Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cougars Sweep the Hurricanes.

Saturday night in Prince George, the Prince George Cougars earned their second victory in a row and their first home weekend sweep of the season. They defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 on the strength of 39 saves from Drew Owsley and some timely offense from the likes of Jordan Tkatch and Jesse Forsberg.

It was 1-0 Cougars after one. After a back-and-forth period the Cougars buried at 17:23 when Daulton Siwak converted on a Troy Bourke feed for his seventh of the season and second in as many nights.

The second period was scoreless but the third period was wide open.

Lethbridge opened the third period scoring when Brady Ramsey scored his 16th of the season and all of a sudden Lethbridge had some life.

That quickly changed when Jordan Tkatch forced a turnover at the Lethbridge blueline and raced down the left wing and buried a wrister past Damien Ketlo for his 10th of the season.

The Cougars then increased their lead when Jesse Forsberg tipped home an Alex Forsberg shot for a power play goal, and ultimately the game-winner.

Jake Mykitiuk added some insurance for the Cougars at 12:13 of the period and the rest was history.

Lethbridge did score a power play marker in the final minute (Jay Merkley) but it was too little, too late. Drew Owsley made 39 saves on 41 shots faced to earn his 14th victory of the season.

The Cougars finished the game one-for-five on the power play while Lethbridge countered with a one-for-two result. The Cougars were outshot 41-27.

With the victory, the Cougars now sit one point back of both the Victoria Royals and the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL’s Western Conference.

The Cougars are back in action Wednesday night, in Edmonton. Wednesday’s game marks the first of a three-game Alberta road-swing for the Cougars.

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