(Photo by: James Doyle Photography)
The Prince George Spruce Kings played their best game of the season against the Wenatchee Wild Tuesday night, but still couldn’t come away with the victory. PG had a number of scoring chances, but were unable to capitalize in the 2-1 loss.
Period 1 started the same way as Game 1 with the two teams tied at zero after 20. Both teams went to the power play with Liam Watson-Brawn going off for slashing at 5:39, and Chris Jones from the Wild taking a seat at 12:41 for closing his hand on the puck. After putting up 13 shots in the entire Game 2, Prince George outshot the Wild 10-8 in the first period in the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
In the second, Adam Burnett took a penalty for tripping shortly after the halfway mark, but Wenatchee couldn’t score leaving it a drawless game. The visitors eventually broke through, as AJ Vanderbeck took a cross ice feed from Jasper Weatherby, and was able to beat Tavin Grant for the 1-0 lead at 16:29.
Prince George went to the power play early in the third, but it was quickly negated as Tyler Anderson ran into Charlie Combs, and took a Blow to the Head minor. Following some four-on-four action, the Wild went to the power play, but the best chance went to the Spruce Kings as Brett Mennear was sprung for a breakaway, but sent his shot high. A few minutes after the man-advantage ended, the Wild doubled their lead at 8:21 as Jimmy O’Brien scored his first of the playoffs tipping home a Slava Demin point shot.
With 46 seconds left in the game, Kyle Johnson scored to pull Prince George within one, but that’s as close as they would come falling 2-1. The win gives Wenatchee a 3-0 series lead heading into Game 4 tonight in the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. If the Spruce Kings win, Game 5 will be played Friday in Prince George.
|11:17||WEN||Dakota Raabe (2) ASST: Slava Demin (1), Matthew Baker (2)|
|11:37||WEN||Brian Williams (1) ASST: Alex Bates (1), Brendan Harris(3)|
|15:17||WEN||Colin Burston (1) ASST: Dakota Raabe (1), AJ Vanderbeck (1) (PP)|
|9:19||WEN||Brendan Harris (1) ASST: AJ Vanderbeck (2), Chad Sasaki (1)|
|15:39||WEN||Brendan Harris (2) ASST: Charlie Combs (1), Brian Williams (1)|
|6:12||PG||Tyler Anderson (1) ASST: Tanner Campbell (2) (PP)|
|9:48||WEN||Chris Jones (1) ASST: Sam Morton (2), Lucas Sowder (2)(PP)|