In front of 5800 screaming fans and with a frenzy of teddy bears thrown onto the CN Centre ice, the Prince George Cougars defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-4 Saturday night.
In dramatic fashion, the Cats waited until there was only 12.6 seconds left when Brendan Guhle snapped a 4-4 tie to put Prince George on top for its final lead of the game.
After a scoreless first period, Josh Curtis was quick to react to a Brogan O’Brien rebound and backhanded a shot past T-Birds starter Rylan Toth to send the tedyy bears flying. After the clean up, Prince George got on the board again. This time, Houston BC native, Josh Maser who was playing in his first ever game as a Prince George Cougar took a breakway pass from Curtis and faked a forehand on Toth for his first ever WHL goal.
Seattle would answer back just 12 seconds later with a goal from Finnish forward Sami Moilanen who snuck a shot past Cougars starter Nick McBride. Guhle got the Cats a goal back later in the frame, but Moilanene again was quick to respond with his second goal of the night just 37 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game.
Brad Morrison put home his 13th of the season before the second period ended to give the Cougars a 4-2 lead. In the third, Seattle captain Scott Eansor moved the Thunderbirds back within a goal. With less than two minutes left in the game, Seattle pulled the goalie and was able to tie the score. Keegan Kolesar took a pass from Eansor and was able to flick the puck over Mcbride with 1:24 left.
With the game all tied up at four goals each and playing four on four due to a pair of penalities, Jansen Harkins was able to find plenty of room to find Guhle who sped past the Seattle defense and snuck home a shot for the game winner.
Curtis added an empty netter to seal the victory with four second remaining and the Cougars managed a huge win in front of their biggest crowd of the season.
Prince George now sits atop the BC Division with a 22-8-2-0 record. The Cougars will now host the Tri-City Americans for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday night at CN Centre.
PHOTO CREDIT: Brett Cullen Photography/ PG Cougars