Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wild Back In Town



35 (16th)
Goals For
64 (3rd)
68 (15th)
Goals Against
42 (5th)
18.31% (10th)
Power Play
19.19% (8th)
72.73% (16th)
Penalty Kill
86.30% (2nd)

Venue: The Coliseum
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series: Wenatchee have won both matchups, outscoring the Spruce Kings 13-1

 Game Overview:
The Prince George Spruce Kings have gotten off to a rough start this season, and it started in a pair of losses to Wenatchee to open the season. They lost 5-1 the first night, and then 8-0 the second time around after Liam McCloskey was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. The Spruce Kings faces are very different this time around though. After a number of trades to start the season, the team has four new players playing a regular roll on the team. Gone since then are Frankie Sullivan, Luc Soares, Cole Todd, Oliver Trachsel, and Alex Brooks-Potts. The Wild are still an elite team in this league, and the Spruce Kings will have to be on their toes, but the scores will hopefully be closer than the last time around. 
Prince George Home Record: 2-5-0-1 (1-5-0-1 at the Coliseum)
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman 6 goals, 10 assists, 16pts, 8PIM

Wenatchee Road Record: 6-3-1-1
Wild Leading Scorer: Joseph Drabin 8 goals, 10 assists, 18pts, 8PIM

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
In the BCHL Showcase, Parker Colley put up three points, all assists. That’s been it for him so far this season though. This past weekend he was put on a line with Jake LeBrun and Bryan Basilico, two twenty year olds who have some size on them. Playing with some older and skilled players should help spark Colley, and get him on the board against the Wild.
In nine games this season, Matt Stief is tied for seventh when it comes to points per game. He has yet to record a goal, but has four assists on the season. Recently promoted to the first unit on defence, Stief has been playing with Adam Brubacher, a high scoring defenseman. It will be interesting to see if Stief’s offensive number get boosted by that, or if he’ll be asked to play a more defensive role incase Brubacher is caught while pinching.

Named the player of the week last weekend, Joseph Drabin was a worthy recipient putting up ten points in four games. The Wild had two wins, a tie, and a loss, but in their two wins they put up 17 goals, with Drabin getting nine points in those two games. Last time the Wild played the Spruce Kings, the Rochester NY forward had an assist in the first game and an assist in the second.
In the team’s last meetings they played two games in two nights to open their respective seasons. Of the 13 goals that the Wild scored that weekend, Kyle Stephan was a part of five of them picking up two assists in the first game, and a goal and two more helpers in the second meeting. Stephan currently sits second on the team in scoring, behind only Joseph Drabin.  

In the Standings:
The Wenatchee Wild come into this game in a similar fashion they left Prince George last time. In the two games against the Spruce Kings, the Wild outscored them 13-1, and in their last two games they outscored the Surrey Eagles 15-5. With the two wins, Wenatchee now holds the number one spot in the Mainland Division after going back and forth for a while with the Langley Rivermen. In eight games against Mainland teams this year, the Wild own a 6-2 record, while the Spruce Kings are 1-5. Prince George is 5th in the division just one point ahead of Surrey, but eight back of the Coquitlam Express who hold the fourth and final playoff spot.

Special Teams Battle:
The Spruce Kings were shutout on the power play in their last game against the Coquitlam Express, but even with that, they are 10 on their last 24 opportunities. The unit started out weakly hovering around 5%, but have jumped up recently, and even made it to 6th in the BCHL before going 0 for 4 against Coquitlam. The Wild are hot streaks of their own when it comes to special teams. The power play has converted on seven of the last 18 chances, and the PK which is second in the league, has allowed one goal in the past two games.

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

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