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Prince George Cougars netminder steals the show once again against Tri-City

Taylor Gauthier posts a shutout and earns WHL first star for Jan. 8
(via Prince George Cougars/James Doyle Photography)

The new year has been kind to the Prince George Cougars so far and goalie Taylor Gauthier is a huge reason why. 

Prince George posted another win last night (Jan.8) with a 1-0 shutout against the Tri-City Americans on the road. The win came on the heels of their shootout thriller against Kelowna on Jan.4 (where Gauthier put himself in contention for save of the year).

Gauthier once again stood on his head for the Cougars last night, posting a 36-save shutout. He now holds a 0.904 save percentage on the season with a 3.08 goals against average. He also has two shutouts to his name. 

Last night, Ethan Browne put home the only goal of the night at 16:05 in the second period and that would be all Prince George needed to secure their second-straight win on the road and maintain their unbeaten streak in 2019 (2-0). 

The road trip for the Cougars continues tonight where they'll take on the Spokane Chiefs at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. 

The Spokane Chiefs meanwhile come into tonight's game with a 22-13-2-2 record, while going 7-3 in their last 10 games and are also on a two-game winning streak of their own. 

The Chiefs have had major success at home posting a 13-5-0-1 record while the Cougars have slightly improved their road record to 7-12-1-1. 

Spokane and Prince George have only met one other time so far this season, a 4-0 shutout for the Chiefs on Nov. 28. 

The Cougars remain fifth in the B.C. division with 31 points, just two points behind the Kamloops Blazers. 

The Chiefs meanwhile sit third in the U.S. division with 53 points. 

Here are the leading scorers for both teams heading into tonight (Jan. 9): 

Prince George

  • Vladislav Mikhalchuk (13-15-28)
  • Josh Maser (12-9-21)
  • Cole Moberg (7-14-21)
  • Ethan Browne (6-12-18)
  • Ryan Schoettler (4-14-18)


  • Ty Smith (3-41-44)
  • Riley Woods (23-21-44)
  • Eli Zummack (11-31-42)
  • Luc Smith (16-16-32)
  • Luke Toporowski (13-18-31)
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