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Two second period goals propel Spruce Kings to a 3-1 win in Vernon

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Two second period goals from Kilian McGregor-Bennett and Nick Rheaume, backed by 21 saves by Aaron Trotter, propelled the Prince George Spruce Kings back in the win column by a 3-1 score over the Vernon Vipers.


 VER: 29 seconds into the hockey game, Aaron Trotter robbed Ryan Shostak with the pad, the rebound ended up sitting in the blue paint area, and Luke Buss whacked it home to give the Vipers an early lead. Buss’ team leading sixth goal of the season was assisted by Shostak and Matthew Culling.

PG: Rowan Miller was able to beat out a potential icing call and won the race to the puck on the right wing. The puck ended up behind the goal, and then Kilian McGregor-Bennett picked the pocket of Ayden Third and spotted Simon Labelle at the left circle and rifled it by Ethan David to tie it at one. Labelle’s fifth of the year was assisted by both McGregor-Bennett and Miller at 9:54.


PG 9 VER 7


 PG: 2:54 into the period at the end of the Spruce King power-play, Kilian McGregor-Bennett showed tremendous patience at the left circle and took the puck behind the goal and wrapped it around on the glove side to make it 2-1. McGregor-Bennett’s second of the season had the lone assist credited to Amran Bhabra.

PG: On a Vipers power-play, Amran Bhabra whacked the puck up the right side in his own zone to John Herrington, and Herrington sprung it ahead to Nick Rheaume on a short-handed breakaway and made a great move to the backhand and put it by David to make it 3-1. Rheaume’s team leading 11th tally was short-handed with the assists credited to Herrington and Bhabra at 9:22.

PG 11 VER 5



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