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Valiant effort comes up short for Spruce Kings

Goals from Carter Cochrane and Mason Waite and 32 shots to the Coquitlam goal was not enough as the Spruce Kings were doubled up the Coquitlam Express 4-2 on Friday night in front of a boisterous 1,200-plus at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

1st Period:

COQ: 17 seconds into the opening period, Joshua Wildauer slapped the puck from an awkward angle shy of the goal line that found its way past Carter Woodside to give the Express an early lead. Steven Bellini had the lone helper on Wildauer’s tally.

PG: At 13:41 of the opening frame, Carter Cochrane received a pretty feed from Andrew Seaman and fired the puck through the legs of Jack Watson to tie the game at one. Seaman and Corey Cunningham had the assists on Cochrane’s fifth of the season.

COQ: At 16:50 on an Express power-play, Ethan O’Rourke got a rebound right in front of Watson and fired it past Woodside to give the Express a 2-1 lead. Massimo Rizzo and Steven Bellini had the two helpers on O’Rourke’s 16th of the season in his first game back since being sidelined with an injury.

COQ: At 18:24, it was again Josh Wildauer throwing the puck to the goal and it ended up squeezing by Carter Woodside to give the Express a 3-1 lead. Wildauer’s second of the night and 22nd of the year was unassisted.

SHOTS: 9-5 Prince George

2nd Period:

NO SCORING

SHOTS: 13-7 Prince George

3rd Period:

PG: 4:54 into the third, Mason Waite took the puck to Centre Ice and shot it to the goal and it ended up solving Jack Watson to make the game 3-2. Waite’s centre ice tally was his 6th of the year and unassisted.

COQ: With the Express shorthanded and the Spruce King net empty, Ryan Tattle got the puck shovelled to him at centre and deposited the puck into the empty net to make it 4-2 Coquitlam.

SHOTS: 10-7 Prince George

Final Score: Coquitlam 4 Prince George 2

Final Shots: 32-19 Prince George

Carter Woodside:  16/19 saves for Prince George (6-11-2)

Jack Watson: 31/32 saves for Coquitlam (13-4-1)

Prince George Power-Play: 0/7

Langley Power-Play: 1/5

3 Stars:

  • Josh Wildauer (COQ 2 G)
  • Preston Brodziak (PG 45)
  • Jack Watson (COQ 31 Saves)

Fortis BC Energy Player of The Game:

Wil Kushniryk (PG)

Next Spruce Kings Game: Saturday Night at 7 p.m. against the Coquitlam Express at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena

NOTES:

  • Preston Brodziak finished with eight shots on goal
  • Coquitlam wins their third straight game at the RMCA
  • Carter Cochrane has goals in his last two games

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