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PREVIEW: Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Merritt Centennials – February 7th, 2020

Tonight, at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena in Prince George, the Prince George Spruce Kings kick wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the Merritt Centennials. Prince George is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss against the Wenatchee Wild. Nick Poisson and Corey Cunningham had the Spruce Kings goals, and Carter Woodside made 38 saves in a sensational performance. Nick Bochen was the lone goal scorer for PG in the shootout as well. The Centennials are coming off a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Vernon Vipers this past Tuesday night.

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS

 

Overview:

 

Head Coach: Alex Evin

 

Record: 17-28-6

 

Home Record: 7-13-2-3

 

Last Game: A 3-2 shootout defeat at home against the Wenatchee Wild

 

Record vs MER: 0-1

 

Goals For / Goals Against: 136 GF/179 GA (-43)

 

Power-Play: 18.2 (10th)

 

Penalty Kill: 76.% (13th)

 

 

Leading Scorers: Nick Poisson (20 G 25 A 45 PTS) Corey Cunningham (23 G 17 A 40 PTS) Nolan Welsh (13 G 22 A 35 PTS)

 

PRINCE GEORGE NOTES

  • Corey Cunningham has goals in 6 of his last 5 games.
  • Wil Kushniryk has points in his last 3 games
  • Carter Woodside has started 4 of the teams last 5 games

 

MERRITT CENTENNIALS

 

Overview

 

Head Coach: Derek Sweet-Coulter

 

 

Record : 10-37-3

 

 

Away Record: 4-19-3

 

 

 

Last Game: A 6-3 defeat at home against the Vernon Vipers

 

 

 

 

 

Record vs. PG: 1-0

 

 

 

 

 

Goals For/Goals Against: 140 GF/249 GA (-109)

 

 

 

 

Power-Play: 11.7% (17th)

 

 

Penalty Kill: 71.8% (17th)

 

 

Leading Scorers: Payton Matsui (13 G 21 A 34 PTS) Christian Buono (9 G 24 A 33 PTS) Daniel Tkac (8 G 18 A 26 PTS)

 

MERRIT NOTES:

 

  • The Centennials are 6-3-1 when leading after two periods
  • Merritt is 1-1-1 in the last 5 years at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena
  • The Centennials won the previous meeting between these two clubs in Merritt by a 4-2 score.