Friday, February 26, 2016

Final Weekend of Season a Double Header with Surrey

Goals For
Goals Against
Power Play
Penalty Kill

Venue: Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Game Time: Saturday 7pm
Season Series:  Each team has two wins, two losses, and one tie against one another.

 Game Overview:
Neither team will come away with an immediate rewards from this weekend. Surrey is set to finish last in the BCHL for a second straight season, while the Spruce Kings haven’t had a season like this when they had 13 wins, and finished last in the Interior Division.
The two sit last in the league for goals for and goals against, but the last time they met there were certainly some fireworks.
Prince George won the opening game by a score of 9-3, their highest offensive output of the season. Eight players had multipoint games, with Jarod Hovde leading the charging scoring twice, and adding a pair of helpers. Johnson and Logan each scored two goals, and Matt Stief had three assists in the win.
Last weekend, Prince George started things off with a 5-1 loss to the Langley Rivermen. It was the second time this year PG has been swept by a divisional opponent also losing all six games to the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Spruce Kings would respond the next night though by taking the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to overtime. Joseph McLeod and Brody Claeys each made some enormous saves in the extra time, and the meeting wound up in a tie.
This season the two teams are in a tie for their matchups against one another. They each have two wins, two losses, and one tie.
Prince George Home Record: 7-18-1-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Matt Stief: 4 goals / 37 assists / 41 points

Surrey Road Record: 3-23-0-1
Eagles Leading Scorer: Kurt Black: 18 goals / 24 assists / 42 points

Players to watch:
Spruce Kings:
Connor Logan - FWD: Logan leads the Spruce Kings in goals against the Eagles, and has all three of those goals in the two games hosted in Prince George. He’s on a five game point drought, and the last time he found the scoresheet were in the two games against Surrey. He’s been a responsible player this season in terms of penalties, only picking up eight PIM all season long.
Kyle Johnson- FWD: To say Kyle Johnson had some success at the Spruce Kings award banquet would be the understatement of the year. The rookie forward took home four of a possible ten awards including MVP, and is in the hunt this weekend to catch Matt Stief for most points. Johnson sits just two points Stief, and the last time two games against Surrey he had four points.

Gage Mackie- FWD: Like Connor Logan, Gage Mackie had three goals in the last two games here in Prince George. The 6’3”, 200lbs power forward wasn’t just getting on the scoreboard though, also getting chirpy with the Spruce kings after most whistles. Look for PG to try and knock him off his game with more poat whistle conversations.
Kurt Black -FWD: With three assists in the last game against Prince George, Jeffrey Stewart is one to watch from the Eagles. He sits third in team scoring, with 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points on the season.

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

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

Friday, February 19, 2016

Bulldogs Roam to Prince George



129 (T-16th)
Goals For
156 (14th)
245 (16th)
Goals Against
190 (12th)
16.1% (14th)
Power Play
20.2% (8th)
76.8% (T-13th)
Penalty Kill
76.8% (T-13th)

Venue: Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Game Time: 7pm
Season Series:  Alberni Valley has the one win, with a 3-2 decision in overtime.

 Game Overview:
Prince George Home Record: 7-18-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Matt Stief – 4 goals / 37 assists / 41 points

Alberni Valley Road Record: 6-16-3-1
Bulldogs Leading Scorer: Chris Schutz – 30 goals / 18 assists / 48 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings: As the only player on the current roster this season with a goal against the Bulldogs, Braiden Epp will be searching for his first goal since a few weeks ago in a late goal against the Surrey Eagles. In the last 10 games, Epp has one goal and one assist. Leading the team in points, Matt Stief has been a steady performer all season long. He had one assist last night on the power play, and is now up to 18 helpers on the man advantage which is tied for 9th in the league. In the game against Alberni earlier this year, Stief had a pair of assists.

Bulldogs: In his last 12 games Ryan Finnegan has picked up 12 points. Alberni Valley has treated Finnegan well, as he has 17 points in 26 games compared to seven points in 22 games prior with the Merritt Centennials. This will be his first game against the Spruce Kings as a member of the Bulldogs. The first time these two teams mean, Paul Meyer led the way with one goal and one assist in the eventual 3-2 OT win. The defender has four power play goals, and leads Bulldog blueliners with 34 points.

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

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rivermen Sweep Season Series


                      1                                      Final Score                                        5
Goal Scorers
Graham, Szeto, Sinclair, Kaufman, White
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
1 for 6
Power Play
1 for 5

3rd Star
Matt Saharchuk
Kyle Johnson
2nd Star

1st Star
Matthew Graham


Heading into their seventh game of the season against the Langley Rivermen, Prince George was looking to avoid the season sweep, after going 0-5-0-1 in the first six. With early and late goals against, the Spruce Kings again shot themselves in the foot.

            Outshooting the Rivermen 11-5, it looked as if Prince George would head to the first intermission tied 0-0. Matthew Graham had other ideas though, as he was able to tuck the puck for the first goal of the game. Trevor Ayre took the puck around Liam McCloskey, and just lost the puck to the sprawled netminder, but it bounced right out front to Graham who was able to score his 23rd goal of the season. The goal came with 49 seconds remaining in the first.

            In the second, Langley would strike again, as Domninic Franco led a two-on-one with Justin Fregona. Franco faked the shot, and passed the puck across to Szieto for his 3rd goal of the season against Prince George. The Spruce Kings would answer with just over a minute remaining in the period, as Tanner Campbell walked out and around the defender to score his first goal since his six goals in three games after being acquired back in January.

            Heading to the third period, Prince George was trailing by just one, but that wouldn’t last long. Less than three minutes in, Sinclair and Kaufman each scored to take a 4-1 lead. With just over five minutes left, Torrin White sealed the deal, and Graham picked up an assist for this second assist, and third point of the night. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spruce Kings Look to Avoid Season Sweep vs Rivermen


Goals For
Goals Against
Power Play
Penalty Kill

Venue: Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Game Time: Thursday 7pm
Season Series:  Spruce Kings are 0-5-0-1 vs Langley this season. 0-4 in Langley, and 0-1-0-1 at home.

 Game Overview:
Prince George has already been swept by the Chilliwack Chiefs this season, and they don’t want to allow two divisional teams to have that bragging right. The Spruce Kings came close to a win the last two times Langley visited, as the first game was decided in overtime, and the night after was a 5-2 loss with the final goal scored on a late odd man rush with Prince George pushing for a goal.  
Prince George Home Record: 7-17-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Matt Stief: 4 goals / 36 assists / 40 points

Langley Road Record: 12-12-1-1
Rivermen Leading Scorer: Matthew Graham: 22 goals / 36 assists / 58 points

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings: As the co-leading point getter against Langley, Parker Colley will look to add to his season total of three assists against the Rivermen. Colley has been pretty streaky lately, collecting four points in three games in mid Januray, then going on a five game point streak followed by five points in three games. He doesn’t have any points in the past two matches, and will look to get the offence going at home. With two goals in his last two games, Kyle Johnson has taken the team lead for goals this season with 11. He leads forwards on the team with 36 points, and sits just four back of Matt Stief for 1st

Rivermen: With an assist in his first game in Prince George, Alec Capstick was also able to score his first of the BCHL. Of his six points this season, three of them have come against the Spruce Kings. Entering the second of two road games against Prince George, Matthew Graham was on a season high five game pointless drought. He scored once shorthanded, and added an assist in the 5-2 win, and hasn’t looked back scoring 12 points in his last 10 games.

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

 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey