Spruce Kings fall short to Surrey

The Surrey Eagles needed just 20 minutes to collect their quota.

They scored four goals on 11 shots in the second period and that was enough to doom the Prince George Spruce Kings to their 16th loss in 22 games on home ice Friday night in front of 862 spectator at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

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Carter King erased a one-goal deficit early in the second period with a shorthanded goal and scored his second of the game at even strength 8:45 into the period.

Nick Poisson gave the Kings a 3-2 lead, connecting on a Prince George power play midway through the period for his second goal of the game. But the Eagles responded with unanswered goals from Gabe Schovanek and Brett Bliss late in the period to put the Eagles ahead for the first time and they held that lead through a scoreless third period.

Mason Reeves, in his second game for the Spruce Kings since arriving in a trade from the Brooks Bandits, put the Kings ahead 2-1 with 4:45 into the second period.

Reece Klassen stopped 22 of 25 shots in his first BCHL game. He just joined the Eagles from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. Carter Woodside took the loss in goal for the Kings, who were outshot 28-25.

The loss kept the Spruce Kings (14-22-2-3-0) last in the BCHL Mainland Division, five points behind the fourth-place Eagles (16-19-2-4-0). The teams meet again Saturday at RMCA (7 p.m.)

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