Third time wasn’t lucky, but the Spruce Kings made it happen on Friday night against the Wenatchee Wild.
To start the season off, the Spruce Kings dropped both games at home to the Wild, and had a chance this past weekend to earn revenge after being outscored 13-1 in the two games. Thursday they were shutout 3-0, which was Chase Perry’s second straight shutout against the team, making it eight straight periods the Spruce Kings were held scoreless. It was Dakota Raabe and Kyle Stephan doing the damage, and then Troy Conzo sealing the game with an empty netter.
Friday wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Spruce Kings were happy with the result. All three periods they were held to single digits in shots, but they scored the first goal of the game when Matt Stief fired a puck from the blue line, and the rebound went right to Bryan Basilico.
Early in the second the Wild would respond, and Mike Coyne made a slick no look backhand pass to Dakota Raabe who tied the game with his fifth goal this year against Prince George. A minute later though the Spruce Kings would retake the lead as Adam Brubacher danced past a forward in the Wild zone, and skated down to wire one past Perry. Prince George would bend for the rest of the period as Wenatchee attacked again again, but they didn’t break, and went to the second intermission with a 2-1 lead.
The third period was all Sam Tanguay, Just last weekend the Wild were robbed by Carson Schamerhorn of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs as he dove across the net to make a miraculous glove save. Wenacthee hit déjà vu, as Tanguay made a nearly identical play diving out to rob August Von Ungern. To watch the save, click HERE. He would make two spectacular glove saves later, but right after the second one was caught sliding the wrong way, and couldn’t get back in time as Joesph Drabin banked a shot off his pad and in to the tie the game at two.
Then on the eve of Halloween, the Kamloops Storm callup Dante Raposo turned the Coliseum into a mad house. He picked up a pass from Stephen Penner, danced past the defender, and sent a wrist shot roaring into the far side of the net to stake Prince George to a 3-2 lead. Click HERE to watch the highlight reel goal.
Once again the Wild would push to tie the game, but again couldn’t beat Tanguay as he came up big in his greatest game as a Spruce Kings.
The Spruce Kings are back on the road for the next two weeks, as they take on the Powell River Kings, Alberni Valley Bulldogs, and Victoria Grizzlies next week, and follow that up with games in Wenatchee, Chilliwack, and Surrey.