Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cougars Down the Blazers 3-1.

Prince George Cougars rookie goaltender Devon Fordyce earned his first career WHL victory thanks to a solid 26-save outing, and the Prince George Cougars defeated the Kamloops Blazers 3-1. Troy Bourke and Alex Forsberg each had two points in victory.

The Cougars trailed 1-0 early when JC Lipon converted on a nice back-door pass from Colin Smith. The goal from Kamloops came at 3:30 of the first period.

But the Cougars bounced back just two minutes and change later. Brock Hirsche grabbed a bouncing puck in the high slot and fired one underneath Cam Lanigan for his first of the 2011-2012 campaign. The Cougars skated into the locker room tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, but were outshooting the Blazers 15-6.

The Cougars took the lead in the second period on the power play when Alex Forsberg found a sneaking Troy Bourke in front. Bourke one-timed the pass home past Lanigan for his fifth of the season, and the Prince George Cougars took a 2-1 lead into the third period. The Cougars were outshooting Kamloops 24-16 through two periods.

The third period was a little more back-and-forth with Kamloops holding a decided edge in shots at 13-7. But Devon Fordyce stopped them all including a Kamloops five-on-three man advantage. Alex Forsberg wrapped up the game with an empty-netter and the Cougars notched their fifth win of the season.

The Cougars improve their mark to 5-12-0-1 on the season and defeated Kamloops for a second time. The Cougars finished the game one-for-six on the power play while Kamloops finished zero-for-three.

Next up for the Cougars: a southern road-swing to Everett for a Friday and Saturday weekend series, followed by a Sunday battle in Vancouver.

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