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Marek Tvrdon has two goals, assist in Vancouver?s 6-2 romp over Cougars

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VANCOUVER - Marek Tvrdon had two goals and an assist in Vancouver?s 6-2 romp over the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday night in Western Hockey League action.

Austin Vetterl had two goals of his own, while Dalton Sward and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Vancouver (7-6-1). Cain Franson added four assists.

Adam Morrison had to make 22 saves in the win.

Jarrett Fontaine and Campbell Elynuik scored for Prince George (3-9-0-1).

Drew Owsley (3-7-0-1) took the loss, allowing three goals on 11 shots in the first period. Devon Fordyce started the second period and finished with 15 saves.

Vancouver opened the scoring shorthanded with three seconds left in the penalty kill. Sward grabbed a puck out of a scrum and wristed a shot that handcuffed Owsley. Franson assisted on the goal at 3:23.

Tvrdon doubled the lead with a power-play goal at 17:32 of the first when he took a one-timer slap shot that beat Owsley for his sixth of the year.

Vetterl made it 3-0 before the first period was done. With Franson jamming at the puck it came out to Vetterl and the Surrey, B.C., native wristed it over a sprawling Cougars??? goalie at 19:28.

Prince George got on the board at 6:41 of the second. Fontaine took a pass from Jake Mykitiuk and rifled a shot that beat Morrison high to the glove side.

Less than a minute later the game took a turn for the worst when Prince George???s Martin Marincin caught Anthony Ast with his head down, delivering a questionable hit that scattered Ast???s equipment and sparked a melee as Vancouver tried to seek retribution.

After all the penalties were sorted and a tripping penalty later, the Giants had a 4-on-3 power play and Gallagher scored on a one-timer at 8:32.

With seven minutes to go in the second period there was another scrum-starting collision, this time when the Cougars??? Spencer Asuchak took a run at the Giants??? Brett Kulak. Gallagher dropped his gloves and immediately came to the defence of his teammate.

Vancouver scored its second short-handed goal of the game at 17:10 of the second. A broken play led to a 2-on-1 with Tvrdon burying the rebound after Fordyce stopped Franson???s initial shot.

Through the first two periods the two teams combined for 185 minutes in penalties, all called by the game???s only referee Sean Raphael.

In an otherwise quiet final period, the newly-acquired Elynuik scored his second of the season, first as a Cougar, converting a rebound at 12:11.

Vetterl finished off the scoring with 26.6 seconds to go, his second of the game.

These two teams meet again in Prince George on Friday but first the Cougars visit the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday before returning home.

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