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Prince George Cougars back on winning side with last-minute overtime victory in Vancouver

Ryan Schoettler the Giant slayer, Tyler Brennan the first star in Sunday showcase
Cougars-Giants-Brennan 2019 road Chris Relke
Prince George Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan (#30) between the pipes on the road against Vancouver (via Vancouver Giants/Chris Relke Photography)

The gods of hockey finally favoured the Prince George Cougars and how fitting for them to show up on a Sunday.

The Cats rolled out of Vancouver yesterday afternoon (Oct. 27) with a 3-2 win in overtime over the Giants, thanks to a one-timer from defenceman Ryan Schoettler glove-side with just 31 seconds left in the extra frame.

Goaltender Tyler Brennan got his second win by stopping 37 of 39 shots on the road going between the pipes for an injured Taylor Gauthier, who didn’t suit up following the lower-body setback on Saturday (Oct. 26) in Tri-City.

The 16-year-old is also now responsible for two of the Cougars’ four wins in the 2019-20 season thus far.

On the other side, Vancouver netminder Trent Miner faced 33 shots, blocking 30 of those pucks from Prince George.

The visitors got things going by reaching a 2-0 lead after the first period.

Reid Perepeluk and Ilijah Colina each got their second goals of the year; Perepeluk completing a two-on-none rush and a give-and-go pass from Josh Maser at 9:05, while Colina converted on a power-play seven minutes later after being fed in front by Filip Koffer.

The Czech import took a bounce off the far wall to give Colina a quick wrister from the face-off circle; Cole Moberg was given the second assist.

Vancouver was able to erase the two-goal deficit in the second stanza, scoring regulation and power-play markers themselves to make it 2-2 through 40 minutes.

After third period saw no action on the scoreboard, the B.C. Divisional contest was sent to overtime, where Schoettler lit the game-winning lamp with 31 seconds to go for the 3-2 victory.

Maser and Moberg helped on the goal to cap off their respective two-point afternoons.

Together with Saturday’s 5-2 setback against the Tri-City Americans, Prince George improves to 4-9-0-1 on the season and are 1-1 on their current four-game road-trip.

The Cougars are in Kelowna Friday (Nov. 1), then hop over the U.S. border to finish their four-game season series with the Chiefs in Spokane on Saturday (Nov. 2).

Brennan won’t join his teammates those two nights as he’ll be with Team Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask.