Prince George Shuts Down Tri-City 3-0

John Allen

Prince George, BC- Tri-City couldn’t seem to get going tonight.

After a win last night, the Tri-City Americans (39-24-1-2, 81 pts) followed it up with a dismal performance, falling to the Prince George Cougars (19-38-2-6, 46 pts) 3-0 at the CN Centre.

The Americans snapped a two game win streak while the Cougars end a five game losing skid. This is the fourth time Tri-City has been shutout this season.

The game got off to a slow start with both teams finding their rhythm for the first half of the period. Prince George outshot Tri-City 11-10 and had three power plays in the period, including a 5-on-3 opportunity for 51 seconds, but the Americans killed off all three penalties. With 40 seconds left in the period, Troy Bourke was able to fire a loose puck into the net to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Tri-City couldn’t get anything going in the second period either even though they outshot Prince George 9-8. Bourke added another goal midway through the period during 4-on-4 play as he deked past a couple of defenders and slipped a backhand past Troy Trombley to increase the lead to 2-0. Later in the period, Colin Jacobs increased the lead to three on the power play as he fired a slap shot from the point through traffic into the top left corner of the net.

The Americans had a steep mountain to climb in the third period, but were still unable to get anything going in the third period. Tri-City tied a season low with two shots in the third and had some rare chances in front of the Prince George net to score but couldn’t capitalize. Mac Engel was terrific in net and the Cougars played solid defense down the stretch to cruise to the 3-0 win.

Justin Feser snaps a nine game point streak, his second longest point streak of the season.

The Americans were unable to produce a goal in their lone power play chance and gave up one power play goal out of four Prince George power play chances.

Trombley made 25 saves in a losing effort while Engel stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season.

The Americans will make the long trek back to the Tri-Cities for two games, starting by welcoming the Kootenay Ice (33-31-2-0, 68 pts) to the Toyota Center on March 8 for the only meeting between the two teams this season. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans won a pre-season meeting between the two teams 6-3 and earned a victory in the only regular season meeting last season 5-4 in Kootenay. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Troy Bourke, Prince George

2. Dallas Ehrhardt, Prince George
3. Mac Engel, Prince George

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68