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Blazers edge Cougars 2-1

The Prince George Cougars suffered a 2-1 setback to the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday afternoon at the Sandman Centre, as they concluded their three-game road trip.

The weekend may have taken its toll on the Cougars, who only dressed five defencemen due to injuries. The Cougars only finished the game with 17 bodies after Ilijah Colina left the game in the first period (upper-body) and Taylor Gauthier after 40-minutes (illness).

Despite outshooting the Blazers in the first period, the Cougars went down a goal after Montana Onyebuchi scored late. Kamloops added another goal in the second period, when Brodi Stuart scored seconds after a Blazers power-play expired.

The Cougars pushed back in the third period, outshooting the Blazers 19-4. Josh Maser pulled the visitors within one goal, when he scored on the power-play with two-minutes left, but that’s as close as they would get.

The Blazers have won the first three games of the season series. The two teams meet again in Prince George for a weekend double-header on January 19-20.

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period

Blazers [1-0] Montana Onyebuci from Carson Denomie 16:12

Second Period

Blazers [2-0] Brodi Stuart from Zane Franklin and Quinn Schmiemann 8:53

Third Period

Cougars [2-1] Josh Maser from Ryan Schoettler and Joel Lakusta 17:51

GOALTENDING

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (loss) 20/22 40:00, Isaiah DiLaura 4/4 20:00

Blazers- Dylan Garand (win) 35/36 60:00

POWER-PLAY

Cougars- 1/7

Blazers- 0/5

 THREE STARS: 1) Dylan Garand 2) Brodi Stuart 3) Montana Onyebuchi

UP NEXT:The Cougars (12-21-1-2) ring in the New Year on the road against the Kelowna Rockets on January 4th. Then it’s a two-game cross-border trip to Tri-City and Spokane, before returning home on January 11thagainst the Rockets.