When: September 30th, 2016 @7pm
Where: Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, Prince George
The first win of the year came a week ago, and last night the Spruce Kings collected their first victory in the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. It was a battle all night long, and neither the Spruce Kings nor their opponent, the Trail Smoke Eaters held more than a two goal lead until Mennear scored in the final minute to seal a 6-4 decision for his side.
It was a big night for the big man in net as Stefan Wornig recorded his first victory with the Spruce Kings. On 30 shots, the 6’6” netminder was able to stop 26 of them. The win was a big statement for the team as well with a pair of locker room favourites were dealt within 24 hours. Wednesday afternoon it was local boy Braiden Epp being dealt to the West Kelowna, and then Thursday had second year goalie Liam McCloskey hearing the news he had been dealt to Whitecourt of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The two points from the win moved Prince George into 4th in the Mainland Division. They sit one point of the Coquitlam Express and are tied in points with the Langley Rivermen, but both of those teams have played just six games while Prince George has played eight.
After being outscored 29-8 in the first five games, the Spruce Kings have responded by winning two of three games, and outscoring their opponents 15-9.
Players to Watch:
Prince George Spruce Kings
Brett Mennear – FWD: Truly the heart and soul of this team, Mennear looks to have been a no brainer for Captain this season. The West Kelowna product had three points last night, and is now tied for 5th in league scoring with 10 points in eight games.
Chong Lee – FWD: Taking to the ice today early today for the game day skate, Lee has some room for improvement. He has five points in eight games, but those points all came in three games. If Lee can start finding the net on a consistent basis, the Spruce Kings will have a very potent and balanced attack.
Cowichan Valley Capitals
Max Newton – FWD: Goals have been hard to come by for the Capitals as they are currently tied for 2nd last in the BCHL for goals scored with 17 in six games. Leading the team is Newton with six points in six games, after he had
Lane Michasiw- G: While scoring hasn’t been spectacular, the Capitals have a 4-1-1 record in large part to their defensive game. They’re second last in scoring, but third best in the league for goals against. In six games they’ve allowed just 17 goals, and that is thanks to Michasiw who has a 2.26 GAA and a .923 Save %.