Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Round 2 vs Chilliwack




63 (16th)
Goals For
95 (5th)
114 (15th)
Goals Against
59 (T-2nd)
19.63% (8th)
Power Play
19.05% (11th)
73.60% (16th)
Penalty Kill
82.95% (5th)

Venue: The Prospera Centre
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series:  Chilliwack has won the one game this season 4-1.

 Game Overview:
The last time these two teams met it was a closer result than the 4-1 that the score wound up at. There were a few unfortunate giveaways for PG, so those started the slide for the team. This time they’ll also look to get some man advantages, as the first game they came out without a single power play. The unit was shutout against Powell River, but was 3 for 8 the night before in a win over Salmon Arm. Tonight will be the first of a three day road trip all against Mainland Division opponents, which will prove to be big in the Spruce Kings hut for a playoff spot.
Prince George Road Record: 3-10-0-2
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Adam Brubacher – 9G-13A-22Pts

Chilliwack Home Record: 10-2-0-1
Chiefs Leading Scorer: Jordan Kawaguchi – 13G-17A-30 Pts

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
With some young bodies in the lineup tonight, it will be interesting to see how the call ups fare. Ethan De Jong will be pulling on the Spruce Kings jersey for the fourth time. In his first game, the coaches had a lot of confidence in him, and had him out alongside Parker Colley and Corey Hoffman for a defensive faceoff in the final minutes with a one goal lead. He managed to collect an assist on the following faceoff to help Parker Colley score his first BCHL goal. Another AP player playing will be Josh Laata from the NW Vancouver Giants. He is third in BCMML league scoring, with 30 points (9 goals / 21 assists) in 16 games. A few weeks ago, Laata was on a roadtrip with the team, but never slotted in for any games besides a warmup skate in West Kelowna. Tonight he will get his chance to play, and will be wearing #22.

With two goals in the last game, and the team’s leading scorer, Jordan Kawaguchi is a player PG will need to shut down. One goal was a lucky turnover behind the net, and the other was a slick pass from Darien Craighead. One player who was held off the scoresheet in the teams first meeting was Dennis Cholowski. He is the highest scoring defenseman on the Chiefs, five points clear of Mark Esposito who sits second on the team. He was shutout in the last game vs the Wenatchee Wild, but had a goal and an assist the night before while taking on the Powell River Kings.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr
 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kings Topple Spruce Kings


                      3                                        Final Score                                        7
Logan, Guerra, Stief
Goal Scorers
Mullin (2), Evans, Turnbull, Leipsic, Betts, Kamer
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
0 for 3
Power Play
1 for 5
Ethan De Jong
3rd Star

2nd Star
Jonny Evans

1st Star
Tristan Mullin

Current Record

The first period was back and forth with no goals, the second period started well for the Spruce Kings, but Powell River took over from there.

In their second and final meeting of the season, Prince George looked to avoid the season sweep against Chad van Diemen’s old team. The first outing ended in a 6-2 loss in Powell River, but this time the Spruce Kings were coming off a win, instead of a 16 hour road trip the day before.

Nothing too wild happened in the first, as neither team could beat the other although Prince George led 12-7 in shots.

            Four minutes into the second period, and it was the Spruce Kings up 2-0. First it was Connor Logan, and the Nick Guerra scoring both goals being their second of the season. Just two minutes later though it was Powell River picking up two quick goals, as Mullin and Evans scored 50 seconds apart from one another to knot the game at 2.

            Cavin Tilsley would jam in the puck later in the period, but the refs would wave it off saying they didn’t see the puck cross the goal line.

That would prove costly, as in the third as Mullin scored his second goal of the game while on the man advatge to take their first lead of the game. Flash ahead six minutes, and in the blink of an eye Powell River extended their lead to 5-3 thanks to two goals just 13 seconds apart.

Later in the period Matt Stief burst down the left wing, and wired one under the bar extending his point streak to ten games, and bringing his team within two. Prince George would earn a late power play, but it was Powell River taking advantage as Kyle Betts was able to get the puck up the left wing, and then beat Stief to the puck before sending it into the empty net. Then Austin Kamer went down on a shorthanded breakaway, and scored with just one second left on the clock to ice the game at 7-3.

Crowning Moment: Tilsley’s no-goal being called off was a big hit for the Spruce Kings. It would have restored the lead, and given Prince George some momentum. Instead, the visiting Kings scored three more goals unanswered in the third to go up 5-2.

No Scoring
5-3 Prince George Spruce Kings at 17:48 Matthew Stief (unassisted)
6-3 Powell River Kings at 19:24 (SH) (EN)Kyle Betts (unassisted)
7-3 Powell River Kings at 19:59 (SH) Austin Kamer (unassisted)

Spruce Kings vs Kings Preview



60 (16th)
Goals For
83 (11th)
107 (15th)
Goals Against
67 (4th)
20.19 (7th)
Power Play
16.67% (15th)
73.33% (16th)
Penalty Kill
81.01% (8th)

Venue: Prince George Coliseum
Game Time: 3pm
Last Year’s Matchup: 1-1
Season Series:  Loss 6-2 a few weeks ago in the first game of the island road trip.

 Game Overview:
The last time these two teams met, it was Powell River coming away with a 6-2 win. Things were tied 2-2 in the second, but the Kings would score two late goals, and add another pair in the third to take the final win. It wasn’t the result Chad van Diemen was looking for against his old team, and he will look to do better on home ice this time around. This time the Spruce Kings won’t have spent 16 hours on a road trip from PG to Powell River the day before, so that should help Prince George.
Prince George Home Record: 4-7-0-0
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Adam Brubacher – 9G/13A/22pts)

Powell River Road Record: 6-7-0-1
Kings Leading Scorer: Nick Halagian – 5G/16A/21 pts (3G/2A/5pts vs PG this season)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
A player that might be unappreciated this season is Bryan Basilico. Not that he isn’t treated well, but probably isn’t talked about as much as he deserves. In his first season with PG since being acquired from Trail, Basilico has 13 points in 20 games including three power play goals which ranks second on the team. The power forward had a pair of assists last night against the Silverbacks.

The last time these two teams met, Nick Halagian scored nearly a ¼ of the points he has now. A five point night came courtesy of a hat trick, and two assists in a 6-2 win in Powell River. The forward has just four points since that game though.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr
 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey. This game will also be broadcast on 99.3 The Drive