Klassen stumps Spruce Kings again

Reece Klassen has done it again.

The 20-year-old Surrey Eagles goalie shut out the Prince George Spruce Kings 3-0 Thursday afternoon at South Surrey Arena, just like he did when he did on Jan. 25.

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Klassen has been hot in in the crease ever since he joined the Eagles in January from the Swift Current Broncos (WHL). In his first weekend with his BCHL team he made the trek to Prince George and backed the Eagles to 4-3 and 4-1 wins at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. his 21-save performance Thursday improved his record to 7-2-1-0-0.

After a scoreless first period, the Eagles scored three times on 11 shots in the second period to take control of the game. Gabe Schovanek, Jimmy Darby (on a Surrey power play) and Kenny Riddett each put pucks behind Kings goalie Carter Woodside and Klassen, the game's first star, slammed the door the rest of the game.

Shots favoured the Eagles 29-21. The Kings managed just five shots in the third period. They lost their 31st game of the season and second on the current road trip, which started with a 4-1 loss in Chilliwack on Tuesday.

Prince George (17-31-2-5-0) remains fifth in the Mainland Division, 15 points back of the third-place Eagles (24-23-3-4-0).

The Spruce Kings will be in Kitimat for the LNG Canada BCHL Road Show this weekend and will face the Langley Rivermen Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

The Kings will wrap their season next weekend with back-to-back games against the league-leading Coquitlam Express, Feb. 21-22.

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