They combined for 14 goals off 72 shots in regulation time. Still, no winner was decided.
The Edmonton Oil Kings won the high-scoring affair late in overtime. Unfortunately for the Prince George Cougars, it came at their expense.
A Thanksgiving matinee between the two Western Hockey League rivals at Rexall Place in Edmonton brought with it a lot of offence. The first period alone had five goals, a sign of things to come, as the Cougars held a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Named the first star of the game, Oil Kings forward Michael St. Croix led the points parade with four, a goal and three assists. Teammate Travis Ewanyk, the game’s third star, scored a hat trick with three goals. Chipping in with two points each were Dylan Wruck (two goals), Klarc Wilson (a goal and an assist) and Josh Lazowski (two assists). Mike Piluso scored Edmonton’s other goal.
The game’s second star, forward Charles Inglis scored twice for the Cougars. Brett Connolly also tallied a pair of goals for the Cougars, who were led offensively by two players with three-point outings, Sena Acolatse’s (a goal and two assists) and James Dobrowolski (three assists). Nick Buonassisi and Martin Marincin each recorded a goal and an assist for Prince George.
James Priestner took the loss in goal, while Cam Lanigan and Laurent Brossoit both saw time in goal for the Oil Kings.
Monday’s game winner, Wruck’s second of the contest, came with just a second left in the four-on-four overtime session.
Monday’s game wrapped up a Central Division road swing in which the Cougars played four games in six days. With two wins, a defeat and overtime loss, the Cougars collected five of a possible eight points on the trip. They defeated the Kootenay Ice 6-3 on Wednesday, lost 4-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday and downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-3 on Saturday before Monday’s overtime setback.
The Cougars are at CN Centre for four of their next five games.
The Cats host the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday evening before heading south to Kamloops for a game against their B.C. Division rivals, the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday at Interior Savings Centre. Next Wednesday, the Cougars welcome another East Division squad to CN Centre when the Brandon Wheat Kings come to town. They wrap up a mini three-game homestand with a doubleheader against the U.S. Division’s Tri-City Americans, Oct. 22 and 23.
On Saturday, the Cougars made another roster move to reach their maximum of three 20-year-old players in their lineup.
In placing goalie Morgan Clark on waivers, the Cougars went from four to three overage players on their roster. The move left the Cougars with Acolatse, Dobrowolski and Taylor Stefishen filling their 20-year-old spots. They had as many as five 1990-born players on their roster before they dealt Parker Stanfield to the Everett Silvertips. The deal, announced on Thursday, saw the Cougars receive a sixth round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft in return.