Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tough Opening Weekend


                        0                                    Final Score                                   8

Goal Scorers
Makowski, Drabin, Puricelli, Stephan, Raabe (2), Rockwell, Conzo
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
0 for 5
Power Play
4 for 7

3rd Star
Matthew Burchill

2nd Star
Kyle Stephan

1st Star
Dakota Raabe

Current Record

The Wenatchee Wild are a force to be reckoned with. They proved that after dominating the Prince George Spruce Kings for the second game in two nights. On Friday night, the Spruce Kings started strong, but went downhill with each period. Saturday was the opposite, as the team allowed four first period goals, but slowly improved play with each period.

 Before the game even started the team was given some bad news, as Jake LeBrun was suspended for two games after a hit from behind in Friday’s game. The captain would sit with Ryan Fritz who is out after MCL surgery in the stands.

Special Teams Mishaps
The PG penalty kill did a good job Friday, only allowing one goal on six opportunities, but that wasn’t the case Saturday as the units allowed four power play goals on seven chances. That included a goal in the second from Tyler Rockwell with one second left. Drabin, Stephan, and Raabe also scored while on the man advantage.
Since the start of the pre-season, the team has had issues while on the power play. They struggled in exhibition games, and that has transferred over to the regular season where they are now 0 for 9 after failing to convert on five opportunities Saturday.

Line Pump Up
One highlight for Prince George was the play of the line consisting of Connor Logan, Nic Ponak, and Cavin Tilsley. The line started the second period, and came out guns a blazing seeming to catch the Wild on their heels. The trio didn’t manage a goal, but did a good job of creating energy for the team on an overall slow side. Connor Logan slotted in for his regular season debut, after sitting out last night’s game. Tilsley did have a pair of penalties, but the Spruce Kings managed to kill off both of those situations.

Running into a Brick Wall
Chase Perry was perfect on the night, and now after four games against BCHL opponents (two pre-season and two regular) has only allowed a single goal after facing 96 total shots. The Detroit Red Wings prospect spent last year in the NCAA, but decided to return to the Wild this year who he played a season with before going to college. Perry faced a fair amount of pressure in the game, not necessarily on shot attempts, but the Spruce King players did all they could to get in his face after every time he covered up. The Minnesota native collected his first regular season shutout of the season.

Hometown Blues
Coming into this year, The Coliseum, nicknamed “The Castle” was a safe haven for the team where they had one of the best attendances in the league. The crowd was there this weekend, but the results were not. The past five home openers had the Spruce Kings coming away with points, but this time spelled a different story as the team was outscored 13-1 in the two games.

Going Ahead
Prince George will try to move on from this weekend as quickly as possible, and will faceoff against Langley and Surrey next weekend. Saturday will mark the Langley Rivermen’s home opener, and it will be starting off with a bang as there is set to be a firework display. This will mark the first meeting for the two teams since last year in the playoffs where Prince George beat Langley in six games in the first round. The Spruce Kings will then take on the Surrey Eagles on Friday. Langley and Surrey played on Friday night with the Langley coming away with a 6-3 decision.

Both games can be seen on FASTHockey and listened to on Mixlr

Scoring Report
1st Period
1-0 Wenatchee Wild - Jeff Makowski from Hunter Alden
2-0 Wenatchee Wild (PP) - Joseph Drabin from August Von Ungern and Brendan Harris
3-0 Wenatchee Wild - Brandon Puricelli from Troy Conzo and Logan Milliken
4-0 Wenatchee Wild (PP) - Kyle Stephan from Mike Coyne and Matthew Burchill
2nd Period
5-0 Wenatchee Wild- Dakota Raabe from Logan Milliken and Matthew Baker
6-0 Wenatchee Wild (PP) - Tyler Rockwell from Kyle Stephan and Dakota Raabe
3rd Period
7-0 Wenatchee Wild (PP) - Dakota Raabe from Kyle Stephan and Logan Milliken
8-0 Wenatchee Wild - Troy Conzo from Matthew Baker and Brandon Puricelli

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