Chilliwack (Josh Olund BCIT Radio A&E) – Sunday’s contest between the Prince George Spruce Kings and the Chilliwack Chiefs was one of massive significance. Not only was it the final game of the season for both these teams, but the winner would be crowned the Chilliwack Pod Champions.
And unfortunately for the Chiefs, they fell short to the Kings losing a hard-fought game by a final score of 4-2.
In the first period, the Kings came out hot as they would open up the scoring in less than three minutes into the opening frame from a goal by Christian Buono at 2:54 to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead.After another three minutes went by, the Kings would score again, this time from Tanner Main,which was his first goal of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time giving the Kings a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.Little over the halfway point of the first period,the Kings would get yet another goal at 11:26, this time from Kiliam McGregor-Bennett, which was also his first goal of the season as the Kings would take a 3-0 lead.As the period was coming to a close, the Chiefs would get their first one of the game at 18:05 on the powerplay from Abram Wiebe to make it 3-1 Kings and it would remain that way heading into the intermission.
In the second period, the two teams would lock it down more defensively and there wouldn’t be another goal registered until 15:17 as the Kings would make it a 4-1 game off a goal from John Herrington, but just 50 seconds later, the Chiefs would strike back and made it a 4-2 game from Sasha Teleguine at 16:07 and it would stay that way heading into the third period.
In the third, neither team would allow another goal against and Kings goalie Aaron Trotter would hold shut it down, making 27 saves total as the Kings would go on to win 4-2 and win the Chilliwack Pod Division Championship.
Giving the unfortunate circumstances around the season,the Chiefs did well this year. Posting a record of 13-7-0 and falling just short of another championship. And while some players will be moving on from the team, it’s looking like a talented squad that can stay competitive for quite some time.