You could describe the last week for the Prince George Cougars as wild, to say the least. The Cats got a taste of pretty much everything over the course of their four game Alberta road trip. The Cougars made stops in Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Calgary.
The trip kicked off with a 4-1 thumping at the hands of the Red Deer Rebels. The Cougars came to play the second night of their trip, they were down 3-2 going into the third and came out of Medicine Hat with a 4-3 win. The Cats played themselves into a 5-1 hole after forty minutes in Lethbridge, and miraculously scored 4 straight to knot the game at five, and eventually win it in a shootout. The final game of the trip in Calgary could only be won, one way. You guessed it, the third period. The Cougars were down 3-2 after forty once again, but found a way to win the game 5-4.
When asking head coach Richard Matvichuk his impression of the trip, a flat out grin came across his face. “I didn’t think we played overly well over the whole trip, but these guys find a way to win and they want to battle for each other, which is a huge part of our success.”
The Cougars are home to begin a three game home stand against Portland Winterhawks tonight. The Cats will face the Hawks a second time tomorrow, before wrapping up the quick home stint with a match-up against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Cougars fell at the hands of the Winterhawks in Portland by a score of 6-3, in their only previous meeting of the season.
As they get ready for battle with the Hawks, Cougars Defense-man Brenden Guhle, elaborated on some of the things to watch for against Portland. “They’re fast, and they have some good, young, skilled forwards. They have some good puck moving defense-men as well that can shoot the puck, so we gotta get on the fore-check, and move our feet, and we’ll be able to get a couple wins here.”
Game time Guhle and the Cougars will be 7 o’clock, both tonight and tomorrow at the CN Centre.