Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Prince George Cougars (15-29-2-4, 36 pts) at Tri-City Americans (28-19-1-2, 59 pts)
Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA; 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870
Watch: WHL Live
Prince George: 6-1 Loss at Seattle
Tri-City: 7-0 Loss vs. Portland
Prince George: Colin Jacobs, 17G-18A–35PT; Troy Bourke 8G-24A–32PT; Chase Witala 9G-17A–26PT
Tri-City: Justin Feser, 27G-39A–66PT; Malte Strömwall 13G-24A–37PT; Connor Rankin 18G-16A—34PT
Tri-City has dominated Prince George throughout their history playing each other, with a 94-46-4-1 record, including a 51-16-3-1 with six ties at home against the Cougars. The Americans have not lost at home to Prince George since the 2003-04 season and have outscored the Cougars 389-275 at home. The teams split the series last season in Kennewick, with the Ams winning 5-3 in the first meeting but falling in the second meeting 5-4 in overtime. Prince George limps into this game having lost 11 of the first 13 games of 2013, including a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of the Seattle Thunderbirds. The loss hurts double for Prince George because they now trail Seattle by six points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tri-City comes into this game having lost two in a row at home, which includes falling just short against Medicine Hat 6-5 and then getting pummeled by Portland last Saturday 7-0. Justin Feser snapped an 11 game point streak and is the only player with a point streak more than 10 games this season. Jesse Mychan snapped a six game point streak against the Winterhawks as well. Tri-City has played well against teams from the B.C. Division this season, going 8-5-0-1 including a 4-1-0-1 record at home.
Players to Watch
RW Klarc Wilson: Wilson has made an impact after coming over from the Edmonton Oil Kings, scoring a goal and assist in nine games with the Cougars.
D Marc McNulty: McNulty is the 84 ranked skating prospect in the NHL’s midterm rankings and has seven goals and four assists in his rookie season.
RW Malte Strömwall: The 18-year-old Sweden native is tied for the league lead with seven game winning goals, including two game winning goals in overtime.
D Zachary Yuen: Yuen has a goal and three assists in January. He had three assists and a +4 rating in four games against Prince George last year.
Keys to the Game
Low Notes: The Americans come into this game on a two game losing streak, falling to Medicine Hat 6-5 on Friday and losing to Portland 7-0 on Saturday. Prince George heads to Kennewick after losing 6-1 in Kent yesterday. Both teams need wins to help improve their position in the conference as Prince George is looking to climb into the final playoff spot while the Americans are trying to catch Spokane to gain home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Penalty Killers: Prince George has killed off 32 of their last 34 power plays since January 11. The Americans have been hot on the power play, converting 12 of their last 27 chances on the power play. The Americans power play at home is ranked third in the league, converting 25.3 percent of the their power plays. Prince George does not kill off penalties well on the road with the 17th ranked penalty kill on the road. The Americans will try and put a damper on the recent penalty kill success of the Cougars.
Prince George: Feb. 1 vs. Victoria
Tri-City: Feb. 1 at Everett
Game Day Promotion
The Prince George Cougars make the long trek to the Toyota Center on Taco Bell Night, presented by 107.7 The Vine and Tidbits. It’s a guaranteed win night as part of the Doritos Locos Taco Ten promotion, with all fans receiving a coupon for a free Doritos Locos Taco following the game. On-ice entertainment will include the return of the Taco Bell Human Bowling contest and the Coors Light Super Cold Slap Shot contest.