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Prince George Cougars’ goaltender surrenders four goals in NHL Prospects Game

Taylor Gauthier’s spotlight stolen by opposition in 5-4 loss
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Taylor Gauthier (#35) in net for 'Team [Don] Cherry' at the 2019 CHL-NHL Prospects Game (via The WHL/Rob Wallator)

Taylor Gauthier came into Wednesday night with the hopes of impressing some scouts at the 2019 CHL-NHL Prospects Game.

The Prince George Cougar netminder was put between the pipes for ‘Team [Don] Cherry’ midway through the contest holding onto a 3-1 lead, but by evening’s end, it was the sharp-shooters on the other side that mounted a comeback.

‘Team [Bobby] Orr’ won the annual showcase 5-4, scoring four unanswered goals in the third period, including the final three within 72 seconds.

The 17-year-old potential 2019 NHL Draft pick made 12 saves on 16 shots, while his ‘Cherry’ teammate Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) stopped 17 of 18 in the first half of the game.

Going into the Prospects Game, Gauthier has a 2018-19 season record of 12-17-3 with three shutouts and a save-percentage (SV%) of .904.

The game was played in Red Deer, Alberta this year, not too far from Gauthier’s hometown of Calgary, where he’ll rejoin Prince George on the road this weekend.

The Cougars begin a three-game Alberta road trip at the Saddledome against the Hitmen Friday, continuing on to Red Deer Saturday (Jan. 26) and Edmonton (Jan. 27).

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