It wasn’t the way the Prince George Cougars had drawn it up.
Their first BC division banner being raised to the rafters at CN Centre, and the plan was to finish the night off with a victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs.
The party was spoiled, and the Cougars start this season, the same way they finished last season – with a loss.
The Chiefs rolled into to town with defenseman Ty Smith notching a goal and two assists in the 4-2 victory.
Hudson Elynuik picked up a couple of points including the game winning goal.
Cougars netminder Tavin Grant gave up four goals on 31 shots.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Cats as they are back at it on home ice Saturday against the same Chiefs team.
Puck drop from CN Centre is set for 7:00 p.m.
Photo: Prince George Cougars