(Photo Courtesy: Vicki Brown, MyLight Sports Photography)
PRINCE GEORGE – The luck of the Irish was not with the Prince George Spruce Kings as they took on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a St. Patrick’s Day battle at the Kopar Memorial Arena on Friday night.
The Spruce Kings battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game late in the third period, however, it was the Silverbacks who ultimately prevailed, thanks to a clutch goal in the extra frame.
With this loss, the Spruce Kings’ record now sits at 25-20-5-1, while the Silverbacks’ record improves to 27-17-4-2.
Salmon Arm’s Nathan Mackie opened the scoring off of a rebound at 4:27 into the opening period, giving the Silverbacks the early lead.
Not long after, the Spruce Kings went on the powerplay. Parked to the backside of the net, Jack Stockfish got the puck on his stick from off a deflection and scored to tie the game up at one apiece.
Salmon Arm answered back with a goal from Isaac Lambert with 5:42 left to play in the first period, giving the visiting side a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
In the second period, the Silverbacks came out strong as CJ Foley scored the third Silverbacks goal, bringing an end to Jordan Fairlie’s night in between the pipes for Prince George.
With Aidan Feddema in goal for the Spruce Kings, left-winger Scott Cousins scored his third of the season in the second period to bring the Kings back to within one.
The third period saw lots of back-and-forth action before Jake Schneider scored a clutch goal to tie the game up at 3-3 with three minutes left in regulation. The goal snapped a scoreless streak for the American forward that stretched to eight games.
In the extra frame, Owen Beckner was the overtime hero for the Silverbacks giving them a crucial two points in the Interior Division standings.
The two teams face off again on Saturday, March 18th at Kopar Memorial Arena for the final regular season home game for the Spruce Kings ahead of the Shaw BCHL Playoffs.
Spruce Kings: Stockfish, Cousins, Schneider
Silverbacks: Mackie, Lambert, Foley, Beckner
Spruce Kings: Jordan Fairlie 21:43 (3 GA, 5 saves)
Aidan Feddema (OTL) 39:29 (1GA, 16 saves)
Silverbacks: Matthew Tovell (W) 61:12 (3 GA, 24 saves)
Spruce Kings: 1/3 (33%)
Centennials: 0/3 (0%)
Spruce Kings: 27
Next Game: Saturday, March 18 versus the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kopar Memorial Arena in Prince George, B.C.