Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cougars 3 - Thunderbirds 1

The Prince George Cougars kept their playoff hopes alive and well with a 3-1 victory Wednesday against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Jesse Forsberg scored the game-winner on a second period power play, and Drew Owsley stopped 31 of 32 shots faced for the Cougars 21st victory.

Prince George opened the scoring just 3:41 into the first period when Jarrett Fontaine grabbed a pass from Reid Jackson and fired one off of Braedon Laroque and past Calvin Pickard for his fourth of the season.

The Cougars got into some penalty trouble in the late stages of the first, but they were able to kill off a lengthy five-on-three power play and keep the game 1-0 after one period of play.

Early in the second, Seattle converted just seconds after a Cougars penalty had expired. Luke Lockhart potted his 14th of the season off a Chance Lund rebound, and the game was tied at one.

After receiving four unanswered power plays, it was Seattle’s turn to get into some penalty trouble. The Cougars were given a lengthy five-on-three man advantage, and while they didn’t score on the five-on-three they converted shortly thereafter when Jesse Forsberg knocked in his third of the season off a beautiful pass from Troy Bourke to give the Cougars the 2-1 lead.

After a back-and-forth third period the Cougars put the game away when they went to a five-on-three power play late in the final period. Alex Forsberg scored into an empty –net with less than a second remaining to seal the deal for the Cougars and give them their 21st victory of the season.

Prince George finished the night two-for-six on the power play while Seattle went zero-for-six on their opportunities. Seattle outshot the Cougars 32-24.

The victory moves the Cougars a point closer to eighth. They trail eighth placed Victoria by four points, and each team has five games remaining in their season.

The Cougars will look to gain some more ground on eighth place when they head to Kelowna for a Saturday night showdown with the Rockets.

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