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Tigers jump out to big lead, hold off Cougars in 5-4 win

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The Prince George Cougars lost again, but at least they made a game of it this time.

Medicine Hat jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead but were forced to hold off a furious comeback from Prince George as the Tigers beat the Cougars 5-4 in Western Hockey League play Wednesday.

It was a strong response form a Cougars team that lost 9-3 to the Tigers on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Saskatoon 4 Moose Jaw 3 (OT); Brandon 4 Lethbridge 1; Spokane 4 Chilliwack 1; Red Deer 4 Tri-City 3 (SO); and Kelowna 4 Seattle 2.

At Prince George, B.C., Wacey Hamilton, Joey Frazer, Linden Vey and Bretton Cameron scored goals in the first for Medicine Hat (31-15-8).

Alex Rodgers got one back for Prince George (9-39-2) in the second before Nick Buonassisi and Parker Stanfield made in 4-3 just over three minutes into the third.

But Matt MacKay pushed the Tigers' lead to 5-3 just a 1:18 later. James Dobrowolski brought Prince George back to within one with under three minutes to go, but the Cougars would get no closer.

Devan Dubyk made 36 saves to pick up the win, while Hudson Stremmel stopped 34 shots in defeat.

Blades 4 Warriors 3 (OT)

At Saskatoon, Marek Viedensky scored 29 seconds into overtime as the Blades beat Moose Jaw.

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Wheat Kings 4 Hurricanes 1

At Lethbridge, Alta., Jay Fehr had three assists as Brandon beat the Hurricanes.

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Chiefs 4 Bruins 1

At Chilliwack, B.C., Spokane scored two power-play goals in the first and cruised to a win over the Bruins.

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Rebels 4 Americans 3 (SO)

At Red Deer,Alta., Landon Ferraro had the only goal in the shootout as the Rebels roared back from a 3-0 deficit and earned a win over Western Hockey League leading Tri-Cty.

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Rockets 4 Thunderbirds 2

At Kelowna, B.C., Mitchell Callahan scored two of the Rockets' four power-play goals in the third period in a win over Seattle.

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