Former Kings captain Mat Bodie made his NHL pre-season debut Tuesday night as his New York Rangers took on the Philadelphia Flyers. Bodie notched an assist on the 1st goal, but his Rangers fell 4-2 in Philly.

Here’s an excerpt from Blueshirts United, a Rangers blog:

Defenseman Mat Bodie, appearing in his first pre-season game for the Rangers after a standout collegiate career at Union College–where he captained his squad to the 2014 NCAA championship–earned the secondary assist on Hagelin’s goal, one of several highlights for the rookie pro. However there were some learning curves, as well, for Bodie, including having Sean Couturier’s shot deflect off his stick and past Talbot to tie the game, 1-1, at 13:46 of the first.

“I think it took me a little bit to get adjusted, but I felt I got better as the game went on,” stated Bodie after the game. “It’s something I can build on. It was a good learning experience and I had a lot of fun out there.”

Here’s a description of Bodie’s assist from Blue Shirt Banter:

The Rangers started off the game relatively quickly once again, as Carl Hagelin pounced on a breakout pass from Dominic Moore to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. The goal wound up coming while shorthanded, and former Ranger Michael Del Zotto created the turnover with his patented stretch pass through the neutral zone. Mat Bodie made an excellent play to step up at the blue line to stop the attack, and got it up to Domiinc Moore to create the odd-man rush. Hagelin was pretty much off to the races at that point, and all Moore had to do was flip it in the general vicinity of Hagelin to catch him breaking in.


After 5 tries, the Kings finally got win number 1 on the season as the team battled out a gritty road win in Duncan, an 8-4 result over the Cowichan Capitals.

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • Massive win. That’s the understatement of the century. To not only get a big victory on the scoreboard, but to do it in a way that the Kings did, by out chancing and generally outplaying Cowichan. For the most part, the Kings were first to loose pucks, forcing turnovers, hitting hard, cycling well in the offensive zone and making crisp passes to set up goals. All hallmarks of a team playing with confidence, despite an 0-4 record.
  • This season, the onus has been on the veterans to produce at both ends of the rink. It was an area that had been lacking, but picked up the longer the weekend went on. Today that went into high gear with Keats scoring 3, Coleshaw a pair, and Lukosevicius adding another. Combine that with Buono and Lawson’s 1st goals and you had a well rounded offensive effort with the veterans leading the way.
  • Powerplay had another good game, going 2/7. Combine that with Friday and Saturday and the Kings scored 6 goals on the man advantage in 3 games…coaches will be pretty happy about that. Penalty kill went 1/4, giving up a late one in the 3rd period, again an area where the coaches should be pretty happy, conceding just twice all weekend.
  • First period from the Kings felt very similar to the 1st period in Alberni on Saturday night, all Powell River. Cowichan’s goal to cancel out Keats’ opener was against the run of play, but it seemed to reinvigorate the Kings who (unlike previous games) didn’t fall under the pressure or the set back of being scored on. Likewise in the 2nd period when the Caps got a weird one off a failed clearence from Stefan Wornig, the team rebounded and surged ahead.
  • Speaking of Wornig, he had a couple of struggles playing the puck but was otherwise solid. I spoke with him after the game and he was disappointed with the 2nd goal, but credit him for the bounce back too. He said when a similar situation arose in the 3rd period, again with Gelsinger chasing after a loose puck, he learned his lesson and fake one way, only to clear another to get the puck away from Gelsinger.

The Kings have a full 7 days off before the 2014/2015 Home Opener at the Hap Parker Arena in Sunday October 5th. It’s a 2:00pm puck drop, and the Kings will have a fan appreciation tail gate party prior to the game. More information will come through the week, but get to the game early for some good food, entertainment and fun for the family, including a bouncy castle and other family activities.


A 2-0 lead wasn’t enough for a Powell River Kings squad that again let a game slip with back to back goals against, dropping their 4th straight game in a 4-3 result against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • Obviously a very frustrating result, especially given how the game was played from the outset. The 1st period was all Powell River. Alberni had 9 shots on goal, with 3-4 of them good quality chances, but Brett Magnus was sharp at one end, while at the other the Kings offence had sustained pressure in the attacking zone and latched onto loose pucks, created traffic in front and generated two quality goals on 13 shots.
  • 2nd period was a completely different story. The 1st shot for Powell River didn’t come until at least the 3 minute mark, whereas the Bulldogs came out strong in the 2nd. For whatever reason, the Kings stopped hitting, stopped competing and stopped doing a lot of the things that helped them get out to a strong lead. At the end of the day, the Kings did enough to maintain their lead until the final parts, where again 2 goals in 90 seconds had the game tied up.
  • 3rd period was a more even period with pushes from both clubs. Pritchard’s goal was a huge boost after the Kings went down 3-2 and you thought that the team would at least go to overtime, if not use the moment to re-build some momentum and take back the lead. The Bulldogs obviously had other ideas, and a weak backhander from the slot in a messy passage of play was enough for a win.
  • Powerplay went 2/6 tonight which continues to be a strong area of this squad. The PK went 5/6 which is pretty good, and puts the Kings at 10/11 on the road trip.
  • It sounds like a broken record, but there’s a lot to like. Both opening 20’s have been excellent on this road trip, the Kings have been able to rally from being down a goal. Obviously the lapses are concerning, and the Kings seem like when they get scored on, another is right around the corner. It sounds simple, but if the lapses can be fixed/avoided/removed, then this is a very very dangerous team…but the work needs to be put in to remove those lapses first.

The Kings wrap the road trip Sunday in Duncan against the Capitals. It’s a 2pm faceoff against the Capitals, live beginning at 1:30 on the Kings Broadcast Network.


The Kings rallied from a goal down twice, held a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period, but wound up on the wrong side of an 8-4 decision to the Nanaimo Clippers on Friday night.

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • Things to like: Powerplay went 2/5 and looked pretty good. Puck movement was solid on the man advantage and the Kings weren’t afraid to go to the front of the net, work the puck along the boards, cycle and generate offensive chances. Also good, the penalty kill which held Nanaimo off the scoresheet on the man advantage. The Clippers were able to repeatedly set up, but very little got through to net via shot blocks and good positioning in shooting lanes.
  • Things not to like: Lots of defensive worries for a club that has been routinely up in the top 5 in fewest goals against in recently history. Giving up 6, 4 and now 8 goals is no way to win a hockey game and if the Kings can clean that up, this is a team that can be very dangerous as the offence is obviously there.
  • Curtis McCarrick and Nic Gomerich seem to have re-kindled some chemistry early this season after the pair were linemates with the North Island Silvertips. They looked very comfortable cycling and Austin Kamer slipped into their setup nicely.
  • Small breakdowns are costing the Kings right now. As said above, there’s no trouble scoring, but it’s the goals conceding in short spaces of time that hurt the most. 2 goals against in the 1st 2:24 apart. 2 in the 2nd 1:13 apart. 2 at the start of the 3rd 1:05 apart and there’s your “ball game”.

The Kings are back in action on Saturday night, opening up Weyerhauser Arena in Port Alberni against the Bulldogs. It’s a 7pm puckdrop and is live on CJMP 90.1 FM, the Kings Broadcast Network and FastHockey PPV beginning at 6:30pm.


The Powell River Kings will look to put a disappointing BCHL Showcase behind them, and move forward into the home and away portion of the BCHL Regular Season on a positive note. In order to do that, they’ll have to win away from home as the team heads to Vancouver Island for the first “3-in-3″ of the season against Nanaimo, Alberni and Cowichan. The Kings enter the weekend in 2nd place in the Island Division, but by the narrowest of margins, and only because all three teams they’ll face this weekend, went 0-2 in regulation at the Showcase in Chilliwack.

All three games will be broadcast live on the Kings Broadcast Network, which you can tune into 24/7 by going to http://www.powellriverkings.com. The pre-game show will start 30-minutes before opening faceoff all three games. Saturday’s contest in Alberni will also be simulcast on CJMP 90.1 FM in Powell River.

On this week’s episode of The Faceoff, we chat with Kings forward Kurt Keats about the Showcase and this weekend’s road trip. Also, Stefan Wornig and Carmine Buono are both included in the NHL’s Central Scouting watch list for the 2015 Entry Draft in Florida. We’ll talk with them about what it means and how they found out.

Here’s more information on all three games this weekend:

Friday September 26th | 7:00pm | Frank Crane Arena
Powell River Kings @ Nanaimo Clippers
The Clippers and Kings met in last year’s playoffs, a series that the Kings won in 5 games to advance to the 2nd round. It was a series where no lead was safe, with both teams surrendering 2-goal leads at multiple points. After the Kings got off to a 2-0 series lead (after trailing 2-0 in game 1), the Clippers won game 3, before the Kings split on the road and closed it out at home.

Several terms came out of the Nanaimo Clippers Showcase weekend, with “a bowl of spaghetti” being one of them. It was a term that Clippers Head Coach Mike Vandekamp used to describe his club’s opening game against Prince George, which ended up being a 6-4 win for the Spruce Kings. Statistically, you can draw a lot of similarities between the Kings and Clippers weekends…both were high scoring, both ended up in a pair of losses and both had a large number of special teams opportunities both ways.

The Clippers feature some key returning veterans including Brendan Taylor, Austin Dick, Nic Gushue and former Kings AP Corey Renwick. Among a large cast of new comers is Jacob Jackson, who is a San Jose draft pick (2013 201st overall) and Brett Roulston, who spent the last couple of years with the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars. In goal, Guillaume Decelles comes to the club for his 20-year-old season after some time in the QMJHL.

Saturday September 27th | 7:00pm | Weyerhauser Arena
Powell River Kings @ Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That sums up Alberni’s season last year after an awful start to the season, the team rounded a corner and was able to come from nowhere to make the playoffs on the last day of the season thanks to a 3-0 shutout of the Kings and a Cowichan loss against Victoria. Once in, the Dogs got out to a 3-1 series lead over the heavily favoured Victoria Grizzlies, only to see it disappear and fall in 7 games in a stunning collapse. Just to make the dance was an achievement, but no doubt there is a feeling of “the one that got away” in Port Alberni.

The Bulldogs went 0-2 in the Showcase after two comeback attempts fell short against Penticton and Prince George by 4-3 and 6-5 results respectively. On both occasions, the Bulldogs surrendered multiple 1st period goals, without scoring one themselves. In fact it wasn’t until the final second of the 2nd period that the Dogs were able to get on the board against Penticton, and the team was down 5-1 late in the 2nd against Prince George.

Alberni is always a very difficult place to play. They have a passionate fan base, a loud and energetic arena and are looking to assemble a team to go one or two more steps than last year. The Bulldogs received a boost in the off-season, with the return of Evan Tironese for his 19-year-old season. Tironese (along with a couple of the Bulldogs top players) left for the USHL in the off-season, only for two to return to the BCHL this year. Tironese is a dangerous forward who can both score and setup. Also returning is defenceman Kurt Gosselin and forwards Dylan Haugen, Mitch Makin and Zak Bowles. The addition of Tyler Povelofskie from the Vernon Vipers is also a good addition up front.

The tandem in net for the Bulldogs is essentially brand new. Nathan Warren joined the team last season, however was injured for a bulk of the year, only seeing 4 games. Joining Warren is Billy Christopoulous, who comes to the BCHL from the USHL last season. The 20-year-old goalie is un-committed and will be looking to change that this season.

Sunday September 28th | 2:00pm | Island Savings Centre
Powell River Kings @ Cowichan Valley Capitals
The thing about playoffs is that only a certain number of teams make it, and if the Bulldogs were able to rally and come from nowhere to make the playoffs on the final day, that means one team had to miss out and that team was the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Give full credit to Alberni, but the Capitals blew a massive lead in the Island Division for the 4th spot and paid for it by an off-season that began when February turned to March.

The Capitals were the first team to start and end the Showcase, with early games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Vernon trumped the Caps by a 2-0 score in an entertaining game, while Cowichan then dropped a 5-3 decision to Merritt in a game that was close until Merritt broke the game open in the 3rd.

Cowichan feature a few key returnees, namely Colton Kehler, Brayden Gelsinger and Jesse Neher. On the back end, Charlie Penlnik joined the club from Langley in the off-season while Skylar Pacheco comes from the Spruce Kings. Both join Rylan Bechtel, a 3rd year Cap, on an experienced blue line. In net, Matthew Zentner joins after a year in the AJHL with the Camrose Kodiaks, while the younger Lane Michasiw is in his first year of Junior after a pair playing midget hockey in Saskatchewan.

It’s one of the highlights of the early portion of the season, the annual Skate with the Kings at the Hap Parker Arena. A solid 40 kids, parents and other fans were at the Hap to meet this years roster and play a host of on-ice games. Here are some highlights from the event:

Current Kings Carmine Buono and Stefan Wornig, along with alumni goaltender Jeff Smith have all been named to the NHL’s Central Scouting Service watch list to start the season. All three players have been listed as “C” prospects, which indicates they could be a late-round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Both Buono and Wornig are in their 1st seasons of Junior A hockey, after playing for the Vancouver NW Giants and Delta Hockey Academy respectively last year. Smith spent last season with the Kings, winning the BCHL’s Goaltending Award and being nominated for the CJHL’s Goaltender of the Year award. He’s now beginning his collegiate career with UMass-Lowell.

Buono and Wornig are among 5 players in the BCHL this year to be named to the watch list. Congratulations to Jeff, Stefan and Carmine.


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