A penalty shot awarded to the Prince George Cougars in the second period Saturday afternoon (Sept. 14) kept them alive in their final tune-up before the start of the 2019-20 season.
Jackson Leppard converted on the opportunity with 57 seconds left in the frame to make it a 1-1 tie in Dawson Creek, finding a gap between the legs of Edmonton goaltender Dylan Myskiw.
Goaltender Taylor Gauthier stopped 37 of 39 shots in his first pre-season appearance after spending most of his time with the Boston Bruins.
Both Oil King goals he let by were on power-plays; Riley Sawchuk got the first goal 7:47 into the opening frame while Cats’ import Filip Koffer took a penalty with 24 seconds left in regulation that carried over into the extra period.
Sawchuk also provided an assist on Jake Neighbours’ game-winning goal.
Prince George allowed eight goals in two games against Edmonton this weekend, six of which came while they were down a man.
The Cougars got 41 shots against the Oil Kings and end their pre-season with no wins in five games (0-4-1-0).
Rosters are set to be finalized soon as the new Western Hockey League (WHL) season starts next week.
Prince George welcomes the Vancouver Giants to the CN Centre for a doubleheader Friday (Sept. 20) and Saturday (Sept. 21), both with 7 p.m. puck-drops.