Season Series: Spruce Kings have won the single meeting 6-3 at the BCHL Showcase.
Trail Home Record: 1-2-0-0
Smoke Eaters Leading Scorer: Kurt Black (7pts in 8 games)
Prince George Road Record: 0-2-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman and Adam Brubacher (each with two
goals and two assists for four points)
Player to watch:
Scoring his first point
against the Smoke Eaters, Adam Brubacher will be on the hunt once again.
He had a pair of goals last weekend for his first markers of the season against
Penticton, and is now the co-leader in points for his team alongside Corey Hoffman. The big defensemen has been logging big minutes alongside Rylan Bectel, and has skill on both ends of the ice. Brubacher is one of the most reliable blueliners, and is used at all times of the game.
In his first game against his old team, Bryan Basilico will also be a counted on veteran presence. He has one goal in two goals with his new team, and has created numerous opportunities using his big size and skill.
In his last game he scored
a goal, and against the Penticton Vees he was the only player from Trail with a
multi-point effort. Harlan Orr had got on the board against the Spruce
Kings before, and he’ll be looking to do the same at home this time around.
Currently on a four game point drought, Kurt Black will want to get back onto the score sheet. He had seven points in his first four games, but nothing since.
Beat Them While They’re Down
The Smoke Eaters are on a
four game losing streak, and the Spruce Kings need to ensure they keep that
streak going on a three game losing streak themselves. Four top teams are
beginning to pull away in the Mainland Division, and Prince George can’t afford
to fall too far behind.
The Spruce Kings are
setting out on a tough two weekends in road games, and a win to start things
out would be great for the team to get things rolling.
In the Standings:
With Surrey beating
Merritt on Sunday, they climbed out of the Mainland Division cellar, and that’s
where Prince George sits now. The Spruce Kings have 3 points after eight games,
and that has them tied for last in the league alongside the Victoria Grizzlies.
With a win against the Smoke Eaters, Prince George can leap frog into the 14th
currently where the Trail Smoke Eaters sit. They started the season with four
points in four games, but haven’t managed a point in their last four games. A
win wouldn’t move them at all in the Interior Division, or league standings,
but it would move them within two points of Merritt, with two games in hand.
Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr