The Wenatchee Wild left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they were the dominant team as they powered their way to a 3-0 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings in Game 5 of the BCHL Finals, laying claim to the league’s championship trophy, the Fred Page Cup. 3,845 fans filled the Town Toyota Center, an impressive number considering the game only became a certainty late Tuesday night when the Wild dropped Game 4 on the road.
Wenatchee’s speed forced the Spruce Kings to take a few penalties, including a pair of first period tripping calls. The Wild scored on the first power play as Zak Galambos snapped home a hard shot from the left circle just 2:50 into the game. It was another tripping call, this time in the third period that set up the second goal of the night for Galambos. Team captain AJ Vanderbeck buried an empty netter to secure the win at 17:45 of the final frame, as fans chanted, “We Want the Cup”.
Prince George was held to just 8 shots on goal, all of which were denied by Austin Park for the shutout win, but there were quality chances including a couple of shots that rang off posts that just wouldn’t fall for the Spruce Kings as the Wild fired 37 shots at Evan DeBrouwer. Both goalies played exceptionally well.
In the end, Wenatchee overpowered Prince George, laying claim to the Fred Page Cup, the first time since 1979 that the Cup has resided on US soil when the Bellingham (WA) Blazers won it. Up next is the regional Doyle Cup, in which Wenatchee will face the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Championship winner in a best-of-seven series, either the Spruce Grove Saints or Okotoks Oilers. From there, the winner gets a berth in the Royal Bank Cup tournament, held this year at Prospera Center in Chilliwack, BC. Details will follow, including information on ticket sales for the Doyle Cup.
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