The checking line got the job done for the Prince George Spruce Kings yet again.
Lucas Vanroboys, Nolan Welsh and Corey Cunningham helped the home side pull through with 4-2 victory on Friday at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena in front 2,067 fans.
Cunningham helped lead the way offensively by having a goal and an assist.
“We just grinded it down, played in the corners all night and got a couple of chances in front and the bounces went our way tonight.”
“It’s just a game of luck and when the puck bounces your way good things happen.”
After a late goal by Dylan Anhorn to open the scoring, the Spruce Kings blitzed out of the gate and got three more goals including two in a span of eleven seconds from Patrick Cozzi Ben Poisson.
Cunningham lit the lamp six minutes later capping off the blue-collar efforts from Welsh as well as defenceman Max Coyle.
In the third, Prince George muddled up the ice against the Grizzlies giving the top line of Campbell, Alex Newhook and Riley Hughes little room to move as the potent trio recorded 227 points during the regular season.
“We played a good 35 minutes and we can’t give them any momentum because they are a momentum-based team that is trying to score so if we just limit our turnovers and keep it simple it should be a good night tomorrow,” said Liam Watson Brawn to My PG Now.
Watson-Brawn admits they wanted to take the body on Victoria especially after getting pushed to the limit in round two against the Powell River Kings.
“They just finished a seven game series so they are a little tired so it’s good to get on the physicality especially against their good players because they don’t want to play when we’re physical so as long as we keep that up we should have a fun time tomorrow shutting them down.”
Game Two is set for 7pm tonight (Saturday) from the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena with a limited number of tickets available.