The Prince George Cougars had no trouble blasting off against the Kelowna Rockets again.

The Cougars scored 11 goals in the weekend sweep of Kelowna after tallying just 11 goals in their previous eight games.

Saturday night, before nearly 3,000 fans at CN Centre (2,971), the Cats skunked the Rockets 4-0.

(Highlights are right here)

Taylor Gauthier, who did not face many difficult shots, made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season and his second this week.

The 17-year-old Gauthier did not allow an even-strength goal in the back-to-back convincing wins to lower his
GAA to 2.94 and increase his save % t0 .905.

The Rockets had no answer for the line of Ethan Browne (3 assists), Josh Maser (1 goal, 1 assist) and Vladislav Mikhalchuk (2 goals) for the second straight game.

They combined for seven points, a day after they racked eight points in Friday’s 7-2 victory over the Rockets
Browne (1 + 2), Maser (2 + 0) and Mikhalchuk (0 + 3).

Mikhalchuk leads the team in scoring with 33 points (15 goals) in 41 games while Maser top the Cats in goals with 16.

Captain Josh Curtis scored a fluke goal and Cole Beamin recorded his first WHL point.

With the sweep, Prince George is 6-1-1 against Kelowna in the season-series.

The two teams play one final time Feb. 8th in Kelowna.

The 16-22-1-2 Cougars have moved into the second and final wild-card playoff spot, a point ahead of the

(15-21-4) Seattle Thunderbirds and two in front of the (15-22-2-1) Kamloops Blazers.

The Thunderbirds beat Swift Current 5-3 and the Blazers lost 7-4 to Vancouver on Saturday.

Prince George is also just three points behind the (17-21-3-1) Rockets, who have lost five straight.

The Cougars continue a six-game homestand on Wednesday when they entertain the 37-5-0-1 Prince Albert Raiders, who are the top-ranked team in the CHL.

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period

Cougars [1-0] Josh Maser (14) from Ethan Browne and Cole Beamin 7:57

Second Period

Cougars [2-0] Josh Curtis (7) unassisted 1:08

Third Period

Cougars [3-0] Vladislav Mikhalchuk (14) from Ethan Browne and Joel Lakusta 1:01

Cougars [4-0] Vladislav Mikhalchuk (15) from Josh Maser and Ethan Browne 13:52 (PP)

GOALTENDING

Cougars- Taylor Gauthier (Win) 20/20 60:00

Rockets- James Porter (Loss) 8/10 23:42 | Roman Basran 18/20 36:18

POWER-PLAY

Cougars- 1/4

Rockets- 0/5