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Spruce Kings back in win column; beat Centennials 5-1

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Linden Makow, Christian Buono, Hunor Torzsok, Rowan Miller, and Mason Waite all found the back of the net, as the Spruce Kings got back in the win column defeating the Merritt Centennials by a 5-1 score. The Spruce Kings now improve their record in the pod to 12-5-1, and now leapfrog the Chilliwack Chiefs for top spot in the Chilliwack pod by one point.

In the opening frame, it was a great play by Hunor Torzsok to spot Linden Makow at the right wing and Makow ripped it glove side and top corner past Josh Dias to give the Spruce Kings a 1-0 lead. Makow’s second in the pod was assisted by both Torzsok and Zach Gabruch at 7:12.

Thirteen seconds later, a point shot from Connor Elliott found its way through traffic and the puck was redirected by Christian Buono and past Dias to give the Spruce Kings a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye. Buono’s pod leading 12th goal was assisted by both Elliott and Corey Cunningham at 7:25.

In the final minutes of the period, similar to the Buono marker, it was a point shot from Mason Waite that was tipped in front by Hunor Torzsok and past Dias to put the Spruce Kings up 3-0 in the first. Torzsok’s power-play goal and second in the pod was assisted by both Waite and John Herrington at 18:30. 

At the 1:42 mark of the period, on a Spruce Kings powerplay, a Nick Rheaume shot found its way past Josh Dias and the puck was sitting on the goal line and it was mashed home by Rowan Miller to up the Spruce Kings lead to 4-0. Miller’s power-play tally and fifth in the pod was assisted by Rheaume and Amran Bhabra.

On a delayed penalty call, the Spruce Kings were all sorts of buzzing in the attacking zone and were able to add to the lead. A great feed from Christian Buono found Mason Waite all alone at the right circle and rifled home a one-timer past Dias to make it 5-0 Spruce Kings. Waite’s third in the pod had the helpers credited to both Waite and Nick Rhéaume at 6:12.

 In the final minutes of period number three, a Blake Astroino pass found the skate of the Zack Dallazanna and the puck ricocheted off the Merritt’s captain and snuck past Aaron Trotter to ruin the shutout bid and get the Centennials on the board.

FINAL SCORE:

PG 5 MER 1

FINAL SHOTS:

PG 35 MER 27

POWERPLAYS:

PG: 2/6

MER: 0/4

GOALTENDERS:

PG: W – Aaron Trotter 26 Saves (6-3-1)

MER: L – Josh Dias 30 Saves (2-11)

3 STARS:

1.PG: Hunor Torzsok (1 G 1 A)

2.PG: Mason Waite (1 G 1 A)

3.MER: Zack Dallazanna (1 G)

FORTIS BC ENERGY PLAYER OF THE GAME:

MER: Chase Cooke


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