Stankoven nets game-winner in Kamloops Blazers' comeback victory over Prince George Cougars

Logan Stankoven capped a thrilling comeback on Saturday at Sandman Centre.

The 18-year-old Kamloops Blazers’ forward from the Tournament Capital scored the game-winning goal at 10:09 of the third period in a 5-4 win over the Prince George Cougars.

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Connor Zary’s short-handed marker at 5:25 of the third period tied the game at 4-4.

Connor Zary
Connor Zary scored short-handed to tie the game in the third period. - Allen Douglas/KTW

Stankoven opened the scoring less than five minutes into the first period, but the Cougars roared back with three straight goals (Ethan Browne, Kyren Gronick and Carter MacAdams) to give Prince George a 3-1 lead heading into the second frame.

Caedan Bankier and Josh Pillar scored for Kamloops and Koehn Ziemmer bulged the twine for Prince George in the second period.

Dylan Garand made 18 saves on 22 shots and picked up the win between the pipes.

Taylor Gauthier backstopped the Cougars, allowing five goals on 32 shots.

Stankoven (3G, 1A) and Zary (1G, 3A) are tied for the lead in Blazers’ scoring after two games, with four points each.

The Blazers and hometown Kelowna Rockets will square off on Tuesday, a 7:05 p.m. start.

B.C. Division standings: Kamloops (2-0), Kelowna (1-0), Prince George (0-1), Vancouver (0-1), Victoria (0-1).

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