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Prince George Spruce Kings swept in season-opening weekend

Saturday night decided in overtime as Surrey flies away with two points
Head Coach Alex Evin (right) and Assistant Coach Jessie Leung assess the play on ice from the Prince George Spruce Kings bench (via Kyle Balzer)

One out of a possible four points was the result of the first weekend of a championship-defending season for the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The Surrey Eagles swooped into B.C.’s northern capital and took away two wins and only needed 29 seconds to grab last night’s victory (Sept. 8), which was a 4-3 overtime decision in front of a mediocre crowd of under 800 people.

The Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) was brought to an utter silence once again when the goal light lit behind goaltender Jett Alexander, who made 24 saves on 28 shots for the Spruce Kings.

Prince George was brought to a new low at the start of the contest as the Eagles were able to nab a goal just 13 seconds in.

The B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) champs needed under 10 minutes to muster a response and kept the game at 1-1 after the opening period.

Three rookies recorded their first BCHL point on Prince George’s opening marker, potted by Jake McLean and assisted by Ryan McAllister and Andrew Seaman.

After 40 minutes the score stood at 2-2 as both teams scored in a time-span of four-and-a-half minutes.

Surrey took back the one-point lead and was followed by Chong Min Lee’s first goal of the year, helpers to Fin Williams and Nick Poisson, as the top line went to work for the ‘Kings on the power-play.

There was some hope of a first win of the year as Brett Pfoh nabbed his first junior ‘A’ goal to give the home team a 3-2 lead.

They held on for over 12 minutes, that is, until the Eagles knotted it up at 3-3 and force the extra frame.

Holden Katzalay capitalized on an opportunity under half-a-minute in to fly the visitors back to the lower mainland with two points and hand Prince George an 0-1-1 record to start the 2019-20 season.

The Spruce Kings produced 33 shots against 17-year-old Surrey netminder Cal Schell, who earned his all-time second junior ‘A’ win and his first in our province.

Fans will still get to see more hockey next weekend as they’ll get to see the rematch of the Coastal Conference Championship on Friday (Sept. 13) when the Victoria Grizzlies visit the Spruce Kings.

The next night (Sept. 14), Prince George will host the Penticton Vees at the RMCA.

Both games start at 7 p.m.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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