Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thunderbirds 3 - Cougars 1

For the first time this season, the Seattle Thunderbirds were able to solve the Prince George Cougars. Luke Lockhart scored at 14:05 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie and the Seattle Thunderbirds secured a 3-1 victory against Prince George. Austin Daae had the lone goal for the Cougars in response.

It was a scoreless tie after 20 minutes, but the Cougars definitely led the way in chances. Jake Mykitiuk was robbed by Calvin Pickard mid-way through the first period. Seattle took a 12-7 edge in the shot department into period two.

The Cougars opened the scoring at 3:27 of the second period. Calvin Pickard stopped a Jake Mykitiuk shot, but Austin Daae was able to stuff the puck home from the side of the goal for his second of the season. The referees did go upstairs to confirm the goal, and it counted.

15 seconds later Seattle scored a strange one of their own. Brad Deagle put a shot towards the goal from the left-point, and his shot redirected off of the upper-body of a Cougars defender and in past Drew Owsley. For Deagle it was his third of the year, and it evened the score at one.

Luke Lockhart scored the eventual game-winner off a one-timer in the high slot at 14:55. The Cougars were unable to clear the puck, and Colin Jacobs found Lockhart at the side for his 13th goal of the season.

The Cougars had some chances in the third, but were unable to solve Calvin Pickard.

Seattle extended their lead at 11:01 of the third when Connor Sanvido raced down the right wing and beat Drew Owsley with a wrist-shot. Sanvido’s seventh of the season put the game away for Seattle who earned their 22nd victory of the season and defeated the Cougars for the first time in the 2011-2012 season. The Cougars record falls to 20-44-0-2 and they are now five points back of eighth place with six games remaining in their regular season.

Both teams were scoreless on the man advantage while Seattle outshot the Cougars 26-22 through sixty minutes.

Next up: The rematch. These teams will duke it out again tomorrow (Wednesday) night at CN Centre.

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