The Prince George Cougars came up just short on Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Giants at the CN Centre. Joel Lakusta scored twice, and Isaiah DiLaura stopped 25 of 28 shots in his season debut. Vancouver overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to win their fourth-straight. The Cougars have now dropped their last three.
Cougars– Joel Lakusta (2 G), Ethan Browne (1 A), Josh Maser (1 A), Vladislav Mikhalchuk (1 A), Ryan Schoettler (1 A).
Giants– Bowen Byram (1 G, 1 A), Parker Hendren (1 G), Milos Roman (1 G), Alex Kannok Leipert (1 A), James Malm (1 A), Lukas Svejkovsky (1 A), Brayden Watts (1 A).
Cougars- Isaiah DiLaura(Loss) 58:2025/28
Giants- Trent Miner(Win) 60:00 33/25
Power-Play Strikes: The Cougars snapped an 0-19 on the power-play slump when Joel Lakusta scored in the third period. Heading into Saturday’s games, the Cougars were just 1-27 on the man-advantage in their first six-games.
Short-Staffed:Prince George played two-thirds of the game with just 10 forwards. They originally dressed 11 forwards and seven defencemen, but Josh Maser was assessed a five-minute major penalty just 11-seconds into the second period.
Up Next:The Cougars are off until next Friday, October 12th, when they start a three-game Alberta road trip in Medicine Hat. The Cougars also make stops in Lethbridge (October 13th) and in Cranbrook (October 14th) to face the Kootenay ICE.