From start to finish it was thrilling.
Sam Tanguay played his best game as a Spruce King, and Dante Raposo a callup from the Kamloops Storm scored a highlight reel goal that turned out to be the game winner against the Wenatchee Wild.
As the shots total above shows, Prince George certainly didn’t dominate the play, but found a way to cash in when needed which wasn’t the case the night before. It started out with Stief and Brubacher taking bombs from the point, and eventually a rebound popped out that Bryan Basilico knocked in for his first even strength goal of the season. That broke the nearly nine period shutout streak that Chase Perry was carrying against the Spruce Kings.
Shortly in the second, the Wild answered right back as Bryon Yoon passed the puck to Mike Coyne who made a nifty no look pass to Dakota Raabe who scored his fifth goal of the season against Prince George. A minute later though it was Brubacher who had the puck at the blueline, decked past the on rushing attacker, and rode in for a shot to beat Perry and retake the lead.
The Spruce Kings seemed to hold onto that lead for dear life, and would take it into the third period courtesy of Tanguay’s stellar netminding.
The ex-OHLer wasn’t done there though, as in the third he made a diving glove save to keep his team up by one, and shortly after made a pair of big glove saves. Right after snaring one in the leather and holding on for a faceoff, Wenatchee would strike back.
Of the draw the Wild had Tanguay sliding one way, so he couldn’t get back to the other side in time, and Joseph Drabin banked it off the back of his pad and in.
Moments later something miraculous happened.
Going down the left side Dante Raposo was one-on-one with the Wild defender. The callup forward easily could have dumped the puck and chased after it, but decided to poke the puck through the legs of the blueliner, and spin right around him. He got the puck back, and rifled it past the glove of Perry to turn The Coliseum into a madhouse on the eve of Halloween.
Wenatchee would press late again looking to tie the game, but once again Tanguay came up big stopping everything else he faced to preserve the 3-2 win.
The Spruce Kings will head out on a roadtrip to the island next weekend, where they’ll be in Powell River, Alberni Valley, and Victoria.
The Spruce Kings are undefeated (3-0) when leading after two periods of play. It was the teams first win against the Wild since they joined the BCHL this year. Wenatchee suffered just their third divisional loss after dropping games to Langley and Chilliwack.
|1-0 Prince George Spruce Kings at 18:07 - Bryan Basilico from Matthew Stief and Adam Brubacher|
|1-1 Wenatchee Wild at 2:22 - Dakota Raabe from Mike Coyne and Bryon Yoon|
|2-1 Prince George Spruce Kings at 3:20 - Adam Brubacher from Connor Logan and Parker Colley|
|2-2 Wenatchee Wild at 11:56 - Joseph Drabin from Troy Conzo|
|3-2 Prince George Spruce Kings at 15:35 - Dante Raposo from Matthew Stief|