Saturday, January 21, 2012

Calgary 5 - Prince George 1

Friday night in Calgary the Prince George Cougars dropped a 5-1 score to the Calgary Hitmen. Victor Rask led the way with two goals for Calgary while Jordan Tkatch had the lone tally for Prince George.

Joe Kornelson opened the scoring for Calgary at 13:22 of the first period. Drew Owsley stopped Spencer Humphries’ initial shot and then stopped the rebound attenpt by Calder Brooks. However the second rebound went right to the stick of Kornelson who buried his seventh of the year past a sprawling Drew Owsley.

63 seconds later Victor Rask made it 2-0 when he took the puck from the side of the net and walked out in front and banged home his own rebound. The shots on goal after one period were 15-5 for Calgary.

Early in the second period the Prince George Cougars got back within one. Jarrett Fontaine made a great play at his own blueline to steal the puck from the defender, and he fed Jordan Tkatch on a two-on-one. Tkatch did the rest firing a shot on Chris Driedger and then converted on his own rebound for his 11th goal of the season.

That goal vaults Jordan Tkatch into a three-way tie with Alex Forsberg and Greg Fraser for the team lead in goals.

The Hitmen took momentum back on the power play. Moments after Drew Owsley made a tremendous back-door stop off of Jimmy Bubnick, the Hitmen were able to convert when Alex Gogolev received a pass in front of the net and simply out-waited Drew Owsley for his 19th of the season.

Victor Rask would add another power play marker towards the end of the second to give Calgary a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Calder Brooks wrapped up the game’s scoring in the third period which turned nasty after Calgary defenceman Alex Roach was kicked out of the game for a checking-to-the-head penalty on Greg Fraser.

Cody Carlson, Jesse Forsberg and Campbell Elynuik were both kicked out of the game in the third period for fighting.

The Cougars finished the game zero-for-seven on the power play while Calgary went two-for-seven on their opportunities.

The final shots on goal were 44-19 for Calgary.

The Cougars will wrap up their three-game Alberta road-trip tomorrow night in Red Deer. Saturday’s battle with the Rebels marks the first meeting of the season between the clubs, and the first time that Daulton Siwak gets to face off against his former team.

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