Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cougars Earn 3-1 Victory Over Calgary.

It was a night of firsts for John Odgers, and Austin Daae.

Wednesday in Prince George, the Cougars scored a goal in each period and Drew Owsley made 37 saves to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen. John Odgers’ first ever goal was the game-winner, and Austin Daae’s first career goal proved to be the clincher.

After killing off a five-on-three in the first period, the Cougars struck first. Troy Bourke skated across the blueline, made a move and then roofed one past Brandon Glover to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

Calgary outshot Prince George 14-13 in the first, and Drew Owsley was strong in goal.

A scary moment for the Cougars late in the first when John Odgers took a hit along the wall from Jaynen Rissling. Rissling was assessed two minutes for interference, and Odgers went to the dressing room to receive medical attention.

Luckily Odgers returned to start the second period and made his mark towards the end.

A few moments after Cody Sylvester tied the score at one, the Cougars took a 2-1 lead. Josh Smith fired a shot from the right-point that deflected off of john Odgers and in. For Odgers it was his first career WHL goal and the Cougars took a 2-1 lead into the third.

After a back-and-forth start to the frame, the Cougars added some insurance. The insurance goal came courtesy of Austin Daae who finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play that featured Cody Carlson and Caleb Belter.

Drew Owsley did the rest. Owsley made some marvelous saves in all three periods, but was especially impressive in the final minutes. He finished with 37 saves on 38 shots faced, and the Cougars won their 13th game of the season.

The Cougars finished zero-for-four on the power play – As did Calgary. The Hitmen outshot Prince George 38-30.

Next up for the Cougars: The Vancouver Giants. The Cats and Giants go head-to-head on Friday night in Vancouver.

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