Cougars Win Battle of the Goalies
The Cougars regulation unbeaten streak has now reached four straight games thanks to some late third period heroics from Brad Morrison. The New York Rangers prospect erased a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the game at 16:56 of the third the third period to help propel the Cougars to a 2-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades in front of a spirited crowd of 5577 strong. Ty Edmonds was solid in goal making 29 saves while Blades netminder Brock Hamm made 34 stops on 36 shots faced. Jansen Harkins and Jesse Gabrielle each had two assists for the Cougars who are now 11-2-1-0 through 14 games.
Neither team was able to find their scoring touch in the first period as the Cougars peppered the Blades net with 12 shots and the visitors countered with 10 of their own. Early in the game Brock Hamm had an issue with his left skate blade, which meant that Logan Flodell had to replace him for a 4:45 span. Flodell made fives saves during Hamm’s absense before the skate issue was solved.
Both goaltenders kept the door shut for the fist 19 minutes of the season as neither Brock Hamm or Ty Edmonds would relent. Ty Edmonds made two spectacular breakway saves on the second period both off of Blades leading scorer Mason McCarty and Hamm was sharp having faced 19 second period shots.
The final shot of the second period beat him though, as Brad Morrison buried a Jansen Harkins rebound at 19:03 to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead which they took into the second intermission.
Despite the fact that the Blades were banged up and playing their fourth game in five nights, they showed no signs of fatigue as they came out flying in the third period. Josh Paterson tied the game for the Blades at 4:07 off a quick shot from the high slot.
Saskatoon then thought they’d taken a 2-1 lead at around the 13 minute mark of the period, but Wyatt Sloboshan’s breakaway attempt hit both posts and never crossed the line. The attempt would be reviewed, but was waived off and the teams remained tied heading into the final minutes.
Then with just over three minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars won an offensive zone faceoff and the trio of Brad Morrison, Jesse Gabrielle and Jansen Harkins struck again. Morrison maneuvered his way to the front of the net, and converted off a Jesse Gabrielle pass that came from behind the net. Morrison’s sixth of the season proved to be the winner as the Cougars held on for the 2-1 regulation victory.
Once again the Cougars penalty kill stood tall as they went a perfect five-for-five. The power play went scoreless in three attempts. The final shots were 41-30 for Prince George who improved their home ice record to 5-2-1-0.
Next up for the Cougars: A three game Central Division road trip that begins on Wednesday night in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. The trip will also include stops in Lethbridge Friday and Calgary Saturday.