Friday, November 13, 2015

Into the Wild



46 (17th)
Goals For
77 (T-6th)
90 (15th)
Goals Against
49 (2nd)
18.29% (12th)
Power Play
17.54% (14th)
73.68% (16th)
Penalty Kill
86.90% (3rd)

Venue: Town Toyota Centre
Game Time: 7:05pm
Season Series: The Wenatchee Wild lead the season series 3-1, but the Spruce Kings won their most recent game at home

Game Overview:
The last time these two teams met it was the Spruce Kings coming away with a 3-2 decision courtesy of a late goal by call-up Dante Raposo. Prince George will need someone new to emerge tonight, as Raposo is back with his Kamloops Storm in the KJHL. Wenatchee is on a two game winning streak after beating the Express twice last weekend. That helped the Spruce Kings in the standings as Coquitlam wasn’t able to gain ground, but Prince George couldn’t muster up a win of their own while on the road. They’ve lost three in a row, but their last win was against Wenatchee. This will be the first meeting in the states for the teams, as the Wild have already travelled north to play the Spruce Kings four times.
Wenatchee Home Record: 6-1-1-0
Wild Leading Scorer: Brendan Harris 5 goals/15 assists and Mike Coyne 4 goals/16 assists for 20 points.

Prince George Road Record: 2-8-0-2
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman, 6 goals/11 assists/17 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
With four goals in three games last weekend Jake LeBrun will look to lead his team to some wins this weekend. Currently he’s tied for 10th in power play goals, and scored two from the top of the circle last weekend. One player that has been held off the scoresheet lately is Nick Guerra. He is one of the returning players for Prince George, and for the team to start improving he will need to use his quick speed to generate more opportunities.

Wild: With five goals in four games vs the Spruce Kings, Dakota Raabe is one to watch for the Wild. He has 15 points on the season, and six of those are against the Spruce Kings. In the last game against Prince George, Bryon Yoon logged a lot of minutes, so look for that trend to continue again on home ice.

In the Standings:
With Coquitlam picking up a win on Remembrance Day, they are now seven points ahead of Prince George in 4th place for the division. Wenatchee is in a battle of their own, as they are tied for 1st in the Mainland division with the Chilliwack chiefs who are riding a seven game winning streak, and will look to continue that against Surrey tonight.

Special Teams Battle:
In the last meeting between these two teams there were zero penalty minutes handed out. That’s a rarity so don’t expect that again, but the Spruce Kings have been told to do their best to stay out of the box, because when the Wild have played well against them, it’s because they’ve been able to generate momentum off the man advantages.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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