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Spruce Kings’ backs against the wall as Smoke Eaters take 3-0 series lead

It was a tough night all around for the Prince George Spruce Kings as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Trail Smoke Eaters in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

1st Period:

NO SCORING

SHOTS: 12-7 Trail

2nd Period:

TRA: Off an offensive zone face off, forward Kent Johnson made a saucer pass in the middle to Owen Ozar who deked around goaltender Jett Alexander to give the Smoke Eaters a 1-0 lead in the second frame. Ozar’s second of the post-season came 59 seconds into the period from Johnson and Michael Colella.

SHOTS: 13-11 Trail

3rd Period:

TRA: 4:47 into the third Michael Collela threw the puck towards Alexander at an awkward angle, the puck then redirected off of Alexander’s heel and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Trail. Matt Osadick had the lone helper on Collela’s first of the playoffs.

TRA: At 9:45 of the frame on the power-play, Phillipee Lapointe got a gift of a pass from Diarmad DiMurro in the back door and slid it past Alexander to up the Trail lead to three. Lapointe’s second of the playoffs came from DiMurro and Owen Ozar.

TRA: At 17:16 again on the man advantage, the puck found Chase Dafoe around the goal mouth and the Kelowna native slid it past Alexander to put the game out of reach to a 4-0 score. Dafoe’s first of the playoffs came from Collela and Johnson.

SHOTS: 8-6 Trail

Final Score: Trail 4  Prince George 0

Final Shots: Trail 33 Prince George 24

Logan Terness:  24/24 Saves for Trail (3-0)

Jett Alexander: 29/33 saves for Prince George (0-3)

Trail Power-Play: 2/6

Prince George Power-Play: 0/3

3 Stars:

  • Owen Ozar (TRA 1 G 1 A)
  • Michael Collela (TRA 1 G 2 A)
  • Nick Bochen (PG)

Fortis BC Energy Player of The Game: Kolton Cousins (PG)

Next Spruce Kings Game: Tuesday night for Game #4 at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

NOTES:

  • Trail leads the best of seven series 3-0
  • In 3 straight games, the score has been 1-0 after two periods
  • Attendance was 903 at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena

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