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Cougars claw back to defeat Blazers in overtime

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KAMLOOPS – The Prince George Cougars (5-5-0-0) got an incredible outing from Ty Young making 45 saves, and overtime heroics from Koehn Ziemmer to help the Cougars to 4-3 overtime victory over the Kamloops Blazers.

After a fast-paced opening period, the Cougars started the scoring late in the frame, courtesy of a Hudson Thornton point shot on the power-play at 18:30. The Cougars remained ahead by a goal after the opening twenty-minutes.

In the second, the Blazers were able to get one back as a Cougar power-play expired. Logan Stankoven got the puck at the left side of the goal and tied the game up at one at 4:14. A few minutes later, the Cougars got another marker from Thornton on the power-play as his point shot found its way through traffic and trickled in. The Cougars went into the dressing room ahead 2-1.

In the third, it was Stankoven once again who scored his second of the night to tie the game from the left circle. In the final two minutes, the Blazer captain was able to come in clutch scoring his hat-trick goal , throwing the puck off the back of Ty Young and into the net to give Kamloops a late 3-2 lead. The Cougars called their time-out, and it proved to work as Chase Wheatcroft tied the game with 40 seconds remaining to force overtime.

In the extra frame, the first Cougar shot in OT went top shelf from Koehn Ziemmer to propel the Cougars to a resilient and character 4-3 overtime victory over the Blazers.


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