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Prince George Cougars drop another game against the Vancouver Giants

Cougars have now lost three contests in a row
The Cougars dropped another contest going 0-2 against Vancouver in a Thanksgiving weekend series. (via James Doyle/Prince George Cougars)

The Prince George Cougars didn't have a great Thanksgiving weekend after dropping two straight against the Vancouver Giants. 

After being shutout 3-0 on Friday night, the Cougars were looking for at least a split in the series with a win on Saturday, and just like Friday's game, Saturday was a chippy affair. 

The Cougars would open the scoring when Joel Lakusta would score his first of the season (19:12) to give Prince George the 1-0 lead. 

Four penalties were handed out in the first period with two for each team. 

Vancouver's Cyle McNabb would go to the box for slashing and Cougars' Matej Toman would join him, as well for slashing (3:24). 

The second period was full of goals (for Vancouver) and penalties, with a major and game misconducts. 

Three goals came for the Giants from Milos Roman (3:31), Parker Hendren (10:20) and Bowen Byram (19:22) to give the Giants a 3-1 lead.


Prince George LW Josh Maser would receive a five-minute major (0:11) for a slew-foot. He also was given a game misconduct. 

Austin Crossley would head to the box for the Cougars (3:09) for playing without a helmet.

Vancouver would then take seven straight penalties starting in the second period. First, Cyle McNabb was called for charging (7:01) while Alex Kanook Leipert received a double minor (12:06) for slew-footing. 

Dawson Holt went to the box for slashing (16:18) to end the penalties for the second period.

In the third, Ty Ettinger would sit high sticking (3:24) and Kaleb Bulych for tripping (9:43). 

Ettinger received a 10-minute misconduct (11:10) and Dylan Plouffe was called for roughing (11:10). 

The Cougars' Mike MacLean would be given a two-minute penalty for roughing (11:10) while in the same sequence, Prince George RW Vladislav Mikhalchuk would receive a 10-minute game misconduct

MacLean would take another penalty (13:47) for tripping. 

The Cougars would end a 0-for-19 power-play skid with a goal on the man advantage from Joel Lakusta (his second of the game) to cut the deficit to one (4:09). 

That was all Prince George would muster and dropped the decision for their third loss in a row. 

Vancouver goaltender Trent Miner stopped 33 of 35 shots for the win while Isaiah DeLaura stopped 25 of 28 shots for the Cougars.


The first start of the game was Bowen Byran (Vancouver). The second star went to Joel Lakusta (Prince George) and the third start was Milos Roman (Vancouver). 

The Giants remain third in the division at 2-4-0-1 and five points. Vancouver is second with a record of 6-1-0-0 and 12 points. The Giants are tied point-wise with the Victoria Royals who have one game in hand and a record of 6-0-0-0. 

Prince George is off until Oct. 12 as they hit the road for a three-game trip in Alberta starting in Medicine Hat. They will also stop in Lethbridge (Oct. 12) and then in Cranbrook on Oct. 14.