: Prince George Coliseum
Last Year’s Matchup: 1-1
1-0 in favour of Prince George after a 4-3 win earlier this season
Salmon Arm will come barging into Prince George after a huge game last night. The Silverbacks gave the Alberni Valley Bulldogs a whooping, taking a 10-1 decision. Salmon Arm was deadly on both special teams, as they scored three goals on the man advantage, and three goals while shorthanded. The Silverbacks now lead the BCHL with 10 short handed goals in 24 games. Prince George meanwhile, comes in after taking a tough loss on Wednesday against the West Kelowna Warriors. The Spruce Kings opened up a 2-0 lead just nine minutes in, but the Warriors would claw back, and eventually take a 6-4 win. 10 goals is the most amount Prince George has seen in combined goals this season, as they also had a pair of 7-3 losses to Trail and Victoria.
In their one meeting this season, Prince George scored three goals in the first for an early 3-0 lead, and thanks to an early goal in the third by Oliver Trachsel they would take the final result 4-3. Jake LeBrun, Bryan Basilico, and Nick Guerra were the other goal scorers for PG. For Salmon Arm, it was Nick Hutchison, Chase Zieky, and Colton Thibault.
Ethan De Jong will also be slotting into the Spruce King lineup this weekend. The ’99 Burnaby Winter Club player was in the game against the Surrey Eagles last weekend, and wound up earning an assist on Parker Colley’s empty netter. Most impressively, coach Chad van Diemen had him out in the final minute when the Spruce Kings were up by just a goal.