The Prince George Spruce Kings return to the Castle tonight sitting in top spot of the Mainland Division after a successful three game swing through the Lower Mainland last weekend. The team turn a pair of stops in Coquitlam and another in Chilliwack into three one-goal victories to pick up all six points available on the weekend.
The weekend featured a number of highlight type plays with both goaltenders making spectacular saves and a number of momentum changing goals. The BCHL Player of the Week was Karan Toor after he scored his first BCHL career goal, a shorthanded goal and was in on all three game winning goals.
Considered by many to be the most underrated defenceman in the League and more known for his consistent play defensively, Toor was turning heads for his offensive play on the weekend. His first BCHL career goal was the game winner on Friday night after he jumped up on the play and finished a two-on-one with Jake LeBrun.
The two would convert again on Saturday night for the game winning goal again after Toor’s shot on goal was picked up in a goal mouth scramble by LeBrun. The following night saw Karan Toor jump up and turn a short handed situation into an odd man rush where he looked off the defender and fired a shot “bar down” to tie the game. He then found himself on the ice with Bryant Christian who scored the overtime winner on Sunday.
Brogan O’Brien, who was with the team on Friday night, has been signed to a roster spot after impressing in the game against the Coquitlam Express and also coming up with six points in two games with the Cariboo Cougars on the weekend. O’Brien is expected to centre a line with Sean Landrey and Riley Hawes tonight.
The Vernon Vipers are coming off a home-and-home weekend series with the Surrey Eagles where the visitors took the victories away from the hometown fans. In the Vipers win on Friday night, Mason Blacklock was the offensive hero earning first star honours after picking up a pair of goals in the third period. Austin Smith earned the win in net and the game’s second star stopping 33 of 34 shots he faced.
The goal for every team is to earn a berth to the RBC Royal Bank Cup, for the Vernon Vipers they are the only team that already has a reserved spot as the host team for the 2014 National Championship. The Vipers are a big, fast and skilled team that is looking to leave their mark along the Road to the Cup … even if it has only one regular season stop in Prince George.
Tonight's Prince George Motors Spruce Kings Game Broadcast will be available online for free from the Spruce Kings Mixlr Channel and as a pay-per-view broadcast on Fasthockey.com. The game broadcast will start at 6:40pm with the pregame show leading up to puck drop at 7:00pm. Members of the Prince George Spruce Kings will be manning an information booth for the upcoming Inside Ride for the Canadian Cancer Society.