Chong Min Lee’s goal early in the third was enough to be the game-winning goal, as the Prince George Spruce Kings defeated the West Kelowna Warriors by a 3-2 score Friday morning at the BCHL Showcase presented by Bauer.
In the opening frame, the Spruce Kings dominated in the shots department 12-3. At 14:52 of the period, forward Preston Brodziak fired home a one timer in the slot off a great feed from Ryan McAllister that went through the legs of goaltender Brock Baier to give Prince George a 1-0 lead.
In the early stages of the second, it was the Warriors putting on lots of pressure. At 8:33, Lucas Cullen fired home his fifth of the year going top corner glove side on Jett Alexander to tie the game up at one. The Warriors then jumped out to their first lead of the morning as Brandon Dent had a picture perfect shot going over the blocker of Alexander to give West Kelowna the lead. At 16:23 of the 2nd, the Spruce Kings had a goal disallowed as Corey Cunningham redirected a shot that was initially called a goal, but was then waved off due to a high stick, keeping the game 2-1. At 19:32 on the power play, 16-year-old Fin Williams redirected a Mason Waite shot on the power-play to tie the game late in the second frame.
In the third, Chong Min Lee did what he does best by circling in the offensive zone leading to his fifth goal of the year ripping the puck past Baier on the blocker side to give the Spruce Kings the lead. Some late pressure was applied by West Kelowna, but Jett Alexander was huge in the late going keeping the game at 3-2. The Spruce Kings ended up skating to a 3-2 win in their first game of the BCHL Showcase presented by Bauer.
Forward Preston Brodziak was happy with his team’s win, but knows that there is more work to be done tomorrow against the Trail Smoke Eaters: “We completed our first segment, which was great, but now we have another segment to complete. We just really need to play a full 60 minutes and stick to the system and we will be successful.”
Next up for Prince George is the Trail Smoke Eaters tomorrow at 1:00 at the SOEC in Penticton. You can catch all of the action on Mixlr.com or on Hockey TV. Pre-game will be at 12:45 with play by play at 1:00.
- CHONG MIN LEE
- NICK POISSON
- BRANDON DENT
FORTIS ENERGY PLAYER : COLTON CAMERON