PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Brett Connolly scored his first Western Hockey League hat trick to lead the Prince George Cougars to a 7-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night.
Connolly, a rookie forward from Prince George, fired a pair of power-play goals in the first period and then capped the scoring in the third. Cougars captain Dana Tyrell, a draft pick of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, had two goals and two assists for a four-point night. Parker Stanfield added a pair of goals for the Cougars, and Justin Maylan also found the mark.
Prince George defenceman Cameron Cepek finished with four assists. Jake Trask and Tyler Shattock replied for the Blazers, who saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.
The Cougars led 3-0 after the first period and there was no more scoring until a wild third. The Blazers pulled into a 3-2 deficit thanks to power-play markers by Trask and Shattock. But, after that, it was all Cougars, who outshot the Blazers 51-22 overall.
The Cougars went 4-for-6 on the power play and the Blazers were 2-for-5. The Cougars bumped their record to 8-9-0-1 and the Blazers slipped to 8-9-0-2.
The teams meet again Wednesday night in Kamloops.
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