It was another multi-point night from Nick Rhéaume, collecting two goals and an assist, but two third period goals from the Trail Smoke Eaters, ended up taking the game to a shootout, and it was the Smoke Eaters who prevailed, defeating Prince George 5-4 in the extra frame.
PG: Luc Laylin got the puck at the right circle and fired it off the end boards, the puck redirected to Kolton Cousins in tight and whacked at it, but it was Laylin who shovelled home the loose change to get the Spruce Kings on the board. Laylin’s fifth of the season was assisted by both Cousins and Ben LeFranc at 6:07.
PG: Just over two minutes later, Nick Rhéaume went in on the forecheck, and forced a turnover and took the puck from Cameron Moger, and Rhéaume had some space and made a nice move and outwaited goaltender Cole Tisdale to make it 2-0 Spruce Kings. Rhéaume’s 17th of the season was unassisted at 8:36.
PG: A few minutes later, it was great work from Rowan Miller and Nick Rhéaume in the offensive zone, and Rhéaume spotted Miller at the right circle and put it by Tisdale to give the Spruce Kings a 3-0 lead. Miller’s 13thof the season was assisted by Rhéaume at 11:18.
TRA: It was a bit of a miscue between goaltender Jordan Fairlie and his defender, as Brady Hunter was able to take advantage of the turnover and put the puck in the wide-open cage to make it 3-1. Hunter’s 12th of the season was unassisted at 14:06.
PG 8 TRA 14
TRA: Jordan Hendry got a feed from Brady Hunter at the right point, Hendry’s shot towards the goal was redirected at the right circle by Teddy Lagerback and went glove side on Jordan Fairlie to get the Smoke Eaters within one. Lagerback’s 16th of the season was assisted by both Hendry and Hunter at 6:14.
PG: Simon Labelle was able to get the puck to Ben LeFranc at the right point, LeFranc’s wrister was initially stopped by Tisdale, but it was again Nick Rhéaume who buried the rebound in tight to give the Spruce Kings another two-goal lead. Rhéaume’s second of the night and team leading 18th of the season was assisted by both LeFranc and Labelle at 14:30.
PG 9 TRA 9
TRA: On a Trai power-play, Brady Hunter played catch at the point with Evan Bushy, and Hunter took the puck to the right circle and fired it by Fairlie to make it 4-3. Hunter’s second of the night and 13th of the year was assisted by both Bushy and Coalson Wolford at 7:49.
TRA: In the later stages in the period, on a Trail 5 on 3, it was a great passing play set up by the Smoke Eaters, and Brady Hunter got a feed on the back door at the right side to score his hat trick marker to tie the game. Hunters third goal and 14th of the season was assisted by both Teddy Lagerback and Evan Bushy at 12:28.
PG 13 TRA 16
TRA: Quinn Disher: Goal
PG: Simon Labelle: No Goal
TRA: Brady Hunter: No Goal
PG: Nick Rhéaume: No Goal
TRA: Teddy Lagerback: Goal
PG 4 TRA 5 (Shootout)