Cougars Roaring to a Playoff Spot. The Prince George Cougars Are Closing in on the Last Playoff Spot in the West
By Smoke Stark
The Prince George Cougars have been on a quick pace as of late, winning six games in a row before running into the brick wall known only as the Portland Winterhawks. The defending WHL champions were too much for the Cougars to handle as they defeated the Prince George team three times in a row. Despite the setback given to them by the Winterhawks, they continue to gain valuable points in the standings. With nine games left in the regular season, the Cougars sit only two points behind the eighth and final playoff spot. Cougars’ faithfuls will also quickly point out that of the last nine games, only two are played away from the CN Centre. Couple the favourable remaining schedule with the fact that the team has found a swagger that has been missing for quite some time, you have all the makings for a post-season appearance which has eluded the cats for a number of years. One may ask, why is this team on such a roll? Look no further than the two newcomers, Todd Fiddler and Brad Morrison.
Fiddler, traded to the Cougars by the Moose Jaw Warriors, is giving the Cougars’ faithfuls an offensive performance last seen by the Tampa Bay prospect of Brett Connolly a couple of seasons ago. With 73 points in 43 games with the Cats this season, Fiddler has given his team a sorely needed alternative when the likes of Zach Pochirro and others have failed to put the puck in the back of the net. Fiddler will be counted on to lead this team the rest of the way if the playoffs are to be in the cards. Another player that has impressed fans is Brad Morrison. This 16-year-old center from Westside, BC is really becoming a standout in the later part of the season. Fans that have watched the Cougars play in the last little while have seen his confidence grow as he continues to put points on the board. He does it with the flair of a young Pavel Datsyk; watch for his name to rocket up the draft prospect standing in the next year. Last, but certainly not least, is the Cougars’ captain. Troy Bourke has been a pleasure to watch throughout his WHL career. Bourke is second on the team in regards to scoring this season, with Fiddler in first, but it is his leadership that has caught the attention of the coaching staff and fans. The Colorado Avalanche prospect must continue to be a leader in the dressing room and on the ice if the Cougars wish to capture that elusive last playoff spot.