Jordan Kawaguchi likes playing the Prince George Spruce Kings. In three games this season the Abbotsford native has seven goals in three games. That included a pair of two goal outbursts.
Off the bat it was Prince George with a quick goal, as Bryan Basilico turned the puck over behind the net, and passed it out front to Nick Guerra who slid the puck five hole on Aidan Pelino just 38 seconds into the game. In his first BCHL game, Chase Dubois just about scored on the doorstep, making a nice move to drag the puck around Pelino, but the netminder was able to kick the puck out with his toe at the last second.
Then it was Kawaguchi bunching a pair together, as he Darien Craighead was denied the same way Dubois was, but this time around Kawaguchi was there to pick up the rebound, and loft it over the sprawled Sam Tanguay.
To close out the period, it was the Cariboo Cougar redeeming himself for being stoned out front. It was first Alex Stoley bursting down the right wing, then Jordan Funk picked up a loose puck and fed it the right faceoff circle for Matt Stief who slapped the puck cross ice for Dubois to life over a stretching Pelino. It was Dubois’ first BCHL in his first BCHL game.
The Spruce Kings would get another quick start to the second period, as this time it was Corey Hoffman drafting out to top of the left faceoff dot, and beating Pelino. To retake the lead at 3-2.
Then something odd happened.
A minute or two later Jason, Tatarnic pulled Aidan Pelino from the net, but put him right back just nine seconds later at the next faceoff.
Turning Point: The ploy seemed to work and a two goal outburst in eight seconds by Jordan Kawaguchi put the Spruce Kings on their heels, and the final goal would count to be the game winner.
Finally someone not named Kawaguchi would score for the Chiefs, as Vimal Sukumuran sent a puck from behind the net out front to Austin Adam who ripped a slap shot into the top right corner for a 5-3 Chilliwack lead.
In the third, Olischesfski scored on a sharp angled shot, and then it was Eric Benshadle scoring shorthanded in an empty net to seal the game at 7-3.
Pelino made 23 saves on 26 shots picking up the loss, while Tanguay allowed six goals on 31 shots.