NewsPG CougarsSports Gauthier stops 44 to steal one for the Cougars in Spokane SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Saturday, Oct. 12th, 2019 Taylor Gauthier made 44 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. (photo supplied by Prince George Cougars) For the Prince George Cougars to win this season, more often than not, they need their goalie to be a game star. With that in mind, it is no surprise that the Cougars have won two straight games, and in each their stopper has been first star. Taylor Gauthier, on a mission after surprisingly being bypassed in the NHL Draft, was at his best in a Prince George 3-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. The 18-year-old from Calgary made 44 saves and did not allow a goal in the third period when his team was outshot 18-2. In the Cats previous game (October 5th), a 4-1 triumph over the Kelowna Rockets, rookie Tyler Brennan took first star honors blocking 26 of 27 shots. Friday night before 3,704 fans in Spokane, the Cougars got a first period goal from Josh Maser and second period goals from Connor Bowie and Mitchell Kohner . Blake Eastman picked up an assist on Bowie’s game-winner for his first WHL point. Spokane outshot PG 45-24 overall. The only Chiefs goal from Bobby Russell came early in the second. Neither team tallied on the power-play (Prince George 0/2 and Spokane 0/3). The game highlights are right here. Having played in six of his team’s seven games this season, Gauthier has a 2.68 goals-against-average and a 0.917 save percentage, numbers that are better than each of his first two seasons in the WHL. Brennan was not able to back-up as he is out on a day-to-day basis with an upper-body injury. This week, the Cougars signed 2002-born goaltender Jacob Herman to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. Herman, a free agent signing who was added to the Cougars’ 50-man Protected List last season, has spent this season with the Swift Current Legionnaires in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. The (2-4-0-1) Cougars visit the (4-3) Tri-City Americans tonight (Saturday) before hosting Spokane on October 17th and 18th.