Friday, November 11, 2016


The Prince George Spruce Kings rode two goal performances from Travis Schneider and Jarod Hovde en route to a 6-3 win over the Express Friday. The latter also helped out with a pair of assists for a four point night. Click here for boxscore

The visitors put the shorthanded Express in a first period hole they could never really dig themselves out of. The Express played without 7 regulars Friday.

Schneider scored his first of the night when the Express lost control of the puck in their own zone and the puck bounced towards the net where Schneider was able to poke home the loss puck 6 minutes into the game.

Friday's game certainly didn't lack opportunities to stay in the game for the Express. Most notably on the power play.

After their third power play of the first period Prince George forward Parker Colley came out of the penalty box and took a pass and fought off an Express defender as he fired a shot that trickled past Lawson Fenton for a 2-0 Spruce Kings lead.

Just over four minutes later it was a 3-0 Spruce Kings lead on Jared Hovde's first of the night.

Alex Ambrosio got the Express in the final minute of the first period. He was able to pounce on the rebound of a Noah Turanski shot for his 6th of the season.

Special teams played a key role in deciding the outcome of this game. The Express finished 1 for 8 on the power play. All of those powerplays came in the first two periods.

Prince George meanwhile only needed three powerplays and converted on two of them to pull away for good.  Jarod Hovde scored his second of the night beating Reid Cooper with a wrist shot up over the glove from the left wing. That was followed just four minutes later by Travis Schneider's second of the night burying the rebound of a Hovde shot that was kicked into the slot by Reid Cooper. The Express rookie goaltender started the second period for the Express after Lawson Fenton allowed three goals on twelve shots in the first period.

Erik Udahl returned to the Express this week after leaving the team part way through last season to attend Boston University. He never played a game at BU and has made an immediate impact in his return to the Express. He had an assist Wednesday in Penticton.

Friday he skated miles and was consistently creating chances for the Express. On a late second period power play the Express won the draw and Udahl's shot was tipped home by Christian Bosa for the rookie's first BCHL goal cutting the Spruce Kings lead to 5-2.

Early in the third Udahl had hand in setting up another first BCHL goal. He left the puck for Jordan Schulting whose shot was tipped home by AP Ryleigh Anderson.

Prince George capped off the win with another first BCHL goal off the by Sam De Melo with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

The Spruce Kings finished with a 48-35 advantage in shots. They're now 2-0-1 vs. the Express this season. The loss extended the Express winless streak to 7 games at 0-6-1.

Up next for the Express is a Saturday night visit to the Prospera Centre and the Chilliwack Chiefs.  

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