Cougars Lose in OT
For a third straight game the Prince George Cougars secured at least a point, but Tuesday night at home they let the second one slip away in a 5-4 overtime loss at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos. Lane Pederson and Calvin Spencer struck 53 seconds apart late in the third period to erase a 4-2 Cougars lead and then Tyler Steenbergen struck 59 seconds into overtime lifting the Broncos to their eight win. Tate Olson had a goal and an assist in response for the Cougars who fall to 10-2-1-0.
From the drop of the puck it was very clear that it was going to be a back-and-forth wide open style of game. The Broncos missed two open nets in the first minute of the game which seemed to set the tone for what would be a back-and-forth affair.
2;44 into the first the Cougars got on the board when Shane Collins’ point shot careened off the back boards behind the net of Broncos starter Taz Burman, off his left skate and then in.
Swift Current quickly answered on a power play when Tyler Steenbergen one-timed home a perfect cross ice pass from Colby Sissons past Ty Edmonds for his first of two goals on the night.
Period one ended at 1-1 with the Cougars holding a 12-7 edge in the shot category.
8:29 into the second frame Glenn Gawdin put Swift Current ahead 2-1 when he crashed the net hard and knocked home a pass from Aleksi Heponiemi from behind the net for his seventh of the season.
Seconds later the Cougars were given a power play and found the equalizer when Tate Olson ripped home his second of the season past the glove of Berman.
Later in the second Jesse Gabrielle restored the Cougars lead when he took a pass from Brogan O’Brien, skated across the blueline and wired home a high shot over the right shoulder of Burman and under the crossbar for his team high sixth goal. The Cougars led 3-2 after two and were outshooting Swift Current 26-22.
6:52 into the final period, Justin Almeida struck with one second remaining on a Cougar power play to give the home side a 4-2 cushion. Unfortunately for Richard Matvichuk’s team, momentum would then sway back into the favor of Swift Current thanks to two quick goals in response.
First it was Lane Pederson on a power play at 10:32 who made it 4-3, and then Calvin Spencer completed the Broncos comeback 53 seconds later when he ripped his fourth of the season past Ty Edmonds.
Neither team was able to find pay dirt in the final minutes and for a second time this season for both teams, overtime would be required.
The game ended 59 seconds in when Broncos forward Tyler Steenbergen won the puck free, skated into the slot and slid a backhand shot through the legs of Edmonds to give the Broncos the second point up for grabs.
Credit the Broncos power play which finished the game two-for-two while the Cougars went two-for-four. The final shots were 35-34 for Swift Current who are now unbeaten in regulation in each of their past seven games. The Cougars are on a three game regulation unbeaten streak and still hold the top record in the entire WHL at 10-2-1-0.
Next up for the Cougars: Three full days of practice before they welcome the Saskatoon Blades to town on Saturday at 7 PM.