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Cariboo Cougars set to help fight against breast cancer

The Cariboo Cougars are set to do their part in the fight against breast cancer.

On Saturday afternoon the Cougars will face off against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in the Cariboo club’s fifth annual Pink in the Rink game. Activities around Kin 1 will bring attention to breast cancer and the occasion will serve as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

Admission will be by donation and a 50/50 draw will start at $1,000, courtesy of The Taba Group, a mine services company based in Fort St. James. There will also be a special Chuck A Puck contest, with more than $400 in prizes available.

On the ice, the Cougars will be wearing special jerseys trimmed in pink, recognized as the symbolic colour of breast cancer.

The game will start at 4 p.m.

The Cougars enter the Pink in the Rink game with a season record of 5-0-0-1, good for fourth place in the 11-team B.C. Hockey Major Midget League. After an overtime loss to the Thompson Blazers in their first game of the season, the Cats have posted five consecutive victories. They will be in for a battle against the Chiefs, who sit in second place with a 6-2-0-0 record. The Chiefs trail only the Okanagan Rockets, who are a perfect 8-0-0-0 so far.

Individually, Cariboo forward Alex Ochitwa is second in league scoring with seven goals and six assists in six games. He’s four points back of Teague Patton, a forward for the Okanagan Rockets who has put up four goals and 13 assists in eight outings. Defenceman Jeremy Hanzel – fourth in the scoring race – leads the Chiefs with one goal and 11 helpers in eight games.

The teams will also face off on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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