REGINA - Michael MacAngus had a goal and two assists and the Regina Pats used a potent power play to beat the Prince George Cougars 5-3 in WHL action Friday night.
Coming into the game with the top ranked power play in the league, it didn't take long for Regina (9-4-0-0) to draw a penalty then make the most of the situation.
Just 51 seconds into the game, Prince George's Ty Wishart was called for high-sticking. Ten seconds after that, Regina was celebrating its first goal of the game and Juraj Valach his first of the season, a slapshot set up by Alex Pym and Rudolf Cerveny.
Regina added another goal at 11:27, the team's first even strength goal in almost two games.
Prince George (4-8-0-0) found itself in more penalty trouble at 12:22 when Corey Tyrell and Jesse Dudas were both called for minor penalties.
Working a textbook five-on-three power play, Regina's Nick Ross and Michael MacAngus teamed up to get the puck back to defenceman Logan Pyett, who blasted a slapshot past Prince George goalie Real Cyr to put Regina up 3-0. The goal was Pyett's fourth on the season.
Prince George's Tommy Tartaglione took over in goal to start the second and Regina kicked off the new period with some penalty trouble of its own when Brett Leffler and Curtis Kulchar were sent to the box a minute apart.
On the ensuing power play, Prince George's Greg Gardner scored his fifth goal of the season to put his team on the board.
However, Prince George kept up their undisciplined play and Colin Haas's boarding penalty at 11:23 resulted in another Regina power play and another Regina power play goal. This time MacAngus did the honours, redirecting a pinpoint feed from Tim Kraus into the top corner for what turned out to be the game winner.
Regina sniper Jordan Eberle added another goal at 5:23 of the third with a wicked wrist shot over Tommy Tartaglione's glove to put Regina up 5-1 and notch his team-and league-leading 11th goal of the season.
Prince George centres Greg Gardner and Colin Haas added goals a minute apart later in the period to round out the scoring.
Regina goalie Jeff Bosch made 22 saves for the victory while Cyr and Tartaglione, who recorded the loss, faced a combined 43 shots.