By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Prince George Cougars hadn’t had the best start to their season during a three-game trip through the U.S. Division.: they gave up 17 goals combined in losses to Portland and Everett.
But Sunday night, Troy Bourke had two goals as they held off the Tri-City Americans for a 2-1 victory before a crowd of 3,112 at the Toyota Center to make their 739-mile trek back to northern British Columbia a bit more palatable.
“Those were two pretty tough nights we went through,” Cougars coach Mark Holick said. “It’s early in the year, we still have a lot of bodies kicking around and you want to get everyone in. It got away on us in those two games. To come back tonight shows a little bit of character. Any points on the road we love to have. We’ll take it and go.”
The Americans suffered their second setback in as many nights, losing their season opener to Spokane on Saturday.
“I thought some guys battled really hard,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “I thought Hamo (Justin Hamonic) had one of better games he’s had in a long time, but it wasn’t enough. We need to get to a higher level.”
The Americans have given up eight goals in two games. Those are not the numbers a coach wants to see, but Hiller said goalie Eric Comrie has done his job.