A couple of odd bounce Saturday night were a defining factor as the Prince George Spruce Kings fell 4-2 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
It took just over five minutes for the Caps to get on the board as Nick Guerra sprung Jared Domin for a breakaway. Domin made no mistake, tucking the puck inside the left post for the early 1-0 lead.
Just a couple of minutes later, George Sennot doubled that lead for the Caps thanks to a saucer pass from captain, Chris Harpur. Spruce Kings goalie, Tavin Grant who was making his 12th consecutive start sprawled to make the save but couldn’t get to the puck in time.
However, an powerplay opportunity would soon head Prince George’s way to cut the deficit in half. Just 20 seconds into the man advantage, Tyler Anderson scored his 10th goal of the season off a feed from Ethan De Jong to make it 2-1 after the first period.
In the second, De Jong managed to even the score with a goal of his, pouncing on a Travis Schneider rebound. Cowichan soon retook the lead on their third powerplay of night night. Grant misplayed the puck from behind his net, and Ty Pochipinski was able to put the puck into the empty cage for Cowichan Valley.
In the third, another unlucky bounce came Grant’s way as he came out of his net to play the puck on a dump in. The puck took a strange hop over the left face-off circle and went between Grant’s legs and into the net to make it 4-2 for the Caps.
A late surge from Prince George wasn’t enough to make a comeback. The Spruce Kings now head to Victoria for a game with the Grizzlies Sunday at 2 p.m. to wrap up the Christmas break.
PG now sits fourth in the Mainland Division with two games in hand over the Langley Rivermen. The Rivermen took over third place after an overtime victory against the Merritt Centennials Saturday night.
PHOTO CREDIT: Damon James Photography/ Prince George Spruce Kings