(Photo Courtesy: Vicki Brown)
PRINCE GEORGE — The Prince George Spruce Kings scored three unanswered goals to pull away from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and went on to win 5-2 Wednesday night at Kopar Memorial Arena.
The Spruce Kings improve their record to 11-5-1-1 while the Bulldogs see their record fall to 7-9-1-1.
Aidan Feddema earned his first BCHL win between the pipes for Prince George. While the shots were few, the scoring opportunities were plenty for the Bulldogs as Feddema turned away 16 of the 18 shots he faced.
In the first period, Scott Cousins opened the scoring with his first since joining the BCHL from the Western Hockey League. Cousins parked himself in front of the net and came away with a redirected point shot that found its way in behind Bulldogs’ goalie Campbell Arnold. The goal came at 2:25 into the first period with Kai Greaves and Jake Schneider assisting on the play.
Scott Cousins talked on his settling in with the Spruce Kings after scoring his first BCHL goal tonight against Alberni Valley. pic.twitter.com/JBa6XHDCJe
— Prince George Spruce Kings (@SpruceKings) November 17, 2022
Less than a minute, AJ Vasko responded to knot it back up with his first of the season at 3:06. Matthew Maltais and David Sacco assisted on the play. Sacco was making his debut with the Bulldogs Wednesday night.
Into the second period, the Bulldogs found themselves on the powerplay and with the final few seconds ticking away, Maltais potted his seventh goal of the season to put his side ahead. Dakota MacIntosh and Sacco assisted on the play.
When play got back underway, the Spruce Kings responded to tie the game up just 11 seconds later.
Luca Primerano registered his third goal of the season with Luke Eurig and Linden Makow assisting on the play.
At 12:09, Jake Schneider came into the offensive zone along the right-wing side and sent a pass to the far slot where he found Jack Stockfish. The North Bay, Ontario product scored his fourth of the season as the Spruce Kings pushed themselves ahead 3-2.
Carrying that lead into the third period, John Herrington and Austin Fraser fired snapshots coming down into the right-wing circle to tack two more to the Spruce Kings lead as they went on to win 5-2.
Arnold stopped 32 of the 37 shots he had fired his way from Prince George.
Prince George will now hit the road to take on the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday (Nov. 18) and the Penticton Vees on (Nov. 19).