Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Springer Gaining Confidence in WHL.

The Prince George Cougars wrapped up the month of November on a high note defeating the Spokane Chiefs 5-4. It was a big victory in many respects for the Cougars, and it’s a game that rookie Linden Springer won’t soon forget.

The Lloydminster product scored his first ever WHL goal in Spokane - A goal that proved to be the game-winner.

“It definitely helped my confidence,” said Springer after Saturday’s win. “I’m just happy that I could help the team win.”

Since the mid-point of November, Head Coach Dean Clark has used both Linden Springer and Shane Pilling (both defencemen by trade) as forwards. Pilling has thrived on a line with Charles Inglis and Greg Fraser, while Springer has found success playing alongside Jordan Tkatch and Jarrett Fontaine.

“He’s doing his job. He’s mixing it up,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson. “He plays the type of game that makes opposing teams unhappy.”

Springer has not shied away from the rough stuff, and heading into this week Springer has recorded five-fighting majors, which is second on the team behind only Campbell Elynuik.

Springer’s development was a definite bright spot for the Cougars during the month of November, and both Springer and the Cougars hope that his development continues throughout the 2011-2012 campaign.

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