Saturday night in Spokane was a historical night for Cougars 20-year-old netminder Ty Edmonds. The Winnipeg, MB native etched his name in the Cougars history books twice during a 2-1 road victory over the Spokane Chiefs. First he joined Scott Myers for first place all-time in games played by a Cougars goaltender by making his 188th career WHL appearance (all with the Cougars) and then early in the third period he made his 22nd save of the game and the 5005th save of his career which surpassed Scott Myers for the all-time saves record in a Cougars uniform. He finished with 30 saves altogether as the Cougars earned their 13th road victory and their league leading 26thvictory over all.
Despite playing their fourth game in the span of five nights the Cougars wasted little time in getting on the score sheet. Just 5:07 into the game on a power play Tate Olson one-timed home a shot from the point for his third of the season. The Cougars power play has now clicked in four straight games. Prince George outshot Spokane 9-5 in the opening period.
Spokane responded with a better effort in period two, but Ty Edmonds turned aside all 14 shots fired his way. At the other end Dawson Weatherill made 11 saves on 11 shots faced and the Cougars took a 1-0 advantage into the third period.
The game remained 1-0 until just before the 14 minute mark of the final period when Cougars forward Aaron Boyd raced down the right wing, beat the Spokane defender wide and deposited his fourth goal of the season past the blocker of Weatherill and in to make the game 2-0.
Boyd’s goal would prove to be important because the Chiefs would eventually solve Edmonds with their goaltender pulled in the waning minutes of the game.
With just under four minutes remaining in the third Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur elected to pull Dawson Weatherill in favor of the extra attacker and his hunch was rewarded when Keanu Yamamoto was able to tuck home a rebound from in close for his 14th goal of the season.
Spokane continued to press in the final minutes but Ty Edmonds and his mates stood tall and managed to hang on for the 2-1 victory.
With the victory the Cougars improved their record to 26-8-2-0. They’ve won five straight overall and arrive at the halfway point of their regular season with a 10 point lead on the Victoria Royals for first in the B.C. Division.
Ty Edmonds was named the game’s first star after his 30 save performance. His record is now 20-5-1-0.
Now the Cougar players will head home for a week well deserved holidays with their friends and family. They return to action on Tuesday December 27th in Victoria against the Royals.
-Prince George Cougars