Spruce Kings Drop Warriors in Double OT

Westside closes three game road trip with L in PG

The Prince George Spruce Kings (11-25-0-3) held on for a 5-4 double overtime win versus the visiting Westside Warriors (25-18-2-4) Tuesday night in Prince George.

Max French opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season for the Warriors just two minutes into the game.

The Spruce Kings would even the score through twenty minutes when Faiz Khan connected while Shaun Hochausen served a roughing penalty for Westside.

Prince George surprisingly led 12-7 in shots through one and seemed to be exploiting the missing holes on the Warriors back end. Westside didn`t dress regular defenseman Peter MacIntosh, Tom Kroshus and Izaak Berglund.

In the second frame shots were even at twelve a piece, but the Spruce Kings Ben Woodley managed to squeeze one past Cole Holowenko with five minutes to go and give his team a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Westside seemed dead in the water when Prince George scored two goals in the first five minutes of the third period to take a 4-1 lead. Todd Skirving and Connor Tiechko put the last place team in the Interior up three goals over the Warriors.

The Spruce Kings let off the gas though and Westside scored three unanswered goals to force overtime.

First Grayson Downing picked up his team leading 29th goal of the season with a soft wrist shot from inside the circle on the power-play.

From there on out it was all Westside. A minute and change after Downing scored Tyler Brickler scored his 20th goal of the season to make it 4-3 with ten minutes to go.

Finally, Dru Morrison would grab his 13th goal on a late Warriors man advantage to make it a tie game.

Westside outshot the Kings 15-6 and seemed like an awoken beast in the third, but they couldn`t get a fifth goal past Kirk Thompson.

In the first overtime, 4-on-4 for five minutes, Holowenko didn`t see a shot as the play stayed mostly in the Prince George end. Again, Westside couldn`t solve Thompson.

The teams entered the 3-on-3 double overtime and the Spruce Kings Todd Skirving potted the game winner, and his second of the night, just 15 second in spoiling the comeback of the Warriors.

Westside finishes their mini three game road trip with a 1-1-0-1 record.

The Warriors return home for a double engagement this weekend at Royal LePage Place as they welcome Salmon Arm this Friday and Quesnel the following night.

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