Friday, November 13, 2015

The Wild Claw Back


                      1                                          Final Score                                        2
Goal Scorers
Baker, Milliken
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
1 for 4
Power Play
1 for 7

3rd Star
Chase Perry

2nd Star
Matthew Baker

1st Star
Logan Milliken

Current Record

The Prince George Spruce Kings played with fire, and they got burned. Even though the Wenatchee Wild entered the game with the 4th worst power play in the league, when you give a team seven opportunities chances are they’re going to convert at least once.

Things started out really good for PG though. Penner took a roughing penalty, but drew Milliken into taking a pair of penalties himself. That sent the Spruce Kings to the first power play of the night.

Against the Victoria Grizzlies Prince George was shut out all six times while on the man advantge, but erased that streak in their first power play of the game. In fact, they did it just eight seconds. Matt Stief slid a puck over the awaiting Jake LeBrun, and from the right faceoff dot he slapped home his team leading sixth PPG of the year.

That lead would last through the period, and into the second as the Spruce Kings killed off five consecutive penalties within an 18 minute span. Prince George finally earned a break, and headed to the PP when Matthew Burchill took an elbowing penalty. The visiting team had a strong push, and was able to create some good chances, but things were cut short when Adam Burnett took a penalty with 20 seconds left in the teams power play and give Wenatchee their sixth man advantage. Matthew Baker would capitalize on it, and tie the game at one apiece.

Then when it looked like the teams would head to the locker room tied, the Spruce Kings allowed a big rebound to get kicked out in front, and Logan Milliken who was trailing the play knocked home his third goal of the season for Wild to lead with 34 seconds remaining.
The third was a big game of dump and chase for both teams, with no major chances either way. The best came on the Spruce Kings power play in the third, when Nic Ponak was alone in front, but couldn’t lift the puck over the sliding leg of Chase Perry. Then a few moments later Guerra created a partial break, but was denied once again by Perry.

For his efforts Perry earned the third star of the night which was well deserved, as he only allowed one goal in his first three games in PG, but wasn’t selected as a star as there weren’t many shots in any of the games. He got in the middle of a shoving match after the game, as he went after Hoffman after the final buzzer while the forward was digging for a puck. The Braiden Epp came over, and gave a goalie a few pushes before he was taken away from some Wild players.

Turning Point:
Rather than capitalizing on their second power play of the game, the Spruce Kings took a penalty late in, and ended their man advatge while giving Wenatchee one of their own which they would take advantage of to tie the game.

No Scoring

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