More than 1,200 Kitimat residents filled their local hockey rink to witness B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) action that included the reigning champions.
The Prince George Spruce Kings, who were the designated visitors Saturday (Feb. 15), defeated Langley with authority by a score of 5-1, claiming the first of the two-game BCHL-LNG Canada Road Show series against the Rivermen.
It was a relieving night for goaltender Jett Alexander, who made 32 saves on 33 shots for his first win since Dec. 20, 2019.
The 20-year-old recorded his 13th victory of the season, while Corey Cunningham posted a game-high three points including two goals.
The Prince George product’s line with Fin Williams and Nolan Welsh combined for seven points last night at Tamitik Arena.
Andrew Seaman got the 30-game scoreless monkey off his back with his third of the year, grabbing an assist from Kolton Cousins over four minutes in.
Haydn Delorme added to Prince George’s lead four minutes later on a power-play by taking passes from Preston Brodziak and Wil Kushniryk to make it 2-0 going into the dressing room.
It only took Williams 96 seconds to up the board to 3-0 and linemate Cunningham followed suit on his own four minutes afterward to get to 4-0.
The @SpruceKings just keep pouring it on! 😱— BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) February 16, 2020
Prince George's own Corey Cunningham steals the puck in the slot and makes no mistake to put his team up 4-0 at the #BCHLRoadShow in Kitimat pic.twitter.com/44srkxk957
Langley broke Alexander’s chance for a shut out in his return between the pipes with five minutes left in the middle period.
The 4-1 score stood until the 9:34 mark of the final frame when Cunningham reached the 25-goal plateau on a power-play.
Kitimat’s crowd stood and cheered when the final buzzer sounded while watching Prince George win 5-1 over Langley in their fourth last game of 2019-20.
The second game at Tamitik Arena goes for this afternoon (Feb. 16), 1 p.m. with the Spruce Kings as the home team.