On the heels of a big loss on Friday night, the Kings played needed to earn a victory the hard way in a pivotal game 4. Hard-work goals to Grayson, Scarfo and Coleshaw, plus some solid hits and great goaltending helped the Kings to a 3-2 win, and a 3-1 series lead.
A note re: the calls on the goals. I initially thought Coleshaw had gotten the 1st goal, which at the time was confirmed by some people who were watching the PPV stream. I found out after (in the post game and chatting with Scarfo) that the in-house announcement of Scarfo was correct. That’s why Coleshaw’s game winner was “his 2nd of the game”. I apologize for the mistake.
Some thoughts from the game:
- Greasy greasy greasy. Look at the goals scored. First, Grayson battling in front after LeClerc wins the jump ball by grabbing a clearing puck up high. First chance from Grayson was out of his reach, but he slid it home on the 2nd try as Argue overplayed the puck to the side of the goal. Not so much a ‘shot’ as it was just rolling a puck off the stick and to the goal. 2nd goal, throw a puck to the net and burying on the rebound. 3rd goal, shoot for a rebound and getting it. No pretty dangles, no tic-tac-toe passing plays…just good hard-work goals.
- Before the game Nanaimo’s broadcaster (Dan Marshall) interviewed me and asked if we’d see a more determined Kings team in game 4. I told him that I imagine the Kings would play p’d off. They did. The pace from Powell River was good early and sustained at a solid level all night. Guys finished checks along the wall, there was the odd open ice hit (Burns above) and the Kings were first to many loose pucks. A 180 from the night prior and more in line with games 1 and 2.
- Nanaimo got very little offence in the 3rd period. I had shots tied at 8 in the 3rd period but really the only substantial chance was Taylor in the slot, denied by Smith’s glove. Lots of blocked shots tonight, lots of stick checks and lifts to disrupt cycles.
- On that save, that’s a “TSN Turning Point”. The Clippers leading scorer between the circles with no-one around him “should be” an automatic goal but Smith challenged, read the situation well and got a low glove save which he was able to show the crowd as he went down. The save not only lifted the Kings a bit, but may have deflated the Clippers as you didn’t see much of Taylor after that.
Here’s Derek Bachynski after the game:
Three Stars of the Game
- JJ Coleshaw (Kings) – 1 goal
- Sheldon Rempel (Clippers) – 1 goal, 1 assist
- Ryan Scarfo (Kings) – 1 goal
Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Austin Dick (Clippers)
The Kings now lead the best-of-seven series against Nanaimo by a 3-1 score. Game 5 and a chance for the Kings to advance is MONDAY, 7:00pm at the Hap Parker Arena. If necessary, a game 6 would be in Nanaimo on Tuesday.