Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spruce Kings Rebound with Narrow Loss to Wenatchee


                      2                                     Final OT Score                                  3
Johnson, Tilsley
Goal Scorers
Von Ungern, Rockwell, Conzo
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
OT Shots
 1 for 3
Power Play
0 for 6

3rd Star
Tyler Rockwell

2nd Star
Troy Conzo

1st Star
August Von Ungern

Following a 6-1 score the night before, the Spruce Kings responded brilliantly. They had a pair of unlucky goals go against them that sent the game to overtime, and got a spectacular game from Liam McCloskey who made 40 saves following getting pulled on Friday.

In the first, Prince George had two power plays, while Wenatchee had two and a half where the other half transferred to the second period, but neither team was able to score.

Wenatchee would score the first goal, as just 1:50 in August Von Ungern was able to jam the puck in. Liam McCloskey thought he had the puck under his pad, but the linesmen disagreed, and never blew the whistle until after the goal.

It took Prince George 14:52 to get their first shot of the second period, but they made it count. Tanner Campbell in his first game back since suffering a lower body injury against Langley a few weeks ago led a two on one with Parker Colley. With Colley hustling to the net, he was able to draw the defender away, and Campbell spotted Kyle Johnson as the trailer. Wenatchee was one of the three teams in the BCHL Johnson didn’t have a point against, but he changed that with a shot past the blocker of Garrett Nieto.

Prince George would take their first lead of the weekend, as Cavin Tilsley stole the puck at the Wild blueline, and took the puck down beating Nieto five hole on a power play in the third. The goal doubled Tilsley’s team in PPG, as he now has four with the nearest teammate at two.

Wenatchee would continue pushing, and extending their shot dominance. The eventual tying goal was a goofy one from the blueline, as Von Ungern slid the puck around the boards to Tyler Rockwell at the left point. Rockwell shot the puck about two metres wide left of the net, but wound up taking a deflection, and beating McCloskey to tie the game at two with 5:58 remaining in the third period.

That would take the Spruce Kings to extra time, where they hadn’t won in four attempts heading in. With three losses and a tie, Prince George would again fall flat as Troy Conzo cut to the slot, and fired a puck into the net for a big home ice win. With the two points, and Chilliwack losing to Cowichan Valley, the Wild climbed to within two points of first place in the Mainland division. The Chiefs do hold a game in hand, and the two will meet on Wednesday in a critical four point game.

With the OT loss, Prince George earned at least one point from the weekend, in a very tough arena in Wenatchee. They take on Coquitlam today in an afternoon game starting at 2pm.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wild Extend Win Streak to Six


                      1                                        Final Score                                        6
Goal Scorers
Drabin, Conzo, Raabe, Combs, Burston, Stephan
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
0 for 3
Power Play
2 for 4

3rd Star
Colin Burston

2nd Star
Dakota Raabe

1st Star
Charlie Combs

Current Record

Prince George entered Wenatchee searching for their first win south of the border this season. On night one they didn’t find it falling 6-1 to the Wild in the Town Toyota Centre.

Turning Point: The turning point came early into the game, as Prince George had an opportunity just under eight minutes in on the power play. With Colin Burston in the box for roughing, the Spruce Kings matched up against the league’s top ranked penalty kill. Wenatchee was able to kill off the man advantage with relative ease, and wound up scoring just a minute after the penalty expired.
            Both at even strength, Joseph Drabin and Troy Conzo scored within three minutes to double a lead heading into the second.

            Prince George would get off to an ideal start to the middle frame, as Braiden Epp collected the puck in his zone, and fired up to Ben Poisson racing up the left side. The Burnaby Winter Club committed player kept on track, and was able to find a hole between the legs of Perry for his first BCHL goal/point.

            Responding a few minutes later though was the Spruce Kings chopper Dakota Raabe, as he scored his sixth goal of the year while playing Prince George to double the lead once again. In six games this season, Raabe has eight points, and has just one game where he hasn’t scored. Most of the work was done by Charlie Combs though, as he burst down the right side, and steamed towards the net. McCloskey lost control of the puck, and wound up sitting in the crease for Raabe to tap in.

In the third, Wenatchee would add a pair within the first three and a half minutes to snap any hopes of the PG comeback. That would be the end of the night for Liam McCloskey as he was pulled after allowing five goals on 24 shots. Joseph McLeod came in for relief, and surrendered one goal on eight shots while playing 16:33.

That final goal came off the stick of Kyle Stephan, as he cut in from the right boards, and beat McLeod blocker side to seal the game at 6-1.

Wenatchee had six different goal scorers, and Chase Perry made 16 saves for the win. Perry has played in all six games this year against Prince George, and has allowed a combined six goals in those games, including a pair of shutouts.

Prince George will face Wenatchee again Saturday night at 7:05, and then take on the Coquitlam Express Sunday in an early 2pm game to close out their final road trip of the season. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spruce Kings Hit The Road Again


Goals For
Goals Against
Power Play
Penalty Kill

Venue: Town Toyota Center
Game Time: Friday @ 7:05pm
Season Series:  Wenatchee leads 4-1. Prince George’s lone win came at home in a 3-2 win with Raposo picking up the game winner.

 Game Overview:
It’s been a while since the Spruce Kings took on the Wenatchee Wild. Since the last meeting Prince George has a very new lineup, that looks a lot younger following the trade deadline. In the Spruce Kings first visit to the Town Toyota Center, the Wild outshot them 27-19, but barely won coming away with a 2-1 win. That was during Jake LeBrun’s hot streak, and he had the lone goal with a PPG in front of the crowd of 3044. Wenatchee leads the league in attendance, with their average of 2915 fans being nearly 600 ahead of the second place Penticton Vees. Prince George started the season getting outscored 13-1 in two games against the Wild, but the past games have all been close.
Prince George Home Record: 5-18-1-2
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Matt Stief – 4 goals / 34 assists / 38 points

Wenatchee Road Record: 15-7-1-1
Wild Leading Scorer: Brendan Harris – 11 goals / 34 assists / 45 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings: Last weekend against the Surrey Eagles, Parker Colley paced the Spruce Kings attack with four points. He had two assists on Friday, and then added a goal and an assist on Saturday. Of all the goals Colley has scored, all three have now been on breakaways, with one coming on an empty net. He didn’t have any points last week, but Adam Burnett has been developing into a leader for his team. The last few games have seen him collect a number of penalties, so look for him to hit the scoresheet with some offence this weekend.

Wild: Last time Prince George travelled to Wenatchee, Chase Perry had a much deserved third star selection. He has played Prince George in all five games, and has yet to see over 23 shots. He has two shutouts, two games allowing one goal, and one game (the loss) where he let in three. The third star selection in Wenatchee was the only star he received in those five games. Of the five games the Wild have beat the Spruce Kings, only once did they have a repeat scorer, and that was Dakota Raabe with a pair in the 8-0 win. He leads the Wild in goals against the Spruce Kings this year with four goals in five games.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey. On the game Friday, catch the game on 99.3 The Drive