Cariboo Cougars Open With Win

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September 23, 2012, Prince George, B.C. — The Cariboo Cougars opened the BCMML regular season with a 4-2 win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Saturday at CN Centre.

A pair of Liam Blackburn goals bookended the game for the Cats who will look for the weekend sweep of the T-Birds Sunday morning.

After a scoreless, rather sloppy first by both teams, Blackburn scored the Cougars first goal of the season 2:27 into the second period from Braiden Epp. The Thunderbirds responded on the power play two minutes later with captain Landyn Hickmott getting credit for the goal.

The Cats got a power play goal of their own at the 7:58 mark of the second thanks to a Kenny Nordstrom wristshot. Cougar captain Ryan Forbes popped one in a yawning cage seven minutes later to give the Cats their first two goal lead of the game. But Fraser Valley cut the lead to one just over a minute later with Kolby Steen’s first of the year.

Logan Styler was awarded a penalty shot midway through the second but was stopped by Fraser Valley goaltender Zach Dyment.

Blackburn restored the two-goal lead 6:42 into the third. The Cougars dominated play in the third period but Dyment refused to let another one by him. The Cats outshot the T-Birds 30-13. Nathan Warren picked up the win in net.

Cariboo went 1/5 on the power play while killing off 9 of 10 penalties including a double minor in the third period.

Seven different Cougars found the scoresheet with Styler getting a pair of assists.

Puckdrop for Sunday’s rematch is set for 10:00am at CN Centre.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.