Friday, December 16, 2011

Cats Drop a 3-2 Score to Vancouver

Friday in Prince George, the Prince George Cougars dropped a 3-2 score to the Vancouver Giants. Vancouver scored three goals in the third period en route to victory. Prince George countered with two goals from Alex Forsberg.

The Cougars led 1-0 after one period. They opened the scoring at 3:58 when Alex Forsberg’s attempted centering pass careened off a Giant and into the net. For Forsberg it was his ninth of the season.

Vancouver outshot Prince George 7-4 after one period of play.

The second period was scoreless due in large part to the play of Cougars netminder Drew Owsley. Owsley made 14 saves, many of which took place on Giants power plays. Vancouver had three powerplays in the third but could not score.

The Giants did get on the board early in the third. Neil Manning threw a lengthy pass up ice right onto the tape of Cain Franson. Franson went in alone on Drew Owsley and buried his 12th of the season. 1:49 later the Giants struck again – This time it was Taylor Makin who buried his seventh of the season to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

19 seconds later the Cougars tied it. Alex Forsberg threw a wrist-shot on goal through traffic. The shot went directly over the right shoulder of Adam Morrison and into the net to make it 2-2.

The game stayed tied until 10:19 of the third period. Jackson Houck found a bouncing puck in the slot, and spun and fired a low shot underneath Drew Owsley to give Vancouver the 3-2 lead and the victory.

The Cougars were outshot 33-21 and finished zero-for-one on the power play. With the win, the Giants earned their fourth win of the season against Prince George.

The Cougars record falls to 12-20-0-2 while the Giants improve to 21-12-1-1.

The Cougars will look to get back on track Saturday when they face the Giants again. The Cougars are holding their Teddy Bear and Toque Toss game, which will no doubt create an intense atmosphere at CN Centre.

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