PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Kamloops Blazers could not keep the puck out of their net in a 9-4 loss in Prince George on Friday night.
The Cougars struck first, as Brad Morrison made a terrific play on a rush to get the puck to an open Jansen Harkins. He scored to make it 1-0 Cougars.
The Blazers came on as the period went on, but the Cougars took the 1-0 lead into the second period.
The Blazers had a strong first half of the second period. Deven Sideroff tied the game with a shot over the glove of goaltender Ty Edmonds only 24 seconds into the period.
Garrett Pilon gave the Blazers the lead on a tic-tac-toe play he finished from Sideroff and Jiri Smejkal.
The Cougars came back to tie the game on a fortunate bounce. Shane Collins shot caremed off the end boards, bounced off Ingram, and ended up in the back of the net.
The Cougars took the lead midway through the period with a shorthanded goal. Jesse Gabrielle fed Brogan O'Brien for an open net to make it 3-2 for the Cougars.
The turning point in the game came shortly after the goal, as Gabrielle ran into Connor Ingram, who was out of the net playing the puck. Gabrielle was given a minor penalty on the play, and Ingram was done for the night with an injury.
The Blazers tied the game up on the ensuing power play as Gage Quinney scored his 15th goal of the season.
The Cougars then scored twice in the final 24 seconds of the period as Harkins and Colby McAuley gave the Cougars a 5-3 lead through two periods.
The Blazers came right back and Matt Revelscored a minute into the third period to cut the lead to 5-4.
The Cougars blew open the game scoring four times in the final 10 minutes over the period to make it a 9-4 final.
Dylan Ferguson took the loss with 11 saves on 17 shots, while Ty Edmonds had the win with 28 saves.
These two teams will play again on Saturday nightin Prince George
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