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Cougars outlast Blazers in a 7-6 shootout win Saturday

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The Prince George Cougars (1-1-0-0) earned their first win of the Pre-Season with a 7-6 shootout triumph over the Kamloops Blazers (1-0-0-1) at the CN Centre on Saturday.

The two teams combined for 12 goals in regulation and just like in Friday’s game, Saturday featured plenty of special teams. The Cougars scored twice on the man-advantage and scored a short-handed marker as well. Kamloops also scored on the power-play and short-handed.

Riley Heidt (1g-1a), Jonny Hooker (1g-1a) and Majid Kaddoura (0g-2a) has multi-point nights. Heidt, Hooker, Blake Eastman, Fischer O’Brien, Ryker Singer and Koehn Ziemmer scored in the win.

Heidt was the only player to score out of the six shooters in the three-round shootout.

Tyler Brennan started in net and surrendered three goals on 13 shots. Ty Young played the second half of the game and allowed three goals on 17 shots but stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout.

Matthew Seminoff recorded a hat-trick in a losing cause for Kamloops. Josh Pillar, Nick McCarry and Fraser Minten also scored for the Blazers. Jesse Makaj suffered the loss in net, after he conceded six goals on 25 shots.

Prince George was down 2-0 midway through the first period before Hooker, Eastman and Heidt scored three unanswered to put the Cougars up 3-2 after 20-minutes. O’Brien’s second period short-handed goal was bookended by Blazers’ markers as the two teams were tied 4-4 after 40-minutes. Each team scored twice in the third frame, including the Blazers tying the game with 30-seconds left, to push the game into overtime.

The Cougars finish their 2021 Pre-Season schedule with a pair of road games next weekend against the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals on Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th.

 

GAME SUMMARY

 Scoring

Cougars: Hooker (PPG), Eastman, Heidt, O’Brien (SH), Singer, Ziemmer (PPG)

Blazers: Seminoff (3), Pillar (SH), McCarry, Minten

Goaltending

Cougars: Tyler Brennan- 30:53, 10/13, 3 GA. Ty Young- 34:07, 14/17, 3 GA

Blazers: Jesse Makaj- 64:27, 19/25

Power-Play

Cougars: 2-4

Blazers: 1-4

Shots

Cougars: 25

Blazers: 30

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