Monday, December 10, 2012


The Prince George Spruce Kings took a pair of games this weekend vs. the Express in the first of two double dips in Prince George this season.

Saturday night the Spruce Kings out lasted the Express 6-4. Then they took the second game on Sunday afternoon 4-1.

The teams got the two game set started with a bang. They traded 6 goals in the first period alone with the teams coming out of the opening 20 minutes tied at three. Prince George took the lead on three separate occasions in the first period only to see the Express pull even each time.

Will Cook, Brandon Morley and Marc Biega scored the three goals for the Express.

Shayne Morrisey gave Prince George the lead for good in the second period scoring a pair of goals. Chad Staley inscreased the Prince George lead to three in the third period. Phil Zielonka scored with 8:15 remaining in the third period to round out the scoring.

The game was the first between the two teams since they hooked up on a trade last month that saw the Express acquire Brad Ryan and send Jace Hennig and Mark Begert to Prince George.

All three players involved in the trade hit the score sheet with Mark Begert opening the scoring in the game with his first goal of the season. Ryan and Hennig each had an assist.

Cole Huggins turned aside 36 of the 42 shots sent his way. Kirk Thompson made 32 saves on 36 Express shots to earn the win.

Sunday afternoon Prince George started fast scoring just 25 seconds into the game on a goal by Sean Landry.

Prince George struck quickly in the second period to expand their lead. Former Express Cam Lawson scored at 8:25. Then just 1:29 later the lead was at three after a goal by Tyson Witala.

That was the end of the night for goaltender Cole Huggins who was relieved after allowing 3 goals on 20 shots.

Just over two minutes later Phil Zielonka scored his 15th goal in his 17th game for what would turn out to be the only goal of the afternoon for the Express.

Shayne Morrisey capped the scoring in the game at 8:25 of the third period.

Kirk Thompson was very busy in the Prince George crease turning aside 39 of the 40 Express shots sent his way.

The two wins this weekend by the Spruce Kings opened up a 5 point lead for Prince George on the Express for third place in the Mainland division.

The Express have two more games before the Christmas break Friday night in Langley. Then they will host the Powell River Kings on Saturday night at the Poirier Sports Centre. 

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