Being raised in Victoria,
this will be a match up for Nick Guerra against his hometown team.
Guerra has been one of the most responsible players for Prince George this
season, and has had added duties placed in his shoulder. Last night he was one
of the leaders for ice time, as he played on both special teams units, and was
especially effective on the penalty kill. He picked up his first point of the
season last night on an assist to Kyle Johnson’s first BCHL goal.
With his ex-team mate
getting his first BCHL goal last night, look for Tyler Welsh to have a
big game and match up with Connor Logan. The two won the Vancouver Island
Junior Hockey League championship last year with the Campbell River Storm. In
four games so far this season Welsh has been held pointless, but with his buddy
getting a game winner against the Smoke Eaters, Welsh will certainly get an earful
from Logan if he can’t put any points up against the Spruce Kings.
Pictured Jake LeBrun had a goal last night against the Smoke Eaters. (Photo By: Garrett James Photography)
games, neither the Spruce Kings nor the Grizzlies had a win on the season.
Prince George would end that streak with a 6-3 win over Trail, while Victoria
kept the goose egg dropping a 4-0 decision to the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Prince George only had 2 goals entering the game, but they would
score twice in the second period, and four times in the third to open the
floodgates. A number of players recorded their first BCHL points/goals, so it
was an exciting night for the team. Coming back from the game the team was very
excited about picking up their first victory, but entering the game they know
how hungry Victoria will be for a win being in the same position themselves
yesterday. While Prince George did pick up the win, special teams were once
again a point of focus. The penalty kill went two for three, and the power play
continued their struggles failing to convert on five opportunities. The team
was lucky that didn’t cost them, but they need to be able to capitalize on
their man advantages, as Trail scored their first goal of the game right after
gaining momentum off a successful penalty kill.
Victoria enters the game in the same position PG was in
yesterday. Now the only winless team in the league, the Grizzlies are going to
come out firing. The BCHL showcase is the best opportunity for players to show
what they’ve got, and getting shutout 4-0 last night couldn’t mean a good
showing for the players. Today could mark the last chance for anyone on the
team to shine, so between that, and looking for their first win look for a
strong effort from Victoria. They are a very disciplined team, and have only
had 14 penalty kills all season long compared to the 29 the Spruce Kings have
had to try and fend off.
Victoria Penalty Kill
The Spruce Kings enter
the game with the worst power play in league, and it won’t help that Victoria
has the number one penalty. What doesn’t hurt is the fact the team has also
taken the fewest penalties in the league, only having 14 penalties to kill off (they
have killed off 13). They are also tied for most shorthanded goals allowed, so
the Spruce Kings may be able to manage their first shorty of the season.
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