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October 27, 2017 6:20 pm

Cougars, Cariboo Cats Drop Series Openers

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 PM

Cougars and Winterhawks had an onlooker as they got to know each other in Game 1 of their WHL series at CN Centre. Photos 250News

Prince George, B.C. – Friday didn’t produce the hoped-for results so it’s on to Game 2 in their respective playoff series for the WHL’s Prince George Cougars and the BCMML’s Cariboo Cougars.

The Prince George Cougars were outplayed for two periods by a speedy Portland Winterhawks club that scored a 4-2 victory in the first game of their best-of-seven opening round series.  Dan O’Connor will have a complete wrap-up on the contest, which was played before 5,418 fairly subdued fans at CN Centre.

One of those fans, the holder of ticket #BB-739115, went home with $42,235.50 which was half of the 50/50 Mega Jackpot total of $84,471.  The other half of the proceeds goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George.

Game two of the Prince George-Portland series goes Sunday afternoon at 5pm.

Earlier a sizeable crowd gathered at Kin 1 for a mid-afternoon start to the opening game of the best-of-three BCMML championship series between the Cariboo Cougars and the Greater Vancouver Canadians.

Michael Araki-Young scored the winning goal in double overtime to lift the Canadians to a 3-2 victory.  The goal came with 5 seconds left in a Cougars penalty.

Daniel Pearson and Scott Atkinson also scored for the Canadians.  Daine Dubois and Devin Sutton tallied  for the Cougars.
Marcus Allen made 28 saves for the Cougars while Lukas Shaw made 30 saves for the Canadians, including game-saving stops off Tyler Maser, Jarin Sutton, Myles Mattila and Hunter Floris, all in the second overtime session.
The Cougars now have to beat the Canadians twice to avoid a third straight loss in the league final.
Game 2 is set for Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and if necessary Game 3 will go Sunday at 9:45 a.m. All games are at Kin 1.


How to not win a WHL playoff game–Show up overconfident, taking stupid penalties, wilting under pressure from a constant forecheck and backcheck, poor passing< many passes went from white to red directly, more stupid penalties by veterans, 9 shots on goal in 2 PERIODS..If Sunday is like tonite, we are TOAST

Well I was at the game as well and the mistakes the boys made looked like nerves to me…hoping they turn it around today…. such negativity bc2413.. maybe you should be on the ice showing them how it’s done.

While this loss is entirely on the Cougars, I really have to wonder what the hell was up with those referees? Talk about brutal, those two (Pearce and Campbell) shouldn’t be be allowed to ref a peewee game. Either enforce the rules evenly or let them play, don’t be humming and hawing and calling things differently from one minute to the next.

    But you have to love the open ice hit. Ouch :)

      Yes, that was sweet! It made my fillings hurt.

P Val may reguard my observations as negative, but what do you think the coach said to the players–especially those taking penalties..My on ice hockey skills will not help the team, but my discipline would. Hopefully your on ice abilities are far better than mine.

    I would take it for what it is.. I would tell the team to smarten up and concentrate on what they are doing as individuals and as a team member..

    I wouldn’t slam them for anything..no one likes to get yelled at.. thinking you would take the ranting and screaming oath…but just a guess.

Sorry P Val, but wrong guess.

It’s a best of 7 affair. Now lose tonight and it get’s really tough.

    There’s no possible way they’ll lose tonight. :)

Tommorrow night…and its a early game… 5:00 pm

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