Kobe Grant stood tall in his Spruce Kings debut, making 19 saves en route to a 5-0 Spruce Kings victory on Friday night against the Merritt Centennials.
Just over a minute into the second frame, Simon Labelle spotted Rowan Miller at the left circle and fired it by Josh Dias to give the Spruce Kings a 1-0 lead. Labelle and Nick Rhéaume had the helpers on Miller’s second in the pod.
On a Merritt power-play, Andrew Seaman was able to use his speed to his advantage on a Merritt line change and had a picture perfect finish on the backhand on a breakaway to make it 2-0. Seaman’s pod leading sixth of the year was unassisted at 16:09.
Twenty-two seconds into the third period, Christian Buono was able to pot home the rebound off an Amran Bhabra point shot, to give the Spruce Kings a three goal lead. Buono’s fifth in the pod season, was assisted by Bhabra and Mason Waite.
At 14:17 of the period, much similar to the Buono marker, John Herrington was able to rifle home a rebound in front of the goal past Dias to make it 4-0 Spruce Kings. Herrington’s 2nd of the pod season was assisted by Christian Buono and Max Borovinskiy.
With nine seconds remaining in the final frame, a Mason Waite point shot sealed the deal as the puck found its way past Dias to make it 5-0. The powerplay marker from Waite was assisted by Buono.
PG 35 MER 19
PG: Kobe Grant 19 Saves (1-0)
MER: Josh Dias 34 Saves (2-5)
- PG: Kobe Grant (19 Save Shutout)
- PG: Andrew Seaman (1 G)
- PG: Christian Buono (1 G 2 A)
FORTIS BC ENERGY PLAYER OF THE GAME: PG: Mason Waite (1 G 1 A)
Next Game: Sunday @ Chilliwack – 5 p.m.