The Prince George Spruce Kings faced their first test of the pre-season and passed with flying colours.
The Kings edged past the veteran filled Quesnel Millionaires line up 5-4 in front of a crowd of 1,067.
After a slow first period both teams were able to settle down and came out with strong second and third periods.
Spruce Kings rookie Erick Ruud delivered with a three-goal performance.
“I thought it went great. The whole team played well. Quesnel had their vets playing and we had all our rookies playing and we did well,” said Ruud, who was signed during the summer. The 6’2″, 195 pound winger from Lyndon Washington was named the game’s first start.
Starting goalie Patrick Sullivan from Chase was named the second star. He allowed just one goal in the first half of the game.
“It was a good game. We played hard at the beginning. We got a little nervous at the start of the game. And the team pulled it out in the end there. I played very well I thought that I could have that one. Overall I thought that the team played well,” said Sullivan who played for the Thompson Okanagan Blazers of the Major Midget League last season.
The 17-year-old Sullivan is one of six goalies battling for the back up job for the Spruce Kings. Home grown goalie Paul Kolida was in net for the second half of the game.
Spruce Kings associate coach Mike Hawes was pleased with the teams performance. Todd Doherty joined Hawes behind the bench while head coach Ed Dempsey watched from the press box.
The Spruce Kings will wrap up the exhibition season with a pair of game tonight and Saturday against the Williams Lake Timberwolves.
Tonight the game will be a 7:30 p.m. start at the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings will travel to Williams Lake on Saturday for their final exhibition game of the season.