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Prince George Cougars suffer ninth-straight loss on home ice against Blazers

Cats fold cards on Vegas Night in 3-1 loss to Kamloops
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Connor Bowie (#21) battles the Kamloops Blazers in the corner of the CN Centre (via Prince George Cougars/James Doyle Photography)

The last time the Prince George Cougars defeated the Kamloops Blazers in their home barn was Mar. 4, 2017.

A struggling offense failed to construct a comeback in the final period of Vegas Night on Saturday to break the visitors streak, ultimately losing by a score of 3-1.

This marks the ninth consecutive loss for Prince George to their BC Division rivals at the CN Centre, while also dropping their record to 0-4 against the Blazers this season.

Cougars-Blazers-Gauthier 2019 homeTaylor Gauthier (#35) looks up from his net to try and find the puck against the Kamloops Blazers (via Prince George Cougars/James Doyle Photography)

Goaltender Taylor Gauthier stayed on his toes throughout the contest, stopping 29 of 32 shots in his eight straight starts between the pipes.

Kamloops netminder, and Vegas Golden Knights prospect, Dylan Ferguson made 25 saves for his 10th win of the year

The Blazers potted the first two goals of the game, one in the first (8:21) and one in the second (10:04).

Cougars forward Josh Maser scored his team-leading 17th of the season on the power-play with less than five minutes left in the middle frame.

Defencemen Ryan Schoettler and Joel Lakusta provided the helpers.

Kamloops regained the two-goal lead at 8:54 of the third and held on for the win, heisting Prince George’s chance to improve their record, which now stands at 16-24-1-2.

With the loss, the Cougars are now tied with the Blazers (16-24-2-1) at the bottom of the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Western Conference, two points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds for a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

The rematch between these two teams is this afternoon, 2 p.m. at the CN Centre.




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Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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