The West Kelowna Warriors made the long trek north on Tuesday and almost came back from a 5-0 deficit, but ultimately fell 7-4 to Prince George.
The 8 hour trip didn’t seem to affect the Warriors early as they came out flying, opening up a 5-0 lead in shots.
After the Warriors failed on 2 power-plays early in the period, it would be the Spruce Kings who would make it work, as Braiden Epp deflected a point shot to give Prince George an 1-0 lead.
Scott Patton made some good saves in that first period, but it was Jesse Jenks who stole the show with 13 saves in the opening frame.
The Spruce Kings kept coming in the middle frame, as they scored 4 times on 11 shots.
Jake Lebrun got his first of the game from a sharp angle at 5:42, Cole Todd scored back to back at 8:43 and 13:03 on a 2 on 1 and a one-time.
Lebrun would extend the lead to 5-0 on a breakaway at 18:11 of the period, with a great move in close on Patton.
Liam Blackburn would get the Warriors on the board with a spin around shot from the slot to make it 5-1.
The late goal in the 2nd period sparked West Kelowna, as they would keep coming in the 3rd period, as Blackburn made it 5-2 just 17 seconds in.
Brett Mennear would make it 5-3 at 1:43 before Andrew Johnson made it 5-4 at 5:43.
The Warriors would have chances to tie the game in the final 4 minutes but were robbed by Jenks before empty net goals Jeremiah Luedtke and Raymond Grewal to make it 7-4.
Fireworks would then happen as Cooper Leitch hit Brett Mennear right off a face-off. Nick Rutigliano would stick up for his teammate and fight Leitch, but would draw an instigator penalty.
As the referees were discussing the penalties, Valik Chichkin and Kyle Marino would come face to face and drop the gloves during the stoppage as well.
The game would end without further incident, as the Warriors have not won in Prince George now since 2011.
The road trip continues as West Kelowna heads to Trail on Friday night, before visiting Penticton on Saturday at 6 pm. Both games will be live on 95.1 FM WDCR and online at www.wdcr.ca and www.bchl.fasthockey.com