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Rockets blank Cougars 7-0 in pre-season action

Ryan Schoettler #16 of the Prince George Cougars checks Leif Mattson #28 of the Kelowna Rockets to the ice during second period on February 8, 2019 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

The Prince George Cougars were shutout on the scoresheet Sunday and in the win column this weekend, after a 7-0 loss to the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place.

The Cougars were winless in their three exhibition games against Kamloops, Vancouver, and Kelowna. They’ll search for their first pre-season win next week when they head up to Dawson Creek for two games against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Sunday afternoon, the Rockets power-play was red-hot, as they scored on each of their first four power-play opportunities. The Cougars’ penalty-kill did turn it around late, killing-off the final five penalties against.

Kelowna scored three times in the first period and tacked on another four goals in the second period for a comfortable lead after two periods. Kyle Crosbie had a pair of goals for the home team and five others chipped in with singles. Cole Schwebius picked up the win and the shutout for the Rockets, turning aside all 21 shots he faced.

Tyler Brennan, making his 2019 pre-season debut, was tagged with the loss in the Cougars’ crease. Brennan stopped 35 of 42 shots.

Prince George plays its final two pre-season games next week at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek. They face the Oil Kings on Thursday, September 12that 7:00 pm (PT) and again Saturday, September 14that 1:00 pm (PT).

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period

Rockets [1-0] Deegan Mofford from Michael Farren 2:15

Rockets [2-0] Kyle Crosbie from Liam Kindree and Devin Steffler 8:40 [power-play]

Rockets [3-0] Mark Liwiski and Alex Swetlikoff and Noah Dorey 17:13 [power-play]

Second Period

Rockets [4-0] Michael Farren 1:19 [power-play]

Rockets [5-0] Kyle Crosbie from Noah Dorey and Alex Swetlikoff 15:26 [power-play]

Rockets [6-0] Ethan Ernst from Steel Quiring 15:58

Rockets [7-0] Dallon Wilton from Jake Poole 17:27

Third Period

No Scoring.

POWER-PLAY

Cougars-0/3

Rockets-4/9

Shots

Cougars-21

Rockets-42

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