Cougars beat Hurricanes

When you're hot, you're hot.

The Prince George Cougars line of Jesse Gabrielle, Brad Morrison and Brogan O'Brien combined for seven points to help lead the Cats to a 4-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Monday night at CN Centre.

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Gabrielle and Morrison each had a goal and two assists, while O'Brien chipped in an assist as Prince George improved to 8-6-0 and 16 points to move into a tie for fourth place overall in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference.

It was the last game of a six-game road trip for Lethbridge who fell to 10-5-0 and remained in fourth place overall in the Eastern Conference.

With the Cougars holding on to a 3-2 lead going into the third period, Cougars left-winger Chase Witala scored the eventual winner at the 5:42 mark.

Lethbridge replied with a goal from forward Cory Millette but they couldn't score the equalizer to send the game into overtime.

In the second period, Prince George defenceman Luka Zorka blasted a shot from the point at the 8:06 mark of the frame on a power play.

Lethbridge defenceman Brady Reagan narrowed the lead to one with a shot of his own from the point 90 second later on the power play.

Gabrielle wristed a shot from the middle of the slot in front of the net after he was set up by O'Brien and Morrison.

Brayden Burke reduced Prince George's lead to one at the 19:13 mark of the second.

The Cougars opened the scoring with two and a half minutes left in the first period when Gabrielle skated from his own defensive zone and rushed down the right side and fed Morrison in front of the net who tapped the puck past Lethbridge netminder Jayden Sittler.

Sittler swept aside 36 of 40 shots, while Prince George netminder Ty Edmonds made 25 of 28 saves.

Prince George travels to Everett Friday to take on the Silvertips, followed by a tilt Saturday in Kamloops against the Blazers.

The Hurricanes return home to face Seattle on Friday.

Loose pucks: Monday's game marked Cougars head coach Mark Holick's 400th career WHL regular season game. Going in, he compiled a record of 192-171-36. Holick began his WHL head coaching career with the Kootenay Ice.

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