Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kootenay 3 - Prince George 2

Tuesday night at home the Prince George Cougars fell 3-2 to the Kootenay Ice. Max Reinhart scored short-handed early in the third to give Kootenay the 3-2 lead. Cougars netminder Drew Owsley was brilliant making 39 saves on 42 shots faced in defeat.

From the drop of the puck, Owsley was in the zone. He made two great stops off of Elgin Pearce early, and from there the Cougars were able to settle down a bit.

Kootenay did score first in the later stages of the first when Joey Leach put a point-shot on net. It hit something in front of Owsley and deflected in to give the Ice a 1-0 lead.

The Ice led 1-0 after one, and outshot Prince George 14-6 after 20 minutes.

The Cougars came to life offensively in the second period thanks to some strong skating from Jake Mykitiuk. Mykitiuk weaved through two defenders and then passed to the right wing. Michael Mylchreest’s shot was stopped, but Campbell Elynuik batted a loose puck out of the air and into the net for his third of the season.

Mid-way through the second the Cougars would strike again. This time it was Charles Inglis who received a pass from Jordan Tkatch, and he dragged the puck by the defender and then beat Mackenzie Skapski to give the Cats a 2-1 lead.

Kootenay would tie the score late in the period when Sam Reinhart received a pass from behind the net courtesy of Joe Antilla. Reinhart fired a quick shot that beat Owsley under his glove, and the Cougars and Ice skated into the locker-room tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Cougars netminder Drew Owsley was especially sharp in the second period. He made a flurry of big-time saves. Elgin Pearce, Luke Paulsen and Adam Rossignol were all denied point-blank by Owsley who continued to impress.

Early in the third period the Cougars were given a power play, but it was the Ice who took advantage. Max Reinhart was able to slide past the defense, and out-waited Drew Owsley just enough to slide a puck by him to give Kootenay a 3-2 lead.

From there, the Kootenay Ice did a fine job of slowing the play down, and really minimized the Cougars chances. Drew Owsley made some key saves down the stretch, but the Cougars were unable to beat Skapski again, and the game ended with a 3-2 score.

Kootenay outshot the Cougars 42-20. The Cats finished zero-for-three on the man advantage while Kootenay went zero-for-two.

The Cougars don’t have a long time to dwell in this defeat as they’re back in action Wednesday night in Kelowna against the Rockets

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