Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Thoughts.

The Prince George Cougars will wrap up their 2011 schedule tonight with a game in Vancouver against the Giants. The Cougars are 1-4-0-1 against the Giants so far this season and have been outscored 21-12 in those six games altogether.

Let's start with some keys to the game tonight for Prince George:

- Stop Cain Franson. Franson has been a real thorn in the side of the Prince George Cougars. He had five points in two games back on December 16th and 17th. Franson has 35 points through 38 games and has provided the Giants with strong depth.

- Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots. The Prince George Cougars need to find a way to put more pucks on either Adam Morrison or Jackson Whistle. The Cougars have been outshot in all six meetings against the Giants.

- Secondary Scoring. When the Cougars win games, it's usually because of great goaltending and secondary scoring. Last time out the Cougars beat Calgary 3-1, and got goals from three different lines in the process. If the Cougars can get production from more than just the top line, they'll give themselves a good shot.


Some other info for you:

- A win for the Cougars tonight would put them at the .500 mark on the road. Heading into tonight's game the Cougars are 9-10-0-1 away from home. The Cats have won three straight games away from CN Centre, and seem to play their best hockey on the road.

- Daulton Siwak (Sea-walk) will make his Cougars debut in tonight's game. Siwak brings some grit, physicality and offensive upside to the Cougars, and also adds some WHL experience. Siwak will likely get time in all situations tonight, and here's hoping that his Cougars debut is a successful one. He will wear number 12 for Prince George.

- Alex Forsberg had an assist for Team West during yesterday's 5-2 loss to Team Pacific.

- So far through two games at the World Juniors, Martin Marincin has recorded one assist.

I'll talk to you from the Rink on Renfrew!

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