(As of 12:01 AM)

WHL: (PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS)

The Prince George Cougars play their first game since General Manager Mark Lamb replaced Richard Matvichuk as Head Coach.

The Cougars try to end an 11-game losing streak when they visit the Kelowna Rockets tonight.

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

Matvichuk was fired after the 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday.

Development Coach Nick Drazenovic has been promoted to an Assistant Coach and will join Lamb and Associate Coach Steve O’Rourke behind the team’s bench..

The Cougars also play Vancouver Sunday in Langley before returning home for four games at CN Centre.

The 16-30-4-2 Cougars are last in the Western Conference, seven points behind the (20-25-4-1) Kamloops Blazers and eight back of the (20-25-5-1) Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds hold down the final wild-card playoff spot.

Prince George is also nine points back of the (21-26-4-1) Rockets, who are third in the B.C. Division.

(All of the PG Cougars Cat Scan Podcasts can be found right here)

 

NHL:

Chicago Blackhawks  4  Vancouver Canucks  3  (OT)

Jonathan Toews scored at 3:21 of overtime to give the surging Blackhawks their sixth straight victory.

Elias Pettersson (25) (Power Play) tied the game for Vancouver at 18:08 of the third.

The Canucks finished 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip.

The (24-24-7) Canucks and (25-22-5) St. Louis Blues are tied for the final Western Conference wild-card spot, although St. Louis has three games in hand.

Vancouver is just two points behind Minnesota but the Canucks are only two points ahead of Colorado, Edmonton and Chicago.

The Canucks host the (34-15-5) Calgary Flames Saturday and the (32-16-7) San Jose Sharks Monday.

The only NHL game tonight has Carolina at the NY Rangers.


BCHL: (PG SPRUCE KINGS)

The Prince George Spruce Kings are on the road this weekend for three games against division opponents.

They visit the Coquitlam Express tonight, Langley Rivermen Saturday and the Surrey Eagles on Sunday.

The 32-12-1-5 Spruce Kings are second in the Mainland Division, seven points behind the (38-12-1) Chilliwack Chiefs.

Prince George and Chilliwack both have eight regular season games left, including three against each other.

Spruce Kings remaining schedule: (8 games)

Feb. 8 Prince George  at   Coquitlam
Feb. 9 Prince George   at   Langley
Feb. 10 Prince George  at  Surrey
Feb. 14 West Kelowna  at  Prince George
Feb. 17 Prince George  at  Chilliwack
Feb. 18 Prince George  at  Surrey
Feb. 22 Chilliwack  at   Prince George
Feb. 23 Chilliwack  at   Prince George

 

BCMML: (CARIBOO COUGARS)

The Cariboo Cougars host the (20-9-1-2) Okanagan Rockets Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Kin 1.

The 19-6-5 Major Midget Cougars are tied with Okanagan for third place in the 11-team league, three points behind both the (22-6-1-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and the (20-6-4-2) Vancouver NE Chiefs.

 

BCMML: (CARIBOO COUGARS MINOR MIDGET) 

The Cariboo Minor Midget Cougars are home this weekend against the (11-14-1-1) Valley West Minor Midget Giants tonight at 7, Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 7:30 at Kin 1.

The Cariboo 15-year-olds are 11-10-1-5 and in a three-way tie for 4th place in the 10-team league.

 

CANADA WEST MEN’S BASKETBALL: (Playoff action in Abbotsford)

Fraser Valley Cascades  67  UNBC Timberwolves  59

The Cascades advance to the quarter-finals while the UNBC men have been eliminated.

The UNBC women’s basketball team visits the Trinity Western Spartans (8th place) tonight in Langley with winner to move on to the Canada West quarter-finals.

The (9th place) Lady Timberwolves won the two regular season games in Prince George against the Spartans in November 78-77 and 83-54.

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors  119  Atlanta Hawks  101

The 40-16 Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference,  1 1/2 games behind the (40-13) Milwaukee Bucks.

Toronto will visit the New York Knicks on Saturday.

PG ICEMAN:

The 32nd Prince George Iceman will be held on Sunday.

Individuals and teams compete in running, skiing, skating and swimming.