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The Prince George Cougars snapped their four-game winless streak last Sunday afternoon, beating the Vancouver Giants 3-2 in overtime at the Langley Events Centre. Ryan Schoettler scored the game-winner with 30-seconds left in OT to secure the two points. Reid Perepeluk and Ilijah Colina scored in regulation; Josh Maser and Cole Moberg each had two assists. Tyler Brennan stole the spotlight, stopping 37 shots and was named the game’s first star. The 16-year-old has won both of his starts this season, stopping 63 of 66 shots in those two games. Sunday was the Cougars first win against the Giants in three games this season.

Tonight, is meeting four of nine against the Rockets. The Cougars have won one of the previous three encounters. Kelowna picked up a 4-2 win back on October 23rd when the two teams last met. The previous three games were all in Prince George. the Cougars were 6-2-1-0 in nine meetings against the Rockets last season. Prince George is 4-7-1-0 in Kelowna over the last five seasons.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Prince George Cougars (4-9-0-1 9 PTS) Kelowna Rockets (8-4-1-1 18 PTS)
5th B.C. Division | 10th Western Conference 2nd B.C. Division | 3rd Western Conference
Power-Play 9/60 15% (19th) Power-Play 15/64 23.4% (3rd)
Penalty-Kill 44/53 79.2% (14th) Penalty-Kill 47/59 79.7% (11th)
Last 10 4-6-0-0 Streak 1-0-0-0 Last 10 6-3-0-1 Streak 2-0-0-1

 Earlier today the Cougars’ announced they’ve recalled goaltender Jacob Herman from the Swift Current Legionnaires in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League, and have signed goaltender Carter Woodside to a three-game tryout. Woodside is currently playing with the Princeton Posse in the Kootenay International Hockey League. The two moves come after goaltender Taylor Gauthier was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Tyler Brennan is also unavailable as he’s at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with Team Canada. More about today’s moves here.

Forward Ethan Browne is with the team on the road trip this weekend and is a game-time decision. The Cougars forward has missed the last two weeks with an upper-body injury.

The Kelowna Rockets are dealing with a significant injury of their own, as 2o-year-old forward Kyle Topping suffered a broken ankle in Wednesday’s win in Victoria. The team announced he will have surgery immediately and will be out for the next several months. In a corresponding move, the team signed 20-year-old free agent forward Kobe Mohr, who will make his Rockets’ debut tonight. Mohr was most recently with the Kamloops Blazers before being released and joining the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons. Topping is a big loss as he was third in team scoring at the time of his injury.

The big key tonight for both teams is the goaltending. Can the Cougars insulate 17-year-old rookie Jacob Herman in his WHL debut? Will the Rockets try to capitalize on the inexperience in goal? It’s a tall order for Herman, fresh out of Midget hockey in Saskatchewan, to step into a starting role albeit temporary, and stare down several NHL prospects on the Rockets’ roster. It will be a great experience, regardless of the outcome for Herman tonight.

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