Cougars Earn Point, But Can’t Hold On Against Hitmen

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Cougars Earn Point, But Can't Hold On Against Hitmen

The Prince George Cougars went into Saturday’s match-up in Calgary with a perfect road record, but left with a bitter feeling.

The Cats managed to continue their point streak, but lost a tough one in overtime to the Hitmen. Yan Khomenko got on the board first for the Cougars just under six minutes into the first period. The Russian was able to fire one past the glove of Hitmen goalie, Cody Porter for his fifth goal of the season.

Prince George’s lead would be short-lived. Calgary got on the board just a few minutes later when Beck Malenstyn stole the puck in the offensive zone and wired a shot past Nick McBride’s glove.

The second frame would remain scoreless, but an early third period chance on the powerplay for Calgary would change that. Andrei Grishakov banged in a Jordy Stallard rebound past the left pad of McBride to put the Hitmen up 2-1.

Midway through the third, the Cougars managed to bounce back. Josh Curtis found some space and beat Porter five-hole for his third goal of the season.

The game needed overtime and when the Hitmen were given their fifth powerplay chance of the night, they capitalized. Stallard one-timed home a pass from Gishakov for the 3-2 victory.

Prince George outshot Calgary 41-26 and are still unbeaten in regulation over the past seven games and on the road as well this season. The Cats sit atop of the WHL standings with a record of 13-2-2-0 and now head home to start a two-game home series with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Prince George Cougars/Brett Cullen Photography

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