Saturday, January 9, 2016

Spruce Kings Hope Third Time is the Charm in Coquitlam


Goals For
Goals Against
15.4% (16th)
Power Play
23% (T-4th)
75.3% (15th)
Penalty Kill
80.6% (9th)

Venue: Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series:  3-2 in favour of Coquitlam. The Express are 2-0 against the Spruce Kings at home.

 Game Overview:
The last time Prince George visited Coquitlam, it was a heart breaking goal with less than thirty seconds left by Taylor Green to win the game 4-3 for the Express. It was back and forth all game, with Coquitlam taking the lead each time, but the Spruce Kings battling back to tie the game. Prince George has two wins this year against the Express, but have yet to win in the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex. The first game wasn’t so close with the home team coming out with a 6-3 win. Both teams are coming off exciting games the previous night, as Prince George fired 65 shots on Justin Laforest, but wound up with the 2-2 tie after two periods of unsuccessful overtime. Coquitlam meanwhile only had four shots in the first period, but came back with four unanswered goals to beat the Trail Smoke Eaters on home ice. At home the Express lead the league for home power play percentage with a 31.5% success rate, and they were 2 for 4 last night. Discipline will be key for the Spruce Kings tonight if they want to come out with a win.
Prince George Away Record: 4-17-1-2
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Adam Brubacher – 12 goals/ 19 assists/ 31 points

Coquitlam Home Record: 10-4-2-1
Express Leading Scorer: Colton Kerfoot – 18 goals/ 39 assists/ 57 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
Tanner Campbell
With a debut to remember, Tanner Campbell scored twice in his first game last night against the Surrey Eagles in his first game as a Spruce King. Acquired from the West Kelowna Warriors, the Kelowna native was put onto the top line with Corey Hoffman and Kyle Johnson, and had quite a bit of time on the first power play unit. He scored the game tying goal with 27 seconds left in regulation. It was the first goal Prince George has scored this season with the goalie pulled.

With two goals in the last meeting against Prince George, Austin McIllmurray is the one to watch for Prince George tonight. In his last seven home games, he has five goals on the power play, and 12 points in total. He has six points in five games against Prince George, and has points in all of the last four meetings.

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

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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