Coming off a huge win over the Penticton Vees last night, the Prince George Spruce Kings will be looking to keep their foot on the gas pedal as they take on the Trail Smoke Eaters tonight. Both teams are riding the winner’s high after posting come-from-behind victories in their games.
Despite some stellar saves from the rookie goaltender, Jesse Jenks and the Spruce Kings found themselves down 1-0 early to the visiting Penticton Vees. That didn’t deter the Spruce Kings though who mounted their comeback starting with Jake LeBrun’s first of three on the night just after the BCHL timeout.
Chad Staley picked up his first of the season after finding a rebound in front of the net and Jake Lebrun would add one more before the end of the first period to give Prince George a 3-1 lead before Penticton chipped away to make it a 3-3 game in the third period.
The eventual game winner would be LeBrun’s sixth on the season, a powerplay tally from the dirty area. The goal would stand up despite an onslaught by the Penticton Vees in the remaining seven minutes of the game. Jesse Jenks was nothing short of spectacular, coming up with big timely saves to record his first BCHL win.
Meanwhile the Trail Smoke Eaters had to come from two down in the second period to post their second win of the season 3-2 over the Merritt Centennials in Merritt. The Smoke Eaters have played one more game than the Prince George Spruce Kings and both teams have five points with 2 wins and an overtime loss.
Tonight’s game is the only regular season visit from the Trail Smoke Eaters who are looking to leap frog the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the Interior Division to take over sole possession of third behind the Penticton Vees and West Kelowna Warriors. The Spruce Kings made up some ground on both the Surrey Eagles and the Chilliwack Chiefs who were scoreboard watching last night but will see action tonight. Prince George is currently tied with the Langley Rivermen for second place in the Mainland Division, one point back of the Coquitlam Express who defeated the Rivermen last night 6-2 in Langley.
This will be the Spruce Kings last home game of the month, next weekend they hit the road for a pair of games against the Express on the Friday and Sunday. On Saturday Prince George will be in Chilliwack to meet the Chiefs in Prospera Centre for the first Prince George Motors Feature Game of the Month on 99.3 the Drive.