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Special teams spark Prince George Spruce Kings to comeback win at home

Nolan Welsh, Chong Min Lee earn three points each against Langley
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Prince George Spruce Kings' Chong Min Lee (#19) cheers after scoring a goal at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (via Kyle Balzer)

Home really is sweet once again for the Spruce Kings.

Thanks to a pair of captains, Prince George was able to erase a two-goal deficit last night (Nov. 1) and pot four straight en route to a 4-2 win against the Langley Rivermen at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA).

Nolan Welsh recorded three points in Friday’s contest, the second time he’s reached that feat this season, by scoring two goals, including the tying and game-winning markers, and adding an assist.

Chong Min Lee now has five multi-point games in the 2019-20 season after posting three of his own against Langley, including the empty-net insurance goal and two assists, both on Welsh’s goals.

Jett Alexander was the busier of the two goaltenders at the RMCA, turning away 34 of 36 shots, while the Rivermen’s Braedon Fleming made 25 saves on 28 shots from Prince George.

The game didn’t see any activity until the second period, in which all four goals came on a man-advantage.

Langley opened the scoring 1:58 into the middle frame and followed it up with a 2-0 lead six minutes later.

Preston Brodziak then capitalized on a power-play for his seventh of the season with four minutes to go in the period; the assists from Jaxon Steele and Tom Richter.

Welsh followed 1:50 after that to tie the game at 2-2 on another power-play before heading into the locker-room, with Lee and Mason Waite providing the helpers.

Welsh’s game-winning goal came at 11:28 of the third period and Lee’s lamp was lit with two seconds left in regulation.

Prince George’s jumps up to third in the Mainland Division with a record of 7-9-2-1.

The Spruce Kings are back in action to wrap up the weekend doubleheader with the Rivermen tonight (Nov. 2), 7 p.m. from the RMCA. 




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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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