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Cozzi nets a pair as Spruce Kings outlast Bandits in Game 5

Patrick Cozzi continues to have the hot stick for the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The 19-year-old from Greenlawn, New York scored two more goals as the Prince George Spruce Kings defeated the Brooks Bandits on Thursday by a 4-1 score.

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 from the 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, we don’t like each other 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.

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.

Puck drop for Game Six is 7 p.m., if the Bandits win on Saturday, a seventh game will be played on Sunday at 7 p.m. from the RMCA.