Prince George, B.C. (ISN) — The Cariboo Cougars put on a goal-scoring clinic earning 11-1 and 7-0 wins over the visiting South Island Thunderbirds this weekend, clinching second place in the BCMML for the Cougars giving the team a first-round playoff bye.
On Saturday evening, Nathan Craft finished with a five-point night scoring the hat trick while Jake LeBrun had a pair of goals and two assists in the 11-0 win. Hayden-James Berra, Tanner Fjellstrom, and Tyler Povelofskie each had a three-point game. Berra, Povelofskie, Josh Connolly, Eli Jarvis, Michael Bell, and Logan Styler each scored once as the Cougars hit double digits on the scoresheet for the second time this season.
David Readman stopped all but one of 29 shots he faced for his 12th win of the year as the Cats outshot the Thunderbirds 59-29.
On Sunday morning, Nathan Warren stopped all 17 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout and 12th win of the season.
Mimicking Nathan Craft’s effort on Saturday night, Eli Jarvis scored twice within eight seconds in the first period to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead and then assisted on Colton Manning’s seventh goal of the season as the Cats took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
Logan Styler scored in his third straight game midway through the second. Josh Connolly fed Tanner Fjellstrom for a breakaway power play goal late in the second for a 5-0 lead after two.
Tyler Povelofskie and Colby Braaten with his second in the last three games sent the Cougars to a 7-0 win, their fourth straight and seventh in their last nine games.
The Cats went 2/9 on the power play killing off all penalties for the third straight game, outshooting the Thunderbirds 61-17.
The Cougars record stands at 24-6-8 heading into the final weekend of the regular season facing the Greater Vancouver Canadians on the road next Saturday and Sunday.
The Thunderbirds drop to 3-27-7 and they finish their season next weekend when they travel to Langley to face the Valley West Hawks.