Sunday, March 11, 2012

Americans 5 - Cougars 3

Sunday night in Kennewick, Washington the Prince George Cougars were 49 seconds away from earning at least one point against the Tri-City Americans, but Brendan Shinnimin potted his 56th of the season to snap a 3-3 tie and help lead the Americans to victory. Adam Hughesman chipped in three as well for the Ams while Alex Forsberg and Chase Witala had two-point nights for the Cougars in response.

The Cougars took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to some timely scoring in the first. After surrendering a 1-0 lead early, the Cougars bounced back with three unanswered goals.

Chase Witala got the Cats on the board after he banged home a Jake Mykitiuk rebound for his eighth of the season. Exactly seven minutes later Jesse Forsberg scored his fourth of the season off a brilliant pass from Caleb Belter and the Cougars led 2-1.

The younger Forsberg would add to the lead when he skated down the left-wing and roofed one over the shoulder of Eric Comrie for his 14th of the season. That goal spelt the end of Comrie’s night, and former Cougars goaltender Ty Rimmer replaced him.

Early in the second, Tri-City grabbed their second goal of the game when Adam Hughesman knocked home a Brendan Shinnimin pass for his 45th of the season. Then at 7:16, Hughesman completed the hat-trick when he beat Drew Owsley off a Justin Feser rebound.

The teams would skate into the second intermission tied at three, and the third period proved to be very exciting with both teams getting a couple of good looks at the net. Both Ty Rimmer and Drew Owsley kept the door shut until the final minute.

Brendan Shinnimin grabbed the puck in his own zone and he skated up the ice. Once he crossed the blueline, he moved a few feet to his left and fired a wrist-shot over the glove of Drew Owsley for his 56th of the season. Shinnimin would add an empty-netter 18 seconds later to seal the 5-3 victory for Tri-City.

30-26 were the final shots on goal in favor of Tri-City who finished the game zero-for-two on the power play. Prince George, for all of their efforts were not given a single man advantage throughout the night.

The loss moves the Cougars record to 22-45-0-2 and now they sit five points back of Victoria and six points back of Everett. The Cougars are still mathematically able to reach the post-season, but they would need to record five points over the course of their next three games, and hope that Victoria goes winless in both of their games against the Portland Winterhawks.

The Cougars will get back at it on Tuesday night with a rematch with the Tri City Americans.

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