After a deadlocked first period, the Prince George Cougars finally managed to get some offense going in the second period as the cats defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 Saturday night at the CN Centre.
It was Max Martin opening the scoring, just under five minutes into the second frame. Martin was able to glide into the left circle and fire a shot low underneath Blazers goalie, Dylan Ferguson.
Just a minute later, Kamloops would answer right back. A perfectly placed pass by Connor McDonald found Rudolfs Balcers in the slot who went five-hole on Ty Edmons to even the score.
Later on in the second period, Kamloops found themselves in some penalty trouble with a double-minor penalty to Spencer Bast after he high-sticked Cougars defenseman Josh Anderson in the face. Anderson would leave the game and did not return.
On the ensuing powerplay, it was the Blazers however, that made Prince George pay. Collin Shirley picked off a pass at the Cougars blue line and took it all the way down the ice alone to go backhand on Edmonds and put the Blazers up 2-1.
On that same powerplay opportunity, the Cougars would get their act together and get back on even terms. Tate Olsen fired a shot from the point. Ferguson gave up a juicy rebound for Bartek Bison to pick up the garbage.
All tied going into the third period, Prince George got off to the perfect start and scored a short-handed goal of their own. Jansen Harkins dropped a pass off to Jesse Gabrielle who roofed it over the left shoulder of Ferguson.
Bison scored his second goal with just under five minutes to go in the contest to secure the victory.
The Cougars now sit 14-3-2-0 on the season and will return to action this Thursday night in Langley against the Vancouver Giants.
PHOTO CREDIT: Brett Cullen Photography/ Prince George Cougars