Monday, September 5, 2011

Cougars Fall 6-5 in O.T. to Calgary.

Monday afternoon in St. Albert the Prince George Cougars dropped a 6-5 decision in overtime to the Calgary Hitmen. Cody Sylvester tallied in the final minute of overtime to give Calgary the victory.

The Hitmen led 2-1 after one. Brady Brassart and Greg Chase tallied 26 seconds apart to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead, but the Cougars responded soon enough. Alex Forsberg notched his second goal of the weekend, to make the score 2-1 after 20 minutes.

Calgary increased their lead to 3-1 just 1:39 into the second when Ben Wilson converted. But Caleb Belter responded for Prince George just 17-seconds later. Jordan Tkatch then tallied on the power-play to tie the score at 3.

Just Kirsch gave Calgary their lead back at 12:42 (also on the power-play) but with only three seconds left in the second, Linden Springer grabbed the equalizer, and the Cats and Hitmen were even at four with only 20 minutes to go.

Prince George grabbed their first lead of the weekend at 12:33 of the third when Jake Mykitiuk buried his first of the preseason. But Trevor Cheek tied it for Calgary at 17:03 of the third, and after 60 minutes the game was even.

Cody Sylvester ended the game with just 28 seconds left in overtime.

After two games in St. Albert the Cougars end up with a record of 0-1-1-0.

But regardless of wins and losses there is plenty of reason for optimism. The Cats dressed a very young lineup during both games this weekend, and Joseph Carvahlo, Chase Witala, Jordan Tkatch and Jake Mykitiuk all had two points against Calgary.

After the game, the Cougars reassigned three players to their Midget AAA programs. Goaltender Brett Zarowny was reassigned to Leduc where he'll have a chance to play a ton of minutes for the Telus Cup hosts. Defenceman Jordan Harris was reassigned to the Prince Albert Mintos while Marc McNulty was reassigned to Medicine Hat's AAA program in Alberta.

The Cougars will be on the ice tomorrow morning at 11 AM for practice.

The Cats are back in action Friday night at home against the Edmonton Oil Kings.


As a new week approaches, I will post some more personal thoughts later tonight.

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