The Prince George Cougars went toe-to-toe with the B.C. Division’s top team and fell just short in a 1-0 setback to the Kamloops Blazers at the Sandman Centre Friday.
It was a scoreless deadlock through 40-minutes, before the Blazers’ Matthew Seminoff scored the game’s only goal 38-seconds into the third period. Seminoff’s game-winner was from near the goal-line on the right-wing, as he found space between the post and the goalie.
The Blazers’ Rayce Ramsay stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the season and his first win over the Cougars. The Cougars’ Taylor Gauthier was much busier and was terrific in a losing effort, stopping 43 of 44 shots and was named the game’s second star.
The Cougars best chance to get on the scoresheet was in the first period when Cougars centre Ethan Browne was awarded a penalty shot. With just over four minutes left in the opening frame, Browne was hauled down by Sean Strange. On the ensuing penalty shot, Browne made a move to his backhand but was stopped by Ramsay’s outstretched pad.
Game notes: Twenty-year-old right winger Vladislav Mikhalchuk made his season debut for the Cougars Friday. He had two shots on goal and was an even rating in his return to WHL action after starting the season in the KHL… The Cougars have been shut out twice this season and both of those shutouts have come in their last five games… Defencemen Joe Kennedy and Rhett Rhinehart did not play for the Cougars Friday... Prince George went with 13 forwards and five defencemen… The loss drops the Cougars record to 2-8-0-2 against the B.C. Division. The Cougars (4-14-0-2) finish their two-game B.C. Division road trip Saturday in Langley against the Vancouver Giants (10-8-1-1). Prince George beat Vancouver 3-2 in overtime in their last encounter on October 27th. Fans can watch the game at Brown’s Socialhouse in Prince George or listen on 94.3 The GOAT.
Friday’s WHL summary
Cougars 0 at Blazers 1
1. Kamloops, Matthew Seminoff 1 (Quinn Schmiemann, Orrin Centazzo) 0:38
Shots on goal by
Prince George 8 5 10 -23
Kamloops 15 16 13 -44
Goal – Prince George, Gauthier (L,2-12-0-2, 43-44); Kamloops, Ramsay (W,2-1-0-0, 22-23)
Three Stars – 1. Matthew Seminoff; 2. Taylor Gauthier; 3. Rayce Ramsay.
Attendance – 5,416.