Spruce Kings denied home-ice win again

The Prince George Spruce Kings will have to wait another night to win their first game at home.

The host Kings suffered a 5-2 loss to the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals Friday night at the Coliseum. With the win, the Capitals broke a two-game losing streak and are now an even .500 at 3-3.

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Meanwhile, Prince George, who earned their first B.C. Hockey League victory of the season last weekend at the league's showcase in Chilliwack, fell to 1-5-0-1.

The Capitals trailed 1-0 after the first period, but scored twice in the second and added three more in the third to secure the win.

Holding onto a 2-1 lead, Luke Santerno, a 19-year-old forward from Smithers, scored the eventual winner to extend the Caps lead to 3-1 half-way through the third period.

He took the puck from the side of the net and skated right out in front and slid it underneath the pads of Kings netminder Sam Tanguay.

Kings 20-year-old forward Bryan Basilico, acquired a week ago from the Trail Smoke Eaters, narrowed the gap to 3-2, but Ryan Burton tallied two goals in four minutes to put away the game.

After being outshot 13-4 in the first period, the Capitals picked it up in the second frame, creating more scoring chances and firing 13 shots at Tanguay.

Trailing 1-0 midway through the second period, the Capitals tied it up on a power play goal from forward Jared Domin.

The goal, his second of the season, came with 35 seconds left on Adam Burnett's cross-checking penalty.

Defenceman Ben Verrall, 19, gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with a quick shot from the top of the left face-off circle to beat Tanguay stick side.

The first period was end-to-end action with both sides trading chances.

At the 15:38 mark, 19-year-old Kings forward Rider Stoglin scored his first goal of the season when he skated down the right wing and wristed a shot from the face-off circle that beat Capitals netminder Storm Phaneuf.

The Kings outshot the Capitals 41-24.

Phaneuf earned his third win of the season between the pipes, while Tanguay suffered his third loss in the crease.

The Kings are back on the ice tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Penticton Vees in their lone visit to the Coliseum.

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