Friday, October 2, 2015

Game Preview vs Cowichan Valley Capitals



Goals For
Goals Against
3% 17th in BCHL
Power Play
15% 12th in BCHL
68.57% 16th in BCHL
Penalty Kill
80.65% 12th in BCHL

Venue: The Coliseum
Game Time: 7pm
Fun Fact: Both teams are coming off overtime losses
Match Up Last Season: Cowichan won both games played between the two games.
Prince George Home Record: 1-2-0-0
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Hoffman, LeBrun, Colley, Johnson (3pts each)

Cowichan Valley Road Record: 0-0-0-1
Capitals Leading Scorer: Osczevski and Kehoe (5pts each)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
In the three games played since his suspension, Jake LeBrun has scored twice, and added an assist. His assist on Sunday against Victoria was a big one, as he drove to the net, and Corey Hoffman poked the puck home to send the game to overtime. Prince George would lose in the second overtime, but thanks to LeBrun the team at least earned a point from the game. This will be the first game in The Coliseum for the captain since he was suspended following the first game of the season against Wenatchee.

Darien Craighead only has one game to his name this season, but he was efficient in his time picking up a goal. He was a point per game player last year, and with another good start in the team’s OT loss to Vernon, Craighead will look to keep his point production rolling along. Kade Kehoe had five points in his first three games, but has been held scoreless the past two. With with Osczevski out of the lineup, he will be leaned on tonight for offence.

Coming In:
This will be the first game for both teams following the BCHL Showcase. Prince George picked up their first win of the season, after beating Trail 6-3. That was a big game for the team, as entering the match they only had four goals in two games. The next day they would battle back late to send the game against Victoria to overtime, but would wind up losing. After entering the weekend with no points, taking three of a possible four was a great outcome for the team. Last year Prince George only scored a single goal against the Capitals in their two meetings, so that will have to change this year if they expect any success.

Silent but Deadly
One player that hasn’t been talked about much this season is Parker Colley. Right now he’s someone to watch though, as he has three points in his last two games. The rookie has been going around his job the right way, and is now on the top line with Corey Hoffman and Jake LeBrun. Colley is also someone to watch for his first BCHL goal, and after teammates Johnson, Logan, and Tilsley scored their first goals last weekend against Trail, keep an eye on Colley to score after putting up three assists to start this season.

Home at Last
After two weeks away from The Coliseum, the Spruce Kings are back at home. This will also come on the tail of some big news for the team, as the arena is now allowed to sell alcohol. There have been mixed opinions to kick things off as expected, but no one will really know the results until games get going at home.

Don’t Look Ahead
Tomorrow night the Spruce Kings will be taking on the reigning BCHL champions, the Penticton Vees. Prince George has to make sure that they focus on the Capitals, as they’re no one to look over. Off to a very strong start, Cowichan Valley will be gunning for a win after losing their last game 4-3 in overtime after leading 3-0 at one point against Vernon.

Bechtel is Back
This will be the first game against his old game for Rylan Bechtel. After spending the past two seasons with Cowichan Valley, Bectel was acquired in the offseason by Prince George. The past two games in the showcase were the first for Bechtel, after joining the team late in the season. With some experience in his pocket with his new team, Bechtel should look to have a strong game against his old team.  

New Faces
There were a number of changes for the team this past week. Luc Soares was traded to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Matthew Stief returned to Prince George after a stint down in the USHL with Waterloo, Bryan Basilico was acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters, and if that wasn’t enough, Jarod Hovde was brought in from the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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