Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Giants 3 - Cougars 0.

Tuesday night in Vancouver the Prince George Cougars were defeated 3-0 by the Vancouver Giants. The Giants converted on two of their eight power play attempts while the Cougars were unable to solve rookie goaltender Jackson Whsitle.

The Giants took the lead half-way through the first period when Dalton Sward beat Drew Owsley with a wrist-shot from the slot. Owsley was screened on the play and was unable to deny Sward of his 10th goal of the season.

After the Cougars failed to score on two consecutive power plays the Giants were given the chance, and took full advantage. Nathan Burns fed Brendan Gallagher in the left circle, and he fired one past Drew Owsley to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead after one. The shots on goal were 9-5 Vancouver after one.

The Cougars got off to a good start in period two and had some chances early, but credit the Giants defenders and goaltender for keeping the game at 2-0. Drew Owsley made two big saves in the second – One off of Brendan Gallagher on a wrap-around and the other was a breakaway save off of Nathan Burns.

Late in the second the Giants would convert on another power play. Jordan Martinook tipped home a Marek Tvrdon point-shot. Martinook’s 26th of the season gave Vancouver a 3-0 cushion after 40 minutes.

The Cougars outshot Vancouver 7-4 in the third period, but were unable to beat Jackson Whistle who turned aside all 20 shots he faced for the victory.

The Cougars finished the game zero-for-five on the power play while Vancouver was two-for-eight at the end of the game.

Newly acquired defenceman Ricard Blidstrand made his Cougars debut while AP defencemen joseph Carvalho and Raymond Grewal were impressive again.

The Cougars record now sits at 13-26-0-2 and they sit three points back of the Victoria Royals for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with one game still in hand. The Prince George Cougars will now return home for a weekend set with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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