Tigers tame the Cougars 4-1

Medicine Hat Tigers captain James Hamblin attempts to deflect a puck on Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier while Connor Bowie defends during Friday’s Western Hockey League game at the Canalta Centre. (Oct. 12, 2018). Ryan McCracken photo

The Prince George Cougars opened their three-game Central Divison road trip with a 4-1 setback to the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday. Tigers’ defenseman Linus Nassen opened the scoring just 28-seconds into the game and finished with a game-high three-points; he was also the first star. Cougars’ captain Josh Curtis scored his first goal of the season in the third period.

Fast Start(s): The Tigers worked quickly in both the first and second periods. Medicine Hat opened the scoring, on their first shot of the game, just 28-seconds into the first period. Trevor Preziuso made it 2-0 for the Tigers just 1:50 into the second period.

Snack Bitten: The Cougars have scored just five goals over their four-game winless streak. Their 14-goals over their first eight games is the second-lowest output in the WHL. Curtis’ third period goal was his first of the season and his first since February 17, of the last season when he scored against Kamloops.

Up Next:The Cougars’ busy weekend continues Saturday, as they pay a visit to the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the ENMAX Centre; the puck drops at 6 pm PT. The two teams split their two meetings a season ago, and Saturday marks the Cougars first trip to Lethbridge since January 13th, 2017.

GAME SUMMARY

Boxscore- http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015670/boxscore

Scoring

Cougars– Josh Curtis (1 G), Jackson Leppard (1 A), Rhett Rhinehart (1 A)

Tigers– Linus Nassen (1 G, 2 A), Ryan Jevne (2 G), Ryan Chyzowski (2 A), Trevor Preziuso (1 G, 1 A),

Goaltending

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Loss) 60:00 26/30

Tigers- Mads Søgaard (Win) 60:00 22/23

Power-Play

Cougars- 0/5

Tigers- 1/5

Shots

Cougars 23

Tigers- 30

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