Cougars, Cariboo Cats Drop Series Openers
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.