The Prince George Cougars visit Everett on Saturday, the final of four regalar season matchups between the two squads. The Silvertips have been dominant against the Cougars this season, winning the three previous contests by a combined score of 18-3.
Prince George was on a nasty losing streak, having lost its last 17 games and 13-of-17 in regulation, but Prince George ended the slump with a 2-1 shootout win over Kamloops last night.
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— PG Cougars (@PGCougars) February 23, 2019
The Cougars fired head coach Richard Matvichuk after the 11th consecutive loss, and general manager Mark Lamb took over as head coach on an interim basis.
Forward to watch — Vladislav Mikhalchuk
The 19-year-old import winger leads the Cougars leads the team with 43 points (21 goals and 22 assists), nine more than Cole Moberg.
Defenseman to watch — Ryan Schoettler
The Lloydminster, Alberta native is one of the better puckmovers on the Cougars’ blueline, with a team-high 25 assists.
What’s in net?
Taylor Gauthier has been the Cougars’ workhorse this season, with a 3.08 goals against average in 46 games, both of which are team highs. Isaiah DiLaura has been a servicable backup, with a 3.42 goals against average in 19 games.
Draft prospect to watch – Taylor Gauthier
The 2001-born netminder is fifth among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s midseason draft rankings. Only Medicine Hat’s Mads Sogaard is more highly regarded (third) by Central Scouting.
Rookie to watch — Matej Toman
The Cougars don’t particularly have a strong rookie class, but the import forward leads all Cougars’ first-year players with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists).
Tale of the tape (entering Friday)
Everett TEAM Prince George
41-14-2-2 RECORD 17-35-4-3
85 points, 1st in U.S. STANDING 41 points, fifth in B.C.
2-0-1-0 STREAK 1-0-0-0
6-2-1-1 LAST 10 1-7-1-1
+ 84 GOAL DIFF. -72
3-0-0 HEAD TO HEAD 0-3-0
22.4 (8th) POWER PLAY 16.8 (20th)
83.8 (3rd) PENALTY KILL 80.0 (7th)
RW Bryce Kindopp TOP SKATERS RW Vladislav Mikhalchuk
(34 goals, 29 assists) (21 goals, 22 assists)
C Zack Andrusiak D/F Cole Moberg
(36 goals, 24 assists) (11 goals, 24 assists)
D Jake Christiansen LW Josh Maser
(12 goals, 30 assists) (23 goals, 10 assists)
Dustin Wolf NO. 1 GOALIE Roddy Ross
(36-13-2-1, 1.75, .934) (13-24-3-2, 3.08, .904)
Everett: C Riley Sutter (lower body); RW Dawson Butt (upper body); C/LW Connor Dewar (upper body)
Prince George: None.