Cougars Rebound, Blank Chiefs 6-0
48 hours removed from a 1-0 shutout loss Wednesday, the Prince George Cougars answered with an emphatic shutout victory of their own Friday in Spokane. Six different Cougars scored goals and Ty Edmonds did the rest, turning aside all 35 shots he faced to lead the Cougars to a 6-0 victory against the Chiefs. Four Cougars recorded multi-point games for the Cougars in their 33rd victory of the season.
Brad Morrison got the ball rolling offensively for the Cougars just 5:24 into the game with a power play marker. Morrison’s 23rd of the season marked the first of three unanswered goals for the Cougars in the first period. Jesse Gabrielle then grabbed his team leading 38th of the season off a two-on-one rush at 11:26, and then Jansen Harkins ripped a shot past Lasse Petersen from in close to put the Cougars up by three. Prince George outshot Spokane 10-4 in the first.
Neither team was able to score in the second period as both goaltenders stood tall. Ty Edmonds turned aise all 10 of Spokane’s shots while Lasse Petersen bounced back with a strong second making seven saves on seven shots fired his way in the middle frame.
Spokane put on some early pressure in the third period, but Ty Edmonds would not be denied. He’d finish the third period with 21 saves, many of which came in the first eight minutes or so when Spokane really put their push on.
But at 9:05 of the final period, Luke Harrison snapped home his eighth of the season from low slot to push the Cougars lead to 4-0. 44 seconds later Brogan O’Brien redirected home a Chase Witala pass from beside the Spokane net to make it 5-0, which spelt the end of the night for Lasse Petersen.
The move appeared to spark the Chiefs as the very next shift resulted in the best Spokane scoring opportunity of the night. Keanu Yamamoto took a pass in the slot and appeared to wire one under the crossbar and past Ty Edmonds, but upon review the officials decided that the puck didn’t cross the goal line, and the score remained 5-0.
Kody McDonald added a late one at 15:09 of the third period to round out the scoring for the Cougars who went one-for-one on the power play while killing off all four of their minor penalties. Spokane did outshoot the Cougars 35-25 through 60 minutes.
With the victory the Cougars evened their season series with the Chiefs to 1-1, and improved their overall record to 33-25-3-1. They remain five points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers for third in the B.C. Division and will look to go even on their US road trip when they battle the Tri-City Americans tonight in Kennewick.