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Hockey Gives Blood Preview: Cougars vs. Victoria Royals (GM #5)

GAME HUB

LAST GAME: The Prince George Cougars (1-2-0-1) lost their second consecutive game on Sunday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Vancouver Giants in the shootout. Tyler Brennan was sensational in the loss, stopping 43 shots for his first career shutout. Brennan, through two games, has posted 1.44 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. The Giants’ Tristen Nielsen scored the shootout winner. The Cougars’ power-play was 0-5, the penalty-kill was 6-6.

TONIGHT: Tonight, is the second of six meetings between the Cougars and Victoria Royals. The Cougars beat the Royals 5-3 back on March 29th. Connor Bowie registered his first career hat-trick in that win, Riley Heidt scored his first WHL goal, and Ethan Browne scored the game-winning goal. After tonight, these two teams meet again on April 16th in Kelowna. Last season, the Cougars were 1-3-0-3 against the Royals.

SEASON SERIES

Mar 29 Prince George (5) at Victoria (3) Apr 26 Victoria at Prince George
Apr 6 Victoria at Prince George Apr 30 Victoria at Prince George
Apr 16 Prince George at Victoria May 8 Prince George at Victoria

NEXT GAME: The Cougars are scheduled to play the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, April 10th at 7:00 pm in Kamloops. Prince George lost 1-0 in the shootout to the Giants on Sunday. Fans can listen to the game on 94-3 The GOAT, or they can watch on CHL TV.

RE/MAX B.C. HUB TEAM OF THE WEEK: Defenceman Jack Sander and goaltender Tyler Brennan were named to the RE/MAX B.C. Hub Team of the Week, for the week ending April 4th. In three games last week, Sander had two points (1-1-2) and was a plus one. In two starts, Brennan was 1-0-0-1, with a 1.44 goals-against average, a .960 save percentage, and one shutout

Prince George Cougars

General Manager & Head Coach: Mark Lamb

2020-21 Record: GP 4 1-2-0-1 (4th B.C. Division)

21019-20 Record vs. Victoria: 1-3-0-1

2020-21 Record vs. Victoria: 1-0-0-0

Leading Scorers: Jack Sander (1-3-4), Connor Bowie (3-0-3), Ethan Samson (0-3-3)

 

What to Watch

The Cougars look to snap their two game winless streak (0-1-0-1) tonight against the Victoria Royals. Prince George has struggled to generate offence in their last two games, scoring just one goal over the last six periods. The first step is generating more offensive zone time. In the last two games, the Cougars have had their struggles establishing time in their opposition’s end. Kamloops and Vancouver both had the advantage is offensive zone time and shots on net. The Cougars have been outshot 85-41 in their last two games. Against Vancouver they generated just 15 shots. How did they turn it around?

Establishing the forecheck will be key. Prince George will need to be heavy on a young Victoria Blue-line that features only two returnees. If you can get the forecheck going, you can generate turnovers and chew up zone time. Prince George will look to get back to what they were doing in their first two games of this RE/MAX Hub season.

Tyler Brennan will get his second consecutive start after a 43-save shutout performance on Sunday. Brennan is 1-0-0-1 in two starts, posting a 1.44 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. He was named to the WHL RE/MAX Hub Team of the Week, for the week ending April 4th. Craig Armstrong is back after serving his one-game suspension on Sunday.

 

Victoria Royals

General Manager & Head Coach: Dan Prince

2020-21 Record: GP 4 0-3-1-0 (5th B.C. Division)

21019-20 Record vs. Prince George: 6-1-0-0

2020-21 Record vs. Prince George: 0-1-0-0

Leading Scorers: Tarun Fizer (2-3-5), Brayden Tracey (1-4-5), Brandon Cutler (2-0-2)

 

What to Watch

Though the Royals roster is dotted with rookies, they still have veterans players that are dangerous. They have one of the most potent lines in the division, with Fizer, Tracey, and Cutler. Those three are one, two, three in team scoring. The trio combined for six points (2-4-6) in the first game against the Cougars back on March 29th.

Fizer, the team’s Captain, is off to a solid start, with five points (2-3-5) in four games. He plays hard at both ends of the rink and is the heartbeat of their team. He is as crafty as they come and someone the Cougars will have to watch closely. Tracey is an Anaheim Ducks first-round pick from 2019, and Cutler is a power forward who can shoot the puck. It will be key for the Cougars to shut down those three tonight.

18-year-old Connor Martin will start for the Royals. Martin has made one start this season, that was in a 5-4 loss to the Vancouver Giants on March 30th. The Cougars saw Adam Evanoff in their first meeting on March 29th.

 

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