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Tayler Thompson, Prince George Cougars best Prince Albert Raiders 6-3

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Tayler Thompson's power-play goal near the end of the second period stood as the winner Tuesday as the Prince George Cougars topped the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3 in Western Hockey League play.

Nick Buonassisi had a short-handed goal for Prince George (2-1-1), while Jordan Tkatch and Alex Forsberg both had a goal and an assist. Spencer Asuchak also scored and Caleb Belter added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left in the third.

Justin Maylan had a pair of goals and an assist for Prince Albert (1-4-1), while Mike Winther scored and added an assist.

"There were a lot of things that went wrong," Prince Albert coach Bruno Campese said. "We were back to some early habits in the season where we got down early and gave up short-handed goals.

"Just when you think you're breaking away from those habits the last two games we're right back at it. The mental preparation and execution of our plan just didn't happen tonight."

Drew Owsley made 33 saves to earn the win for the Cougars. Cole Holowenko stopped 38 shots for the Raiders. Holowenko, who also turned aside Wilson Dumais' penalty shot, was one of the few bright spot for the Raiders.

"I thought we left Holowenko out to dry. We gave up far too many odd-man attacks," Campese said. "I thought he kept us in the game. He gave us a chance."

Prince George was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Prince Albert went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

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