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Cougars lose to Silvertips 6-1

The Prince George Cougars suffered their first loss after the Christmas break, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Everett Silvertips on Saturday at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Ryan Schoettler scored the lone Cougars goal, on the power-play, midway through the second period; his first goal since October 27. Isaiah DiLaura suffered the loss in net, kicking out 30 of 36 shots. 

The Silvertips, the top team in the Western Conference, have now won four-straight and they haven’t lost in regulation in 16 consecutive games. Martin Fasko-Rudas and Jackson Berezowski each scored twice and defenseman Artyom Minulin chipped in with three assists. Max Palaga earned the win, stopping 24 of 25 shots.

Everett got out to a fast start, scoring three goals in a five-minute span in the first to go up 3-0 through 20-minutes. They added two more in the middle frame and one in the third period.

Saturday had some bite, as four fighting majors were handed out and the two teams combined for more than 80 penalty-minutes. The Cougars wrap up their three-game road trip on Sunday afternoon against the Kamloops Blazers.

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period

Silvertips [1-0] Bryce Kindopp from Dawson Butt and Connor Dewar 8:35

Silvertips [2-0] Jackson Berezowski from Gage Goncalves and Artyom Minulin 10:40

Silvertips [3-0] Martin Fasko-Rudas from Gianni Fairbrother and Artyom Minulin 13:47 (PP)

Second Period

Silvertips [4-0] Martin Fasko-Rudas from Wyatt Wylie and Max Patterson 00:21

Cougars [4-1] Ryan Schoettler from Ethan Browne and Cole Moberg 13:23 (PP)

Silvertips [5-1] Riley Sutter from Jake Christiansen and Bryce Kindopp 14:44

Third Period

Silvertips [6-1] Jackson Berezowski from Artyom Minulin and Sahvan Khaira 15:26 

GOALTENDING

Cougars- Isaiah DiLaura (Loss) 30/36 60:00

Silvertips- Max Palaga (Win) 24/25 60:00

POWER-PLAY

Cougars- 1/5

Silvertips- 1/5

THREE STARS: 1) Martin Fasko-Rudas 2) Jackson Berezowski 3) Artyom Minulin

UP NEXT:The Cougars (12-20-1-2) conclude their three-game weekend road trip against the Kamloops Blazers (13-17-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Sandman Centre; the puck drops at 5:00 pm. Fans can listen to the game on 94.3 The GOAT, or they can watch on WHL Live.