Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Member of the Century Club

In his 151st game in the British Columbia Hockey League - all with the Prince George Spruce Kings - Justin Fillion notched a power play goal and helped set up Brandon Watson’s first as a Spruce King. A goal and an assist may not seem like much until you realize that the twenty year old defenceman came into the game with 99 career points.

The two points Fillion picked up on Friday night put him into the Spruce Kings Century Club, a fairly exclusive club that only had four members prior to the Spruce Kings game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on December 3rd.

With the team on a powerplay and the faceoff in the offensive zone to the left of the Capitals’ netminder, Lyndon Martell took the draw and won it straight back. Standing just under the blue line in the high slot, Fillion wasted no time and fired the one-timer that beat Chase Martin at 12:23 of the second period. The goal evened up the score at two apiece and provided some momentum for the home team.

Just under five minutes later Justin Fillion was able to get the puck out of his one zone and onto the stick of Trent Murdoch setting up a two-on-one. With the defenceman committing to the puck carrier, Murdoch was able to dish off a neat pass behind his back to a streaking Brandon Watson.

In his first game as a member of the Spruce Kings squad, Watson was able to go in all alone on Martin and as he faded to his backhand, he roofed a shot on the goaltender’s blocker side. The goal spotted the Spruce Kings to a 3-2 lead late in the second period and pushed Fillion over the 100 point mark and into fourth spot over all for defenceman in the Century Club.

It will take something of a miracle to catch the number one seed in the Club as David Keough has 200 points in 202 games over four seasons with the Spruce Kings. Second on the list is the Carolina Hurricanes 3rd round pick from 1999, Brad Fast with 126 points. As an active player, Fillion stands to catch Ryan deVries in 3rd spot with 115 points. Zach Davies is the other member of the Century Club with exactly 100 points.

RJay Berra and Nic DeSousa are both closing in on the Century Club; DeSousa has 94 points while the Spruce Kings captain has 92.

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