Tonight, at the CN Centre, the Prince George Cougars continue their four-game home-stand as they battle their division rival Victoria Royals at 7 p.m. Tonight is Riley Heidt and the first 2,000 fans will receive Riley Heidt posters with 27 of them signed. Heidt will also be acknowledged prior to the game after becoming the franchise’s all-time points and assists leader.
The Prince George Cougars began their four-game home-stand with a 5-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday afternoon at the CN Centre. Keaton Dowhaniuk, Zac Funk, and Carlin Dezainde led the way for the Cats, combing for seven points in the victory.
18 GAMES REMAIN: The Cougars enter tonight with a 33-15-0-2 record (68 points) on the season through 50 games which leads the BC Division and third in the Western Conference. The Cats are 16-7-0-1 at home and 17-8-0-1 on the road this season.
AGAINST THE BC DIVISION: The Cougars enter tonight’s contest against the Royals with a 13-4-0-1 record against the BC division and are 25-12-0-2 against the Western Conference.
HISTORY CHASING: Rookie forward Terik Parascak is one goal away from becoming the team’s rookie scoring leader. Parascak is currently tied with alumnus Brett Connolly and current Cougar Koehn Ziemmer who both scored 30 times in their rookie season.
WE WANT THE FUNK: Zac Funk is flirting with Cougar’s single-season history. The 20-year-old from Coldstream, BC already owns 46 goals this season. These 46 goals in a single season rank 4th all-time in Cougars history. Quinn Hancock is the franchise leader with 54 goals in a single season. Funk also owns 21 power-play goals and is two power-play tallies away from surpassing Chase Wheatcroft for the most power-play goals by a Cougar in a single season.
DEZZY DELIVERING: Cougars forward and 19-year-old Carlin Dezainde enters tonight’s game with points in five consecutive games. Depsite dealing with an injury earlier in the season, the product of Calgary, Alberta is putting together is best WHL season of his career, already scoring 17 times.
UPDATE ON KOEHN?: Cougar forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Koehn Ziemmer is now 6-8 weeks before returning to game action for the Cougars. Ziemmer suffered a lower body injury in late November against the Everett Silvertips.