Cougars Sweep Silvertips

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November 17, 2013, Prince George (ISN) – Jesse Roach scored the winning goal midway through the third period on Sunday morning at CN Centre as the Cariboo Cougars completed a weekend sweep of the North Island Silvertips with a 5-2 win.

The Cougars over came a two-goal first period deficit to get their third win in four games and leapfrog the South Island Royals in the BCMML standings. At 8-7-1, the Cougars are now three points up on the Silvertips (6-8-2).

Riley Pettitt, Steven Jandric, Cole Morris and Greg Dakus also scored for the Cougars, while Lane Delfs made 25 saves to get the win between the pipes.

With the score tied 2-2 in the third and Silvertips captain Joe Surgenor in the penalty box, the Cougars got their first lead of the game. Isaiah Berra’s shot was stopped by John Hawthorne, but Roach was hanging out at the side of the net and squeezed the rebound in for the game winner.

Morris and Dakus added empty net goals in the final minute to ice the victory.

Down 2-0 after 20 minutes, the Cougars rallied to tie the score in the second. First Pettitt faked a pass on a two-on-one break and elected to shoot, beating Hawthorne over the shoulder at 8:50. The goal came moments after defenceman Todd Bredo did a great job breaking up an odd-man rush by the Silvertips.

With less than two minutes to go in the stanza, the Cougars were awarded a two-man advantage and wasted no time taking advantage. Just 17 seconds into the five-on-three, Jandric converted a tic-tac-toe passing play to even the score at 18:36. Bryan Allbee and Dakus were credited with the assists.

The Hunter Findlater, Surgenor, Trent Bell trio did all the damage in the first period for the Silver-tips. Just over three minutes into the game Findlater spun around in the slot and fired a quick shot, Delfs made the save but Surgenor buried the rebound. Bell also picked up an assist.

At 15:56 Findlater found Bell cutting across the crease and Bell slid it home. Surgenor picked up the other assist.

The Silvertips had another great chance late in the period, but Delfs came up big stopping Grady McInnes on a clear-cut breakaway to keep the Cougars within striking distance.

The Cougars finished the night two for four on the power play, while the Silvertips came up empty on three man advantage chances.

Hawthorne made 21 saves in a losing effort.

The Cougars have six straight road games come up, beginning with a two-game set next weekend in Kelowna against the league-leading Okanagan Rockets. The team’s next home game is Dec. 14 at 4:15 p.m. at CN Centre when they host the Greater Vancouver Canadians.

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