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Spruce Kings lose to Chiefs, but then post record win against Eagles

The Prince George Spruce Kings couldn’t rain on the Chilliwack Chiefs’ parade Sunday, as their Mainland Division rivals clinched the division title with a 2-1 win over the local squad.

The Spruce Kings, however, also hit a milestone on Monday, winning their 37th game of the season – the most games the team has ever won – with a 4-2 win over the Surrey Eagles.

Sunday’s game was a tough loss for the Spruce Kings, who dominated throughout the game but came up on the losing end. The Spruce Kings fired 35 shots on Daniel Chinard in the Chiefs net, while Logan Neaton faced only 13 Chilliwack shots.

Dustin Manz was the only goal scorer for the Spruce Kings, while Matt Holmes and Brett Rylance each got one past Neaton.

It was a different story on Monday as Manz, Ben Brar, Chong Min Lee, and Patrick Cozzi each found the twine. Brandon Santa Juana and Caige Sterzer replied for Surrey.

Neaton made 21 saves for the win.

The Spruce Kings record now sits at 37 wins, 13 losses, one overtime loss, and five shootout losses, good for 80 points on the season, five behind the Chiefs, and solidly in second in the Mainland Division.

The Spruce Kings will be back on the ice this weekend in what could be a preview of who is favoured to out of the Mainland Division come playoff time. The Chiefs will be in town for two games at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, one on Friday and then the rematch on Saturday.