Sunday, September 22, 2013
Prince George Cougars (0-2-0-0, 0 pts) at Tri-City Americans (0-1-0-0, 0 pts)
Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA; 5:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870; 4:45 p.m
Watch: WHL Live
Prince George: 09/21/13 @ Everett (3-8 Loss)
Tri-City: 09/21/13 Vs. Spokane (2-6 Loss)
2012/13 Returning Point Leaders
Prince George: Troy Bourk 15G-25A-50PT, Zach Pochiro 15G-24A-39PT, Chase Witala 15G-21A-36PT
Tri-City: Connor Rankin 32G-26A–58PT , Zachary Yuen* 9G-36A-45PT , Parker Bowles* 21G-23A-44PT
*Inactive Sunday evening
2013/14 Point Leaders
Prince George: Klarc Wilson 3G-0A-3PT, Marc McNulty 0G-2A-2PT, Jordan Tkatch 0G-2A-2PT
Tri-City: Beau McCue 1G-0A-1PT, Taylor Vickerman 1G-0A-1PT
Both teams come into Sunday’s game with its sights set on redemption after tough starts this weekend. The Americans fell behind Spokane 4-0 early en route to a 6-2 loss Saturday night. On the other side the Prince George Cougars have allowed 17 goals through its first two games playing in its third game in as many nights on Sunday. Both coaches are hoping to see improvement on offense and defense as the WHL season’s opening weekend comes to a close.
Players to Watch
Klarc Wilson- The Cougars have played two tough comes so far this season, however one of the bright spots for Prince George has been the play of Wilson who has scored in both games including a two-goal effort last night. He has been the offensive MVP for the Cougars in the opening weekend and he will look to continue that play into Sunday’s game.
Troy Bourke- Bourke comes into this season as the Cougars leading returning scorer from the 2012-13 season but so far has not been able to find the back of the net. However the season is only two games old for the Cougars and Troy Bourke is still a very dangerous player for Prince George.
Brad Morrison- Morrison’s rookie campaign has gotten off to a good start for the Cougars scoring in the season opener against Portland. Look for Morrison to continue his good play as this Prince George Cougars team looks to right the ship after a tough start.
Taylor Vickerman- Just one game into his Tri-City American’s career, Taylor Vickerman has already become a fan favorite. Last night the Kennewick, WA native scored his first goal with the team earning third star in his home town debut. At 17, Vickerman already has a year of WHL experience under his belt and he has the potential supply the team with some much needed offense this season. Look for him to create many more scoring chances tonight against Prince George.
Beau McCue– McCue is an important piece of the puzzle for the Americans to have success this year. He got off to a good start last night scoring one of the team’s two goals in a losing effort. The Cougars will have to be aware of McCue at all times on Sunday.
Philip Tot- After an early end to his season due to injury in 2012-13 Tot gave fans reason to be optimistic in 2013-14 last night. The 20 year old was held off the scoring sheet in the opener last night but had several scoring chances and gave the Americans a much needed physical presence last night that helped the team get back in the game. Last night head coach Jim Hiller matched Vickerman, Tot and McCue together and if kept together throughout the season could be a line to keep your eye on, not only tonight but throughout the entire season.
Keys to the Game
Start Strong: Last night the Tri-City Americans dug themselves into an early hole going down 4-0 in the first period. The team managed to close the gap to 4-2 in the later stages of the second period but surrendered to late goals in the middle frame. Last season the Americans were 22-4-0-1 when leading after the first period but 5-16-0-1 when trailing. Having that early advantage could make all the difference in the Americans success in tonight’s game.
Scoring Touch: The Americans are still looking to find its groove on offense with several new faces in the lineup. It will try and find that magic touch tonight going up against a team that has had trouble keeping the puck out of its net in the first two games. The Prince George Cougars have surrendered 17 goals (8.5 GPG) nine against Portland and Friday and another 8 last night against the Silvertips. While the Tri-City team is young, it has plenty of fire power waiting to bust out.
Prince George: Vs. Kamloops 9/27/13
Tri-City: At Portland 9/24/13
Game Day Promotions
The Tri-City Americans take on the Prince George Cougars as both teams search for its first win of the season on Columbia Point Golf Course Night. Puck drops at 5:05 p.m. from the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.