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April 11, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release


Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan eyes a loose puck vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan eyes a loose puck vs. the Vancouver Giants
(Prince George Cougars, Credit: Allen Douglas)

Kamloops, BC- The Prince George Cougars jumped back into the win column on Saturday with an emphatic 6-3 win over the Vancouver Giants at the Sandman Centre.

Prince George ended their three-game winless streak and snapped the Giants five-game win streak in the process. The win evened the Cougars' record to 2-2-1-1 through six games, as they sit third in the B.C. Division.

Jonny Hooker led the way, as he scored the game-winner and finished with four points (1-3-4). He was the game's first star. Ethan Browne chipped in with a goal and an assist and Hudson Thornton scored his first WHL goal in his debut. Craig Armstrong scored the team's first short-handed goal of the season, and Connor Bowie and Koehn Ziemmer also found the back of the net.

In his final start before heading off to the World Under-18 Hockey Championship with Team Canada, Tyler Brennan earned his second win by stopping 26 shots. He leaves with a 2-0-1-1 record, to go along with 2.16 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage, and one shutout.

The Cougars put to an end the Giants' Trent Miner's shutout streak, as he had not allowed a single goal against in his previous five appearances. He surrendered five on 28 shots in the loss Saturday.

The Giants led 2-1 midway through the first period before the Cougars scored four unanswered goals to pull away. Browne and Ziemmer scored in the opening frame, as the Cougars battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. In the middle stanza, it was Armstrong (short-handed) and Hooker who scored to grab the Cougars a 4-2 lead after two periods. Thornton and Bowie (empty-net) tacked on third period markers.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring

Cougars- Armstrong, Bowie (EN), Browne, Hooker, Thornton, Ziemmer Giants- Leslie (2), Kannok Leipert

Goaltending

Cougars- Tyler Brennan, 60:00, 26 saves, 29 shots Giants- Trent Miner, 59:44, 23 saves, 28 shots

Power-Play

Cougars- 1/4 Giants- 1/4

Three Stars: 1) Jonny Hooker 2) Eric Florchuk 3) Ethan Browne

Game Notes: The Cougars and Giants have split the first two meetings. Jonny Hooker's four-point game vaulted him atop of the team scoring lead, as he now has seven points (3-4-7) in six games. The power-play ended an 0-14 dry spell with Hooker's second period goal during a Cougars' five-minute man-advantage. Bowie celebrated his 20th Birthday Saturday by scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Next Game: Monday, April 12th versus the Vancouver Giants (Kamloops), 7:00 pm.




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Prince George Cougars centre Craig Armstrong scores against the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Craig Armstrong scores against the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Prince George Cougars centre Craig Armstrong celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Craig Armstrong celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Blake Eastman of the Prince George Cougars vs. the Vancouver Giants
Blake Eastman of the Prince George Cougars vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Prince George Cougars react after a goal vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars react after a goal vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Jaren Brinson of the Prince George Cougars vs. the Vancouver Giants
Jaren Brinson of the Prince George Cougars vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Riley Heidt of the Prince George Cougars delivers a blow vs. the Vancouver Giants
Riley Heidt of the Prince George Cougars delivers a blow vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan eyes a loose puck vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan eyes a loose puck vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Allen Douglas)
 

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