October 7, 2012, Prince George, B.C. — The Cariboo Cougars scored four times in the second period en route to a 4-0 win over the visiting Vancouver NE Chiefs Saturday afternoon.
Nathan Warren had his strongest performance of the season to date stopping all 33 Chiefs shots for the shutout and his fourth win of the year.
Despite four first period penalties, the Cougars outshot the Chiefs 12-6 as neither side mustered much by way of offence in the opening frame. The second was a different story as the Cats exploded for four. Defenceman Stephen Penner opened scoring 3:32 in with a shot from the point on the power play. Captain Ryan Forbes made it a 2-0 game midway through the frame scoring his second of the season while the Cougars were two men short. Two minutes later Liam Blackburn roofed one past Chiefs goalie Jeff Smith after Brad Morrison drove to the net. Morrison then added a goal of his own late in the second from Blackburn and Epp.
The Cougars outshot the Chiefs 37-33 and completely shutdown the visitors’ top line of Matthew Barzal, Tim Chow, and Colton Kehler.
Forbes finished the game with two points as did Morrison, and Blackburn. The Cats were also without the services of defenceman Kenny Nordstrom and forward Michael Bell who are both nursing injuries. Blueliner Zack Smith also left the game after the first period.
The 5-0 Cougars are now in sole possession of first place in the BCMML with the 4-0 Vancouver NW Giants idle this weekend.
The Cougars and Chiefs rematch tomorrow morning at 10:15 at CN Centre.