Cougars Rout Royals for Record Win

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Jeff Sargeant

February 24, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – The Cariboo Cougars clobbered the visiting South Island Royals 8-1 Saturday for their seventh straight win and a team record 29th victory of the season.

It was a record breaking game in many respects as centre Liam Blackburn scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season setting a new team record. Nathan Warren made 22 saves for his 20th win of the season, tying him with Jared Rathjen for the most in a single season as a Cariboo Cougar.

The Cats dominated early outshooting the Royals 20-3 in the first period with Donovan Law’s sixth of the season just four and a half minutes in. Brad Morrison got his 18th midway through the frame from Kirk Hards and Nick Headrick. Braiden Epp then added a power play goal with four minutes left in the period from Blackburn and Logan Styler as the Cougars took a 3-0 lead into the second.

Just three minutes into the middle frame, Blackburn got his record breaking goal putting a Headrick rebound past South Island goaltender Jesse Jenks. Blackburn got his second of the game just over two minutes later on the power play from Styler for the 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Tyler Povelofskie got his 16th of the season at the 6:20 mark of the third from Eli Jarvis and Ryan Forbes to take a 6-0 lead. South Island then broke Warren’s 8 period Royals shutout streak as affiliate Andrew Jack got the visitors on the board midway through the frame. The Royals got themselves into penalty troubles late in the third as the Cats scored two late power play goals from Styler and Povelofskie for the 8-1 win.

Things got chippy at the end as the Royals hit everything in sight attempting to goad the Cougars into rough play but the Cats held their composure.

Both Blackburn and Styler had a three point game while Hards, Morrison, Headrick, and Povelofskie all had a pair of points.

The Cougars go for the weekend sweep of the Royals Sunday morning at 8:45 at CN Centre. A win would also clinch second place for the Cats.

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