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Spruce Kings pour on the power in decisive win over Vernon Vipers

Power-play connects on three of its 12 chances in penalty-filled game at RMCA
John Herrington
Spruce Kings centre John Herrington scored two goals and added two assists in a 5-1 win over the Vernon Vipers Friday at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

Give a hockey team 12 power-play opportunities and chances are you’re not going to win.

That was a dirty dozen the Vernon Vipers offered the Prince George Spruce Kings and the Kings scored on three of them on their way to a 5-1 victory Friday at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena to end a seven-game losing streak.

John Herrington had himself a four-point night with two goals and two assists and Nick Rheaume scored a pair. Herrington’s first of the game, on the two-man advantage 4:14 into the third period, snapped a 1-1 deadlock. Rheaume cashed in another two-man power play, less than a minute later, and the Kings were off to the races.

The Kings scored four unanswered goals in the third period. Defenceman Dylan Schives capped the scoring late in the period. Luc Laylin and Colton Cameron each picked up a pair of assists.

Aaron Trotter faced just 10 shots while his team pounded 43 shots at Vipers goalie Ethan David.

Ryan Shostak opened the scoring for Vernon with the only goal of the first period.

The win, in front of crowd of 1,043, improved the Spruce Kings’ fourth-place BCHL Interior Conference record to 26-14-3-8-0, .618 winning percentage. Vernon (23-19-4-3-0, .541) remained sixth in the Interior.

The Spruce Kings will host the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday (7 p.m.) at RMCA.

The third-place Warriors (31-16-1-0-0, .656) hammered the Wenatchee Wild 8-2 Friday in West Kelowna.