Cougars come up short in final game of season

By CKPG Today
March 17, 2019 - 8:58am Updated: March 18, 2019 - 7:23pm

The Prince George Cougars could not find a way to hold onto their lead late in the third period last night against the Kamloops Blazers, losing 4-2. The Cougars had a 2-1 lead with five minutes to play before the Blazers mounted a comeback to keep their playoff hopes alive.

After a scoreless first period saw the Blazers outshoot Prince George 14-11, the Blazers opened the scoring just about halfway through the second. Kobe Mohr got his ninth of the season from Quinn Schmiemann and Connor Zary. 

The Cougars then answered back a few minutes later with Vladislav Mikhalchuk scoring his 25th of the season to make it a 1-1 game after 40 minutes. The Cougars outshot Kamloops 14-4 in the second period.

With five and a half minutes to play, Prince George's Cole Moberg scored his 13th of the year shorthanded to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. The lead did not last long though as Jermaine Loewen scored his 27th of the year just 15 seconds after Moberg scored.

Connor Zary then gave Kamloops the lead with under three minutes to go before Loewen added an empty netter to seal the comeback for the Blazers. With the win, the Blazers will now face the Kelowna Rockets in a tie-breaker game for the final playoff spot. 

Saturday was the final games in the WHL for 20-year-olds Josh Curtis, Joel Lakusta and Mike MacLean. The Cougars end the season with a 19-41-5-3 record, fifth in the B.C. division.

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