Tyrel Lucas is no longer a Cougar but he was smiling like a cat last night. The overage centre, who was part of a six-player swap with Prince George at the WHL trade deadline, notched the game-winner against his old team last night in the Spruce City as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Cougars 3-1.
Ryan Getzlaf and Isaac Reid, with his first-career WHL goal, also lit the lamp for the Hitmen.
Starter Justin Pogge, who came to Calgary with Lucas and d-man Dylan Yeo in the trade, made 23 stops to record the win.
Head coach Kelly Kisio, who wasn't pleased with his team's effort in a 4-3 win at Kamloops Friday night, said he wasn't looking at the game as a litmus test for the blockbuster trade.
"I was looking at it as two points," Kisio said. "We played a lot better.
"It was a solid road game and we didn't give them much."
The Hitmen improved to 24-16-6-2 and picked up points on Central Division rivals Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer, who all lost last night. Calgary trails the second-place Tigers by three points and hold a four-point cushion over the Rebels, who they'll play a two-game set against on Tuesday (in Red Deer) and Wednesday (at the 'Dome).
Rookie import Konstantin Pushkarev picked up an assist last night to extend his points streak to seven games. He has hit the scoresheet in 12 of the last 13 contests.
Kisio said the coaching staff was debating whether or not to leave for home last night as several road closures in B.C. complicated travel plans.
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CALGARY HITMEN: 3
PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS: 1