(Wenatchee, WA)…Prince George found its offense early and often in a 7-4 win over Wenatchee Wednesday at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. With the victory, the Spruce Kings stave off elimination and live for another day in it’s best-of-seven playoff series with the Wild.
Prince George began the scoring just over 5-minutes into the first period following a Wenatchee penalty for interference on Matthew Baker and too many men on the ice against Charlie Combs. That gave the Spruce Kings a 5-on-3 advantage and they capitalized with a goal by Tyler Anderson. It wouldn’t take long for the home team to score again as Ben Poisson found the back of the net at the 9:07 mark. Bryan Albee capped the scoring in the first to send Prince George into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.
In the second, the beat continued for the home team as Prince George’s Kyle Johnson scored his second post-season goal to make it 4-nothing. Following a penalty to Allan Burnett for high sticking, Wenatchee took advantage of the power play and found Alex Bates for the Wild’s first goal of the night. The Spruce Kings countered shortly before the end of the second on a goal by Ethan de Jong.
The Wild found itself down 6-1 under 2-minutes into the third period when Kyle Johnson scored his second goal of the night for Prince George. Wenatchee struck back just over a minute later when Charlie Combs fed Matthew Baker for a goal. The Wild made it 6-3 Dakota Raabe’s goal at the 4:11 mark. AJ Vanderbeck put Wenatchee within striking distance 6-minutes later on his second goal of the post season. That made it 6-4 and you could sense a momentum shift. But as Wenatchee pulled its goalie to get an extra attacker on the ice, Prince George’s Ben Barr snaked one the length of the ice for the empty-netter to make the final score 7-4.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is in Prince George Friday night at 7 p.m. Should the series need to shift back to Wenatchee, Game 6 would be Sunday at the Town Toyota Center at 8 p.m. The late start time is necessitated by the KPQ Home Expo presented by LocalTel this weekend. It will take center staff time to clear out the expo displays and set the arena for hockey. Game 7, if necessary, would be Monday at 7 o’clock.