BY FRASER RODGERS
Prince George Cougars
Thirty-six seconds. The Vancouver Giants scored two goals 36 seconds apart late in second period to pull out a 4-2 win over the Prince George Cougars, Tuesday at the CN Centre.
In the second, after Josh Curtis pulled the Cougars within a goal of the Giants, it was the visitors replying immediately. Justin Sourdif scored 57-seconds after Curtis to restore the Giants two-goal lead, and then it was Bowen Byram making 4-1 for Vancouver 36-seconds later.
Davis Koch opened the scoring in the first period for Vancouver, who was their second-straight over the Cougars by a 4-2 score. Trent Miner turned aside 20-shots for the win in the Giants crease.
Curtis scored his ninth of the season 13-minutes into the second and Vladislav Mikhalchuk extended his point streak to four games, scoring a power-play goal in the third period. Taylor Gauthier suffered the loss in net, stopping 27 of 31-shots.
The Cougars losing streak stretched to 10 games and they’ve been held to two or less goals in each of those 10 games. With the Seattle Thunderbirds winning Tuesday in Victoria, the Cougars are now nine points out of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
Giants [1-0] Davis Koch (21) from Tristen Nielsen and Trent Miner 16:14
Giants [2-0] Own Hardy (9) from Alex Kannock Leipert and Evan Patrician 5:22
Cougars [2-1] Josh Curtis (9) from Tyson Upper 13:41
Giants [3-1] Justin Sourdif from Milos Roman 14:38 GWG
Giants [4-1] Bowen Byram (20) from Jared Dmytriw and Owen Hardy 15:14
Cougars [4-2] Vladislav Mikhalchuk (19) from Ethan Browne and Cole Moberg 16:53 PP
Cougars-Taylor Gauthier(Loss) 27/31
Giants- Trent Miner (Win) 20/2260:00
UP NEXT: The Cougars (16-30-3-2) face the Vancouver Giants (34-13-2-1) in the second half of their midweek doubleheader tomorrow; the puck drops at 7 pm. Tickets on sale at the TicketsNorth by Treasure Cove Casino box office, or online at www.ticketsnorth.ca. Fans (19+) can enjoy cheap beer Wednesday, as all Cariboo beer products are just $5.