Friday night in Prince George, the Vancouver Giants (32-24-3-2) dropped a 5-4 decision to the Prince George Cougars (19-34-4-4). Josh Maser scored three times for Prince George while Tyler Preziuso responded with two goals for Vancouver. The G-Men badly outshot the Cougars by a 42-20 margin, and each team scored twice on the power play.
MASER’S HAT-TRICK LEADS COUGARS OVER GIANTS
PG – At the 1:30 mark, the Cougars opened the scoring off a two-on-one rush. Jonny Hooker (14) finished off an Ilijah Colina pass to put Prince George up 1-0.
VAN – Back came the Giants at 15:56. Michal Kvasnica pounced on a Holden Katzalay rebound and tucked home his ninth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
Shots: 18-3 Vancouver
VAN – Bowen Byram (12) put the Giants ahead 2-1 with a shot from the left-wing circle on the power play. Tristen Nielsen and Milos Roman both assisted.
PG – Josh Maser (26) answered with a power play marker for Prince George off a Cole Moberg rebound.
VAN – Tyler Preziuso responded one minute and 18 seconds later with his 25th, lifting the Giants to a 3-2 lead. Preziuso stole the puck from a Cougars defenceman and roofed a shot home from in close.
PG – Majid Kaddoura moved the Cougars back even off the rush at 18:11. His backhand shot appeared to deflect off a body in front of the Giants goal and in. Kaddoura’s fifth goal was set up by Taylor Gauthier.
Shots: 13-11 Vancouver
PG – Josh Maser (27) put Prince George ahead 4-3 56 seconds into the final period when he knocked home a Jack Sander rebound.
VAN – Tyler Preziuso (26) responded with a power play goal at 13:53 for the Giants to push the score to 4-4. Preziuso’s second of the game was assisted by Bowen Byram and Eric Florchuk.
PG – 49 seconds later the Cougars nabbed the game’s final goal. Josh Maser (28) completed his hat-trick at 14:42 off a Cole Moberg rebound. Maser’s goal came on a power play.
Shots: 11-6 Vancouver
Final Score: Prince George 5 – Vancouver 4
Final Shots: 42-20 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 15/20 saves for Vancouver (14-11-2-1)
Taylor Gauthier: 38/42 saves for Prince George (15-26-3-4)
Vancouver Power Play: 2/4
Prince George Power Play: 2/3
Next Game: The Giants and Cougars will meet again tomorrow night at 7:00 PM in Prince George.
- The Vancouver Giants are now 4-2-1-0 this season against Prince George and are 2-1 against them on the road.
- Friday marked the 11th time since the trade deadline that the Giants have scored more two-or-more power play goals in a game.
- Thanks to his two-goal game, Tyler Preziuso has now set a new career high for points in a season with 51.
- Bowen Byram has now recorded 10 multi-point games since February 4th.
- The Vancouver Giants remain tied with Victoria in the B.C. Division standings with 69 points. Each team has seven games remaining.