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Cougars Claw Past T-Birds

Brian Liesse

Mount scores in 2-1 loss to Prince George

KENT, December 28, 2018 — The Prince George Cougars defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-1 Friday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds play the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. This game is being broadcast on JOEtv in Seattle. JOEtv can be seen on Channel 22/Cable 110.

Prince George (12-19-1-2) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Vladislav Mikhalchuk at 1:04 of the second period. Ryan Schoettler and Rhett Rhinehart had the assists.

The Cougars made it 2-0 at 10:58 of the second on a goal from Josh Maser. Ethan Browne and Mikhalchuk had the assists.

Seattle (11-17-4-0) cut the Cougars lead to one goal at 13:12 of the third period. From behind the Prince George net Brecon Wood found Payton Mount in the high slot with a pass. Mount spun and put a wrist shot on goal that beat Prince George goalie Taylor Gauthier through the legs. It was Mount’s third goal of the season.

Hughes_Teaser_121818Seattle pulled goalie Liam Hughes for an extra attacker with 1:22 left in the third period. The T-Birds pressured but were not able to get the tying goal past Gauthier.

Prince George outshot Seattle 32-30 in the game.

Hughes had 30 saves on 32 shots while Gauthier made 29 saves on 30 shots.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – No scoring. Penalties – Leppard, PG (boarding), :58. Philp, Sea (tripping), 2:37. Harsch, Sea (roughing), 4:18. Bench, PG (too many men-served by Kohner), 6:20. Kaluski, Sea (roughing), 18:47. Toman, PG (roughing), 18:47.

Second period – 1, Prince George, Mikhalchuk 13 (Schoettler, Rhinehart), 1:04. Penalties – Bowie, PG (slashing), 2:41. Kaluski, Sea (double minor-roughing), 2:41. Kohner, PG (double minor-roughing), 2:41. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Mount), 15:03. Harsch, Sea (roughing), 15:36.

Third period – 2, Prince George, Maser 11 (Browne, Mikhalchuk), 10:58. 3, Seattle, Mount 3 (Wood), 13:12. Penalties – Browne, PG (delay of game), 5:04. Crossley, PG (high-sticking), 11:02.

Shots on goal – Seattle 14-6-10 30, Prince George 11-14-7 32. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 32 shots-30 saves (10-14-3-0); Prince George, Gauthier 30-29 (8-13-1-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Prince George 0-4. A – 4,100. Referees – Ian Jendro, Dexter Rasmussen. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Mark Heier.

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