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Interior Conference Semi-Final Game #4 – (4) Prince George Spruce Kings vs (1) Penticton Vees

PHOTO: Vicki Brown

Tonight, at the RMCA, the Prince George Spruce Kings look to send the best-of-seven series back to the Okanagan as they take on the Penticton Vees in Game 4 at 7:00 PM. The Spruce Kings registered 35 shots and got markers from Ben LeFranc, Simon Labelle, and Luc Laylin, while Aaron Trotter made 28 saves in the set back. The Vees on the other hand got five goals from five different skaters, including crucial goals late in the second from Josh Niedermayer, and in the third from Adam Eisele.

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PENTICTON VEES

OVERVIEW

 Head Coach: Fred Harbinson

Road Record: 3-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 30 GF/15 GA

Power-Play: 35%

Penalty-Kill: 84%

Leading Scorers: Luc Wilson (8GP – 1G – 10A – 11PTS) Bradly Nadeau (8GP – 3G – 7A – 10PTS) Josh Nadeau (8GP – 6G- 3A – 9PTS)

“WILSON!!!”

As this best-of-seven series has continued, it seems that Luc Wilson continues to get better and better. The Duncan, BC product now has 10 assists in the post-season, which leads all BCHL skaters in the playoffs. Wilson added three helpers in Penticton’s game three victory last night, along with first star honours. In his BCHL career, The University Of Minnesota State Makato commit has now played in 21 BCHL playoff games, and has 21 points in those contests, which includes three goals, and 18 assists.

THE DEPTH

 It’s been an impressive last two games for Vees forward Jackson Nieuwendyk. The 2002 born forward from Dallas, TX has three points in his two games of the series, which included two assists in the victory last night. In eight playoff games this season, Nieuwendyk already has tallied a pair of goals, one of which was short-handed, and has added three assists. In the 2021-22 regular season, Nieuwendyk had 22 points in 52 games played.

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS

OVERVIEW

 Head Coach: Alex Evin

Home Record: 3-1

Goals For/Goals Against: 23 GF/ 27 GA

Power-Play: 23.3%

Penalty-Kill: 60%

Leading Scorers: Luc Laylin (9GP – 7G – 4A – 11PTS) Nick Rhéaume (9GP – 2G – 7A – 9PTS) Simon Labelle (9GP – 5G – 3A – 8PTS)

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

 Despite three incredibly tight hockey games, the Spruce Kings are now on the ropes to keep their season alive. The Spruce Kings have had some resilient efforts all season long, and tonight, it’s no secret they are now in must win territory. A win tonight for the Spruce Kings extends the series back to Penticton on Thursday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

LAYLIN CONTINUES TO ELECTRIFY

 Offensively, it’s been a memorable playoff season thus far for 20-year-old Luc Laylin. Laylinm from St Michael, MN, leads all Spruce King skaters with 11 points in nine games, including four points in his last two contests. Laylin had a big night offensively last night, collecting a late third period goal, and adding two assists in the contest. The future St. Thomas Tommy is tied for fourth in league playoff scoring with those 11 points.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

 IT’S THE 2ND ROUND OF THE BCHL PLAYOFFS!

Remember, you do NOT need to present your vaccine passport and ID at the RMCA.

Re-entry will once again be allowed at Spruce Kings games at the RMCA during intermissions only. You must use the front-entrance and have a stamp to re-enter. Doors will be locked two minutes into the 2nd and 3rdperiods.

Rally towels will be in full effect this evening at the RMCA! Make sure to grab yours at the tables in the lobby of the building once your ticket is scanned!

There are still great seats available for tonight, and you can grab yours HERE

Tonight’s 50/50 is LIVE! Grab your tickets NOW

19+ Know your limit, play within it.

Tonight, we got another MEGA CHUCK A PUCK contest in the 2nd Intermission! If you can land your puck at the centre ice dot, you will win $2500! Make sure to grab your chuck-a-puck at the top of section 2.

The beer garden is also open at the RMCA ALL PLAYOFFS LONG! Drink prices start at $7!