For the second time in as many seasons, the Prince George Spruce Kings are on the brink of elimination courtesy of the Wenatchee Wild.
Zak Galambos went bar down in double overtime past Evan DeBrouwer to secure the 4-3 victory for the Wild and giving them a 3-0 stranglehold in the best-of-seven Fred Page Cup Final Series.
“Unfortunately fifteen in black makes a nice play and that is our night but we played really well and we can take that into tomorrow if anything,” says Kyle Johnson.
The Wild’s ability to capitalize on failed clearing attempts and turnovers by the Spruce Kings leading to increased zone time and some timely goals, which has been the difference in the series
“We need to work on our exits as they have good defenceman who can stand on the blue line so we really have to work on getting pucks out off the glass and maybe skating them out with smarter plays while we have the puck,” says Blake Hayward.
Prince George put themselves in a good position right from the start as they were even after the first period at 2-2 as Hayward and team playoff leading scorer Ethan de Jong lit the lamp.
In the second, Hayward tipped home his second of the game and fourth of the series past Wild goaltender Austin Park to put Prince George in front 3-2 after 40 minutes.
Jacob Modry forced overtime for Wenatchee as his seeing-eye slap shot fooled DeBrouwer and trickled underneath the post.
Both teams now brace for a short turnaround as Game Four is tonight (Tuesday) at 7 PM from the RMCA and Hayward isn’t wanting to hang up his skates just yet.
“No one on our team is giving up, it’s the kind of situation that makes for a really good story down the line so I really think we are excited about the opportunity that we have ahead of us and go take it.”