May 1, 2019
The friendly confines of the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena seemed to be enough to give the Prince George Spruce Kings a boost.
Trailing 2-1 in the first three games in the Doyle Cup to the Brooks Bandits, the Spruce Kings put forth a gutsy effort posting a 3-1 win in front of 1,910 fans.
Patrick Cozzi got the winner on a rush and going top shelf on Pierce Charleson.
“They turned it over and I got the puck and I was going to drive wide but they left the middle open for me and I cut to it real quick and put it on net and it was lucky to go in, so that was nice.”
Cozzi admits the team was less than pleased with how they performed the last two games in Alberta.
“We weren’t competing as hard as we should have been myself included and a lot of guys stepped up so I think our battle intensity was a big part of the victory.”
Nolan Welsh also stepped up for Prince George, including a power-play goal plus the empty-netter to make the series a best-of-three.
“It’s always a team effort but our defence really stepped up and they were very good tonight.”
Logan Neaton made 19 saves for the win including a last-minute stop on William Lemay.
Game Five is set for tonight (Thursday) at 7pm.
Game Six is Saturday at 7pm from the RMCA.
Tickets go on sale for at 10 AM on Thursday.