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Slow start plagues Cougars in loss to Rockets

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The Prince George Cougars were slow out of the gate on Saturday in their 4-1 setback to the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place.

The Rockets scored three times in the first six-minutes on their way to their fourth win in four games against Prince George.

Connor Bowie scored the Cougars’ lone goal, on the power-play, in the first period. Tyler Brennan stopped 25 of 29 shots in defeat.

Gabriel Szturc, Nolan Flamand, Colton Dach, and Tyson Feist scored for the Rockets. Talyn Boyko was named the game’s first star as he stopped 34 of 35 shots.

Szturc scored just six-seconds into the game, setting a new Rockets’ franchise record. Flamand’s and Dach’s goals came just 19-seconds apart early in the opening frame. Feist finished off the scoring with a power-play goal in the final period.

16-year-old Zackary Shantz made his WHL debut for the Cougars. Shantz was signed in September and was drafted by Prince George in the third round, 66th overall, in the 2020 WHL Draft.

Game Notes: Riley Heidt picked up an assist in Team Red’s 7-0 win over Canada’s National Women’s Team at the Capital City Challenge in Ottawa, ON. Heidt plays Ryker Singer’s Team White Sunday.


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