The Kings led through 20, but a 7-goal 2nd period left the Rivermen out in front with a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to an 8-5 win at the LEC on Friday night.
- Pairs of goals for Mitchell Hawes and Jacob Pritchard were bright spots in a contest where there wasn’t much to like in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Kings were soft defensively and made life too easy for the Rivermen forwards who had time in front of the net.
- The start was excellent for Powell River. A lead on the road through 20 is what teams dream of, in a period where the Kings scored a good ‘greasy’ goal around the net on the powerplay with JJ Coleshaw making no mistake after being given an eternity and two chances in front of the net. The goal represented a lot of what the Kings got away from in the 2nd and 3rd periods.
- After the break, two goals back to back for Langley’s Evan Anderson swung the game and took a lot out of the Kings. To the team’s credit, they tied the game back at 2 and at 3 through Hawes and Pritchard shorthanded but the momentum was beginning to swing as the Kings got outshot 21-20 in the 2nd period and gave up 5.
- What was frustrating to watch was a lot of missed defensive assignments. A lot of guys left around the side of the net, a lot of opportunities in the slot and defenceman at the blue line given time to work the puck to fire shots in.
Here’s what Kings assistant Chad van Diemen had to say in the post-game show:
The Kings wrap their pre-Christmas schedule in Vernon at the Kal Tire Place against the Vipers. It’s a matchup we saw at the Hap Parker Arena a couple of weeks ago with Vernon taking a 4-3 win in a more dramatic fashion that many thought with 2 minutes left in the 3rd period. A 3-1 Vernon lead quickly turned into a 4-3 road win after 3 goals in 90 seconds threw a lot of doubt into the result.
The Vipers went on to beat the Bulldogs then run out of gas in the 3rd period in Nanaimo, dropping that game but able to take 4 from 6 on the road. It’s what the Kings will be looking for in Vernon tonight, their first visit to Kal Tire Place since a 7-2 win last season. That was a game where the Kings were down 2-0 before rattling off 7-straight en route to the victory.
The Kings thankfully got through last night without any major additions to the injured list, but will still be without key pieces to the lineup. Kurt Keats and Carmine Buono will begin the track back to their homes in Winnipeg and Burnaby respectively after a disappointing World Junior A Challenge where Canada West finished 6th in a 6-team tournament, dropping the 5vs6 game to Switzerland on Friday. Stephen Hiff will rejoin the team after the Christmas break but it’ll likely be mid to late January before number 9 is back in the lineup. Austin Kamer has returned home and the Kings are hoping he’s a quick healer for any chance to see him again this season, while Jonny Evans will re-join after the break and be evaluated after a head shot in Alberni.
Opening faceoff is at 6:00pm, live on the Kings Broadcast Network, CJMP 90.1FM and FastHockey PPV. Pre-game coverage goes live at 5:30pm.
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JJ Coleshaw had a 2-goal night and assisted on the game winner by Jacob Pritchard as the Kings rallied from a slow start to beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night.
- There are 58 games in the regular season. Quite honestly based on the 5 games between these clubs this year, I’d happily watch Kings vs Bulldogs 58 times. Just another highly entertaining, enthralling game between two teams that have developed a nice rivalry. 5 1-goal games, 3 in overtime and a season series that the Kings lead 3-2.
- Great start from Alberni, outshooting the Kings by margins of 7-1 and 14-4 at points in the 1st period. Through 20, the ice in the Kings zone was noticeably more scuffed than the surface in front of Billy Christopolous. The Kings got much better and the 2nd and 3rd period shot totals were fairly even, but statistically the team never rebounded from a 20-7 differential through 20.
- Another real solid game from JJ Coleshaw. The two goals were very opportunistic, with the first a puck thrown out to Lashuk but instead finding the stick of Bulldog defenceman Kurt Gosselin and sneaking past Christopolous. The 2nd, Coleshaw was right place right time on a turned over puck at the Bulldogs blue line, and Coleshaw made no mistake sliding a puck home. It’s his 3rd multi-goal game and 2nd this year. In fact the previous two 2-goal games came against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
- No question this isn’t a one-goal game without Brett Magnus. He was very very good Thursday night and made several huge stops. Out of his 47 saves, easily 6-8 of them are of the highlight variety using all of his 6’4 frame. In talking with him after, he’s chalked those down to confidence. The 47 saves are a season high, along with the 49 shots faced, beating out the late-October meeting in Prince George (44/46), also a 3-2 win (in regulation).
- The Kings started the game with 11 forwards (and 7 defencemen), and finished with just 9. Austin Kamer left in the 2nd period after a hit with Garrett Halls that initially looked like it may be a head injury, but thankfully it isn’t. The bad news is that Kamer is due to be out with injury for a significant period of time, to the point where his season may be over. It’s a bitterly disappointing situation for a player who has thrived in most situations the coaches have put him in. The other injury was to Jonny Evans, who got caught with a high hit and left the game. He’ll take no part in the remainder of the road trip and be re-evaluated over the break and further once the Kings return to action on the 27th in Alberni.
- A huge key to the game was to keep the Bulldogs powerplay quiet. After getting lit up for 3 against Victoria on Saturday, who were ranked 3rd…the Kings blanked the league’s top man advantage on 2 tries. Both involved some setup time for Alberni, but the Kings were able to keep a lot to the outside. On the other side, the 7th ranked powerplay got the game winner on a 4-on-3 overtime powerplay against the 3rd ranked PK. Win the special teams battle, win the war.
Here’s what Chad van Diemen had to say in the post-game show:
Three Stars of the Game
- JJ Coleshaw (Kings) – 2 goals, 1 assist
- Kurt Gosselin (Bulldogs) 1 assist
- Brett Magnus (Kings) – 47 saves, 12th win
The Kings continue their 3-in-3 road trip on Friday night against the Langley Rivermen, a 7:00pm start at the Langley Events Centre.
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Game: Powell River Kings vs Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Arena: Weyerhauser Arena
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:30pm
Kings Broadcast Network
FastHockey PPV Video
Kings Record: 14-10-0-7 (2nd Island)
Opposition Record: 15-12-1-2 (4th Island)
Kings PP: 23.94% (7th) Opponent PK: 81.82% (3rd)
Opponent PP: 28.47% (1st) Kings PK: 75.71% (12th)
The Kings have lost their last two, after disappointing (for different reasons) games against Vernon and Victoria last weekend. The 4-3 and 5-2 results leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Kings, with the team shorthanded and battling some calls they felt were unfair on Friday, then following that up with one of the team’s most sluggish performances of the year on Saturday.
The Bulldogs have lost their last 3, most recently a 5-3 game on Saturday night against Vernon. The team’s last win was December 3rd, a 5-0 shutout of the Clippers but after that it’s been regulation losses to Langley, Nanaimo and the Vipers…with two of those coming at home. The Bulldogs sit 2 back of the Kings, but do have a game in hand on Powell River.
- The Kings are still shorthanded with no Keats and Buono at the WJAC, and Stephen Hiff out of the lineup due to injury. The Kings also traded Jordan Burns mid-week and haven’t filled that spot on the roster so the team is down to 6 defencemen including the absent Buono. To help cover the loss, Andy Stevens will jump up again for game number 5 with the Kings this year, along with Ryan Grills for his 3rd. Up front, Brent Lashuk returned on Saturday and looked good. He was understandably tired after no skating in a couple of weeks, but played the role well.
- It’s the 5th matchup of the season series between the Kings and Bulldogs, and I think it’s safe to say that we’ve seen no better hockey this season than when these two teams lock up. 4 1-goal games, 2 in overtime and two wins for each club.
- The last meeting between the two teams was on November 11th and it was an intensely spirited affair that was triggered by Kurt Keats making some solid contact on Billy Christopolous after the Kings first goal. That resulted in a massive scrum in the corner, and what followed through the 2nd period and into the 3rd was a pretty intense game marked by several scrums, ejections and countless penalty minutes. As if that wasn’t enough, the game ended on a somewhat controversial goal in overtime where the Bulldogs felt it wasn’t in, but the Kings and Kurt Keats were adament it had crossed. It counted, the Kings won and the Bulldogs were pretty upset.
- In that scrum after the Keats/Christopolous situation, Evan Tironese can be seen going into a scrum then coming right out favouring his shoulder/arm…he hasn’t played a game since. That’s a huge loss as Tironese was expected to lead this team offensively and has been a major piece absent from the lineup. To give you an indication of how big he was, he’s still 2nd in team scoring, 3 back of the lead, and has played 7 less games.
- Special teams for the Kings will need to be on point tonight as the Bulldogs own both the top ranked powerplay, and the 3rd ranked penalty kill. The Kings powerplay has slipped a little, but has scored in each of its last 3 games. The PK however was lit up for 3 goals against Victoria on Saturday night.
- As if the team needed it in trying to snap a 2-game skid, this next portion of the schedule will be huge for the Kings. The team they’re chasing, Nanaimo, has just 2 games remaining in 2014…the Kings have 7. Currently 12 back, the Kings can catch the Clippers but would basically need to run the table and have some out of town help.
- It’s the last game before the Christmas break for Alberni too, which always brings with it the distraction of seeing friends and family for the first time since August. No doubt the Alberni coaches will be mentioning how much better the break is on a win, than a loss.
The broadcast goes live on the Kings Broadcast Network beginning at 6:30 with the pre-game show, 7:00pm opening faceoff from the Weyerhauser Arena in Port Alberni. We’ll talk with Brent Lashuk and Nick Nonis in our 1st intermission, along with a fantastic Kurt Keats feature from Hockey Canada. In the 2nd intermission, another installment of our player profile series.
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The Powell River Kings have moved 95-born defenceman Jordan Burns to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, in exchange for future considerations.
Burns, from Vernon BC, is in his 3rd year of BCHL hockey, all with Powell River. In 145 regular season and playoff games with the Kings, Burns scored 9 times, adding 55 assists and earning a commitment to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season.
The Kings would like to thank Jordan for his commitment to the Kings and the Powell River community over the last two and a half seasons, and wish him well as he finishes his Junior A career in Salmon Arm.
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Here’s an article from Powell River Living featuring former King Matt Joyaux. But it’s not a typical recap of his time in Powell River and an update on his schooling with Miami-Ohio, it’s a focus on the Joyaux family and a business connection that Matt and his parents have made with the community. Enjoy:
In 2012, Chicago hockey player Matt Joyaux was drafted to Powell River to play for the Kings. Matt had played hockey in the biggest junior league in the United States – the USHL. The coach at Miami (Ontario-born Enrico Blasi) always spoke highly of the Powell River Kings coach, said Matt’s father Chris Joyaux, in a telephone interview from Chicago.
“It just worked out that Matt got to go to the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL),” said Chris. When Matt and his family boarded the plane for Powell River, they were flying into the unknown. “I remember looking at the beautiful scenery out of the plane window and then we landed at this little airport and I wondered where we were. Coach Kent (Lewis) pulled up in his pickup truck, and I thought, ‘What did we get ourselves into?’ But that decision was the best decision I could have made,” he said.
To read the rest of the article, click here.
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Photo Credit: Tony Burrows
A game where the Kings felt like they “owed” the Kings one left the team feeling like that was now 2-games, after a lackluster effort led to a 5-2 loss in Victoria on Saturday night.
(Video highlights from Roy Anthonisen in Victoria)
- Even with the first goal, there was very little life from the Kings in this one. An even start resulted in a long wrister from Burns to find its way through heavy traffic, with perhaps some help from the Grizzlies in front and a 1-0 Kings lead. For much of the time before, and almost the entire period after, the Kings spent the frame inside their own zone, and when the puck went down the ice, the Grizzlies were quick to retrieve and send it straight back.
- Tough outing for Stefan Wornig. He battles so well, but has been prone to letting in a soft one here and there. It’s a ‘ding’ in the confidence of a very good goaltender and I feel he’s played better than a 3-5 record suggests. It’s the first loss he’s taken this season in regulation, which goes to show how easily the win-loss stat could change with an early OT goal for the Kings, or a timely save at the death.
- On goaltending, Brett Magnus came in and played well in a tough situation. Never easy I imagine coming in cold but he was able to keep the Kings involved in the game until the latter stages of the 3rd.
Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post-game show, his final one before the Christmas break.
The Kings are off until Thursday when they wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule on a 3-in-3 road trip start in Alberni Valley, then over to Langley Friday night before wrapping in Vernon in Saturday. All three games are live on the Kings Broadcast Network, beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday night.
A full photo gallery from Saturday’s game in Victoria is available here.
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3 goals inside the final 96 seconds capped a game that had just about everything, and winds up in the books as a 4-3 win for the Vipers in Powell River on Friday night.
- Biggest talking point from that game has to be the disallowed goal from Hunter Findlater. The highlight is above in case you want to watch it back. The reasoning was that Gavin Rauser made contact with Schamerhorn before the shot and allegedly impeded his ability to get across to make the save. Is there contact? Yes a little. Does it impede Schamerhorn? Probably not. And it’s contact Schamerhorn triggers himself by challenging for the shot, not any move made by Rauser. Also, the call, I miss identified Findlater to the side as Rauser. Big mistake.
- There was certain frustration on decisions made tonight, outside of the goal. One that springs to mind is the Jeremy Coughlin penalty in the 1st period that was served by Rasovic, with Coughlin on the ice for the PK almost all the way. After the game, Kent Lewis was pretty upset. He commented in the office that he was happy on the effort for the most part, but “it’s disappointing that we had to battle both being shorthanded and other factors tonight.”
- Speaking of shorthanded, the Kings did admirably without 3 pieces of their top 6. Keats in Saskatchewan, plus Hiff and Lashuk both injured meant increased roles for Coleshaw, Kamer, Evans to name just three…although just about everyone saw increased minutes. Both Andy Stevens and Gavin Rauser for the Campbell River Storm were excellent in their roles, with Stevens steady-eddie and Rauser not backing down from guys much bigger, stronger and older.
- Jacob Pritchard continues to roll. 7 goals in his last 5 games, and with 1 goal and an assist tonight, he’s now 13-8-21 in his last 13 games.
- I mentioned Coleshaw above, but this season is proving that there’s very little the captain can’t do. Is he going to score every night and put up 20-30 goals a year? Probably not. But is he going to go out, shot block, generate traffic, kill off penalties near single-handidly and just be the “go to guy” for a much needed boost…you bet. You can see his work ethic show every night regardless of the result, and you look no further than him diving on the ice swatting a loose puck out of the zone on a penalty kill, or fighting through traffic on a break into the opposition zone.
- Good to get Adam Tracey on the scoreboard tonight, beating his old netminder in another call that I missed. The angle it was on, combined with Schamerhorn’s body position meant I thought the puck went in…just goes to show going to the net with the stick down results in a chance and a goal for Tracey who has been due.
Three Stars of the Game
- Liam Coughlin (Vernon) – 1 goal, 2 assists
- Jacob Pritchard (Kings) – 1 goal, 1 assist
- Jarrod Schamerhorn (Vernon) – 33 saves, 12th win
Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Gavin Rauser (Kings)
The Kings have just one more game this weekend as they start 7-straight on the road either side of the Christmas break. The team visits Victoria on Saturday night, a 7:00pm start at the Q Centre in the 3rd matchup between the two clubs. So far, both teams have secured home victories in the season series. I’ll have the call live on the Kings Broadcast Network, CJMP 90.1FM and FastHockey PPV beginning at 6:30 with the pre-game show.
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