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Warriors outlast road-weary Spruce Kings

 

The Prince George Spruce Kings emptied the gas tanks against the West Kelowna Warriors.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Warriors edged the Spruce Kings on Sunday by a 4-3 score to complete a three-game road swing in less than 48 hours.

Chase Stevenson and Lucas Cullen put West Kelowna ahead 2-0 13 minutes into the opening frame sliding a couple past Prince George goalie Bradley Cooper.

Less than a minute later, Kyle Johnson cut the deficit in half after taking advantage of a Ethan de Jong feed shorthanded making it 2-1 Warriors after 20 minutes.

Just 35 seconds into the second period West Kelowna restored their two-goal lead courtesy of Michael Lombardi who finished off a three-way scoring play.

The Spruce Kings continued to fight back later in the period as Dustin Manz buried one past Warriors netminder Cody Porter slashing the advantage back to a single goal at the end of two periods.

In the third, Jared Marino potted the insurance marker 1:57 of the final frame giving the hosts their third two-goal edge of the contest.

Ben Brar replied late in the period on the power-play for the Spruce Kings.

De Jong finished the game with three assists in a losing effort.

Prince George outshot West Kelowna 37-32.

Cooper made 28 saves in defeat.

The Spruce Kings record is now 11-9-0-1 and return home next Friday and Saturday against the Nanaimo Clippers and West Kelowna.

Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m. from the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

-Spruce Kings

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