After having the two prime nights for hockey off, the Prince George Spruce Kings get back at it with a matinee matchup against the Powell River Kings. The home team today last played a game on Wednesday night, dropping a narrow 2-1 decision to the Langley Rivermen. The Island Division Kings, on the other hand, are wrapping up a long weekend of travel that saw them in Chilliwack Friday night and Merritt last night.
The Powell River Kings have been holding down top spot in the BCHL overall and come into the game with 43 points (20-4-2-1) after settling for a single point in a 1-1 tie last night. With just a one point edge on the Victoria Grizzlies and top spot in both the Island Division and the BCHL overall, the Powell River Kings will be wanting to add some padding at the expense of the Spruce Kings.
The Spruce Kings come into the game looking to assert themselves against the League’s best team and get back in the race to the top. It wasn’t that long ago that the Spruce Kings were challenging the Powell River Kings for top spot in the League overall. That loss to Langley on Wednesday also saw Prince George drop to second place in the Mainland Division, three points back of the Rivermen.
The game itself was a tight affair with the visitors frustrating the Spruce Kings getting everything in the lanes. The lone goal came from an all Prince George line with Braiden Epp finishing up a play set up by Brogan O’Brien and Jake LeBrun. Certainly one game doesn’t make for a great deal of concern, but expect a minor shakeup with the lines has worked magic in the past and can be expected again today.
Mitch Barker (listed as day-to-day) will sit this one out as will Bryant Christian. The Spruce Kings captain has been away at his home in Moorhead Minnesota recovering from a facial injury but is expected to rejoin the team next week while the team is on the road. The Spruce Kings want to start that journey and the month of December off on the right foot and that means coming up with a big game against a gifted team.
Powell River has been averaging 4 goals a game while the Spruce Kings are a little more conservative with an average of 2.97 goals per game. Ryan Scarfo leads the way with 34 points (14G, 20A), Drew Dorantes (17G, 12A) has the team’s lead in goals scored while Jarid Lukosevicius (9G, 18A) rounds out the top three.
The Spruce Kings are getting the bulk of their scoring from Chad Staley (14G, 18A) and Jeremiah Luedtke (6G, 20A) with Christian Weidauer (7G, 18A) adding some big numbers from the blue line.
Game time is 3pm with the game available online with a pay-per-view broadcast through Fasthockey.com and a free audio only feed through the Spruce Kings Mixlr Channel beginning with a pre-game show at 2:40pm.