The Prince George Cougars opened their 2021 season with a 5-4 loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night at the Sandman Centre.
It was a highly entertaining, back-and-forth game. Prince George led 3-1 after the first period and 4-3 going into the third, but the Blazers came back twice, including putting together a two-goal third period, to seal the win.
The Cougars (0-1-0-0) rookies impressed, with Kyren Gronick, Carter MacAdams, and Koehn Ziemmer all scoring their first WHL goals. All three are 16-year-olds. Ethan Browne scored the Cougars other goal. Jack Sander chipped in with two assists.
The Cougars’ power-play looked good early, scoring twice on their first two opportunities. Browne and Gronick scored first period power-play goals. The man-advantage finished 2-4. The one blemish for the power-play was a short-handed marker surrendered to Connor Zary in the third period.
The Blazers (2-0-0) were led by Kamloops product Logan Stankoven. The 17-year-old had two goals, including the game-winner with just under 10-minutes left in the third period.
Cougars- Ethan Browne (PPG), Kyren Gronick (PPG), Carter MacAdams, Koehn Ziemmer
Blazers- Logan Stankoven (2), Caeden Bankier, Josh Pillar, Connor Zary (SHG)
Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (L) 58:31, 27 saves on 32 shots.
Blazers- Dylan Garand (W) 60 minutes, 18 saves on 22 shots
Next Game: The Cougars first road game of the RE/MAX Hub season is on Monday night, March 29, against the Victoria Royals in Kelowna; puck drop is 7:05 p.m. The Royals lost 5-0 to the Kelowna Rockets Friday. Fans can watch all the action on CHL TV, or they can listen on 94.3 The GOAT.