Spruce Kings edged in We­natchee, West Kelowna

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Cit­i­zen staff

The Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings needed to find an­other gear late in the game Satur­day but the gas tank ran dry.

The We­natchee Wild scored two unan­swered goals in the sec­ond pe­riod and rolled to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Spruce Kings Satur­day in B.C. Hockey League ac- tion in We­natchee, Wash.

Need­ing a goal to tie it in a score­less third pe­riod, the road-weary Kings were out­shot 13-3 in the fi­nal 20 minutes and failed to make a dent on Wild goalie Austin Park.

Jasper Weatherby, Ja­cob Moody and A.J. Vanderbeck, with the game-win­ner, scored for We­natchee (13-7-0-1, fourth in In­te­rior Di­vi­sion).

Ben Pois­son and Pa­trick Cozzi were the Kings marks­men. Blake Hay­ward picked up his first point since join­ing the Kings in a trade this week from Co­quit­lam, as­sist­ing on Cozzi’s sev­enth of the sea­son, which gave the Kings a 2-1 lead head­ing into the first in­ter­mis­sion.

Evan DeBrouwer took the loss in net for the Kings, mak­ing 24 saves as his team was out­shot 27-25.

Prince Ge­orge went on to lose 4-3 to the host West Kelowna War­riors on Sun­day. Kyle John­son, Dustin Manz and Ben Brar scored for the Kings in that game.

The Kings (11-9-2-3, fourth in Main­land Di­vi­sion) started their three-game tour of the In­te­rior Di­vi­sion Fri­day with a 3-1 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.

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