Leppard’s three-point night paces Cougars past Broncos

Jackson Leppard broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period, scoring his second goal of the season, as the Prince George Cougars knocked-off the Swift Current Broncos 3-1 Sunday afternoon, for their third-straight win. Josh Curtis added an insurance marker on the power-play in the third period, and Ethan Browne opened the scoring in the first period. Taylor Gauthier made 30-saves for his fourth win of the season.

Streaking: Jackson Leppard now has four points (2-2-4) in his last two games, dating back to October 14 against the Kootenay ICE. Leppard had two assists in his first nine games. Josh Curtis’ two points (1-1-2) Sunday extended his point streak to four-games. He has four goals and seven points during the streak.

Brick Wall: Taylor Gauthier picked up his second-consecutive win Sunday, stopping 30-shots for his fourth win of the season. In his last two starts, Gauthier has now stopped 76 of 78 shots. That’s a .974 save percentage over his last two starts. Now through nine games, he owns a .915 save percentage.

Home Cooking: The Cougars picked up their second home win of the season Sunday. It was their first since their home opener on September 28against Kelowna. They’re 2-3-0-0 in their first five home games. Looking ahead, 10 of their next 13 games are at home.

Up Next: The Cougars (5-5-0-1) welcome the Tri-City Americans to the CN Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday for a midweek double-header. The Americans sit fifth in the U.S. Division with a 6-4-0-0 record. Tickets are available at the TicketsNorth box office, or online at www.ticketsnorth.ca

GAME SUMMARY

Boxscore- http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015716/boxscore

Scoring

Cougars– Jackson Leppard (1G, 2 A), Josh Curtis (1 G, 1 A), Ethan Browne (1 G), Ilijah Colina (1 A), Austin Crossley (1 A), Cole Moberg (1 A).

Broncos– Tanner Nagel (1 G), Alec Zawatsky (1 A), Ethan Regnier (1 A).

Goaltending

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Win) 60:0030/31

Broncos- Joel Hofer (Loss) 58:33 37/40

Power-Play

Cougars- 1/4

Broncos- 1/4

Three Stars: 1) Jackson Leppard (PG) 2) Taylor Gauthier (PG) 3) Joel Hofer (SC)

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