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Allan Bristowe, Media Director

December 13, 2013, Prince George (ISN) – After a six-game road trip, the Cariboo Cougars will return home this weekend – just not to the home they expected. Due to a labour disruption in Prince George, the B.C., Major Midget League team will open a two-game set on Saturday evening in Fort St. James as the Greater Vancouver Canadians make the trip north. The two teams will play the back end of the weekend set in the familiar confines of CN Centre.

The Cougars (8-12-2) opened the season with a pair of wins over the Canadians (11-10-1), but now find themselves trailing this weekend’s opposition by five points in the standings. Cougars coach Bryan MacLean said this weekend’s game could have major implications in determining the order in the league. “Coming off last weekend where we played consistently well for 120 minutes, we are really looking forward to getting back on the ice and having another opportunity to get on a roll here,” he said, referencing a loss and a tie on the road against the Valley West Hawks last weekend.

“Building on our defensive play last weekend will be very important for us, especially the Sunday game, where we limited the Hawks to only one goal [a 1-1 tie], which was for sure our best performance in our own end all season.”

This weekend’s games are the last at home for the Cougars in 2013 and MacLean said the team is looking to take its game to another level over the next few weeks as they prepare for the Mac’s Midget AAA tournament over the Christmas holidays. Game time in Fort St. James on Saturday is 5 p.m. and Sunday’s game is set for 10 a.m.