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Connolly's first WHL hat trick helps Prince George down the Bruins 5-2 @NHLdotcom

CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Brett Connolly scored his first Western Hockey League hat trick to lead the Prince George Cougars past the Chilliwack Bruins 5-2 on Friday night.

Justin Maylan and Tyler Halliday also scored for the Cougars (23-33-0-2).

David Robinson and Randy McNaught replied for Chilliwack (14-38-2-4).

Kevin Armstrong made 22 saves for Prince George, while Bruins netminder Lucas Gore stopped 19 shots.

In a bizarre statistical twist, both teams recorded eight shots in every period, finishing with 24 shots each.

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