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WHL: Erricson's third period goal propels Cougars past Ice

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The Canadian Press
10/11/2012 1:07:00 AM
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Jari Erricson scored the winner at 10:39 of the third period Wednesday as the Prince George Cougars defeated the Kootenay Ice 5-4 in the Western Hockey League.

Dallas Ehrhardt, Caleb Belter, Brett Roulston and Colin Jacobs had the other goals for Prince George (5-1-1). Erricson also added an assist.

Joey Leach, with two, Kyle O'Connor and Erik Benoit scored for Kootenay (1-5-0). Luke Philip picked up two assists.

Brett Zarowny made 35 saves for the Cougars in the victory. Mackenzie Skapski allowed four goals on 11 shots before getting pulled in favour of Wyatt Hoflin, who stopped 5-of-6 shots the rest of the way.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Edmonton 4, Medicine Hat 2; Portland 4, Saskatoon 0; Kamloops 5, Victoria 2; and Spokane 6, Kelowna 4.

At Cranbrook, B.C., Erricson's first goal of the season came on a slapshot from the slot as the Cougars sent the Ice to their third straight loss.

After Erricson gave the Prince George the lead, the Kootenay had a great chance to tie it after Cougars' centre Zach Pochiro was handed a five-minute major for checking from behind.

But the Ice couldn't capitalize as Prince George held on.

The Cougars scored on their first shot of the night when Ehrhardt scored on a 4-on-2 rush just 70 seconds into the first.

Jacobs made it 2-0 on a breakaway with a pretty deke at 6:29 before Kootenay got one back when O'Connor scored his first WHL goal off a scramble on the power play at 18:40.

Belter restored the Cougars' two-goal advantage 3:34 into the second, but Kootenay cut the lead again when Benoit bounced a low shot home at 5:56 and Leach tied it at 11:40.

Roulston then scored his first in the WHL to give Prince George the lead again at 17:20.

However, Leach added his second of the night at 2:49 of the third to knot the score 4-4.

Oil Kings 4, Tigers 2

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Laurent Brossoit made 34 saves as Edmonton (5-2-1) defeated the Tigers (3-4-1).

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Winterhawks 4, Blades 0

At Saskatoon, Mac Carruth made 26 saves as Portland (5-3-1) shut out the Blades (2-6-0).

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Blazers 5, Royals 2

At Kamloops, B.C., Tim Bozon and Brendan Ranford each had a goal and an assist as the Blazers (6-0-1) downed Victoria (6-3-0).

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Chiefs 6, Rockets 4

At Kelowna, B.C., Mitch Holmberg scored twice and Eric Williams made 39 saves as Spokane (5-1-0) topped the Rockets (3-4-1).

Prince George Cougars (Photo: TSN)

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