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Cougars Pick up a Point in OT Setback

April 7, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release


Kamloops, BC- The Prince George Cougars have points in back-to-back games, after falling 3-2 in overtime to the Victoria Royals Tuesday, at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

The Royals' (1-3-1-0) Brayden Tracey scored his second of the game, on a wraparound, with 25-seconds left in overtime, as the Royals picked up their first win in the RE/MAX Hub. Gannon Laroque scored the other Royals goal, his first career WHL goal, in the second period. Connor Martin stopped 43 of 45 shots to earn his first WHL win.

The Cougars (1-2-1-1) remain in third place in the B.C. Division standings with the overtime point. Jonny Hooker scored his first two goals of the season, after the Cougars went down 2-0 in the middle frame. Hooker scored his first with 4:25 left in the second period, then he tied it 1:14 into the third period. Tyler Brennan is still undefeated in regulation in three starts (1-0-1-1), after he stopped 27 shots in a losing effort.

Prince George went 0-3 on the man-advantage and the penalty-kill was 1-2. The loss evens the six-game season series at one game apiece. The two teams don't meet again until April 16th at Prospera Place.

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"There's a lot of positives to pull from this game. Our compete level, our energy level was significantly better than our game against Vancouver. We created a lot of opportunities; we spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. We looked rejuvenated," said Associate Coach Jason Smith.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring

Cougars- Jonny Hooker (2) Royals- Brayden Tracey (2), Gannon Laroque

Goaltending

Cougars- Tyler Brennan, 64:35, 27 saves, 30 shots Royals- Connor Martin, 65:35, 43 saves, 45 shots

Power-Play

Cougars- 0/3 Royals- 1/2

Three Stars: 1) Brayden Tracey 2) Jonny Hooker 3) Connor Martin

Game Notes: Tuesday, was the third multi-goal game of Hooker's career. The other two came against the Kamloops Blazers and Tri-City Americans. Tyler Brennan's shutout streak ended at 90:01 after Tracey's second period goal for Victoria. Ethan Browne had a pair of assists in the loss. Majid Kaddoura had a game-high seven shots on net; he leads the team with 18 shots on goal.

Next Game: Saturday, April 10th at the Vancouver Giants (Kamloops), 7:00 pm.

About the Prince George Cougars The Prince George Cougars have been a proud member of the Western Hockey League since 1994. The Cougars play out of the CN Centre, a 5,971-seat multipurpose arena that opened in 1995.The Cougars are owned by EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment Ltd. The ownership group bought the Cougars in 2014 and the group consists of former Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer and local businessmen Ernest Ouellet, John Pateman, Greg Pocock and Raymond Fortier.

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