PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Veteran defenceman Kalvin Sagert scored the first game-winning goal of his career, leading the Prince George Cougars to a 5-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers.
Sagert, a 20-year-old playing in his 319th game, set up Dana Tyrell's go-ahead goal in the third period, and his point shot that snuck through the legs of Blazers rookie netminder James Priestner stood as the winner. It was the 17th career goal for Sagert, a former first-round bantam pick of the Blazers who has played for Kamloops, Lethbridge and Prince George in a five-year career.
Devon Kalinski and Alex Rodgers staked the Blazers to a 2-0 first-period lead. With a marker by Blazers veteran Brady Calla mixed in, the Cougars responded with goals by Marcus Watson, Dale Hunt and Alex Poulter to knot the score at 3-3 after two periods.
Tyrell and Sagert put the Cougars ahead 5-3 in the third. Juuso Puustinen replied for Kamloops (24-27-1-2) to make it closer.
Real Cyr stopped 39 shots as the Cougars (15-34-1-2) ended a seven-game losing streak. Priestner was tested with 26 shots.