The Powell River Kings have traded 94-born forward Jarryd Leung to the Prince George Spruce Kings, in exchange for 94-born forward Brent Lashuk.
Lashuk, 20, is in his 3rd year of Junior A hockey in the BCHL, having spent the prior two with West Kelowna and Prince George. In 106 career BCHL games the Kelowna BC product has recorded 36 goals and 37 assists, including 5 goals and 5 assists so far this season in 14 games with the Spruce Kings. “We are looking forward to having Brent in our lineup. He has a lot of Junior A experience and will add some size, skill and depth to our forward group” says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Kent Lewis.
Heading to Prince George is 4th year King Jarryd Leung. The Victoria-born winger also recorded 5 goals and 5 assists in 14 games this season and over the last 4 seasons has suited up in 160 games for the Powell River Kings, scoring 41 goals and 39 assists.
“We would like to thank Jarryd for all of his contributions to the Kings organization both on and off the ice. We wish him best in Prince George and his future hockey endeavors” states Lewis.
Lashuk is expected to be in the lineup on Friday as the Kings entertain the Nanaimo Clippers at the Hap Parker Arena. The Kings would like to welcome Brent to the team.
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The Kings come away from their first real road test of the season with 3 of a possible 6 points, courtesy an overtime loss on Friday to Chilliwack, and a gutsy 3-2 win in Prince George on Sunday afternoon.
Here are some thoughts from the weekend:
- Lets start Saturday in Merritt, where a hit on Hunter Findlater with 80 seconds to go overshadowed a slow and disappointing Kings effort against the Centennials. A 5-1 scoreline was a just result from a Kings team that struggled to adapt to the dimensions of a narrow Merritt barn. The hit on Findlater though was the thing that both teams came away talking about with Jake Clifford lunging into an ugly, dirty headshot on the Kings rookie winger. Luckily, Sunday provided a positive update for Hunter as he woke up in the lower mainland with little to no headache, a good first step. I’m not expecting him back in the lineup for a while, but it’s certainly an encouraging sign.
- Not much else to say from Saturday other than it was messy and sloppy, what we’ve come to expect from games there. No room to move, no chance to stick handle, and at the end of the day no opportunities unless you work hard for them which the Kings, in large part, didn’t do.
- Sunday a different story. Early Prince George pressure was turned aside by Brett Magnus who was nothing short of excellent in the win, and then Liam Lawson’s shot along the ice split the wickets of Spruce Kings goaltender Alex Brooks-Potts as he adjusted to his left, going 5-hole. The 2-0 goal was a really smart play by Tony DeVito, notching his first BCHL point by hussling off the bench, recognising Keats all alone on the left side and getting him the pass…the rest was done by the Winnipeg product who’s goal and point streaks continue to 9 and 11 respectively.
- I thought the Kings did an excellent job managing the boards very well, both using them on their own offence, and taking away opportunities from Prince George who practice using them every day. To give you some sort of an idea on how lively the boards are in Prince George, you could easily pass the puck to yourself from the blue line without a whole tonne of effort.
- Back to Brett Magnus, 44 saves including 2 breakaways show just how good he was. It was a confident Magnus in all aspects from playing the puck to challenging shooters. Being close to the ice I also thought his communication was good as several times you could see and hear him marshalling players.
- Side note: On Magnus’ 1st period penalty for delay of game, he cleared the puck out of play and it struck a spectator. That woman required some pretty intense medical care and was stretchered out of the rink by paramedics. Reportedly she needed 16 stiches but is ok and called Magnus (via one of the Kings trainers) to tell him she is ok.
- On paper, getting out shot 16-2 would be cause for concern. while it’s hardly flattering, it showed the Kings fortitude and ability to close out a hockey game despite a lot of pressure from the Spruce Kings. Prince George had some good chances, but some excellent shot blocking and lane clogging meant that if pucks did get to Magnus, they were from a fair distance, or had a lot taken off them before he was forced to reach out and cover up. Kings were especially good below the goal line, and while Prince George had some good pressure down low, there weren’t a lot of chances for PG to step out in front.
Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post-game show:
Three Stars of the Game (Sunday vs Prince George):
- Brett Magnus (Kings) – 44 saves, 4th win
- Kurt Keats (Kings) – 2 goals, tied for league lead in goal scoring
- Chad Staley (Spruce Kings) – 1 goal
The Kings return home overnight Sunday and into Monday, then get set for a home weekend double header against the Nanaimo Clippers Friday and Saturday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
Here’s an alternate version of the highlights, courtesy of CKPG News in Prince George:
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Another game, another rally, another point and another missed opportunity for 2 as the Kings dropped their 4th OT game of the year with a 5-4 result in Chilliwack against the Chiefs.
Here are some thoughts from the game:
- As evidenced by 2 goals inside 10 minutes, a good start from the Kings as they came out firing. It was again the top line doing the damage with Kurt Keats getting a home-town bounce off the Prospera glass following a Jarid Lukosevicius shot that went wide. In talking with Luko after the game, he said with a pretty big smile that he intentionally missed his shot to tee up Keats, but credit the end glass with a key assist on Keats’ 12th of the season which briefly tied him for the league lead in goal scoring. The goal did extend the point streak to 9 games and Luko’s run to 5 games.
- All Jarryd Leung on the 2nd goal, using a part of his game that he’s not overly known for. Some good speed down the left wing tracked down a loose puck and made a smart and good pass to Stephen Hiff who used his own speed to get position on the backchecking Chief, earn some space and go to the front of the net with his stick on the ice. Hiff did well to get it upstairs and give goaltender Mitchell Datz little to no chance for a save.
- Craig Puffer continues to be King cryptonite. 3 goals tonight, 3 more in exhibition play and 1 at the Showcase. He’s by far the most dangerous Chilliwack forward and showed why he leads the team by a long way in goal scoring. He took advantage of some slack Kings defending on the 2nd goal, being left along on the goal line and able to step out and roof past Magnus.
- Speaking of Magnus, it’s tough to say this after a 5-goal outing, but there were some key saves made tonight in the Kings net. Certainly goals 4 and 5 you really don’t want to give up, both squeezing through when Magnus was square to the shooter and seemingly was set, but there were some good glove saves and a nice stick one in the 1st period with the Kings up 1-0. That’s 8 straight starts for Magnus now too.
- The rally. It seems every game were talking about some sort of rally. On Wednesday, it was down 2-0 vs Nanaimo. Friday was down 4-0 vs Prince George. Tonight it was a 4-2 deficit with 4-straight Chilliwack goals. “Character” was a word that has been thrown around a lot in recent days…teams that can repeatedly come back from those types of situations clearly have character, but I’m certain that the coaches and players would prefer not to be in those situations at all, especially in a case like tonight where the Kings had a 2-goal lead.
The Kings have the day in Chilliwack before heading up to Merritt to take on Jonah Imoo, Cole Arcuri, James Neil and the rest of the Merritt Centennials at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, a 7:30pm start. It’s live on the Kings Broadcast Network and 90.1 CJMP FM beginning at 7:00pm with the pre-game show.
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After a week’s rest and practice following a grueling 6-game in 10-day stretch where the Kings came out with 6 of a possible 12 points (2-2-0-2), the team heads over and north to play one of the two longest trips they’ll face this season. Merritt and Prince George await Powell River on Saturday and Sunday respectively, but Friday night it’s Chilliwack and the Prospera Centre where the season began with the BCHL Showcase in September.
Tonight’s game is live on the Kings Broadcast Network beginning at 6:30 with the pre-game show, leading up to a 7:00pm puck drop. On the broadcast tonight is our first alumni feature of the year as we catch up with Aidan Wright and Kyle Chatham, both at Lake Superior State University in their first year of college hockey. LSSU is a young, BCHL-packed roster with 8 former BC-based players on the team.
Here are some game notes from tonight’s game:
- Sunday’s game vs Nanaimo was the first time the Kings didn’t manage a powerplay goal since the 2nd game of the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack against Trail. The Kings only got the one chance and went 0/1. During the stretch, the Kings went 14/51 or 27.45% on the man advantage and scored twice more often than not.
- Despite penalty kill issues continuing, however Sunday’s game against Nanimo featured a perfect Kings penalty kill on two opportunities. It’s a small step in the right direction for a team that has given up a powerplay goal in all but 2 games this season (Sunday included), and multiples on 4 occasions. Special teams for the Chiefs have been average, sitting 11th on the powerplay and 8th on the penalty kill.
- Chilliwack’s start has been night and day from last season, a year where the Chiefs finished a distance 5th in the Mainland Division. The team currently leads the Mainland Division with a record of 9-1-0-1, 1 point ahead of Prince George but with 3 games in hand. They’ve beaten the Kings once already this season, a 6-3 decision on opening night of the season.
- The Chiefs are led offensively by Craig Puffer, who has enjoyed some success already against the Kings this season, scoring both in exhibition and the Showcase games between the two clubs. He sits 13th in league scoring as well, but leads the league in goals with 12. The Kings Kurt Keats is right behind with 11.
- Speaking of league leaders, both Mitchell Datz and Aidan Pelino sit inside the top 10 of league netminders with 3 and 6 wins each. Pelino, who started the opening game at the Showcase and has had a bulk of the work to date, is 3rd behind the injured Jonah Imoo and Penticton’s Hunter Miska.
- On the subject of goaltenders, tonight looks like it’ll be Brett Magnus’ 8th straight start in net with Stefan Wornig out of the lineup following an injury last weekend.
- The Kings do get a big boost back to their lineup, with captain JJ Coleshaw returning after missing 6-games with injury. Brock Sawyer called him the “heart and soul” of the Kings, and that’s certainly a statement you can argue in favour of. In Coleshaw’s previous absences from the lineup, the impacts have been felt perhaps more than most. He’s a utility player that is key on the powerplay, penalty kill and of course 5-on-5, and taking him out of the lineup forces everyone up one spot. His return from injury last season was a big boost, especially on the kill, as it allowed the “usual” pairings of Keats/Luko, Dorantes/Scarfo and then Coleshaw/Hiff to be reunited.
Faceoff is at 7:00pm, again broadcast live on the Kings Broadcast Network beginning with our 6:30pm pre-game show.
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Rookie defenseman Mat Bodie’s first pro goal, scored with 17.9 seconds left in the third period, gave the Wolf Pack a 5-4 win over the Worcester Sharks Tuesday night at the DCU Center.
The Wolf Pack let a 4-2 lead slip away in the third, but with the game seemingly headed for overtime, Tommy Hughes and Danny Kristo combined to get the puck to Bodie, who moved to the left-wing faceoff dot and launched a shot that went high into the net behind Worcester goaltender Troy Grosenick, a former teammate, and roommate, of Bodie’s at Union College.
To read the full game recap, click here.
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Few flashes of brilliance weren’t enough to overcome a lackluster start, middle and end for the Kings, dropping a 4-1 game to the Nanaimo Clippers on Sunday afternoon.
- Not much to say from a game where, outside of a few good shifts, was slow and disappointing from start to finish. While the start from the Kings was better than in previous games from minute zero out, the effort wasn’t sustained and once Nanaimo got the 1st goal things began to fall apart. Whatever momentum the Kings could get back via Keats’ tally in the 2nd was immediately snuffed out via Jacob Jackson and from there, there were few things to enjoy.
- To take some positives out of the game, Kurt Keats continues to score big goals. A nice move and recognising an opportunity resulted in his 11th of the season. Other positives, the 4th line of St. Amand, Evans and Findlater saw some big minutes and rose to the occasion accordingly. St. Amand has continuely improved this season, Findlater is beginning to re-find some of the speed he had in last year’s playoffs and Evans continues to be difficult to take the puck away from despite his size. Defensively, Ross Hnidy’s size is refreshing to see being used effectively.
Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post-game show:
The Kings hit the road for 3-in-3 next weekend, in Chilliwack, Merritt and Prince George beginning Friday night.
Game photos from Alicia Baas:
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It’s a little weird talking about myself, especially when this blog is about the team and its players. However in an effort to pass on all things Kings in the media world, here is a feature on my history as a broadcaster and how I landed in Powell River back in 2011. It’s part of this week’s edition of the “BCHL This Week” program that is produced by Jeff Patterson and TSN Radio Vancouver.
The feature covers my start, how I related to hockey being a foreigner, and what being a focal point and link between the team and the community is like in a town like Powell River.
Thanks to the BCHL’s Brent Mutis and TSN Radio’s Jeff Patterson for arranging the interview and having me on.
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