In a stretch of just eight days, the Prince George Cougars have put together a five-game win streak.

On Friday night before 3,170 fans at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, the Cougars beat the B.C. Division leading Blazers 5-2.

The box score is right here.

Taylor Gauthier was superb again with 38 saves as Kamloops outshot P.G. 40-35.

In 14 games this season, the 20-year-old Gauthier has a .923 save percentage (4th in the WHL) to go along with 2.75 goals-against-average.

Gauthier is 4-0-0-0 in his last five appearances with a 2.34 goals-against average and .944 save percentage

Craig Armstrong (the game’s first star) snapped a 2-2 tie at 6:43 of the third, with his team-leading 10th goal, and the Cats put the game away with a couple of empty net goals.

Armstrong, Riley Heidt and Blake Eastman all finished with a goal and an assist while Ryker Singer and Ethan Samson also tallied for the Cougars, who never trailed.

The game was tied 1-1 after one and 2-2 after two.

Kamloops went 1/3 on the power-play and Prince George 0/4.

“I really think this is our biggest win of the season thus far. It wasn’t a game where we held on or got lucky with a few bounces. I believe we were full value for the win and really looked like a team getting the job done. Biggest team effort of the year,” said Cougars’ Associate Coach Josh Dixon.

“There were times through this streak where we weren’t sharp but tonight didn’t feel like that. Tonight, was a smart, simple, structured road game. As complete of win certainly on the road, and as complete of win as we have had all year,” added Dixon.

The (13-14) Cougars visit the (13-12-1) Vancouver Giants tonight in Langley in their final game prior to the Christmas break.

Prince George is 4th in the B.C. Division but just a point behind both Vancouver and the (12-9-0-3) Kelowna Rockets.

GAME SUMMARY 

Scoring

Cougars: Ryker Singer, Blake Eastman, Craig Armstrong, Ethan Samson, Riley Heidt
Blazers: Caedan Bankier, Connor Levis

Goaltending

Cougars: Taylor Gauthier, 60:00, 38 saves, 40 shots
Blazers: Dylan Ernst, 58:46, 30 saves, 33 shots

Power-Play

Cougars: 0/4
Blazers: 1/3

Shots

Cougars: 35
Blazers: 40

Three Stars: 1) Craig Armstrong (PG) 2) Matthew Seminoff (Kamloops) 3) Taylor Gauthier (PG)

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The Canadian Hockey League has announced that 10 games from the 2021-22 regular-season schedule will be televised by TSN. The broadcast schedule includes the PG Cougars at the Vancouver Giants on Friday, Jan 14th at 7 PM.

The PG Cougars regular season schedule is right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

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With files from Fraser Rodgers