Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spruce Kings 5 Smoke Eaters 2

Jujhar Khaira and Paul DeJersey each scored twice as Prince George sent the Smokies back to the West Kootenay empty-handed in a 5-2 decision at the PG Coliseum.

Trail opened the scoring nine minutes into the middle frame thanks to an unassisted effort from Nick Wong, but Khaira would put home his third and fourth goals of the weekend before DeJersey re-opened his account to round out the second period scoring.

Sean Landrey widened the gap to 4-1 before Clayton Chessa scored his 7th (and team-leading) goal of the season with 5:38 remaining to give Trail new life.

A DeJersey empty-netter would seal Trail's fifth consecutive defeat and the Spruce Kings' fourth straight win.

Michael Colantone kept his hot start to his Prince George career alive, chipping in with four assists for the home side, who outshot Trail 43-24. Matt Larose made 38 saves for the Smoke Eaters and was named the game's third star.

Up Next: The road doesn't get any easier for the Smokies next week; they play a pair of home games against Penticton (Wednesday) and Vernon (Saturday).

Out of Town: Two early goals helped the Beaver Valley Nitehawks defeat the Castlegar Rebels 7-4 tonight in Fruitvale in KIJHL play. Dallas Calvin had four points for BV (1-3) while Anthony Delong had a hat-trick for the Rebels. Nice as well to see a bunch of familiar faces amongst a healthy crowd at the BV Arena tonight. Patrick Martens had a hat-trick of his own for Nelson in their 4-0 shutout win at Penticton. Jake Lucchini and Kyle Hope each had a goal and an assist as Kootenay tied Thompson 4-4 in major midget action in Chase this evening. The Ice and Blazers play again tomorrow morning at the Art Holding Arena.

Local Look-See: Former Smokie Darnell Dyck scored twice, while former Nitehawk Danny Vlanich chipped in an assist in the Langley Rivermen's 7-1 victory over Alberni Valley tonight.


Anonymous said...

Matt Larose was named third star of the game for, in the words of the Spruce Kings commentators, being the best Smokie on the ice and for a large part of the game the best player on the ice. Thought this might deserve a mention.

Chris Wahl said...

I didn't watch Saturday's game, took in the Nitehawks and Rebels in BV, but PG's play-by-play guy (a former colleague of mine here in the Kootenays and good friend) texted me and said he was "stellar" during one of the intermissions. Good to hear despite the end result for the team.