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Ziemmer bags a pair, Gauthier shuts out Vancouver

May 6, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release


Prince George Cougars vs. Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner
Prince George Cougars vs. Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner
(Prince George Cougars, Credit: Allen Douglas)

The Prince George stretched their win streak to three games after a 3-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday at the Sandman Centre.

Koehn Ziemmer scored the Cougars first two goals, both in the second period, and Tyson Upper added an empty-net goal. For Ziemmer, he took over the team goal scoring lead with his two-goal performance. He now has goals in three-straight games and six over his last five games.

Taylor Gauthier marked his 150th game in the WHL with his first shutout of the season as he stopped all 26 shots fired his way. In his last five starts, all wins, he sports a 1.00 goals-against average (GAA) and .967 save percentage (SV%).

The victory improved the Cougars record to 9-7-2-1, as they leapfrogged the Giants for second place in the B.C Division. Wednesday was the final game of the six-game season series, as the Cougars went 4-1-0-1 against the Giants in the RE/MAX Hub.

Ziemmer opened the scoring four minutes and 36-seconds into the middle frame as he made no mistake on a breakaway. He then doubled his team's lead late in the second period on a great individual effort. The 16-year-old grabbed the loose puck at the side of the net, wheeled into the slot, before he spun and fired it through the goalie's arm.

Upper put the finishing touches on the win with his empty-net goal with just over 90-seconds left in regulation.

With Wednesday's win, Gauthier ran up his personal win streak to five games. In the last five, he's 5-0-0-0, with a 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%, to go along with one shutout. In four games against the Giants, He finished with a 3-1-0-0 record, with a 1.25 GAA and .960 SV%.

The Cougars only played Wednesday's game with 16 skaters due to injury and a suspension. Jonny Hooker is eligible to return Saturday, as Wednesday was the final game of his four-game ban.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring

Cougars: Ziemmer (2), Upper

Giants: No scoring

Goaltending

Cougars: Taylor Gauthier, 60:00, 26 saves, 26 shots

Giants: Drew Sim, 58:57, 13 saves, 15 shots

Power-Play

Cougars: 0-6

Giants: 0-2

Shots:

Cougars: 16

Giants: 26

Three Stars: 1) Taylor Gauthier 2) Koehn Ziemmer 3) Riley

Next Game: Saturday, May 8th at Victoria Royals (Prospera Place) at 7:05 pm

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Prince George Cougars defense vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars defense vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier makes a save vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier makes a save vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars clear the puck after a scrum in front of their net vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars clear the puck after a scrum in front of their net vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars bench vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars bench vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars congratulate Koehn Ziemmer on his goal vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars congratulate Koehn Ziemmer on his goal vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops the Vancouver Giants on the power play
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops the Vancouver Giants on the power play

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Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer reacts after his goal vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer reacts after his goal vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer scores vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer scores vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars defend the goal vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars defend the goal vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer scores his second goal vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars centre Koehn Ziemmer scores his second goal vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier blocks a shot vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier blocks a shot vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier eyes the puck vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier eyes the puck vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops a shot vs. the Vancouver Giants
Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier stops a shot vs. the Vancouver Giants

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Prince George Cougars vs. Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner
Prince George Cougars vs. Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner

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