Cougars backup plays Gi­ants killer

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

Tyler

Bren­nan is play­ing way be­yond his years and the Van­cou­ver Gi­ants would be the first to vouch for that.

The 16-year-old Prince Ge­orge Cougars rookie goalie, in only his sec­ond WHL start, stunned the Gi­ants with a 37-save per­for­mance that backed the Cats to a 3-2 over­time win Sun­day af­ter­noon in Lan­g­ley.

Ryan Schoet­tler cashed in a 3-on-1 chance 4:29 into OT to seal the vic­tory, which ended a four-game los­ing streak.

Goals by Reid Pere­peluk and Ili­jah Colina staked the Cougars to a 2-0 lead af­ter one pe­riod. The Gi­ants an­swered with con­sec­u­tive goals to tie it in the sec­ond pe­riod. Tris­ten Nielsen con­nected on a Van­cou­ver power play, fol­lowed at even-strength by Jack­son Shep­ard.

Bren­nan was at his best in the third pe­riod, when the Cougars were out­shot Cit­i­zen staff The Win­nipeg na­tive, cho­sen by the Cats 22st over­all in the 2018 WHL ban­tam draft, came up with one of the saves of the week in the WHL when he dove at the goal line and got his glove in the way of a Mi­los Ro­man shot late in reg­u­la­tion time while the Gi­ants were on one of their eight power plays.

Bren­nan was called into ser­vice as a re­place­ment for Tay­lor Gau­thier, who suf­fered a leg in­jury in a col­li­sion with a Tri-City Amer­i­can player dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Satur­day’s 5-2 Cougar loss in Ken­newick, Wash.

Gau­thier did not dress for Sun­day’s game and the Cougars had an emer­gency backup net­min­der on the bench.

In five games of WHL ac­tion, Bren­nan has a per­fect 2-0-0 record and has al­lowed just eight goals for a 2.08 goals-against av­er­age and .920 save per­cent­age.

It was Bren­nan’s last game for the Cougars be­fore he left to play for Team Canada White at the World Un­der-17-hockey Chal­lenge in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Cur­rent, Sask. Canada White will face Rus­sia in a pre-tour­na­ment game Thurs­day in Swift Cur­rent and will open against Canada Blacks on Satur­day in Medicine Hat.

The Cougars (4-9-0-1, fifth in B.C. Divi­sion) will be back on the road for games Fri­day in Kelowna and Satur­day in Spokane. They host the Medicine Hat Tigers at CN Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 6.

Sun­day’s win left the Cats just two points be­hind the fourth-place Vic­to­ria Roy­als (5-5-1-1-0) and six points back of the third-place Gi­ants (7-8-1-0).

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