Friday, January 6, 2012

Blazers 2 - Cougars 0

Cole Cheveldave continues to find success against the Prince George Cougars.

Friday night in Prince George, the Cougars were beaten 2-0 by the Kamloops Blazers. The Cats fired 32 shots at Cole Cheveldave, but were unable to put one past him. Drew Owsley was sharp for Prince George stopping 42 of 44 shots faced at the other end.

It was scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The Blazers outshot Prince George 16-7, but Kamloops also had the benefit of three first period power plays. Both goaltenders were strong early. Drew Owsley made some key saves while short-handed and Cole Cheveldave made two key saves off of Chase Witala to keep the game scoreless.

Early in the second period Kamloops drew first blood. Bronson Maschmeyer put home a Tim Bozon rebound for his fifth of the season.

The Cougars had a number of chances to tie the score but were unable to capitalize on three power plays. Cheveldave also made some clutch saves off of Reid Jackson, Greg Fraser and Daulton Siwak.

The third period did not go as well for the Cougars who had trouble generating the type of chances and shots that they did in the second. Kamloops made it 2-0 off a defensive-zone turnover. Colin Smith took the puck unassisted off the boards and fired one past Drew Owsley for his 20th goal of the season.

The Blazers outshot the Cougars 44-32. Both teams went scoreless on the man advantage with the Cougars missing on five opportunities. Kamloops finished zero-for-four.

For Cole Cheveldave it was his third shutout of the season – All of which have come against Prince George.

The Cougars record now sits at 13-24-0-2 while Kamloops improves to 27-10-1-2.

Even with the loss the Cougars still remain just two points behind the Victoria Royals for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They’ll look to climb the Western Conference ladder tomorrow night when they once again host the Kamloops Blazers.

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