Cougars earn 3-2 OT win over Giants, Wheat Kings roll Rebels 4-1

LANGLEY, BC — Ethan Samson scored his second goal of the night with 1:58 remaining in overtime and the Prince George Cougars completed a comeback by beating the Vancouver Giants 3-2 in the League Western Hockey Friday.

The Giants (15-16-2) took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, thanks to goals from Justin Lies and Justin Sourdif. Zack Ostapchuk assisted on both.

But the Cougars (14-17-2) clawed their way back, with Samson and Koehn Ziemmer scoring two minutes apart to tie the game.

It was a busy night for both goalies. Vancouver’s Jesper Vikman made 35 saves and Tyler Brennan stopped 37 of 39 shots for the win.


ROCKETS 6 ROYALS 4

KELOWNA, BC — Jake Poole scored twice for Kelowna (17-10-4) as they snapped a two-game losing streak. Brayden Schuurmann had two goals and two assists for Victoria (12-15-4).

WINTERHAWKS 4 THUNDERBIRDS 3 (OT)

KENT, WASH. – Just six seconds into overtime, James Stefan buried the game-winner on the power play, extending Portland’s winning streak (18-11-4) to six games. Seattle (19-9-4) went 2 for 7 on the power play.

SILVERTIPS 6 HEADS 2

SPOKANE, WASH. – Bear Hughes opened the scoring for Spokane (10-18-3) but Everett (25-6-4) responded with four straight goals for the win. The Silvertips remain atop the Western Conference.

AMERICANS 5 BLAZERS 4

KENNEWICK, WASH. — Logan Stankoven had two goals and an assist as Kamloops (21-10-1) took a 4-0 lead in the first period. Tri-City (10-17-4) rallied with five unanswered goals, including two each from Samuel Huo and Jake Sloan, and snapped a four-game losing streak.

WHEAT KINGS 4 REBELS 1

RED DEER, ALTA. – Ridly Greig was involved in all four goals for the Wheat Kings, scoring once and collecting three assists as Brandon (17-13-4) beat Red Deer (22-10-3).

ADVENTURERS 5 HURRICANE 1

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. – A pair of goals from Sloan Stanick propelled Prince Albert (14-17-2) to its second consecutive win. Tyson Laventure scored Lethbridge’s only goal (13-14-2).

WARRIORS 6 TIGERS 2

MOOSE JAW, SASK. –Robert Baco capped his hat trick with a shorthanded strike midway through the third period, lifting Moose Jaw (17-14-4) to its third win of the season against Medicine Hat (8-21-4).

BLADES 6 BRONCOS 4

CURRENT SWIFT, SASK. – Blades center Tristen Robins scored twice on the power play and once on a penalty shot to complete a hat trick as Saskatoon (18-14-2) defeated Swift Current (14-15-5).

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 14, 2022.

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