With their backs up against the wall, the Prince George Spruce Kings got up off the canvas and took it to the Wenatchee Wild claiming Game Four of the Fred Page Cup Final 4-2 at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
The best-of-seven series is 3-1 for the Wild with Game Five set for Thursday from the Town Toyota Center.
“We felt that it’s a bit of revenge, we felt we were good enough to win game three so coming out today we really wanted to play a really good game. We had a couple of lapses there but we had a lot of good shifts and got the dub,” says Ethan de Jong, Spruce Kings Forward.
The 18-year-old from North Vancouver was clutch scoring twice including a nice backhand goal past Wild goaltender Austin Park on the power-play.
Prince George also saw the return of Ben Poisson made his 2018 playoff debut after missing the last two months with a separated shoulder and a ruptured spleen.
On his first shift back, Poisson nearly completed a magnificent cross-ice pass but was robbed by the paddle of Park.
“It’s too bad, I really wish it had gone in but the just bounced on me and the goalie made a good save.”
It was a whirlwind to say the least for Poisson who didn’t get medical clearance until late in the day.
“Mags called me and told me to get on the earliest flight you can. I was on at 5:30 and landed at 6:45 and booked it to the rink.”
Kyle Johnson and Patrick Cozzi opened the scoring for Prince George early in the first jumping out to a 2-0 lead.
Prince George outshot Wenatchee 31-29 overall and went two-for-three on the man advantage.
Thursday’s game can be heard on 93.1 CFIS FM with Ron Gallo doing the play-by-play.