Just over a minute into the first frame, the Prince George Spruce Kings were already on the board and celebrating an early lead away to the Penticton Vees Saturday night.
Unfortunately, a quick start wouldn’t get PG the finish they were looking for as they lost to Penticton by a score of 3-2.
Kyle Johnson opened the scoring for Prince George as he crashed the net to defelct the puck into the net off of his skate. Jarod Hovde found space on the wing and centred the puck into the crease for the assist on the play to put the Spruce Kings up 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Vees came fighting right back in the second period. Chris Klack scored his fifth goal of the season, coming down the left wing and able to use a Spruce Kings defender as a screen to put the puck past Stefan Wornig.
Klack would continue to make a mark on the score-sheet. Later on in the second, he earned an assist with a pass to give Duncan Campbell a breakaway opportunity. Campbell who recently came over to Penticton from the Brandon Wheat Kings made no mistake to put the Vees up 2-1.
In the third, Klack got his third point of the night by stealing the puck behind the Spruce Kings and wrapping it around into an empty cage for the insurance goal.
Prince George would add a late goal from Connor Russell with just seven seconds left, but it was too little too late.
The Spruce Kings are winless so far on this weekend road-trip, but will look to get back in the win-column when they take on the defending RBC Cup Champions, the West Kelowna Warriors at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cherie Morgan Photography/ Penticton Vees