May 3, 2019
Patrick Cozzi continues to have the hot stick for the Prince George Spruce Kings.
Best known as a play-maker, the 21-year-old from Greenlawn, New York scored two more goals as the Prince George Spruce Kings defeated the Brooks Bandits on Thursday in a 4-1 home ice victory.
After scoring in game 4, Cozzi is now 3G-1A in the series.
The victory puts Prince George in the driver’s seat as they now lead the Doyle Cup 3-2 heading into Saturday’s Game Six at home in Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
Cozzi is of the opinion the hostile environment at the RMCA continues to give the Bandits fits.
“I don’t think they are used to such a rowdy crowd or our atmosphere so we just have to keep playing the way we are playing and our fans are doing an unreal job in getting under their skin.”
The best-of-seven series has resembled an all-out-war over the past couple of nights, with both teams playing hard, coupled with lots of rough stuff after the whistle sending this matchup into a fever pitch.
“We don’t like each other for sure, we have had a lot of chirping and it’s a playoff atmosphere out there but it is a lot of fun. They don’t like us and we don’t like them but I think we both respect each other. We just have to keep beating them and get under their skin,” said Cozzi.
The animosity showed when three players from each team were assessed misconduct penalties in the last minute of the game; a player from each team had been handed the same penalty two minutes prior.
Prince George never trailed in the contest, carrying period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
Bandits blueliner Brandon Scanlin tied up the game briefly in the second before Ben Poisson re-took the lead for the Spruce Kings.
Corey Cunningham provided the insurance marker off of a broken play where Dylan Anhorn missed a chance in front of the net but the repossessed the puck and tucked it home past Pierce Charleson who took the loss in goal for Brooks.
Shots finished 31-26 for the Spruce Kings, who posted a 10-3 shot advantage in the first. Logan Neaton got the win.
Puck drop for Game Six is 7:00 PM Saturday at the RMCA in PG. If the Bandits win a seventh game will be played on Sunday at 7:00 PM at the RMCA.
Photos by Vicki Brown and James Doyle.