It’s been a couple of weeks since the Spruce Kings last played a home game; tonight’s game is the seventh game in the Castle with the Spruce Kings enjoying a 3-2-0-1 record.
The team has found some offense in the absence of Jake LeBrun, who is expected back early in the month of November. The return of Brent Lashuk has been a contributing factor as has the emergence of Jeremiah Luedtke.
Lashuk scored two goals sixteen seconds apart last Saturday in his second game back. Luedtke also found his stride this past weekend picking up a total of six points including a highlight reel goal setup by Mitch Eden.
The Spruce Kings defence has been solid when called upon and continue to lead the Mainland Division for fewest goals against in a game. Jesse Jenks has been a shining star in net for Prince George and sits among the League’s best with a 2.25 GAA.
The strong play of Jenks has earned him a chance at cracking the Team Canada West roster for the World Junior A Challenge taking place in Yarmouth, NS from November 4th - 10th. The Selection Camp begins on Saturday October 26th and runs for four days in Calgary, AB.
After a big win on Sunday afternoon against their divisional opponent in Langley, the Spruce Kings will be looking to gain momentum with the first of two games this weekend tonight. The opponents will be looking to do the same.
In their last meeting the Merritt Centennials extended their winning streak to four games but have only won twice in their past five outings. The visitors bring an almost fully healthy roster with them to the Castle, the lone exception being Dan Nachbaur who is out with an upper body injury.
Two other scratches on the Centennials lineup include Waylon Williams and Jake Clifford. Russell Sanderson is getting the nod in net tonight for the Centennials, it will be his first start in over a month after sitting on the injured reserve list since suffering an injury following a September 14th game versus the West Kelowna Warriors.
The game tonight is the second Prince George Motors Feature Game of the Month on 99.3 the Drive with Ron St. Clair. The game will be broadcast live following the Vancouver Canucks. The game is also Prince George’s turn to compete in the Five Hole For Food BCHL Challenge.
As well as being broadcasted live on 99.3 the Drive, tonight's game will also be available as a pay-per-view game on Fasthockey.com and on the Spruce Kings Mixlr channel beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.