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Upper-body injuries bench two Prince George Cougars for three weeks

Both players were injured in games against Vancouver, different weeks

The Prince George Cougars will be without a pair of key players until the middle of October.

Defenceman Cole Moberg suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday’s (Sept. 21) home game against the Vancouver Giants and will likely be out two to three weeks as a result.

The final pick of the Chicago Blackhawks from this year’s NHL Draft left the contest early in the third period in what appeared to be some discomfort favouring his chest and collarbone area after taking a hit from Giants forward Tristen Nielsen.

Moberg scored the Cougars’ first goal of the 2019-20 season in Friday's (Sept. 20) home opener against Vancouver coming at the 16:11 mark of the opening period.

Last season, the 18-year-old has the top-scoring blue-liner for Prince George with 40 points, including 27 assists, in 61 games.

Meanwhile, Ilijah Colina's injury dates back to the pre-season also against the Giants.

The 19-year-old left Prince George's Sept. 7 contest in Langley with roughly five minutes left in regulation.

The Cougars' latest report indicates he'll be out at least three more weeks; it was four-to-six weeks at the time of the injury.

The Cats are on the road in Victoria to take on the Royals this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 27 and 28).

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