Caeden Bankier scored twice to lead the Kamloops Blazers to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre.
The win moves the Blazers into a first place tie with the Cougars atop the BC Division. Kamloops hold three games in hand.
The teams were tied 1-1 early in the second period when Banker won a faceoff to the left of Tyler Brennan.
He took up a position in the far faceoff circle and whipped a pass from Kaden Hammell past Brennan.
The Blazers didn't relinquish the lead.
Four minutes after Bankier gave the Blazers the lead, Fraser Minter connected off a pretty three-way passing play with the cougars down a man.
Bankier closed out the scoring with a shorthanded effort early in the third.
He was one-on-one with the defenceman, spun and beat Brennan with a backhand.
Ashton Ferster notched his first of the season when he dove head first and chipped a loose puck past Brennan.
The Cougars outshot Kamloops 35-28, but managed to get just one puck past Dylan Ernst.
The Blazers are off until Wednesday when they host Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats.