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Cougars drop 5-2 decision to Rockets

The Kelowna Rockets earned their first win of the season, upending the Prince George Cougars 5-2 Saturday night at the CN Centre. The Rockets top line of Nolan Foote, Leif Mattson and Kyle Topping accounted for four of five goals. The loss snapped the Cougars two-game win streak. Prince George ends September with a 2-2-0-1 record

Blast Off: The Kelowna Rockets took a page out of the Cougars playbook, as they were off to a fast start Saturday. After seeing the Cougars scored twice inside the first three-minutes Friday, the Rockets countered by scoring three goals before the 10-minute mark of the first. Their three first period goals coming after they failed to score in the first period in their previous four games.

Blue-Line Production: The Cougars blue-line continues to produce. Both of their goals Friday came from defencemen and two rear-guards are inside the top four in team scoring. Ryan Schoettler is second in team scoring with a pair of goals and four points. Joel Lakusta is fourth with three assists.

Streaks:Ethan Browne picked up an assist Saturday to extend his point streak to four-games; he has two goals and two assists in those four games.

GAME SUMMARY

Boxscore- http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015628/boxscore

Scoring

Cougars– Austin Crossley (1 G), Ryan Schoettler (1 G), Ethan Browne (1 A)

Rockets– Leif Mattson (2 G, 1 A), Nolan Foote (1 G, 2 A), Kyle Topping (1 G, 1 A), Libor Zabransky (2 A), Lassi Thomson (1 G).

Goaltending

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Loss) 60:00 27/32

Rockets- James Porter(Win) 60:00 37/39

Power-Play

Cougars- 0/4

Rockets- 0/3

Shots

Cougars– 39

Rockets- 32

Up Next:The Cougars are off until next weekend when they face another B.C. Division foe in the Vancouver Giants, in a weekend doubleheader on October 5and 6, at the CN Centre; face-off is 7 p.m. for both games. Tickets are available at the TicketsNorthbox office, or on www.ticketsnorth.ca

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