Sports by Hartley Miller as of 12:05 a.m. Saturday, January 15th

WHL:

Prince George Cougars  3  Vancouver Giants  2  (OT)

Ethan Samson scored his second goal of the game and 8th of the season at 1:58 of overtime.

The Cougars erased a 2-0 deficit to end a five-game losing streak before 2,163 fans in Langley.

Koehn Ziemmer tied the nationally televised game at 2-2 at 14:37 of the second period, exactly two minutes after Samson tallied his first of the night.

Later, Ziemmer was stopped on a penalty shot by Giants goalie Jesper Vikman midway thru the third.

Tyler Brennan got the victory in net with 37 saves as Vancouver outshot P.G. 39-38.

The box score is right here.

Prince George is 7th in the Western Conference, two points behind Vancouver and two points ahead of the (12-15-4) Victoria Royals.

The Royals lost Friday night 6-4 in Kelowna.

The (14-17-1-1) Cougars visit the (15-16-2) Giants again tonight before hosting Victoria on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The WHL standings are right here.

The PG Cougars regular season schedule is right here.

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Former P.G. Cougars goalie Taylor Gauthier made 48 saves for the Portland Winterhawks in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds outshot the visiting Winterhawks 51-22.

Gauthier is 2-0 with a 0.956 save percentage since joining Portland in a trade late last month.

 

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BCHL:

The Prince George Spruce Kings host the (2-23-1) Merritt Centennials tonight at 7:00.

The (16-9-2-1) Spruce Kings are 4th in the Interior Division, one point ahead of the Cranbrook Bucks and three behind the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Spruce Kings regular season schedule is right here.

The BCHL standings are right here.

 

BC Elite Hockey League: (AAA)

Cariboo Cougars  7  Vancouver North East Chiefs  5 

The two teams meet again this morning at 10:45, tonight at 7:00, and Sunday morning at 10:45 in Abbotsford.

The (10-9-1-1) U-18 Cougars are in fifth place in the 10-team division while the (16-4-1-2) Chiefs are 1st.

The U-18 Cariboo Cougars schedule is right here.

 

NHL: (3 Friday games with no Canadian teams in action)

The (16-17-3) Vancouver Canucks are 0-2 on a 5-game road trip which continues today (10:00 AM PT) against the (24-8-2) Hurricanes in Carolina.

The Canucks schedule is right here or here.

The NHL schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

 

Canada West basketball:

The UNBC Timberwolves host the (10-0) UBC Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Canada West men’s basketball.

The UNBC women’s basketball team will visit the (4-6) UBC Okanagan Heat this afternoon in Kelowna.

The UNBC women are 4-4 on the season while the men are 2-6.

The UNBC women’s basketball schedule is right here while UNBC men’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West women’s standings are right here and the men’s standings are right here.

 

NBA:

Detroit Pistons  103  Toronto Raptors  87

The (20-19) Raptors are 0-1 on a 5-game road trip that continues today (3:30 PT) against the (27-17) Bucks in Milwaukee.

The Raptors’ schedule is right here.

The NBA standings are right here.

 

NFL:

The NFL wild-card round begins today with a pair of games: Las Vegas at Cincinnati (1:30 PM PT) followed by New England at Buffalo (5:15).

The three games on Sunday have Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (10:00 AM), San Francisco at Dallas (1:30), and Pittsburgh at Kansas City (5:15).

On Monday night, Arizona will visit the LA Rams (5:15).

Home teams are favored in each game: Bengals by 5.5, Bills by 4.5, Bucs by 8.5, Cowboys by 3, Chiefs by 12.5, and Rams by 4.

The NFL standings are right here.

The NFL regular season schedule is right here.

NFL odds are right here.