PRINCE GEORGE BC – Two goals from Nick Poisson, and Mason Reeves’ first goal as a Spruce King was not enough, as PG fell 4-3 to the Surrey Eagles on a Friday night at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
In the opening frame, it was quite even between both sides as the shots were just 3 a piece in the opening 8 minutes. It was the Spruce Kings to start the scoring as Nick Poisson skated just inside the right circle and ripped it top corner on Reece Klassen to give Prince George the lead. That was all the scoring in the opening frame, as PG took a one goal lead to the room after 20.
In the second, the Spruce Kings found themselves on a 5 on 3, but it was the Eagles who were able to score shorthanded. Carter King was able to whack the puck out of mid-air past Carter Woodside to tie the game at one. A few minutes later, the Spruce Kings were able to get it back. Tom Richter wheeled the puck into the attacking zone, fired the puck off the pad of Klassen, and Mason Reeves was able to pot home the rebound. That was Reeves’ first as a Spruce King. The Eagles, however, wouldn’t go away. It was again Carter King who able to put it by Woodside to tie the game right again at 2. Kenny Riddett was credited with the lone helper. Then, at 10:05 on a Spruce Kings power-play, Fin Williams made a great pass down low to find Poisson who then netted home his second of the night and 15th of the year. Not even five minutes later, Gabe Schovanek picked off a Spruce King pass in the Spruce King zone and squeaked the puck through the five hole of Woodside to tie the game once again. The Eagles would then be able to finally get the upper hand and get their first lead of the night. A one-timer from defenceman Brett Bliss went off a body and past Woodside to give the Eagles the lead. Brendan Kim and JJ Fecteau were credited with the helpers at 16:09. The Spruce Kings found themselves down a goal after 40.
In the final frame, the Spruce Kings had a handful of great chances, and held the Eagles to just 4 shots in the frame, but it was the Eagles who were able to nurse the one goal lead for the final 20 minutes and defeat the Spruce Kings 4-3.
These two teams are back at it again tomorrow night at the RMCA. You can get your tickets at the Spruce Kings office or online on the Spruce Kings website. If you can’t make it to the rink, you can catch the action on HockeyTV or on Mixlr. Pre-game will be at 6:40, with play by play at 7:00.