Friday, November 30, 2012

Game Preview: vs Chilliwack Chiefs

Mr. Movember, Sean Landrey and the Spruce Kings will be
looking to get a "handle" on the Chilliwack Chiefs tonight

After a tough one last night the Prince George Spruce Kings will be looking to even up the season series with the Chilliwack Chiefs tonight. The home team took one on the chin on the scoreboard last night but like any good fighter, is prepared to get back up, dust themselves off and go another round tonight.

The Spruce Kings started out strong with a couple of good shots on their first shift but it was the Chiefs first shot on goal from Austin Plevy that set the tone for the night. Plevy’s shot turned into the eventual game winner with Mitch Gillam turning aside all 31 shots he faced.

As for the Prince George netminders, Liam McLeod did start the game between the pipes but had to be helped off the ice early in the second period after making a huge stop on the penalty kill. McLeod was checked out immediately after and has since been cleared to play and will be dressed tonight as the backup goaltender.

With a few injuries still nagging the team tonight, the Spruce Kings have called up another player from the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget team. One night after Liam Blackburn made an impression on the fans and coaching staff, Braiden Epp will get his turn to wear the crown and show what he is capable of.

Looking at the players in the system for the Spruce Kings lets everybody know that the future is bright for the team as all APs have come in and had good to great showings. Recently those APs have included Kody Disher and Spencer Schoech who were both late cuts from the pre-season roster.

Fans of old time hockey will have appreciated the hard hitting physical style of play that both teams put on last night and there is no reason not to expect the same thing tonight. It was a little surprising to see that much emotion from two teams that hadn’t played each other since last season.

Tonight's game is a 7pm start in the Coliseum with the game broadcast on 93.1 CFIS-FM. It can also be heard online with the free audio broadcast on and the pay-per-view broadcast on

On a side note, with the December 1st Hockey Canada roster deadline, there is an expectation of player movement throughout the entire league. On December 1st all teams have to be down to 25 player cards for the remainder of the season. This means that teams will be making moves to solidify their 22 man roster leaving three cards to make player transactions up to the January 10th trade deadline.

BCHL rules and regulations state that all player trades made on Saturday December 1st must be approved by the League and will not be made public until 10am Sunday December 2nd. Any player trades involving other leagues through the country must be completed by 6pm Pacific time and all trades inside the BCHL must be completed by 8pm.

With the rules and regulations, please note that there will be no rumours, speculation or any kind of trade discussion on the Spruce Kings Crusader, Facebook or Twitter feeds until after 10am Sunday December 2nd.

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