Linemates lead Cougars to win over Blazers

Kamloops Daily News
January 4, 2014 01:00 AM

Klarc Wilson, a 20-year-old forward with the Prince George Cougars, went into Friday having scored 39 goals in 296 WHL regular-season games.

During that time, his single-game high was two goals, something he had done on two occasions.

Last night, Wilson struck for three goals, leading the host Prince George Cougars to a 9-5 victory over the Kamloops Blazers, who gave up nine goals in a game for the first time this season.

The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight in Prince George.

Wilson, an Edmonton native, scored once during the Cougars' five-goal first period and then scored twice in the second period, upping his season's total to 14.

Todd Fiddler, 20, playing on a line with Wilson, also scored three times for the Cougars, and added two assists. Troy Bourke chipped in a goal and three assists for the home side, which had lost its last three games and given up 18 goals in the process. Zach Pochiro also had a goal and three assists, his goal coming on a first-period penalty shot.

Jordan Tkatch had the other goal for the Cougars, who led 7-1 before the second period was 13 minutes old.

Joe Kornelsen, with two, Aspen Sterzer, Josh Connolly and Ryan Rehill scored for the Blazers, who got two assists from Jake Kryski, a 15-year-old from Vancouver who made his WHL debut. Kryski plays for the major midget Okanagan Rockets, who lost to Finland in a semifinal at the Mac's midget tournament in Calgary on Tuesday.

The Blazers (10-26-4) now are 1-4 against the Cougars this season, having lost the last four games of the series. The last time they met, in Kamloops on Nov. 10, the Cougars won 8-7 in overtime.

The Cougars (15-21-5) are five points behind the Tri-City Americans, who hold down the Western Conference's last playoff spot. The Blazers are 16 points behind the Americans and 11 in arrears of the Cougars.

Kamloops goaltender Taran Kozun made his ninth straight start, but didn't get out of the first period. He gave up five goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Bolton Pouliot, who stopped 25 of 29 shots. Pouliot made his first appearance since suffering a hand injury during a late November practice.

Prince George goaltender Ty Edmonds, who was making his 12th straight start, stopped 19 shots. He is 3-0 against the Blazers.

JUST NOTES: F Deven Sideroff, 16, is expected to be in the Blazers' lineup tonight. He plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton. . . . Kryski was the 13th overall selection in the 2014 bantam draft. He was taken by the Prince Albert Raiders, who dealt him to Kamloops in a trade that landed them G Cole Cheveldave prior to this season. . . . Kamloops scratched F Matt Needham (leg), F Luke Harrison (head), F Chase Souto (hand), F Jordan Thomson (personal) and F Nick Chyzowski (U17 World Hockey Challenge). . . . The Cougars are without F Chase Witala (undisclosed injury), D Peter Kosterman (broken jaw), F Jari Erricson (concussion), F Brett Roulston (broken foot), F David Soltes (knee) and G Brett Zarowny (groin). F Brad Morrison, F Jansen Harkins and D Tate Olson are at the U17 WHC. . . With Zarowny out, the Cougars had Braden Krogfoss, a seventh-round selection by the Blazers in the 2010 bantam draft, backing up Edmonds.

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