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BCHL Spruce Kings open National Championship series with 5-1 win over Oakville

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Spruce Kings winger Patrick Cozzi watches as the puck rolls into the net behind Oakville Blades goalie Will Barber after Cozzi deflected the shot from Dylan Anhorn 5:20 into the second period of their game Sunday afternoon at the national junior A hockey championship in Brooks, Alberta. – HOCKEY CANADA PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURNAGHAN

It did not take long for the Prince George Spruce Kings to look like themselves at the National Junior A Hockey Championship in Brooks, Alberta.

The Doyle Cup and Fred Page Cup Champions exploded for three goals in the second period to ensure a 5-1 victory over the Oakville Blades on Sunday from the Centennial Regional Arena.

“We knew they played in the late game last night so we knew they were not going to be fresh and we just wanted to be hard on the puck and get them deep in order to beat them. We had a little bit of nerves coming in for sure but aside from that we did a good job in competing harder after the first period and had a lot more to give at the end,” said Dylan Anhorn post game with MYPGNOW.


Keranen and Nick Poisson added a singles in the third period. Shots on goal were 40-21 for the Spruce Kings.

Prince George went 2-for-6 on the power-play while Oakville went 1-for-5 and now drop to 0-2 in the round robin.

“Oakville was pretty passive on the penalty kill so we seem to do well when teams play that way against us, that allows us to move the puck around and create chances – we certainly buried on our chances today,” explained Cozzi.

Prince George improves to 1-0 at Nationals and will play the 1-0 Ottawa Junior Senators on Monday at 7pm.




Sunday, May 12th: PG Spruce Kings vs. Oakville Blades (1:00 PT) 5-1 win
Monday, May 13th: PG Spruce Kings vs. Ottawa Jr. Senators (6:00 PT)
Wednesday, May 15th: PG Spruce Kings vs. Portage Terriers (6:00 PT)
Thursday, May 16th: PG Spruce Kings vs. Brooks Bandits (6:00 PT)

The tournament semi-finals are Saturday, May 18th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. PT and the final goes Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. PT.

Brooks move to 2-0 

In the night cap, the host Brooks Bandits scored four unanswered goals to beat the Portage Terriers by a 5-3 score.

Simon Gravel scored a pair of goals for the Bandits while Randy Hernandez added a pair of assists.

Sam Huston recorded a pair of assists in defeat for the Terriers who drop to 0-2 at the NJAC.

At the end of Day 2, the tournament standings look like this:

  1. Brooks Bandits (2-0)
  2. Ottawa Junior Senators (1-0)
  3. Prince George Spruce Kings (1-0)
  4. Portage Terriers (0-2)
  5. Oakville Blades (0-2)

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