Venue: Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Game Time: Thursday December 1st @ 7pm
The Prince George Spruce Kings are the hottest team in the BCHL. They have a league best seven game point streak, and have the second best home streak in the BCHL with five straight wins. Since the BCHL Bauer Showcase, the team is 13-5-1-1. To finish off the month of November, Prince George scored six or more goals in six of their last seven games. Dating back to September 29th, the Spruce Kings have lost just once on home ice, and are now 11-1-0-1 in the last 13 at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
These home games are particularly valuable for the Spruce Kings as January and February will feature a LOT of time on the ol bus with 15 of the final 16 games being away from PG.
Chilliwack comes in as one of the power houses of the BCHL, but weren’t so lucky in their last trip north. Coming off a double overtime game the night before, the Chiefs had a long trip north, and wound up falling 4-1. The win for Prince George ended a losing streak to the Chiefs dating back nearly two years.
This game will feature two of the best in the business as captains Brett Mennear and Jordan Kawaguchi face off against one another. They sit third and fifth respectively in league scoring. Mennear had a goal and an assist in the last meeting, while Kawaguchi was pointless.
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The Prince George Spruce Kings may be able to set their sights a little higher than 3rd place. With 31 points, PG has a six point lead on Langley, and are 11 points behind the Chiefs. The deficit may look daunting, Prince George does have three games in hand over Chilliwack.
The Chiefs halted a three game losing streak last night with a 3-1 win over the Coquitlam Express. A win is a win, but Chilliwack likely would’ve liked a more dominant result over a team sitting last in the league, and missing a number of key pieces to injury. They are just one behind behind the first place Wenatchee Wild, but the American rivals do have three games in hand.
WHO TO WATCH:
Jamie Huber – FWD: Tied for second in rookie scoring, Huber has three games in hand over the Chiefs Tommy Lee who also has 26 points this season. That’s in thanks to a hot stretch lately that’s seen the first year Spruce King put up eight points in his last four games.
Adam Burnett – DEF: A brief three game point drought was halted two weeks ago by Burnett. He since has four points in his last three games, and had a pair of assists the last time he played Chilliwack. With Cooper Prechel being released a few weeks ago, Burnett is now the only remaining defenseman from last season’s squad.
Tommy Lee – FWD: With the lone goal for Chilliwack the last time these two teams met, Lee had a snipe bar down. On a line with Jordan Kawaguchi you would expect the points to come, and Lee is a wild card in terms of shooting or passing with a very close 12 goals and 14 assists this season.
Kohen Olischefski – FWD: Last time in Prince George, Olischefski spent a little under six minutes sitting in the box. His four minute high sticking penalty in the third was where PG putt the game away scoring to go up 3-1 with three minutes left in the game. The Denver commit is a future teammate of Spruce Kings forward Ben Brar.
Spruce Kings vs Victoria Grizzlies – Friday December 2nd, 7pm – Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Spruce Kings vs Langley Rivermen – Thursday December 8th, 7pm – Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
Spruce Kings vs Langley Rivermen – Friday December 9th, 7pm – Rolling Mix Concrete Arena