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Spruce Kings pick up a point in final game of road trip

Owen Goodbrand. Chuck Chin photo

WEST KELOWNA – The Prince George Spruce Kings finished their three-game road trip in West Kelowna Friday night, taking on the Warriors for the first time this season. 

Prince George hit the ice at Royal LePage Place after losing to the Merritt Centennials on Tuesday and the Penticton Vees on Wednesday. Unfortunately, The Spruce Kings couldn’t find the win collum Friday, losing 3-2 in overtime. 

The two teams were dead even after one period. The score after 20 minutes was 0-0, and the shots after 20 minutes were 8-8. 

Ryan Sanborn (’05) started for the Spruce Kings between the pipes Friday. After being pulled in his last start, Sanborn settled into the game early, looking comfortable turning away all eight shots he saw in the first period.

 The Spruce Kings and the Warriors stayed tied at zero until the nine-minute mark of the second period. 

A combination of a bad change and a bad bounce sprung West Kelowna’s Trent Wilson (’04) on a partial breakaway, which found the back of the net through the legs of Ryan Sanborn. 

The second period would end 1-0 in favour of the home team. 

The second Warriors goal would come from a scrum in front of the net. 

After many bounces, saves and shoves, Jack Pridham (’05) finally forced the puck into the back of the net. 

Minutes later, a scary moment for Spruce Kings forward Luca Primerano (’05). Battling for a puck in the corner, Primerano was tripped along the boards in the attacking zone. While falling, Primerano took a dangerous hit from Warriors forward Trent Wilson in the head. After a couple of minutes, Primerano would skate off the ice with the assistance of Tristan Taylor (’04) and Spruce Kings Athletic Therapist Kara Fulawka. Primerano would not return to the game. 

Wilson would be given a 10-minute game misconduct and a five-minute match penalty, which Trey Ausmus (’04) served.

The Spruce Kings would take advantage of the extended man advantage, scoring twice in the first two and a half minutes of the power play. First, Kazumo Sasaki (’05) scored his first goal of the season with a beautiful finesse-style shot. Next, Linden Makow (’04) scored his first goal of the season as well. A beautiful pass from Sasaki found Makow at the side of the net, who made no mistake burying the puck behind West Kelowna goalie Rorke Applebee (’03). 

After 60 minutes of play, the game was tied at two, headed to overtime.

 Early in the extra frame, Sanborn made two incredible saves to keep the Spruce Kings in the game. Prince George’s best chance in overtime came off the backhand of Skogen Schrott (’05), who just put his breakaway chance wide of the net. On the counterattack, Brennan Nelson (’03) and Michael Salandra (’03) teamed up on a deflection that beat the glove of Sanborn. 3-2, the final score in overtime. 

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