PREVIEW: Cougars Take on Rockets to Close Out BC Road Trip
Tonight, in Kelowna, the Prince George Cougars will look to earn a four-point road weekend when they take on the Rockets at 7:05 pm.
Last night in Langley, Prince George earned a 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants. Josh Ravensbergen collected his fourth shutout of the season in just his seventh start. The rookie netminder made 26 saves in the win. Terik Parascak, Hunter Laing, Hudson Thornton, Zac Funk, and Oren Shtrom supplied the Cougar offence in the victory. A notable stat in the win for the Cougars was just taking one penalty throughout 60 minutes.
POST GAME INTERVIEW W/ CARTER RIGBY:
Oh, what a night!
— Prince George Cougars (@PGCougars) November 18, 2023
Rookie goaltender Josh Ravensbergen has continued to dominate his rookie season in the Western Hockey League. The 16-year-old goaltender (turns 17 on November 27th) already owns four shutouts in just seven starts in his WHL career. Ravensbergen, undrafted and later signed, currently sports a 5-1 record with a goals-against average of 1.83 and a .934 save percentage.
On Friday, forward Koehn Ziemmer signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Ziemmer heard his name called at the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville by the Kings in the third round, 78th overall. Ziemmer is the first WHL player LA drafted since Jarrett Anderson-Dolan (Spokane) in 2017. The Mayerthorpe, AB native is the first Cougar in franchise history to be selected by the Kings. The soon-to-be 19-year-old played in two pre-season games for the Kings and had one assist in those contests.
With an assist on Wednesday night, Cougar forward Riley Heidt has collected points in 13 consecutive games. The Minnesota Wild 2nd round pick in 2023 owns 22 points on this streak which consists of six goals and 17 assists. Heidt’s two assists puts him 9th-all time in franchise history in points. The Saskatoon, SK product sits 4th all-time in assists with 138 and sits just two helpers behind alumnus Blake Robson for 3rd all-time.
ON THE OTHER SIDE:
The Rockets enter tonight’s game against the Cougars winless in their last eight games. The most recent contest came on Wednesday night when the Rockets dropped a 5-3 decision to the Victoria Royals. Offensively, the Rockets have been led by Washington Captials second round pick Andrew Cristall who owns 32 points in 17 games (11-21-32).
Forward Carlin Dezainde remains sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury.
WHAT IS NEXT AFTER TONIGHT:
The Cougars will return home to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, November 24th. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.