Kings vs Victoria 11.22-0005

The Kings earned not only a weekend sweep, but also their 4th straight victory on the back of goals to Ross Hnidy, Brent Lashuk, Jonny Evans and an empty net buzzer beater from Liam Lawson for a 4-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies to tie the season series up at 1-1.

  • In the 2nd intermission, I was talking with the crew in the PA booth doing music and stats for the game. We were having real trouble coming up with 3 stars and an Energy Player of the Game. Why? No-one really stood out. Just about every player up and down the lineup played a solid team game and there were no amazing individual efforts to lock in a spot. In the 3rd period, we eventually settled on the final combination of Magnus, Coleshaw, Lashuk and Kamer, but many many others could have slid in there. I think this game more than most was a “team” game, and the Kings were boosted by a couple of Kurt Keats goal, or a Jacob Pritchard special…they had to find scoring elsewhere, from guys who don’t necessarily put the puck in the net game after game…and got it through Evans’ 2nd, Hnidy’s 2nd and Lawson’s 3rd (plus Lashuk’s 9th).
  • We profiled special teams before the game, the league’s 1st and 5th ranked powerplays for the Grizzlies and Kings respectively going up against struggling penalty kills both sides. The Kings were perfect on the kill, giving Victoria very little on their powerplays. JJ Coleshaw was a key part of this throughout the night, and almost single handidly killed off a penalty in the 1st period by making two good clears and then jamming a puck in the Victoria corner for a good 10 seconds. The Captain was good all night, deserving of 2nd star honours despite being held off the scoresheet.
  • On special teams, the Kings 0/3 on the powerplay, just the 5th time that’s been blanked this season.
  • Brett Magnus continues to roll, now 6-1 in his last 7. His 32 saves tonight again showed a confident Magnus who controlled the crease and rebounds well. You saw him pointing out to guys, marshalling the skaters in front of him. The team defence and goaltending has been the biggest improvement on the season to date, and the Kings are now winning games because of it, instead of being forced to out gun an opposition 7-6 or 8-4. Obviously disappointing about the shutout attempt, could probably have 3 or 4 on the season if not for a late goal…but wins are the most important.
  • The Kings again did a good job limiting opportunities for the Grizzlies top players. Dane Gibson was threatening from distance but anywhere near the net was quickly neutralised. Cole Pickup was not noticeable, Jay Mackie was in the same mold as Gibson. Pick of the bunch from Victoria was Garrett Forster who got the goal and on a line with Brett Gruber were the Grizzlies go-to offence on the night.
  • Barring a mid-week scoring change, which is rare for Kings home games as the coaches go over the scoring immediately after, point streaks end for Jarid Lukosevicius and Jacob Pritchard at 6 games. Luko’s 2-9-11 and Pritchard’s 6-4-10 got the Kings over the line in many games over the last couple of weeks, but they weren’t needed tonight. Kurt Keats extends his to 7 with the Hnidy assist. He’s now 6-3-9 in his last 7, and has registered a point in 19 out of his last 20. You can also count the number of times he’s been held off the scoresheet this season on one hand, and still be able to give someone the peace sign.
  • The Clippers and Bulldogs both held serve with wins last night, so the Kings don’t gain any ground on the Clippers and stay tied with the Bulldogs. Alberni is in Coquitlam today and burn their game in hand over the Kings, while Nanaimo is idle. Victoria hosts Trail and that’ll be their game in hand over the Kings too. At worst, the Kings sit 3rd come the end of the weekend, 2 back of Alberni, 5 back of Nanaimo and at least 3 up on Victoria.

Here’s what Brock Sawyer and guest Austin Kamer had to say in the post-game show:

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Brett Magnus (Kings) – 32 saves, 10th win
  2. JJ Coleshaw (Kings)
  3. Brent Lashuk (Kings) – 1 goal

Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Austin Kamer

The Kings have a “college weekend” coming up, hosting the Cowichan Valley Capitals at the Hap Parker Arena on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s the first visit for Cowichan to Powell River this year and game times are 7:15 and 5:00pm on both nights.


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Fans who headed for their cars to beat the rush home following Jarid Lukosevicius’ “winner”, missed a goal of the season candidate from Jacob Pritchard, as the Kings had the rare feat of scoring TWO overtime game winners on Friday night. Despite Jarid Lukosevicius’ effort being waved off, Jacob Pritchard gave the fans that remained a stellar end to the hockey game and a 4-3 Kings victory on home ice to extend the win streak to 3.

  • Lesson learned from tonight…always stay for the 3-star selections, then fight the traffic home.
  • Why was the goal reversed? Kurt Keats had his visor knocked off in the passage of play leading up to the goal. Without the visor (part of the helmet), Keats was deemed an ineligible player and by touching the puck should have bought play to a halt and a 2-minute penalty…just as a player touching the puck without a helmet would have. The infraction wasn’t caught until after Luko had scored, and you can see in the highlight above that Keats makes a b-line for the dressing room immediately after a quick celebration. The right call on the ice was made, it’s unfortunate that it happened when it did, but it gave the Kings fans an extra bit of entertainment on the evening. Not a bad night when you get to celebrate a win twice, and thankfully the Kings got that 2nd opportunity. We might be having a different conversation on the decision had the Kings not gotten a bonus point.
  • The win came about of some beautiful work from Jacob Pritchard who has really come into his own in the last couple of weeks. You can start to see his dominance on the puck and his skill shining through. Whether there was an adjustment period from the USHL to the BCHL or not, he’s been very good the last few weeks and is providing the Kings another scoring option outside of Keats and Luko.
  • Speaking of those three, all extended their point streaks to 6 games.
  • The OT win came on the back of a poor opening 20 that bought about a lot of frustration from the fans, and rightly so. The Kings were slow, slack and playing the part of a team that hadn’t played a game in 7 days. If not for Stefan Wornig, it’s easily a 4-0 game (at best) through 20 minutes.
  • On Wornig, probably his best 60 this season. The 3 that beat him were quality chances and ‘nice’ goals, certainly the 2nd (through a screen) and 3rd (Hirose cut in and bar-down) were the pick of the bunch. He made some ‘flukey’ saves, which as a goaltender you love…but he made some quality blocks as well, turning aside 2-on-1’s and a breakaway in the 2nd on the talented Hirose. In talking with him after the game, the normally reserved Wornig was all smiles and full of confidence after the win.
  • The win was his 2nd of the season and 1st this year in overtime after going 0-3 in the extra session. He’s still yet to lose in regulation and in speaking with him on the topic this season, and then again after the game…the OT win is a good monkey off his back.
  • There was a considerable ‘wake-up’ in the 2nd, sparked by Keats’ 20th of the season. A little win was taken out of the sails by the pair from Salmon Arm, but a Burns point shot, then another Keats tally understandably gave the Kings life. I’m not sure if it’s ‘cocky’ to think this, but down 2 didn’t feel like a massive concern as this team has shown repeatedly they can battle back. How did they, and do they do that? By playing the right way and we started to see a better forecheck, more hits, more traffic and more “Kings hockey” after the 3-3 goal.
  • Keats with his 20th and 21st joins a pretty select club over the last few years. The Kings are typically a more defence-first team, however this year’s offensive explosion (more by necessity than design) means Keats becomes the 5th player in the last 3 seasons to reach 20 goals. JP Villeneuve scored 24 in 54 in 12/13. Then the Kings had 3 players last year achieve the mark, Drew Dorantes (29 in 53), Jarid Lukosevicius (26 in 57) and Luke Nogard (22 in 55). Keats just missed last year with 19. Right now 5 Kings are on pace for 20+ goal seasons: Keats, Luko, Pritchard, Hiff and Lashuk.
  • Jarid Lukosevicius and Kurt Keats now sit 3rd and 4th in league scoring after Friday night with 34 and 33 points respectively. Keats is 2nd (behind Coquitlam’s Corey Mackin) in the goal scoring race and tonight eclipsed his scoring mark from last season (19-33-55). It’s been a more puck-possessive Keats this season that’s had a shoot-first mentality, and that’s paid off big time with 21 goals in 23 games…with several of those goals “BIG” ones to spark a rally or give the Kings a lead.
  • The out of town scoreboard helped out as well. While Alberni won, Victoria beat Nanaimo while Trail beat Cowichan. This means the gap between the 1st placed Clippers is now only 5 (with a game in hand), but the gap between 4th place Victoria and 5th place Cowichan extends to 15.

Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post-game show:

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Kurt Keats (Kings) – 2 goals
  2. Stefan Wornig (Kings) – 37 saves, 2nd win
  3. Andrew Farney (Silverbacks) – 1 assist

Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Jeremy LeClerc

The Kings are right back at it Saturday night at the Hap, a 5:00pm start against the Victoria Grizzlies who defeated the Nanaimo Clippers on Friday night to help out the division and get the Kings within 5 of the division leading Clippers.


STATSGame: Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs Powell River Kings
Arena: Hap Parker Arena
Puck Drop: 7:15pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:45pm
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NUMBERSKings Record: 10-7-0-5 (T-2nd Island)
Opposition Record: 8-8-2-4 (5th Interior)

Kings PP: 27/102 (26.47%, 3rd)   Opponent PK: 70/88 (79.55, 7th)
Opponent PP:  21/87 (24.14%, 7th)   Kings PK: 76/101 (75.25%, 13th)

TRENDSThe Kings have won their last two games by 4-3 and 6-1 scores over Alberni and Chilliwack respectively. Through the calendar month of November, the team is 4-1-0-1 with the only game without a point coming in Victoria (4-2). Salmon Arm are locked in an intense battle for playoff spots in the Interior division and are coming off a 3-3 tie at home to Coquitlam on Sunday at the end of a 3-in-3 home weekend. The team is 2-2-2-1 this month, a record that reflects (on paper) how their season has gone so far. The Silverbacks will head over to Vancouver Island Saturday for a date with the Capitals in Duncan, before heading home via Chilliwack on Sunday.

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  • The most popular question surround the team from fans this week has been the status of Jarid Lukosevicius. For those who missed it, Luko took an aided tumble into the end wall at the start of Friday’s 2nd period against Chilliwack. The main impact was to the back of his head and top of his spine and although he was able crawl off the ice, he did leave the rink and head to hospital on a stretcher as a precaution. The good news is that he has suffered no concussion symptoms, and appears no worse for wear outside of a pretty large gash on his forehead which required stitches.
  • Staying with Luko, he was able to register two assists in Friday’s 1st period to keep his point streak alive at 5 games (2-7-9). Also alive are Kurt Keats (4-2-6 in 5) and Jacob Pritchard (9 points in last 5, including 6 in last 2).
  • Also streaking is Brett Magnus, who is 5-1 with a 1.65GAA and .955 sv% in his last 6 starts and has a record back at 500 for the first time this season.
  • This is the first meeting between these two clubs since January 10th in Powell River, a 3-1 Kings win. Lucas Grayson, Kurt Keats and Luke Nogard got a goal in each period for the victory, with Jonah Imoo stopping 24/25. The Silverbacks were very shorthanded in that game as they had a bout of the flu sweeping through their club and only dressed 15 skaters
  • The Powell River-Cowichan-Chilliwack road trip ahead of the Silverbacks is their first sizable trip outside of the Division this season and just their 2nd trip to (and past) the lower mainland this season. Previous visits “south” resulted in a 2-0 Showcase weekend in Chilliwack, and a 3-2 OTL against Surrey at the start of October.
  • Salmon Arm went 2/9 in 3 games on the powerplay last weekend, but gave up just 1 goal on 11 shorthanded chances. A middle of the pack powerplay and penalty kill at this point in the year means its been a consistent, albeit not reliable to break a game open like the Kings have enjoyed this year. The Kings continue to chug along nicely on the man advantage, getting all 4 goals on Tuesday, then another 1 (plus a shortie) on Friday against Chilliwack.
  • Friday will be just the 4th game this season against an Interior Division opponent and the Kings are still looking for win number 1 after losses in regulation to Trail and Merritt, and an overtime loss to the Smokies at the Showcase.
  • The Silverbacks are led in scoring by 2nd year defenceman and Air Force commit Andrew Farny who has 7 goals and 16 assists on the season. He leads a solid, but inexperienced back end with only Cole McCaskill the only other returning face on the blue line. That point is countered slightly by 3rd year goaltender Angus Redmond, who after 2 seasons backing up and splitting time with Adam Clark gets his time to shine as the starter.

It’s a 7:15pm faceoff at the Hap Parker Arena. Valley Building Supplies are on the docket tonight with lots of prize giveaways, and always put on a good show at the rink. If you can’t make it to the game, I’ll have the call for you live on the Network beginning at 6:45.


Photo: Garrett James/The Province

Photo: Garrett James/The Province

Steve Ewen of a BC-wide newspaper “The Province” recently profiled Kings forward Jarid Lukosevicius in today’s edition of the daily paper. Luko talks on committing to Denver and his scoring knack.

For the guys on the Powell River Kings, going to Jarid is often a productive move.

Getting the puck on the stick of Jarid Lukosevicius usually leads to good things, a point proven by the 19-year-old right-winger sitting third in BCHL scoring heading into action Tuesday, with 32 points, including 12 goals, for 10-7-0-5 Powell River.

Lukosevicius (pronounced Luko-savages) already has next season mapped out, with the Squamish native having committed last fall to join the University of Denver Pioneers for the 2015-16 campaign.

To read the full article, click here.


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From Success by Six and Powell River District United Way:

Success by 6’s ORCA Bus and the Powell River Kings are excited to collaborate on a physical literacy program this season. The Kings will kick off the program aboard the ORCA Bus this coming Sunday November 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. The Kings and Success by 6 invite families to an interactive afternoon reading Canadiana children’s books based around hockey (like ‘The Hockey Sweater’ and ‘Z is for Zamboni’) and a hat-trick of crafts aboard the ORCA Bus. Kids can take shots on the Kings and learn stick handling skills from the best-of-the-best Junior ‘A’ hockey stars outside of the bus.

Healthy snacks and water will be on site for young and old to enjoy. This program was made possible through Decada’s ‘Raise A Reader’ grant through Powell River’s Literacy Council.

For more information on the program, contact Elise Statham at 604.414.8186.


Kings vs Chilliwack 11.14-0015

A trio from Jacob Pritchard, two more from Brent Lashuk and the Teddy Bear Toss goal for Jonny Evans gave the Kings a 6-1 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday night.

  • Obviously a 6-1 win means a pretty good effort start to finish for the Kings. The 2nd period featured a good Chilliwack push back and ultimately a goal late in the frame to make it interesting in the 3rd, but it was the Jacob Pritchard show as a pair in the 3rd sealed the victory with room to spare.
  • Jonny Evans’ 2nd of the season (both at the Hap incidently) came 3:21 in and sent the bears flying. As we said in the post-game show, the longer it goes on, the more it becomes a frustration and distraction. Sticks begin to get gripped tighter and players begin to cheat to try and score ‘the goal’. In previous years, Kings fans haven’t had to wait 5 minutes let alone 60 and Evans continued in that tradition. It was a nice shot, but some good hard work from Liam Lawson along the boards and a creative pass out to Evans created that opportunity.
  • Not included in the highlights above, but Brent Lashuk’s pair came at valuable times for the Kings. The 1st right after Evans’ tally put Chilliwack even more on the back foot, then his 2nd to make it 5-1 really ended the game. He had his strongest offensive showing of the season with Powell River and gelled well with a host of line mates, finishing the game without both Kurt Keats and Jarid Lukosevicius.
  • Speaking of Luko, he’s ok. He left the rink on a stretcher as a precaution, but was mobile, alert but a little beaten up. He had a large gash across his head requiring stitches and I imagine some form of concussion from the hit along the boards. No update on his return, but for a hit into the boards that could have very easily be so much worse…he’s ok. The hit itself didn’t appear to be a true “check from behind” in a malice sense, rather a shove from MacEachern that caught Luko on his back right side with an elbow in the numbers, sent him off balance and head first into the boards. Primary impact was back of the head/top of the spine. Scary.
  • Brett Magnus continues to roll. In his last 6 appearences, he’s gone 5-1 with a 1.65GAA and .955 sv%, recording a shutout of Nanaimo too. He is confident, commanding and every bit what a 20-year-old netminder should be at this level. He’s at 500 for the first time this season, improving his record to 9-9. The save percentage is now just above 900 and the goals against average comes down bit by bit each game. While the Kings defence and back check has gone leaps and bounds in the last month, Magnus has matched that pace and turned the Kings back into a stingy defensive team. In the last 30 days, 5 or more goals for or against have only been recorded 5 times in 14 games, including last night’s 6-1 win.
  • Point streaks continue for Jarid Lukosevicius (2-7-9 in 5), Kurt Keats (4-2-6 in 5) and Jacob Pritchard (9 points in last 5, including 6 in last 2)
  • Adam Tracey impressed on debut. Not easy to come into a new team and try and get systems down pat after 2 practices and a game day skate. He threw a couple of good hits, had a couple of scoring chances and meshed well with what Nick Gomerich and Curtis McCarrick have been doing most of the season. Time will help him just like it helped Ross Hnidy and Gomerich when they first joined.
  • The Kings are now idle til Friday, a well deserved break. The team will not hit the ice this weekend, recharge and get back to it Monday easing into preparations for two games at home next weekend.

Here’s what Brock Sawyer and Jonny Evans had to say in the post game show:

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jacob Pritchard (Kings) – 3 goals
  2. Brett Magnus (Kings) – 2 goals
  3. Kurt Keats (Kings) – 1 assist

Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Austin Kamer

The Kings next play Salmon Arm on Friday night, a 7:15pm puck drop at the Hap Parker Arena. On Saturday, Victoria visits for the first time this year.


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The Powell River Kings play their only game of the weekend on Friday night, hosting the Chilliwack Chiefs to close out the season series between the two clubs that started at the BCHL Showcase in mid-September. It’s a 7:15pm opening faceoff from the Hap Parker Arena and it’s also the annual Teddy Bear Toss game in Powell River, with some great prizes on offer and also the 1 game every year that throwing an item on the ice DOESN’T get you ejected (provided it’s a stuffed animal or some winter wear goodies).

To double up on that, the Kings are also giving away over $10,000 in cash and prizes with the early bird draw for the 2014 Powell River Kings Dream Lottery. Who will drive away from the game on a brand new Honda ATV, or with $7,000 in their pocket? Other prizes include a $3,000 cash 2nd prize, and an iPad (or $500 in cash). The best news out of all this is that it’s truly a win-win, as all tonight’s winners (and all the winners of the “lesser” prizes) go back into the draw for the grand prize of $50,000 in cash. All the info on ticket sales, prizes and information is available here.

But now to the game, here are your pre-game notes:

  • The Teddy Bear Toss goal is one that the players ‘want’ each year. Last year’s effort came via Jarryd Leung as he got a pass from behind the net and was able to one time it home from the low slot. You can check that out here. Other TBT goal scorers in recent years include Stephen Hiff, Craig Dalrymple, Carter Shinkaruk and Andrew Pettitt.
  • The Kings, coming off their wild 4-3 overtime win against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs are feeling good following the physical affair. Goals for Kurt Keats and Jarid Lukosevicius kept point streaks alive for both players, with Keats notching 4-1-5 and Lukosevicius 2-5-7 in their last 4 games. Perhaps a little more quietly going about this business is Macomb Michigan’s Jacob Pritchard who has 6 points in his last 4 games, including 3 assists on Tuesday.
  • Jordan Burns returned to the lineup for the first time on Tuesday in 9 games, after missing the last 8 with injury. He had 2 assists on the powerplay in a welcomed sight for number 27.
  • Speaking of the powerplay, the Kings 4 man advantage goals on their ample opportunities on Tuesday was the highest output of the season for the powerplay. The Kings went 4/7, or 57.14% on the powerplay which is bettered only by a 100% efficiency in the 1st game of the season where they went 1-for-1 against Chilliwack at the Showcase. The only other time the Kings got close to 50% for a game, October 24th in a 5-4 overtime loss….to Chilliwack.
  • Still on the powerplay, the Kings have only been blanked 4 times this season, most recently on Sunday against Alberni. It’s helped the Kings to a 3rd-ranked man advantage, operating at 26.53% behind only Victoria and Coquitlam. Both of those teams (like the Kings) are struggling on the penalty kill with Victoria 12th, the Kings 13th and Coquitlam 16th in a 16-team league. Chilliwack rank 11th on the PK and 13th on the PP.
  • The Chiefs, after riding two 95-born goaltenders to a lot of success already this season, finally made their decision and will be going with Aidan Pelino between the pipes for the foreseeable future. Mitchell Datz was dealt earlier this week to Brockville in the CCHL. Tyler Shugrue will backup Pelino tonight. He’s gone 4-4 this year with the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the BCMML.
  • When previewing opposition teams, you look at their leading scorers and for Chilliwack that’s Craig Puffer. He’s not only been good all season with 17-5-22 on the year so far in just 17 games. He’s also got 4-1-5 against Powell River this year, not counting a hat trick in exhibition play. Following Puffer, sophmore forward Jordan Kawaguchi leads a pack of Chiefs forwards all within 3 points of each other, including Tipper Higgins, Kurt Black and Alaska-Anchorage commit Jake Larson. On the back end, captain Eric Roberts co-leads the team in defenceman scoring and leads a BIG d-core that includes 6’6, 207lb Vincent Desharnais.
  • The Chiefs are starting a 3-game road trip through the Island Division. They will be in Alberni on Saturday and Nanaimo on Sunday. Chilliwack also has games in hand on almost everyone else in the BCHL, including 4 on Prince George who are just ahead of them (1 point) for the Mainland Division lead. That jump in the standings will be a clear goal for the club this weekend.

The Kings Broadcast Network will have coverage of tonight’s game beginning at 6:45pm with the pre-game show, live play-by-play at 7:15pm, tune in here. We’ll also have the on-ice draw for the Kings Dream Lottery early-bird draw.

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