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Woodside shines with 24 saves as Spruce Kings down West Kelowna

Corey Cunningham scored his 22nd of the season and his fifth goal in four games, and Carter Woodside made 24 saves to give the Spruce Kings a 3-1 victory on over the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

“I thought our details were a little bit better tonight and I thought we played a lot of energy,” said Spruce Kings Associate Coach Colin Minardi. “Obviously it is a big win for our group, but it’s also nice to wrap up the trip on a positive note.” 

1st Period:

PG: Corey Cunningham got the puck on the power-play after an Evan Orr point shot. Cunningham was able to get the rebound and fire it past Warriors goaltender Johnny Derrick to give the Spruce Kings the lead. Evan Orr and Haydn Delorme were credited with the helpers at 5:01 of the first.

Shots: 10-9 Prince George

2nd Period:

WK: At 5:20 of the second, Brendan Pigeon got a feed from Tyler Cristall and slid through the legs of Woodside to tie the game up at one. Cristall and John Evans had the assists on Pigeon’s seventh of the season.

PG: Off a lucky bounce off the end boards, the puck shot right to forward Mason Reeves in the high slot and hammered a slap shot top corner on Derrick to give the Spruce Kings a 2-1 lead. Reeves’ third of the year came unassisted just over a minute after the Pigeon tally.

SHOTS: 10-5 Prince George

3rd Period:

PG: With the net empty, Kolton Cousins got the puck at centre and was able to fire it into the open cage and give the Spruce Kings a 3-1 lead. Fin Williams and Colton Cameron had the helpers on Cousins’ 4th of the year. The tally came at 18:50 of the third.

SHOTS: 11-5 West Kelowna

Final Score: Prince George 3 West Kelowna 1

Final Shots: 25-25

Carter Woodside:  24/25 saves for Prince George (6-7-0)

Johnny Derrick: 23/25 saves for West Kelowna (9-15-2)

Prince George Power-Play: 1/4

West Kelowna: 0/4

3 Stars:

  • Carter Woodside (PG 24 Saves)
  • Brendan Pigeon (WK 1 G)
  • Colton Cameron (PG)

Fortis BC Energy Player of The Game:

John Evans (WK 1 A)

Next Spruce Kings Game: At home on Wednesday Night against the Wenatchee Wild for Wild Wednesday

NOTES:

  • Carter Woodside has won the Spruce Kings last five games
  • Corey Cunningham has 5 goals in his last 4 games
  • The Spruce Kings sweep the season series against the West Kelowna Warriors

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