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Connolly's hat trick the difference as Prince George beats Chilliwack 7-6 @NHLdotcom

CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Brett Connolly scored three goals as the Prince George Cougars held on for a 7-6 win over the Chilliwack Bruins in Western Hockey League action Saturday.

Greg Fraser, Brock Hirsche, Robbie Ciolfi and Taylor Makin added singles for the Cougars (2-2-0), while Jesse Forsberg, Tyler Halliday and Marek Viedensky had two assists apiece.

Mitch Topping, Kevin Sundher, Travis Belohrad, Dylen McKinlay, Ryan Howse and Brandon Manning replied for the Bruins (1-3-0), who rallied from a 6-1 deficit but ultimately fell short.

James Priestner made 29 saves to earn the win for Prince George.

Lucas Gore and Mark Friesen combined to stop 19 shots for Chilliwack.

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