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Cougars close in on WHL BC Division title

Parascak, Valis pot a pair of goals in 5-1 win over Blazers in Kamloops
Cougars winger Terik Parascak scored twice Friday in a 5-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers in Kamloops.

The Prince George Cougars are one win away from clinching their second-ever BC Division title.

They took care of business Friday night in Kamloops, crushing the Blazers 5-1 in front of a crowd of 4,411 at Sandman Centre.

Rookie sensation Terik Parascak collected his 33rd and 34th goals of the season and Borya Valis also had a two-goal night to spice the Cougar offence.

Ondrej Becher contributed a goal and an assist in a first-star performance and Riley Heidt finished with two assists.

Ashton Ferster scored the lone Kamloops goal. The Blazers forward has goals in all three of the most recent games against the Cougars this month.

Ty Young was solid between the piped, blocking 32 of 33 Kamloops shots.

Zac Funk was held to one assist. He’s still one goal shy of Quinn Hancock’s Cougars single-season record for goals. Hancock set the record of 54 in 197-98.

The Cougars led 3-0 after one period and got goals from Parascak and Valis in the third period to cast away any doubts of the eventual outcome.

It was the 18th road victory this season for the Cats, who improved to 39-15-0-3. They’re 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games.

Their only other BC title came in 2016-17 when they finished with a 45-21-3-3 record. Their 45 wins that season still stands as the team record, set during a 72-game season. Cougars have 11 games left to eclipse that in their 68-game season.

The Cougars wrap up their weekend trip Saturday in Kelowna against the Rockets (26-28-3-0), who skated to a 4-1 win at home Friday against the Vancouver Giants. Andrew Cristall had three goals in that game.

The Cats will be back on home ice next weekend for a two-game set against the Spokane Chiefs.