The Chilliwack Chiefs snapped a five game losing skid Friday night, dumping the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 at Prospera Centre.
The home team scored twice in the final three minutes to get the win, picking up two valuable points in the Interior conference standings.
This game was scoreless through 20 minutes thanks to goalies and goal-posts.
Prince George netminder Ty Swabb turned in a couple spectacular saves to keep the Chiefs off the board.
Jeremy Gossard grabbed the puck off a Spruce Kings turnover and had a breakaway from the faceoff dot in, only to be thwarted by Swabb’s lightning quick glove hand. Rookie Garrett Forster had a point-blank chance in the final minute, but couldn’t elevate the puck over the snow-angeling keeper.
At the other end, Udy was both good and lucky.
PG came within an inch or two of opening the scoring on a Ben Matthews point shot that hit iron.
Shots on goal through 20 minutes favoured Prince George 11-10.
Fans waited another 13:53 for this game to finally get a goal, and it came off the stick of a Spruce King.
Fitzgerald brothers Leo and Myles turned a neutral zone turnover into a fast break opportunity. Storming in at top speed, Leo fed the puck to Myles, who tucked a backhander past Udy for his 10th of the year.
The Chiefs took just 59 seconds to answer back on a power play goal by David Thompson. With PG’s Jarryd Ten Vaanholt parked in the box for high sticking, Thompson cranked a point through a screen. The puck might have hit Malcolm Gould on the way in, but Thompson was credited with his fifth of the season.
The teams skated into the third period tied 1-1.
The Chiefs jumped into the lead 2:23 into the final frame. Trevor Hills got the assist, flinging the puck on net from the right wing boards. Swabb juggled the puck and let it drop into the blue paint, where Michael Spring poked it home for his fourth of the year.
Spring was in the penalty box as the Spruce Kings tied the game five minutes later. BCHL scoring leader Paul De Jersey got his 31st of the season on a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Prince George re-took the lead 2:42 later on a curious goal by Myles Fitzgerald.
Udy had trouble with a long shot and left a rebound sitting five feet in front of the net. Fitzgerald and Chilliwack defenceman Matthew Hutchinson went sliding past the net, and somehow the puck went sliding into the net.
With time running out on the Chiefs, Prince George blueliner Ben Woodley opened the comeback door with an ill-advised tripping minor, taking Forster down behind the PG net. On the ensuing power play, David Bondra scored his 15th of the year on a bank job, bouncing the puck off Ben Matthews and in from a very sharp angle.
Just 22 seconds later, Gould found Huisman uncovered in front of the Spruce Kings net, and the Smithers native buried the game winner, his 20th of the year.
Swabb came to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:09 left, but PG couldn’t equalize.
The three stars were Spring (first), Fitzgerald (second) and De Jersey (third).
Announced attendance was 1,731.