Venue: Kal Tire Place
Game Time: Sunday January 29th @ 2pm
A gutty 3-1 win against the Merritt Centennials was not replicated last night in Salmon Arm for the Prince George Spruce Kings. After the PK bailed them out in Merritt, PG allowed two goals on four chances the Silverbacks and that was all the offense they needed adding a late empty netter for the 3-1 decision.
Brett Mennear scored the lone goal for the Spruce Kings, meaning the entire top line of Mennear, Ben Brar, and Chong Lee have scored at least one goal this trip. The trouble for the team is that those are the only players that have scored. Against the Vernon Vipers today the team needs offense agaisnt an opponent that has allowed just eight goals in the last five games. They shutout the Nanaimo Clippers 3-0 last night, and beat the Penticton Vees Friday night 3-1.
Prince George be playing their third game in 2.5 days, while the Vipers will play their fourth in five with the only rest say since Wednesday being on Thursday.
The Langley Rivermen picked up another two points last night moving them 12 ahead of PG. Third place in still in sight, but the Prince George need to put a solid run together, and a win against the 6th best team in the league would be a great start.
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Twelve points is the mark Prince George looks to overcome as the Langley Rivermen sit ahead of them in the BCHL standing. The Spruce Kings have a twelve point cushion on Surrey who is in 5th place. The Eagles play today as well taking on the Nanimo Clippers who lost here in Vernon last night 3-0.
WHO TO WATCH:
Keegan Ward – FWD: Back in the lineup after being scratched last night, look for the big forward to provide a spark to the Spruce Kings lineup. With both lineups tired playing their third game in 2.5 days, the rest last night may give Ward a leg up today.
Tavin Grant – G: Playing his third game this weekend, Tavin Grant would love to keep his hot play alive. He had 36 saves against the Merritt Centennials in the 3-1 win, and followed that up last night stopping 33 shots he faced. Friday against Merritt he was the second star, and last night against Salmon Arm he was the third.
Spruce Kings @ Surrey Eagles – Thursday February 2nd, 6:30pm – South Surrey Arena
Spruce Kings @ Langley Rivermen – Friday February 3rd, 7:15pm – George Preston Arena
Spruce Kings @ Chilliwack Chiefs – Saturday February 4th, 7pm – Prospera Centre