Cougars Downed by Blazers
The Prince George Cougars are back to .500 after a 6-1 setback Wednesday in Kamloops. Jermaine Loewen had a goal and an assist for Kamloops and Dawson Davidson added two assists. Blazers netminder Connor Ingram stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced with Jared Bethune providing the lone Cougars goal in the second period on a power play.
After dictating the play for the first five minutes the Prince George Cougars surrendered a shorthanded goal against at the 5:58 mark of the first period. Gage Quinney won a race to a loose puck in the Cougars zone and snuck a shot past Ty Edmonds on a breakaway to give the Blazers the 1-0 lead. Jesse Zaharichuk and Matt Needham would add first period goals for the home side and the Blazers took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. The Cougars had great chances, but Connor Ingram made some key saves early off of Brad Morrison and Chase Witala.
The Cougars made a goaltending change to start the second as Mack Shields relieved Ty Edmonds after he let in three goals on 14 shots faced in the first. The Cougars started the second with some strong urgency and were eventually rewarded with a power play marker at the 8:42 mark of the second. Jared Bethune whacked home a Shane Collins rebound past a sprawled Ingram for his fourth of the season.
Kamloops restored momentum at the 14:44 mark of the second when Matt Revel raced across the blueline and ripped a wrist shot over the blocker of Shields to make the game 4-1. Jermaine Loewen then tallied his first ever WHL goal at the 16:53 mark of the middle frame to give his team a 5-1 cushion. The Cougars outshot Kamloops 16-10 in the second but only had the one goal to show for it.
Late in the third Deven Sideroff increased the Blazers lead to 6-1 when he converted on a Kamloops power play at 11:48. The Cougars penalty kill finished the game one-for-four while their power play went one-for-five. The final shot tally was 38-37 favoring Prince George.
With the loss the Cougars are now 6-6 on the season and 1-2 on their current four game road swing. The Cougars will look to climb back above .500 on Friday when they wrap up their road trip against the Kelowna Rockets.