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Cougars end winless streak with emphatic win over Giants

The Prince George Cougars jumped back into the win column on Saturday with an emphatic 6-3 win over the Vancouver Giants at the Sandman Centre.

Prince George ended its three-game winless streak and snapped the Giants five-game win streak in the process. The win evened the Cougars’ record to 2-2-1-1 through six games, as they sit third in the B.C. Division.

Jonny Hooker led the way, as he scored the game-winner and finished with four points (1-3-4). He was the game’s first star. Ethan Browne chipped in with a goal and an assist and Hudson Thornton scored his first WHL goal in his debut. Craig Armstrong scored the team’s first short-handed goal of the season, and Connor Bowie and Koehn Ziemmer also found the back of the net.


In his final start before heading off to the World Under-18 Hockey Championship with Team Canada, Tyler Brennan earned his second win by stopping 26 shots. He leaves with a 2-0-1-1 record, to go along with 2.16 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage, and one shutout.

The Cougars put to an end the Giants’ Trent Miner’s shutout streak, as he had not allowed a single goal against in his previous five appearances. He surrendered five on 28 shots in the loss Saturday.

The Giants led 2-1 midway through the first period before the Cougars scored four unanswered goals to pull away. Browne and Ziemmer scored in the opening frame, as the Cougars battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. In the middle stanza, it was Armstrong (short-handed) and Hooker who scored to grab the Cougars a 4-2 lead after two periods. Thornton and Bowie (empty-net) tacked on third period markers.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring

Cougars- Armstrong, Bowie (EN), Browne, Hooker, Thornton, Ziemmer

Giants- Leslie (2), Kannok Leipert

Goaltending

Cougars- Tyler Brennan, 60:00, 26 saves, 29 shots

Giants- Trent Miner, 59:44, 23 saves, 28 shots

Power-Play

 Cougars- 1/4

Giants- 1/4

Three Stars: 1) Jonny Hooker 2) Eric Florchuk 3) Ethan Browne

Game Notes: The Cougars and Giants have split the first two meetings. Jonny Hooker’s four-point game vaulted him atop of the team scoring lead, as he now has seven points (3-4-7) in six games. The power-play ended an 0-14 dry spell with Hooker’s second period goal during a Cougars’ five-minute man-advantage. Bowie celebrated his 20th Birthday Saturday by scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Next Game: Monday, April 12th versus the Vancouver Giants (Kamloops), 7:00 pm.


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