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Four-game win streak for Prince George Spruce Kings increases BCHL pod lead

Team beats Chilliwack, Merritt in back-to-back weekend stint

A two-day break well-deserved!

The Prince George Spruce Kings continue to be one of the hottest teams in the BCHL after extending their win streak to four games thanks to a pair of back-to-back triumphs on the weekend.

On Sunday (April 25), Kobe Grant stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 shut-out victory over Merritt, while fellow goaltender Aaron Trotter won his fourth in seven starts on Saturday (April 24) in a 5-2 beating of Chilliwack.

Grant has been (literally) perfect in his two starts this year for Prince George, both against the Centennials, stopping all 42 shots through 120 minutes of ice time.

Alternate captain Kolton Cousins is currently leading the way on the scoresheet with five goals in his last four games, including two against the pod-host Chiefs, one shorthanded, and the insurance marker the next night against Merritt.

For comparison, the 19-year-old forward only scored four goals in 58 games in the 2019-20 campaign.

Cousins was also one of three Spruce Kings to notch three points in the last two days, one of seven with multi-point weekends.

Christian Buono tallied one goal and two assists, while captain Mason Waite registered three assists between the two tilts.

The other multi-point scorers are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Corey Cunningham = One goal, one assist
  • John Herrington = One goal, one assist
  • Nick Rheaume = One goal, one assist
  • Andrew Seaman = Two assists

The two wins improve Prince George's record to 9-3-0-1 and are now three points ahead of Chilliwack for the top of the pod standings.

They're fourth overall in the league behind Penticton, Victoria and Surrey in first, second and third respectively.

The Spruce Kings have seven games left in the 20-game regular-season schedule, four with Merritt and three with Chilliwack.

The next contest is set for Wednesday (April 28), 5 p.m. with Merritt.

It's unclear, as of this publication (April 26), if the BCHL will go through with a possible post-season, which Commissioner Chirs Hebb referenced at the beginning of the pod campaign.

However, the province currently has issued a restriction on non-essential travel between health authorities until May 25.