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Prince George Cougars thump Rockets in first home game of 2019

The Cougars cruise to a 7-2 rout
(via WHL Twitter)

In their first home game since Dec. 2, the Prince George Cougars came out flying, tallying four goals in the opening 20 on the way to a 7-2 romp over the Kelowna Rockets. 

After a 2-1 record on a three-game road trip to open 2019, the Cougars were back at the CN Centre last night (Jan. 11) playing in front of friendly faces for the first time in the new year and that seemed to give the team a spark. 

Josh Maser opened the scoring for the Cougars, potting his 14th of the season at 4:39 of the first. Ethan Browne would score his seventh at 10:31, followed by Matej Toman getting his fourth of the campaign two minutes later. 

Maser would find the back of the net again before the period closed, putting Prince George ahead comfortably at the end of the first 20. 

The two clubs would trade goals in the second period with Cole Moberg adding his eighth of the year at 15:31 to put Prince George up 5-0, but Leif Mattson would get the Rockets on the board with under a minute left, scoring his 18th at 19:26. 

The third would see the Cougars add two more with Jack Sander scoring his first of the year at 9:34, and Moberg potting his second of the night at 16:53. 

Kelowna would add another at 14:03 from Nolan Foote. Both Rockets goals came on the power play while Prince George went 2 for 6 with the man advantage. 

Multiple Prince George skaters tallied multi-point nights including: 

  • Josh Maser - 2 goals
  • Vladislav Mikhalchuk - 3 assists
  • Ethan Browne - 1 goal and 2 assists
  • Cole Moberg - 2 goals and 1 assist
  • Joel Lakusta - 2 assists

Taylor Gauthier earned the win for the Cougars, stopping 18 out of 20 shots he saw. 

Moberg would be named the second star on the night of the WHL three starts after recording the second multi-goal game of his WHL career. 

Prince George now improves to 5-1-1 in the season series against Kelowna.

The Cougars are now 4-6 in their last 10 and pulled even with the Kamloops Blazers for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Cougars and Rockets will go at it again tonight at the CN Centre with a puck-drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

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