when Colby McAuley tipped home a point shot off the stick of Joe Carvalho. Carvalho, who was playing in his 200th career WHL game placed a low shot perfectly through traffic after a terrific pass from Brad Morrison in the slot.
Back came the Silvertips with a flurry of chances of their own but Ty Edmonds had the answer each time. In the final half of the period the Silvertips had two lengthy five-on-three power play chances, but both times they were denied thanks to some timely shot blocks from the defense, and some stops from Edmonds. After two periods the score was 1-0 Prince George and the shots were even at 17-17.
36 seconds into the final period the Cougars increased their lead to 2-0 when Colby McAuley knocked home a Kody McDonald rebound for his second of the night and sixth of the season, which gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead.
From there the Cougars played a strong and structured third period and whenever Everett did get an opportunity, Ty Edmonds was his steady self turning aside all 10 shots fired his way in the final frame. His best save came off Graham Millar who was robbed point-blank off a Brycen Martin rebound.
Kody McDonald iced the game for Prince George with an empty-netter at the 18:30 mark of the third which helped solidify the 3-0 victory for the Cougars. The final shots were 30-27 favoring the Cougars who improved their road record to 5-6-1-0 with the win. The Cougars went one-for-five on the power play while Everett failed to convert on all seven of their chances.
With the victory the Cougars record now sits at 16-9-1-1. Their 34 points puts them just four points back of second place in the B.C. Division with a game in hand on Victoria.
Up next for the Cougars: The Vancouver Giants on Sunday night at Pacific Coliseum.