Saturday, September 26, 2015

Game Recap VS Trail Smoke Eaters September 26th



                          6                                   Final Score                                       3
Jake LeBrun, Kyle Johnson, Braiden Epp, Connor Logan, Stephen Penner, Cavin Tilsley
Goal Scorers
Harlan Orr, Rhett Willcox, Kienan Scott
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
0 for 5
Power Play
1 for 3
Connor Logan
3rd Star

2nd Star
Evan MacEachern
Jake LeBrun
1st Star

Current Record

Something clicked offensively. Coming into the game Prince George had a total of two goals after four games. Against the Trail Smoke Eaters they would erupt for six in the game, including four in the third period alone.

The first two periods were great hockey, and back and forth the entire way with Trail never trailing until there was a 1:51 left on the clock in the third.

The Smoke Eaters jumped out to a one goal lead in the first thanks to a goal from Harlan Orr. Right after they killed off a penalty kill, Trail jumped up on the offensive, and managed an odd man rush. Nick Halloran slid the puck across to Orr, and he knocked it home for his second goal of the season.

The Spruce Kings entered the first intermission trailing, but that didn’t last long. Just over a minute into the second, Jake LeBrun had plenty of space in the left faceoff circle, and he fired one right over the shoulder of Bailey MacBurnie. That tied the game at one, but Trail would retake the lead a few minutes later when they capitalzed on their first power play of the game. Entering the game with the second worst power play in the league the Smoke Eaters did a great job of moving the puck around, and Rhett Wilcox scored to bring his goal total to three goals, in just his second match of the year. Before the period ended though, Alex Stoley took a shot from the slot that Nick Guerra got a rebound opportunity on, and then Kyle Johnson would slide it home to pick up his first BCHL goal.

In the third, Kienan Scott picked up a quick goal for Trail, but Braiden Epp answered right back with a perfect tip past MacBurnie to tie the game at three. That’s where things stood for the next 15 minutes until Connor Logan made a great play at the Smoke Eaters’ blue line. He took the puck right off a Trail player, and skated in uncontested before he fired a wrister home for his first BCHL goal. Trail would pull the goalie, and then Stephen Penner banked one off the side boards, and had it roll into the net for his first of the season.  With seconds remaining, Logan skated in again on a two-on-one, and took another shot that Cavin Tilsley just got a tip on to go in with 1.9 seconds left.

Sam Tanguay played yet another brilliant game, stopping 34 of 37 shots. He made a number of goal mouth saves, including one mad scramble in front of the net where the puck was loose for a few seconds that seemed like an eternity for the Spruce Kings. Tanguay was given the hard hat player of the game award.

Photo by: Garrett James Photography
Game of Firsts
With the Spruce Kings finally exploding offensively, a number of players recorded their first points/goals today.
First BCHL Points – Parker Colley, Adam Brubacher, and Adam Burnett
First BCHL Goals – Kyle Johnson, Connor Logan, and Cavin Tilsley.
First BCHL Win – Sam Tanguay

The Spruce Kings led in the game for a total of 1:51. Time and time again they would tie the score only to see Trail go back ahead. The team never gave up though, and continued to battle back.

Team First
“I don’t really care; the team won.” That’s what Cavin Tilsley said after he wasn’t credited with his first BCHL goal. He was happy to score, but getting his named announced wasn’t as important as the team getting their first win of the season. That’s one heck of a player, and the exact type of player that the Spruce Kings want going forward.

4-3 Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:09 Connor Logan (unassisted)
5-3 Prince George Spruce Kings at 19:20 (EN)Stephen Penner (unassisted)
6-3 Prince George Spruce Kings at 19:58 – Cavin Tilsley from Connor Logan

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