Prince George, BC – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued a four-game road trip on Wednesday with a 2-0 shutout loss to the Prince George Cougars at CN Centre.
It was a sluggish first period between the two clubs. The Cougars had a strong chance early as Mitchell Kohner ripped one off the crossbar in the opening minutes beating Bryan Thomson over the glove-hand side. The Hurricanes had a good look on a fourth line shift when Nick Dorrington was stymied by Taylor Gauthier point-blank to keep the game scoreless. Both the Hurricanes and Cougars were 0/2 on the power play but neither team was able to capitalize as the game remained scoreless after twenty minutes of play.
The Cougars opened the scoring early into the second period when Kohner tipped home his eighth goal of the season just 2:36 into the frame to make it 1-0 Prince George; Filip Koffer and Jack Sander earned the assists on the goal. Prince George pushed again as Kohner had a great opportunity to double the lead by Thomson made a tremendous right pad save to keep it 1-0. The Hurricanes directed 16 shots on Gauthier, but he was sound keeping the Cougars in front 1-0 after forty minutes of play.
In the third period, the Hurricanes outshot the Cougars 11-7 in hopes of tying the game. The ‘Canes had a few good chances in the third period with a power play opportunity but Gauthier stood tall keeping the Hurricanes at bay. Lethbridge pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker, but the Cougars Vladislav Mikhalchuk iced the game with an empty-net goal to make it a 2-0 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Cougars 11-7 in the third period while holding the edge 37-20 in the game. Lethbridge was 0/5 on the power play while Prince George was 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Cougars – #35 Taylor Gauthier (37-save shutout)
2) Cougars – #25 Mitchell Kohner (1 goal)
3) Cougars – #17 Jack Sander (1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their second in the last three games as they fall to 37-17-2-5 on the season and 20-9-0-1 on the road. The ‘Canes have now posted a 2-6-0-2 record in the last ten head-to-head meetings against Prince George.
The Hurricanes continue a their three-game BC road swing on Friday when they visit the Kamloops Blazers at the Sandman Centre at 8:00pm MT. The Hurricanes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, March 13th when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.