Saturday, January 9, 2016

Two Pair in "The Nest"


                      2                                      Final Score                                        2
Campbell (2)
Goal Scorers
Joseph, Ott
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
1 for 3
Power Play
0 for 1

3rd Star
Jaxon Joseph
Tanner Campbell
2nd Star

1st Star
Justin Laforest

Current Record

The last time Prince George played Surrey having played Langley the game before, the message was very simple. Shoot. The first time around PG had 10 shots the night before against Langley, and then replied with 42 shots against Surrey, Last Sunday against the Rivermen the Spruce Kings had 20 shots all game, and tonight against the Eagles they had a mind boggling 65!

Justin Laforest decided that would be the game to stand on his head. The Ontario netminder didn’t make spectacular saves, but was a reliant force on the back end for an Eagles team that had allowed a league worst 191 goals against heading into the game.

Prince George also had an inexperienced lineup, as they had three callups in Arjun Badh and Noah Wozney from the Richmond Sockeyes from the PJHL as well as Chong Lee, the South Korean International playing from the Port Moody Panthers. It was Tanner Campbell’s first game for the team as well after being acquired just one day earlier from the West Kelowna Warriors in a deal that saw Jake LeBrun and Bryan Basilico go the other way. As you can see from the goal scorer’s above, he had a pretty good initiation game with the Spruce Kings.

The first period started off strong for Prince George, as they outshot the Eagles 18-7, but neither team would score. The Spruce Kings had their best chance to break the tie when Parker Colley stepped out of the box, and took a feed to go in for a breakaway, but couldn’t beat Laforest.
Skip to the second, and Prince George once again came out firing in their first shift with some quick shots against Surrey. It was the Eagles that would counter, and strike first though as Jaxon Joseph took a feed from Jeffrey Stewart and beat McCloskey to give his team the first lead of the game.

Prince George would earn two more glorious chances in the period, as Surrey took two penalties in the frame. That would send out the power play that was 0 for their last 34 man advantages. They were unsuccessful on the first opportunity, but were able to cash in on the second courtesy of Corey Hoffman passing a puck out to Tanner Campbell to snap home his first as a Spruce King.

In the final period of regulation, it looked like things would be headed to overtime until Kurt Black danced down the left wing, and saucer a pass out front for Donovan Ott to tip home for the 2-1 lead with 2:27 left in the game. That would result in Prince George pulling the goalie, which they haven’t scored a goal during this entire season. Tonight was a night for firsts though, as Chong Lee got the puck on the right wing, and passed the puck across to Campbell where he sent a wrister past Laforest. The assist gave Lee his first BCHL point in his first BCHL game.

Both overtimes would pass, with Liam McCloskey making a pair of huge glove saves, and both netminders had to stop a number of odd man rushes which you would expect when playing 4-on-4 or 3-on-3. 

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