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Cougars drop 4-1 decision to Blazers

Photo: Allen Douglas / Kamloops This Week

Vladislav Mikhalchuk scored the Cougars’ only goal, a power-play marker, in the second period. Taylor Gauthier was tagged with the loss but was named the second star, kicking-out 40 of 43 shots. Gauthier made 18 of his 40 saves in the first period, as the Cougars went down a pair of goals.

With the Cougars down 2-0, Mikhalchuk scored his 18thof the season three-minutes into the second period. The Belarusian banked the puck in off the goaltender from the side of the net, as he scored his team-best seventh power-play goal.

Kamloops scored twice in the opening frame, both goals coming in the final 10-minutes from Kyrell Sopotyk and Orrin Centazzo. They added two more goals in the third period, including Sopotyk scoring his second into an empty-net with just under a minute and a half left. Dylan Ferguson turned aside 26 shots for his fourth win in four games against Prince George this season.

Friday was the Cougars’ sixth loss in as many games against the Blazers this season and seventh-straight dating back to March 16, 2017. Prince George has been held to two or less goals in each of their last eight games and have been held to one goal in seven of their last 14 games.


First Period

Blazers [1-0] Kyrell Sopotyk (8) from Luke Zazula 9:35

Blazers [2-0] Orrin Centazzo (13) from Zane Franklin and Brodi Stuart 19:35 GWG

 Second Period

Cougars [2-1] Vladislav Mikhalchuk (18) from Cole Moberg and Ryan Schoettler 3:09 PP

Third Period

Blazers [3-1] Brodi Stuart (14) from Zane Franklin 10:31

Blazers [4-1] Kyrell Sopotyk (9) from Montana Onyebuchi 18:34 EN


Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Loss) 40/43 59:34

Blazers- Dylan Ferguson (Win) 26/27 60:00 


Cougars- 1/5

Blazers- 0/4

UP NEXT: The Cougars (16-28-3-2) conclude their weekend road trip against the Vancouver Giants (32-13-2-1) tomorrow at the Langley Events Centre; the puck drops at 7 pm. Fans can listen to the game on 94.3 The GOAT, or they can watch online via WHL Live.



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