Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blades Down Cougars 4-1.

The Prince George Cougars are an even 1-1 on their current road-swing after dropping a 4-1 score to the Saskatoon Blades. Matej Stransky scored twice while Andrey Makarov stopped 26 of 27 shots faced to record his third victory.

The Blades opened the scoring late in the first period on the power play. Darren Dietz took an initial shot that was blocked, but he got the puck back and slid it underneath Drew Owsley to give the Blades a 1-0 lead. Saskatoon outshot Prince George 7-3 in the first period.

The Cats picked it up quite a bit in the second period, but were unable to beat Makarov. Both Alex Forsberg and Chase Witala were unable to capitalize on breakaways, and the Blades grabbed a 2-0 lead on Stransky’s first of the evening. Stransky tipped home a Duncan Siemens point-shot to help give the Blades a 2-0 lead.

Late in the period the Blades ran into penalty-trouble, and the Cougars were given a five-on-three power play for 52 seconds to start the third period, but were unable to capitalize.

Stransky struck for the second time in the third period, giving him five on the year, and more importantly for the Blades, it gave them a 3-0 lead.

The Cats got on the score-sheet close to the 15-minute mark of the third when Jordan Tkatch tucked home a puck off Spencer Asuchak’s initial chance. For Tkatch it was his second goal in two nights in his home province.

Jake Trask rounded out the scoring for Saskatoon who finished the game two-for-four on the man advantage while Prince George went zero-for-three.

The Cougars did outshoot Saskatoon 27-24 in a losing cause.

With the loss, the Cougars fall to 2-2-0-1 on the season, and Wednesday’s loss marks the first one suffered on the road this season for Dean Clark’s team. The Cougars are back in action Friday night in Brandon, MB.

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