Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Swift Current 5 - Prince George 4

Wednesday night in Swift Current, the Prince George Cougars fell 5-4 to the Swift Current Broncos. Brad Hoban scored his third of the night with 38 seconds left in the game to lift Swift Current to victory. Martin Marincin responded with three points for the Cougars.

The Prince George Cougars opened the scoring at 4:39 on the power play. Cody Carlson took an initial back-hand shot that Jon Groenheyde stopped, but Troy Bourke buried the rebound over his right shoulder for his fourth of the season.

Late in the first period Brad Hoban got Swift Current on the board when he converted on a two-on-one with Adam Lowry. The Cats outshot the Broncos 12-8 after one.

Swift Current opened a wild second period with a power play goal. Hoban notched his second of the night to give Swift Current the 2-1 lead.

Just over eight minutes later, the Cougars responded with one of their own. Greg Fraser finished off a nice passing play in front of the Swift Current goaltender to grab his second of the season.

65 seconds later t he Cougars grabbed the lead when Martin Marincin scored his first of the season on a power play point-shot that went through two sets of legs and into the net.

The Swift Current Broncos were then given a couple of power plays., and the second-ranked power play in the WHL went to work. Adam Lowry and Taylor Vause scored a minute and 34 seconds apart (both on power plays) to give Swift Current their second lead. It didn’t last long.

Austin Daae’s backhand shot was stopped by Jon Groenheyde, but Jake Mykitiuk pounced on the rebound to tie the score at four. That’s how the second period would end.

The third period was a totally different one. The teams only managed 10 shots combined, but unfortunately for the Cougars, the final shot of the game came off the stick of Brad Hoban. With less than a minute remaining, Hoban skated onto the ice, and receive a pass from Andy Blanke through traffic and snuck one through Drew Owsley to make it 5-4.

The game ended shortly thereafter with no further shots or chances.

The Cougars finished the night two-for-six on the power play and outshot Swift Current 31-20.

The loss gives Prince George a record of 3-5-0-1 on the season. They’ll wrap up their seven game road trip on Saturday night in Kamloops.

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