What a treat to turn on the Vancouver Canucks game and see, Jordan White, a Spruce Kings alumni getting into his first NHL game with the San Jose Sharks. Normally the tandem of Antti Niemi and Antero Nittymaki would be the go to guys between the pipes for the San Jose Sharks, but that changed earlier in the day. After Nittymaki was placed on the Injury Reserve list, the Sharks turned to the former Spruce Kings and current UBC netminder to fill the role of backup goaltender, signing White to a one-day amateur tryout contract.
|Jordan White making a save in goal for the Spruce Kings|
(January 14, 2007)
The Camrose Kodiaks showed the Prince George fans why they were in the National Championship for a second straight year after cutting the lead in half before the end of the second and then tying the game in the third. At the end of regulation time, the Kodiaks led 42-34 on the shot clock and had one powerplay goal in five chances while keeping the Spruce Kings without an odd man tally in four tries.
Overtime in the National Championship is of the full meal variety with a full intermission between 20 minute periods. This scenario played out in the Prince George Multiplex for a five full periods and got in to a sixth before the game was final settled six hours after it began - shortly after 1am local time.
|Overtime action in the RBC semi final game|
(May 13, 2007)
Unfortunately the physical, mental and emotional drain of the game that took a total of 146 minutes to play, 86 minutes of which were played under the stressful setting of sudden death, was just too much to over come in the final game. The Spruce Kings won silver, but for the fans that were in the building that night, the team won gold in that semi final game.
Oh and as for the eventual winning goal ... that was scored by Jason Yuel tipping a Tyler Helfrich shot under the cross bar while on the powerplay ... their first powerplay goal of the game in ten opportunities. It was a beautiful goal that can be found in the Hockey Hall of Fame in the form of Jason Yuel's stick and the puck that came 122:50 minutes after the Spruce Kings made it a 2-0 game.