After coming up with a stinker in their 5-2 loss to Powell River Thursday night, the Prince George Spruce Kings will be looking for rosier results tonight when they return to Rolling Mix Concrete Arena to face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The Spruce Kings left the rink a frustrated bunch after an uninspired loss to the other Kings of the B.C. Hockey League, a game that turned on a pair of Powell River power-play goals in the first period and a shorthanded goal Prince George allowed in the second period.
The Spruce Kings nearly doubled Powell River in shots (37-22), just like they did the previous weekend at home in a 4-3 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies, but the goal count is what matters and for the second straight game the Spruce Kings fell to an Island Division opponent on home ice.
The Silverbacks played Friday night at home against the Penticton Vees and that game went the distance with the Silverbacks (6-4-1-0) prevailing 3-2 in a shootout. The Spruce Kings (7-4-0-1) should be the better-rested team tonight.
The Silverbacks' roster includes two 19-year-old NCAA college-committed players - forward Trevor Adams (Air Force) and defenceman Akito Hirose (Minnesota State-Manakato). Forward Yewta Plamondon, a native of Quesnel who had 23 goals and 40 points in 40 games last season with the junior B Kamloops Storm, is in his rookie BCHL season.
Prince George will be without forward Spencer Chapman (lower body), forward Michael Conlin (concussion) and defenceman Brennan Malgunas (sick). Forwards Sam Kozlowski and Layne Sniher, who both were sick for Thursday's game, will be game-time decisions.