Saturday, January 2, 2016

Spruce Kings Start 2016 Off VS Express


Goals For
Goals Against
15.9% (16th)
Power Play
22.9% (5th)
75% (15th)
Penalty Kill
79.9% (9th)

Venue: Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series:  (2-2) In three games in PG, the Spruce Kings have won two of three games, while Coquitlam won their lone home game.

 Game Overview: Trailing the Express by 15 points for the final playoff spot in the Mainland Division, you have to think the remaining three games against the team ahead of them are must wins for the Spruce Kings. Prince George limped into the Christmas break with four regulars out of the lineup (LeBrun, Epp, Fritz, and Stoley). LeBrun is out for an extended period with his broken collarbone, but at least Epp will be playing right away. The should help the power play which has gone 0 for it’s last 26. Epp has just 1 PPG this season, but with 14 last year he knows how to get the job done, and should return as a steady net front presence. Last year the forward had 15 points against Coquitlam, but has yet to get on the board against them this year. Two players that have excelled against the Express are billet brothers Corey Hoffman, and Adam Brubacher. Hoffman has six points (two goals, four assists) while Brubacher has five (two goals, three assists) In the one game this season in Coquitlam, the Spruce Kings allowed the Express captain to run wild as he scored three goals in a 6-3 win. The last time these two teams met, it was Prince George coming away with the victory on home ice.  
Prince George Road Record: 4-15-0-2
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Adam Brubacher – 12 goals/19 assists/31 points

Coquitlam Home Record: 7-4-1-2
Express Leading Scorer: Colton Kerfoot – 17 goals/33 assists/50 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings: Tied for the team lead in power play goals, the man advantage that has failed in 26 consecutive attempts needs Adam Brubacher to have a big game. In the two games where the Spruce Kings have beat the Express, they have scored a combined five goals on the power play. They also had one in a loss, so of the 24 goals scored on the man advantage this year for Prince George, a quarter of those have come against the Express.

Express: In his second game with the Express after being acquired from the Merritt Centennials, look for Ryan Coghlan to get more settled with his surroundings. The Nanaimo native has one game under his belt coming in a 5-4 loss to his old team. He has faced Prince George once this year as a member of the Centennials, and recorded one assist in the game

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

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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