Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cougars Edge Rockets in Kelowna.

Saturday in Kelowna the Prince George Cougars defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-2. Martin Marincin had two assists, and Campbell Elynuik, Cody Carlson and Alex Forsberg supplied for the offense en route to the Cougars ninth win of the season.

The Cats drew first blood early in the first. Campbell Elynuik grabbed a loose puck in the middle of the ice and skated down the right wing. He fired a shot on Adam Brown that squeezed it’s way through to give Prince George a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars then went to a double-minor power play when Chase Witala was high-sticked by Mitch Chapman, but were unable to capitalize.

The Rockets tied the score at one at 17:23 of the period. Brett Bulmer out-waited the Cougars defense and Drew Owsley and buried his ninth of the year.

The Cougars and Rockets were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play and the Cougars outshot Kelowna 9-3.

The Rockets went up 2-1 at 6:25 of the second period when Carter Rigby beat Drew Owsley with a wrist-shot off the left-wing.

The Cougars came close to tying it up mid-way through the second when Cody Carlson left the penalty-box and was sprung on a breakaway. Carlson was denied by Adam Brown point-blank and the Rockets held the lead.

Late in the period, the Cougars went to the power play, and Cody Carlson got a measure of revenge on Adam Brown. Troy Bourke slid a pass across the ice to Carlson who one-timed it home for his third of the season. Carlson’s goal helped increase his scoring streak to eight games.

The Cougars and Rockets were tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, and the Cougars were outshooting Kelowna 20-14.

Early in the third the Cougars took their second and last lead of the game. Adam Brown stopped Martin Marincin’s initial shot, but Alex Forsberg grabbed the rebound and back-handed one by Adam Brown to give the Cats the lead.

The Cougars came close a number of times to increasing their lead, but to his credit, Adam Brown played strongly for Kelowna down the stretch.

The Rockets had a few opportunities themselves, but Drew Owsley stood his ground and was flawless when it mattered most. The Cougars outshot Kelowna 12-4 in the final period and earned the victory.

The Cougars finished the game one-for-five on the power play and outshot Kelowna 31-18 overall. For the Cougars it was their third win in their last five games, and they moved within three points of eighth place Seattle in the WHL’s Western Conference.

Next up for the Cougars – Two home games this week against Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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