A slow start proved costly for the Prince George Spruce Kings as they fell 5-2 on Sunday to the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
Despite outshooting the Caps 13-3 in the opening period, Prince George found themselves down 1-0 after 20 minutes of play thanks to a marker by Azzard Tinling who got it past Bradley Cooper.
Dylan Anhorn tied it up at one apiece early in the middle frame after completing a three-way scoring sequence on the power-play from Brady Bjork and Nolan Welsh.
The deadlock wouldn’t last however, as Ty Pochipinski and Nicholas Wilson handcuffed Cooper in a span of less than four minutes giving the Capitals a 3-1 advantage at the end of the second period.
Evan DeBrouwer came on in relief during the third stanza but it wasn’t enough as Ethan Scradina notched a pair to ice the win for Cowichan.
Patrick Cozzi potted the final goal for the Spruce Kings.
Cowichan outshot Prince George 27-25 overall.
The Spruce Kings enter the Christmas break a point back of the Langley Rivermen for the Mainland Division lead.
Both teams will face each other after the holiday break on December 29 and 30 at 7 PM from the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.