The Prince George Spruce Kings finally got that much needed first win of the season Thursday night against the Merrit Centennials, but unfortunately the effort fell short in a 3-2 loss Friday to the Penticton Vees.
At the BCHL Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack, the Vees opened up the scoring with a goal from Jacob Kamps in the first frame. Spruce Kings Captain, Brett Mennear would answer back by assisting Jamie Huber who drilled a shot from just outside the blue-line in the neutral zone. The puck hit off the top of the glove of Vees’ Goaltender Nolan Hildebrand and flew past into the net.
Penticton would retake the lead early in the second on a second effort by Grant Cruikshank. The Vees would add another goal by Ryley Risling to put them up 3-1 after two periods of play.
Late in the game, the Spruce Kings did make things interesting as the Vees turned over the puck at the PG blue line. While short-handed, Mennear and Broaden Epp took the puck the other way. Epp managed to get the puck to the Spruce Kings Captain who wired a wrist shot home.
Prince George pulled the goalie for the extra attacker in a last ditch effort, but the Vees managed to hold on.
Stefan Wornig made 35 saves in the loss as the Spruce Kings now drop to 1-5-1 on the season. The shots were 38-28 in favour of the Vees.
Prince George will now play host to the Trail Smoke Eaters on Thursday.
Photo Courtesy: Damon James/Penticton Vees