Howse leads Bruins past Cougars

It has now reached the point of absurdity.

Ryan Howse has always liked playing against his hometown team. He always seems to have an extra hop in his step when he plays Prince George.

But this season, he’s tormented the Cougars well beyond reasonable limits. In a pair of mid-week games in Prince George, both 7-4 wins for his Bruins, Howse racked up five goals and an assist.

He has 12 goals in eight games against PG this season, and seems to morph into an unstoppable force against the Cougars.

“I just have, I guess, some luck against them and that’s how it gets sometimes,” he told the Prince George Free Press. “You get lucky against certain teams, you get hot against certain teams and I remember last year, Brett Connolly was hot against us. Maybe things switched over this year.”

Bruins fans can only hope the 18-year-old can use the Cougars as a spring-board to great things as the team plays its final two regular season games this weekend and heads into the post-season.

Before the trip to PG, Howse had gone goal-less in four straight and was struggling to get back into a groove.

He was quick to credit linemate Roman Horak for turning things around. The Czech drew assists on three of his five goals in Prince George.

“I’ve just found that chemistry with Roman this year,” Howse said. “He’s a great player who has great vision. He finds me out there and that helps a lot. I couldn’t say enough about him and obviously the other guys that are out there on the ice with me at the time where I get the goals or assists or what not, so it’s really good.”

Offensively, the Bruins were golden against the Cougars.

Defensively, neither game was a work of art.

On Tuesday night, Chilliwack built up a 5-2 lead, only to take their collective skates off the gas and let the Cougars claw back.

It was 5-4 before late goals by Howse and McKinlay put things to bed. On Wednesday night, the Bruins led 4-1 in the second period before letting the Cougars back into it.

PG narrowed the gap to 4-3 before falling apart again in the third period.

“It was a little scrappy on our part,” Howse admitted. “It’s not the greatest building to play in because the fans aren’t always there. It kind of drains us a little bit and we kind of seem to back off a little bit. But we let them hang around and we kept scoring after they did, but we can’t let that happen moving forward.”

Moving forward, the Bruins host the Portland Winter Hawks tonight before travelling to Everett tomorrow for the regular season finale.

Then, it’s on to the playoffs against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. The Silvertips, currently sitting third in the conference, are a distinct possibility.

“Those are going to be playoff-like games and we could face Everett right at the start of the playoffs,” Howse noted. “But we’re going in with the same mindset as every other game. We’re just going to work hard and we’ll take the end result.”

The Bruins and Winter Hawks have met three times previously this season.

Chilliwack took the first two by scores of 5-4 and 6-4, but Portland had the last laugh with a 3-1 win Jan. 9.

The Bruins have had absolutely no luck with Saturday’s opponent, losing all three meetings to the Silvertips this season.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mackenzie Ashley-Lynn Gilfillan was last seen Jan. 10 in the 45000-block of Menholm Road. (RCMP photo)
RCMP asking for help to find missing Chilliwack woman

Mackenzie Ashley-Lynn Gilfillan was last seen Jan. 10 in the 45000-block of Menholm Road

Chilliwack Chiefs
Chilliwack Chiefs acquire forward Ben Woodhouse from Wellington Dukes

The BCHL club swapped future considerations to the Dukes for the 20-year-old forward

Chilliwack is still one of B.C.’s COVID hot-spots, according to the latest weekly numbers from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Chilliwack records 140 COVID cases over seven-day period

Chilliwack’s case count per 100,000 people is among the highest in the province

An Abbotsford man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 on Monday, Jan. 18. (Black Press file photo)
Abbotsford man killed in Highway 3 crash near Hedley

Fatality was discovered by passing tow truck driver

Light boxes installed recently near Five Corners, seen here on Jan. 18, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Mystery of the large light boxes in downtown Chilliwack revealed

Some suggested ‘warming stations’ for the homeless; others guessed ‘public art’ installations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Most Read