After a shootout loss and an overtime loss, the Prince George Cougars finally tasted victory on their WHL East Division tour.
They beat the Saskatoon Blades 4-1 to lock up their fourth of a possible six points, three games into their longest road trip of the season.
Cougar captain Josh Maser scored twice, including an empty-netter late in the third period. Johnny Hooker, with his second goal in two games since joining the Cats in a trade from Brandon, and Connor Bowie also scored for the team. Taylor Gauthier turned in another stellar performance in goal, stopping 29 of 30 shots and was named the game's first star.
Cougars winger Vladislav Mikhalchuk had four assists, his most productive game in 18 games this seasoon with Cougars since returning from Russia.
Tristen Robins scored the lone Blades goal and Koehn MacInnes surrendered three goals on 20 shots.
The next game for the Cougars (11-243-4) is on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Ice. The Ice (25-15-1-0) lead the East Divisiion and have won seven of their last 10 games.