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Cougars prevent doubleheader sweep

Beat Blazers for first time in five games
By Gregg Drinnan
November 28, 2015 10:58 P.M.
It was FanCon night as the Prince George Cougars played host to the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night. Fans were encouraged to dress as their favourite fictional characters from comics, movies, TV or video games. (Photo: @GregFry)

The Prince George Cougars finally figured out the Kamloops Blazers.
The Cougars got two goals and an assist from forward Jared Bethune and beat the visitors, 7-3, last night.
It was Prince George’s first victory over Kamloops in five tries this season. The Blazers had beaten the host Cougars 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night. The first three games of the season series were played in Kamloops, where the Blazers outscored the Cougars 20-4 en route to a trio of victories.
It was a different story last night, however, as the Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second period, driving Kamloops goaltender Connor Ingram to the bench in the process.
Bethune, who has nine goals, scored two of the Cougars’ first three goals, at 10:15 of the first period, for a 1-0 lead, and at 10:27 of the second, to put his guys up 3-0.
The line of Bethune, Jansen Harkins and Brad Morrison combined for nine points. Morrison had a goal, his seventh, and two assists, with Harkins contributing three assists.
Colby McAuley, Luke Harrison, who started this season with the Blazers, Aaron Boyd and Kody McDonald also scored for the Cougars, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games.
Quinn Benjafield got the Blazers on the board, scoring his third goal of the season at 13:15 of the second to cut into the 4-0 deficit. However, the Cougars scored the next three goals to take a 7-1 lead.
The Blazers got their last two goals from forward Spencer Bast, his second, at 11:31 of the third period and defenceman Dawson Davison, his fourth, on a power play at 16:58.
Cougars goaltender Ty Edmonds, who had sat out six games with a hamstring problem, stopped 24 shots in his return to action.
Ingram, who went in with a 7-2-1 career record against Prince George, gave up four goals on 18 shots before departing. Reliever Dylan Ferguson stopped 20 of 23 shots.
The Blazers (11-9-3) hadn’t lost in regulation time since the visiting Calgary Hitmen beat them 4-2 on Oct. 23. Kamloops hadn’t allowed more than four goals since dropping a 7-2 decision to the host Seattle Thunderbirds on Oct. 16. The Blazers had been 10-1-3 since that loss.
The Cougars (13-9-2) are third in the five-team B.C. Division and now are three points ahead of the Blazers.
JUST NOTES: Announced attendance was 3,333. . . . The Blazers were 1-for-5 on the power play; the Cougars were 0-for-5. . . . Each team was assessed 65 minutes in penalties in what was a chippy game. . . . The Blazers scratched D Dallas Valentine (undisclosed injury) for a fifth game, F Matt Campese, F Jesse Zaharichuk and D Cam Reagan. . . . The Blazers have three home games remaining before they go on a pre-Christmas East Division swing. They will entertain the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday, with the Portland Winterhawks here on Friday(Food Bank Night) and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday (Teddy Bear Toss). . . . After the visit by the Tigers, the Blazers won’t play at home again until Dec. 27.
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