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Weekend Recap: Spruce Kings split with Cranbrook

Photo Credit: Vicki Brown

PRINCE GEORGE- It was a wild weekend at Kopar Memorial Arena. The Prince George Spruce Kings were in action twice, hosting the Cranbrook Bucks. 

Friday night, Cranbrook’s offence was the story. While only putting 26 shots on the net, the Bucks would score seven times. 

The first two goals of the game would go to the visitors. Jack Silich (’03) and Tyler Wishhart (’04) would both slide the puck past Spruce Kings starting goalie Charlie Zolin (’04). Ryan Sanborn (’05) would replace Zolin less than six minutes into the first period. 

The second half of period number one would be much better for the Spruce Kings. Owen Goodbrand (’04) would score his seventh goal of the season on the power play. Then, J.R Perdion (’03) would score his seventh goal of the season just six minutes later. Spruce Kings and Bucks were tied 2-2 after 20 minutes. 

In the second period, Cranbrook would strike twice again. Following the two goals, Perdion would bring the Spruce Kings back to within one, beating Cranbrook goaltender Braedyn McIntosh (’03) for the second time in two periods. 

The biggest story of the second period and possibly the game, came with under two minutes left. 

Moments after Kilian McGregor-Bennett (’03) was knocked to the ice, Linden Makow (’04) would retaliate with a check in the corner boards. Makow would be given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Cranbrook would have a five-minute power play to start the third period. 

The Bucks would score two minutes into the third period, extending their lead to a pair. 

Less than a minute later, McGregor-Bennett would give the Spruce Kings life again short-handed. Pickpocketing a defender at the blue line, the 20-year-old winger would make no mistake burying his 14th goal of the season past McIntosh. Spruce Kings were within a goal. 

At this time, Head Coach Alex Evin would elect to go back to his starting goalie and replace Sanborn with Zolin. Cranbrook would score once more on the power play, knocking the Spruce Kings down for the final time. The Bucks would score once more in the third period. 7-4, the final score on Friday night. 

Game Summary

Scoring

Prince George: O. Goodbrand (7), J. Perdion (7), J. Perdion (8), K. McGregor-Bennett (14)

Cranbrook: J. Silich (10), T. Wishart (4), L. Sodergren (4), M. Freh (1), B. Cotton (8), B. Cotton (9), J. Fletcher (6)

Goaltending

Charlie Zolin 22:37 (4GA 5 Saves)

Ryan Sanborn 37:23 (L) (3GA 14 Saves)

Braedyn McIntosh (W) 60:00 (4GA 24 Saves)

Power play 

Prince George: 2/5

Cranbrook: 2/3

Saturday night, the Spruce Kings would respond well. 

Head Coach Alex Evin would go with Charlie Zolin for the second consecutive game on Saturday. The Greenwich, Connecticut, product would respond well, making 26 saves in a winning effort. 

Halfway through the second period, Cranbrook would find themselves up by two, and Skogen Schrott (’05) would change that. Firing a puck from below the goal line, Schrott would bank his 11th goal of the season off the back of the Bucks’ goaltender Carter Capton (’05). Spruce Kings trailed by one entering the third period. 

Prince George and Cranbrook would remain at the 2-1 score until just over the midway point in the final frame. 

Scott Cousins (’04), on an incredible solo effort, would tie the game. Using his strength, Cousins would dominate the defender down low before cutting his way to the net, where he would score his sixth goal of the season. 

Two minutes after that, the Spruce Kings would take their first lead of the weekend. A Kings dump-in would end up in the crease of Cranbrook goaltender Capton. While he thought the puck was covered, his defenceman was trying to scoop it off his toe. The transition was not clean, and Lucas Veilleux (’05) would capitalize for the game-winning goal. 

Kilian McGregor-Bennett and Owen Goodbrand would team up for the final goal of the game. Spruce Kings win on Saturday by a final score of 4-2. 

Game Summary

Scoring

Prince George: S. Schrott (11), S. Cousins (6), L. Veilleux (6), O. Goodbrand (8)

Cranbrook: J. Fletcher (7), B. Sookro (7)

Goaltending

Charlie Zolin 60:00 (W) (2GA 26 Saves)

Cater Capton (L) 58:56 (4GA 32 Saves)

Power play 

Prince George: 0/3

Cranbrook: 0/1

Next Game: The Prince George Spruce Kings will take to the road. Two games in the interior of the province. Friday night in Salmon Arm, Saturday in Penticton.