The Prince George Spruce Kings road show was put to the test for the first time this season Friday night and the Chilliwack Chiefs proved inhospitable hosts.
Boosted by Ethan Bowen’s hat trick, they beat the Kings 6-2 at Prospera Place in Chilliwack to earn their second win of the season.
Bowen’s second of the game 9:55 into the second period put the Chiefs ahead 3-2 and they never looked back, handing the Spruce Kings (1-2-2-0) their second regulation-time loss.
Arlo Merritt scored two goals for Chilliwack (2-3-0-0 and Peter Reynolds also scored. Brett Phoh and Preston Brodziak replied for the Kings (1-2-2-0), each notching their second goals of the season.
Mathieu Caron blocked 27 of 29 shots in the Chiefs nets. Jett Alexander took the loss, stopping 22 of 28 shots.
The Spruce Kings continue their three-game roadtrip tonight (7:15 p.m. start) in Langley where they meet the Rivermen. They’ll also play Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) against the Coquitlam Express. The Rivermen beat Coquitlam 6-1 Friday night in Langley.