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Taken to school: Prince George Spruce Kings shut out in Surrey morning matinee

Reece Klassen too hard to solve for ‘Kings, finish 0-2 on brief road trip
Fin Williams (#22) takes the opening face-off for the Prince George Spruce Kings against Surrey (via Kyle Balzer)

Class was in session today (Feb. 13) for the Prince George Spruce Kings, playing in front of more than 1,000 young fans in the Surrey Eagles’ school day game.

However, goaltender Reece Klassen aced the morning test between the Mainland Division rivals, going 21 for 21 and blanking the Spruce Kings, 3-0.

On the other end of the rink, Carter Woodside produced a clean sheet in two of the three frames, but allowed all three goals on 11 shots in the second.

The 19-year-old finished the contest turning away 26 of 29 attempts from the home team.

Prince George ends up winless on their two-game road-trip after falling to the Chilliwack Chiefs 4-1 on Tuesday (Feb. 11).

Surrey scored at the 2:32, 6:21 (power-play) and 14:34 middle-frame marks to get that three-goal cushion and never waivered for the rest of regulation.

Each team had six man-advantages, with the Eagles capitalizing in the dying seconds of its third power-play opportunity.

The Spruce Kings’ record drops to 17-31-2-4 with four games left in the 2019-20 season.

Prince George will now take part in the B.C. Hockey League’s inaugural Road Show, which will pin them against the Langley Rivermen back-to-back in Kitimat.

Puck drops are scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m., both from Tamitik Arena.

The ‘Kings come home to the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena to close out the year on Feb. 21 and 22 against Coquitlam.


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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