Cougars Claw Past T-Birds With Shootout Win

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Ian Henry

Kent,- The Prince George Cougars defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in a shootout Friday night at ShoWare Center. The loss snapped the T-Birds three-game win streak.

The game was tied 2-2 after a scoreless overtime period. The T-Birds Branden Troock was the first shooter in the shootout. He was denied by Prince George goalie Drew Owsley. Charles Inglis was the first Cougars shooter. Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard got a piece of Inglis’ shot but the puck trickled into the net.

Luke Lockhart was the T-Birds second shooter and he was stopped by Owsley. Alex Forsberg was next up for Prince George and Pickard made the save to keep the T-Birds alive.

Marcel Noebels was the third Seattle shooter but Owsley made the save to get the Cougars the win.

unassisted goal from Greg Fraser.

Seattle (10-11-0-1) was awarded a penalty shot after Prince George’s Jesse Forsberg closed his hand over the puck in the crease at 17:46 of the first. Burke Gallimore carried the puck in close and was stopped by Owsley.

The T-Birds led the Cougars in shots on goal 13-10 after the first period.

Seattle tied the game 1-1 at 3:30 of the second. Troock carried the puck into the Cougar zone on the right side. At the bottom of the right circle he made a pass through the crease to Jacob Doty at the left post. Doty tapped the puck past Owsley’s outstretched right skate to score the T-Birds first goal of the night.

Seattle led Prince George in shots 19-15 after two periods of play.

The T-Birds took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal at 13:30 of the third. Burke Gallimore passed the puck to Shea Theodore at the left point. Theodore carried the puck into the center of the ice and took a slap shot. Theodore’s shot hit a Cougar defender and bounced to Noebels in the high slot. Noebels snapped a wrist shot over Owsley’s glove for his ninth goal of the season.

Prince George tied the game 2-2 with 39 seconds left in the game on a goal from Inglis. The Cougars pulled Owsley for the extra attacker and it paid off for the Cougars. Martin Marincin and Cody Carlson had the assists.

The T-Birds led in shots 31-25 after three periods in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime, Seattle led in shots 34-28.

Pickard had 26 saves in 28 shots and is credited with the loss bringing his record to 10-11-0-1.

Owsley had 32 saves in 34 shots, increasing his record to 6-14-1-2.

Seattle travels to play the Kamloops Blazers at the Interior Savings Centre on Saturday at 7 p.m. The T-Birds return home on Tuesday, November 29, to face the Swift Current Broncos at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Prince George, Fraser 7, :55. Missed penalty shot -Gallimore, Seattle, 17:46. Penalties – Hauf, Seattle (holding), 2:44. Daae, Prince George (tripping), 5:43. Sutter, Sea (kneeing), 10:01. Inglis, PG (high-sticking), 10:33. Smith, PG (hooking), 15:09. Inglis, PG (tripping), 16:35. J. Forsberg, PG (Closing hand on puck), 17:46 (ps).

Second period – 2, Seattle, Doty 1 (Troock), 3:30. Penalties – Fraser, PG (goaltender interference), :58. Troock, Sea (interference), 4:12. Verdino, Sea (interference), 13:25. Verdino, Sea (hooking), 16:18.

Third period – 3, Seattle, Noebels 9 (Theodore, Gallimore), 13:30 (pp). 4, Prince George, Inglis 8 (Marincin, Carlson), 19:21. Penalties – Carlson, PG (hooking), 6:02. Alos, Sea (embellishment), 6:02. Springer, PG (tripping), 12:56.

Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.

Shootout – Seattle 0 (Troock NG, Lockhart NG, Noebels NG). Prince George 1 (Inglis G, A. Forsberg NG).

Shots on goal – Seattle 13-6-12-3 34. Prince George 10-5-10-3 28. Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 28 shots-26 saves (10-11-0-1); Prince George, Owsley 34-32 (6-14-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 1-6; Prince George 0-5. A – 3,453. Referee – Brett Montsion, Ryan Benbow. Linesmen – Kevin Boris, Adam Brastad.

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