In another successful winning performance, the cats extended their franchise record start to the season with an eighth consecutive win Saturday night against the Vancouver Giants.
Although Prince George came away with the 5-4 victory, it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. In front of 3,300 fans at the CN Centre, the Cougars got off to a quick 2-0 start with goals from Bartek Bison and Kody McDonald, but back came the Giants. In a span of just 50 seconds, Vancouver managed to put away three goals scored by Radovan Bondra, Ty Ronning and Jack Flaman.
Just like that, a 2-0 lead was squandered and Prince George had its work cut out. Lucky for the Cougars, they have a man named Jesse Gabrielle on their squad who just so happens to know how to put the puck in the net. Gabrielle wired home his third goal of the weekend from the slot on the power play to even things up at the 12th minute mark of the first period.
There was no shortage of goals in the first frame and just when it looked like both teams would go into the first intermission stalemated at three, the Giants struck again. This time, a goal from Johnny Wesley who streaked down the right wing, cut in front of the Cougars goal and snuck a slow shot past the right pad of Nick McBride.
Tensions were high to see if Prince George could come comeback. In the second period, Brad Morrison brought the crowd to their feet to knot up the game and whack home a pass from Jansen Harkens.
Morrison wasn’t done there though. The New York Rangers draft pick completed the comeback with a powerplay goal in the slot off of a pass from Jesse Gabrielle.
The Cougars win 5-4 and will take that momentum into another home stand with the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Photo Credit: Brett Cullen/ Prince George Cougars