Monday, September 28, 2015

Game Recap vs Victoria Grizzlies Sept 27th


                      1                                            Final Score                               2 (2nd OT)
Goal Scorers
Brayden Gelsinger, Kevin Massey
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
Overtime Shots
0 for 2
Power Play
1 for 3
Mitchel Benson
3rd Star

2nd Star
Liam McCloskey
Brayden Gelsinger
1st Star

Current Record

Every team in the BCHL now has a win. Price George was just hoping that they wouldn’t be the team to allow Victoria to join the club. After picking up their first win of the season on Saturday with a 6-3 blowout over Trail, the Spruce Kings would fall 2-1 in double overtime to the Victoria Grizzlies.

The game wasn’t the cleanest, with both teams giving up some sloppy giveaways. Prince George had a flat first period, and only managed five shots on Mitchel Benson. Things looked to be heading in a similar direction as the Langley game when they only directed ten shots on net the entire game. On their first power play of the game in the first, Victoria scored to take the first lead of the game. Kevin Massey skated down to the top of the circle, and sent a cross ice feed over to the awaiting Brayden Gelsinger who blasted home his first goal of the season. With five assists coming into the game, Gelsinger increased his team lead in points to six.

In the second period, the Spruce Kings had a pair of power plays that overlapped for 30 seconds of five-on-three hockey. The team couldn’t convert though, and has now only scored one power play goal on 31 opportunities. To close out the third, Gelsinger went down hard on the ice, and stay down for a few seconds while he hobbled to the bench on his own power.

He would be okay though, and return to open the third period. The final frame brought more tempo, as Prince George pressed for the equalizer. Jake LeBrun would eventually break down the right down, and get dragged down. Before Victoria could touch the puck though Corey Hoffman skated in, and tapped home the puck for his second goal of the season. He is now tied for the team lead in goals with Connor Logan, and LeBrun.

King’s Man:
In a game where the Spruce Kings only managed three shots over nine minutes in overtime, Liam McCloskey was tremendous in net. Starting his first game since the pair against the Wenatchee Wild, McCloskey stopped 34 of 36 shots. That included a number of big time saves in extra innings. He stopped the captain of the Grizzlies PJ Conlon on a breakaway, slide across to stop a three-on-one, and robbed a sure goal with a stretching glove save.

Liam McCloskey, photo by Garrett James Photography
Special Teams:
The Spruce Kings had another frustrating night on special teams. They only killed off two of three penalties for the 66% success rate. The power play only had two opportunities to work with, but that did include a brief stint of five-on-three play. For this team to become more successful the man advantage is going to need to start clicking. It can’t even be blamed on bad luck, as there have been very few cases this year where Prince George has even been able to command the play in an opponent’s zone for any period of time while up a man. In fact, with one shorthanded goal against them, the team has as many goals scored against them while on the power play, as they do actual power play goals.

No Scoring

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