PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Ryan Howse continues to torment the Prince George Cougars.
Howse scored two goals Wednesday as the Chilliwack Bruins beat the Cougars 7-4 for the second time in as many nights in Western Hockey League action.
Howse had three goals and an assist against the Cougars in Tuesday's game. He has 13 goals in eight games against Prince George this season.
Howse, a Calgary Flames draft pick, ran his goal total to 46 on the season and his third-period effort provided a snapshot of what's gone wrong for the Cougars this season.
Trailing 4-3, the Cougars had a great chance to tie the game on an early third period power play. But instead of celebrating, they were left wondering how Howse got free on a short-handed breakaway, put the brakes on after overskating the puck and then had time to deke Cougars goaltender Hudson Stremmel.
The Cougars made a game of it when James Dobrowolski completed his first WHL hat trick on the power play, but Shayne Neigum restored the two-goal cushion and Tim Traber added an empty-netter to officially cap the final home game of the Cougars' season.
Aside from the 10 goals, there were plenty of nifty offensive plays and fisticuff fireworks to keep the CN Centre crowd entertained. Fifteen-year-old Troy Bourke continued to impress in his extended callup to the Cougars from the Alberta midget ranks.
He scored his third goal in two nights on a second-period power play to bring the Cougars to within a couple goals of evening the count.
Cougar special teams continued to strike and Dobrowolski made it a 4-3 game while short handed, rifling a high backhander past Bruins goaltender Braden Gamble after being fed a perfect slot pass from Alex Rodgers.
Howse added to his team-leading goal total with his 45th of the season in the second period, taking the carom of an errant point shot off the end boards and blasting it past Stremmel. Not long after that, Traber made it 3-0 with a close-range shot Stremmel should have stopped.
Brandon Manning, the Bruins' captain, took off on a 4-on-4 break and was ideally situated to take a pass in the slot for his 13th of the season that made it 4-1.