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Cougars comeback bid denied by Rockets

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For the second night in a row, the Prince George Cougars came up a goal short, as they fell 2-1 to the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday night at the Sandman Centre.

“There was definitely a lot more positives about tonight’s game than last night against the Royals. The effort, the energy was there and we had more opportunities around the net. We couldn’t capitalized but that sometimes happens but attention to detail was much better,” said Associate Coach Jason Smith.

The Rockets (9-4-1-0) scored twice in the first period and that’s all the offence they needed, as goaltender Cole Schwebius stopped 30 of 31 shots. Alex Swetlikoff and David Kope scored just under four-minutes apart midway through the opening frame to put the visitors up by a pair.

Majid Kaddoura scored the Cougars (9-9-2-1) lone goal, on the power-play, six and half minutes into the third period to cut the deficit in half. Kaddoura scored his second of the second on a one-timer from the face-off circle on the right-wing to put the Cougars on the comeback trail.

Just like Saturday night against the Victoria Royals, the Cougars made a third period push when trailing 2-1 but couldn’t come up with a tying goal. The Cougars outshot the Rockets 12-6 in the final frame.

There was plenty of special teams play Sunday, as 11 power-plays were handed out and the Cougars went 1-6 on the man-advantage. The Rockets went 1-5.

Taylor Gauthier was saddled with the loss despite a tidy 23-save effort. The loss put to an end to his personal five-game win streak.

Prince George finished the four-game season series with a 1-3-0-0 record against Kelowna. Their lone win came in Kelowna earlier this week, a 2-1 victory on May 4th.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring

Cougars: Kaddoura (PP)

Rockets: Swetlikoff (PP), Kope

Goaltending

Cougars: Taylor Gauthier, 58:29, 23 saves, 25 shots

Rockets: Cole Schwebius, 60:00, 30 saves, 31 shots

Power-Play

Cougars: 1-6

Rockets: 1-5

Shots:

Cougars: 31

Rockets: 25

Three Stars: 1) Trevor Wong 2) Cole Schwebius 3) Majid Kaddoura

Next Game: Wednesday, May 12th, versus the Kamloops Blazers at 7:00 pm (Sandman Centre).


 

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