April 14, 2019
Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen
As big goals go, it’s hard to fathom 15-year-old Finn Williams will score one more important to the Prince George Spruce Kings’ cause than the one that will go down in history as his first career B.C. Hockey League point.
Not only was his goal Saturday night at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena a game-winner, but this wasn’t just a game. It was Game 2 of the Fred Page Cup championship series and it came at a key moment for the Spruce Kings, who went on to defeat the Vernon Vipers 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Sean Donaldson started the play, carrying the puck out of the Kings’ end along the left wall and he pushed it up to Williams, who thought he was going to go offside by the time he gained possession. But linemate Nick Wilson took over the rush and while getting covered by a pair of Viper checkers his shot was blocked and the puck was left for Williams who flicked it on goal and it found the top corner of the net behind goalie Aidan Porter.
“I just saw it sitting there and I wanted to get it off quick without the goalie seeing it with a bit of careen and it’s cool it went in,” said Williams. “Hopefully there’s some more to come but it was good to get that one out of the way.”
Ben Poisson’s last-shot volley into an empty net was the ultimate tension-reliever that took the stuffing out of the Vernon Vipers Friday in the opening game of the BCHL Fred Page Cup championship series.
Nursing a 2-1 lead, Poisson gained the puck just outside his own crease and chipped a shot that landed outside the blueline. The puck landed on edge and took off on a solo journey with the Vipers desperately trying to catch up. It appeared to be rolling wide but at the last second took a Prince George turn and found the empty net just inside the post.
That sealed a 3-1 Kings’ victory in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Game 2 of the series is set for tonight (7 p.m.) at RMCA.
Schedule & Venues:
The venues for the Finals will be Prince George’s Rolling Mix Concrete Arena and Vernon’s Kal Tire Place.
Prince George earned home-ice advantage by virtue of having more points in the regular season.
The Fred Page Cup Finals schedule is as follows.
All games are 7 p.m. starts:
Game 1: Friday, April 12 – Vernon @ Prince George, 3-1 EN
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 – Vernon @ Prince George, PG 4-1
Game 3: Tuesday, April 16 – Prince George @ Vernon
Game 4: Wednesday, April 17 – Prince George @ Vernon
*Game 5: Friday, April 19 – Vernon @ Prince George
*Game 6: Sunday, April 21 – Prince George @ Vernon
*Game 7: Tuesday, April 23 – Vernon @ Prince George