Corey Cunningham played like a star on Saturday night.
The 17-year-old forward from Prince George recorded a goal and an assist including the game-winner in 5-0 romp over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
Cunningham set the tone offensively in the first period, tapping home a goal past Silverbacks netminder Ethan Langenegger courtesy of a Dustin Manz shot.
He has a new found confidence in his sophomore season with five points in his first twelve games, already surpassing last season’s total of four along with a career-high in goals (3), breaking his rookie mark of two.
“This summer I was working out with Justin Fillion and he taught me a lot of stuff that I didn’t know and he told me that I needed to gain muscle if I am going to compete with these bigger guys and I’m trying to show that on the ice every day.”
Prince George outshot Salmon Arm in the game 48-25 and went 4 for 10 on the power-play, which included three straight goals in the final period.
For Coyle, it was his first in the BCHL since coming over from the Junior B ranks in Ontario.
“It was nice to get that under the belt and get that one over with. I didn’t have to do much as Welshy (Nolan Welsh) hit me right out front with a perfect pass and all I had to do was go back door with it.”
Bradley Cooper pitched a 25-save shutout.
The Spruce Kings improve to 8-4-0-1 on the season and will hit the road for three games next weekend against the Coquitlam Express (Friday and Sunday) and the Langley Rivermen (Saturday).