BY FRASER RODGERS
Prince George Cougars
The Prince George Cougars made their long-awaited return home and marked it by scoring a season-high seven goals, in their 7-2 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets.
Friday was the Cougars first home game since December 2, and they wasted little time giving their fans something to cheer about. The Cougars came out of the blocks running, scoring four goals on 17 shots in the first period, chasing Rockets’ starter Roman Basran.
The line of Ethan Browne, Vladislav Mikhalchuk and Josh Maser combined for eight points and the three swept the three stars. Browne (1-2-3) and Mikhalchuk (0-3-3) each had three-points and so too did defenceman Cole Moberg (2-1-3). Joel Lakusta also chipped in with a pair of assists. The goals came from Maser (2), Moberg (2), Browne, Jack Sander and Matéj Toman. In all 12 Cougars recorded at least a single point.
The Cougars picked up their fourth win in their last seven games and have now won five of seven games against the Rockets this season. The Cougars look for the weekend sweep tomorrow night.
Cougars [1-0] Josh Maser (14) from Cole Moberg and Vladislav Mikhalchuk 4:39
Cougars [2-0] Ethan Browne (7) from Joel Lakusta and Vladislav Mikhalchuk 10:31 (PP)
Cougars [3-0] Matéj Toman (4) from Joel Lakusta 12:34 (GWG)
Cougars [4-0] Josh Maser (15) from Ethan Browne and Ryan Schoettler (PP)
Cougars [5-0] Cole Moberg (8) from Ethan Browne and Vladislav Mikhalchuk 15:31
Rockets [5-1] Leif Mattson (18) from Kyle Topping and Nolan Foote 19:26 (PP)
Cougars [6-1] Jack Sander (1) from Rhett Rhinehart and Connor Bowie 9:34
Rockets [6-2] Nolan Foote (21) from Leif Mattson and Kyle Topping 14:03 (PP)
Cougars [7-2] Cole Moberg (9) from Jackson Leppard and Josh Curtis 16:53
PP= Power-Play GWG= Game-Winning Goal
Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Win) 18/20 60:00
Rockets- Roman Basran (Loss) 8/11 12:34 | James Porter 22/ 6 47:26
UP NEXT:The Cougars (15-22-1-2) look for the weekend sweep tomorrow against the Rockets on Four River Co-op “Country Night.” The Cougars are wearing denim-inspired specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off online after the game. The first 1,000 fans (19 +) will get one (1) free beer, courtesy of Budweiser. There will be mechanical bull riding on the concourse and live country music throughout the game! Tickets available at the TicketsNorth box office, or online at www.ticketsnorth.ca