Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cougars Kick Off Road Trip With Loss in Edmonton.

Wednesday night in Edmonton, the Prince George Cougars fell 5-0 to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Michael St. Croix scored a natural hat trick and Laurent Brossroit stopped all 26 shots he faced in goal.

The Cougars played a strong first 20 minutes but were not properly rewarded for their efforts. They outshot the Edmonton Oil Kings 16-8, and out-chanced them to a large degree. Greg Fraser was given a penalty shot at 10:28 of the first, but was unable to bury a backhand past Brossoit.

Shortly after Fraser’s penalty shot, Edmonton made it 1-0 when Tyler Maxwell fired a hard shot from the right-wing that snuck underneath the bar. Michael St. Croix added to their lead off a cross-ice pass from the left-wing corner.

Early in the second period the Cougars had a few other opportunities, but Chase Witala fired wide, and Alex Forsberg hit a post and the game remained 2-0.

Michael St. Croix made it 3-0 when he banged home a Jordan Peddle rebound. St. Croix completed his hat trick on a power play at 11:59 when he grabed a Martin Gernat rebound off the back boards and flipped one past Drew Owsley.

The Oil Kings outshot the Cougars 24-2 in the second period.

Cody Corbett scored the game’s last goal on a power play at 8:40 of the third period.

The Cougars finished the game zero-for-six on the power play while Edmonton went two-for-three. The final shots on goal were 55-26 in favor of Edmonton.

The Cougars record now sits at 15-27-0-2 and are still just one point back of eighth place in the Western Conference with two games in hand on the Victoria Royals.

The Cougars are now off to Red Deer where they’ll set up shop for the next few days. The Cougars play Calgary on Friday night before they wrap up their road-trip Saturday in Red Deer against the Rebels.

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