Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wheat Kings 6 - Cougars 3

Friday night in Brandon, the Prince George Cougars dropped their second consecutive game, a 6-3 score at the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Michael Ferland scored three goals while Mark Stone added three assists in the victory.

Ultimately it was the second period that cost the Cougars. The Wheat Kings scored just 11 seconds into the second to the tie the score at two, and from there they scored three more in the span of seven minutes and 25 seconds to take a 5-2 lead into the third period. – A lead that they would not relinquish.

The Prince George Cougars opened the scoring at the 1:38 mark of the first period. Spencer Asuchak received a pass from Chase Witala, and burned by the defense to beat Corbin Boes on a breakaway.

The Wheat Kings tied the score on a power-play when Ryan Pulock buried a wrist-shot from the high slot.

The Cats quickly countered with their second of the night, and who else but Jordan Tkatch? The 16-year-old from Prud’Homme Saskatchewan has now tallied in three consecutive games, and the Cougars skated into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead, and a ton of confidence.

The second period was a different story. Brandon’s Alessio Bertaggia scored just 11 seconds into the frame, and 62 seconds later Michael Ferland gave Brandon the lead with his first of three goals. Ferland’s second of the game came just 1:26 later, and all of a sudden a 2-1 Cougars lead had turned into a 4-2 lead for Brandon. Carter Proft made it 5-2 at 7:36, which spelt the end for Prince George goaltender Devon Fordyce.

Fordyce was pulled in favor of Drew Owsley, who came in and stopped all 18 shots he faced. Fordyce surrendered five goals on 18 shots faced.

Troy Bourke scored early in the third period to give Prince George some life, and they had a power-play opportunity shortly thereafter, but were unable to take advantage. The Cougars finished zero-for-four on the man-advantage.

Michael Ferland added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Wheat Kings. For Ferland it was his seventh goal of the season.

Brandon finished two-for-four on the power play and outshot Prince George 37-28. After the game head-coach Dean Clark said that there were some definite positives, but some lapses in the second period led to the downfall of the Cougars in Brandon.

The Cougars road record now sits at 2-2 while their overall record is 2-3-0-1. The Cats have a chance to get back to .500 for the road-trip and their season Saturday when they face the Regina Pats.

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