Kings Broadcaster Alex Rawnsley breaks down the numbers from a very successful Interior road trip for the Kings this past weekend, plus looks ahead to a double header against Cowichan at the Hap.

This Week’s Stories
3-2 OTL vs Chilliwack:
6-3 win vs Merritt:
7-3 win vs Prince George:
Tristan Mullin POW Mention:
KBN Update:
Five Hole for Food:

The Social Kingdom


The Kings rounded out one of their toughest road trips of the season with a convincing 3rd period and a 7-3 win over Prince George, helping the team earn 5 of 6 on the weekend.

  • A great end to a near-perfect weekend for Powell River through Chilliwack, Merritt and Prince George. One thing we really highlighted following the first two games were the 3rd periods. In Chilliwack it was a slip up of just a moment but it arguably cost the Kings 2 points and in hindsight a perfect trio of games. In Merritt, it allowed the Cents back into the contest. But in Prince George, there was no such slip. Shots were 22-9 in the 3rd period in favour of the Kings, nearly doubling their totals from the opening 40 (7 and 8 respectively).
  • A bit of a slow start from both clubs. You would have expected the Spruce Kings to have a bit better of a jump having come off a big win the night prior against Salmon Arm. You could maybe anticipate some bus legs from a Powell River unit that was short on rest and long on bus miles.
  • The 2nd period really was a carbon copy of the 2nd period between these two teams in Powell River…the only difference was a 2-0 Kings lead through 20. The Spruce Kings came out, scored early and eventually added a 2nd to draw the game level, then Powell River quickly responded to retake a 2-goal lead. In Prince George, with a tie game through 20, back to back Spruce King goals were quickly snuffed out by Tristan Mullin and Jonny Evans.
  • On Tristan Mullin, a very productive weekend for him with goals in all 3 games and he’s currently on a 4-game streak.
  • And the black jerseys finally break their hoodoo and get a win. Now 1-2 in the alternates.

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

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Tristan Mullin (Kings) – 2 goals
  2. Jonny Evans (Kings) – 1 goal, 1 assist
  3. Ethan de Jong (Spruce Kings)

Powell River moves to 14-10-0-1 and is 3rd in the Island Division behind both Cowichan and Nanaimo, with games in hand on the Clippers. It sets up a massive weekend this Friday and Saturday at the Hap as the Kings kick off a 6-game home stand hosting the Capitals in a pair of 4-point games.


The Kings got goals from 5 different players en route to a 6-3 victory against the Merritt Centennials and the Kings first win at the Nicola Valley Arena since 2010/2011.

  • In many ways, a very similar game to Chilliwack 24 hours prior. But in just as many ways a very different game. Different in the sense of the styles. More whistles, more icings/offsides that were called, more penalties, messier play as teams skated in a rink that’s 3/4 the size of the ice the Kings played on last night. The same in the fact that the Kings dominated the first 40 and held on for dear life in the 3rd. Tonight the Kings got the victory, but it wasn’t as easy or as desisive as it should have been.
  • Merritt opened the scoring, but the Kings quickly countered. It was almost as if the opening 3 minutes was a lesson in school and Nick Fiorentino’s goal was the bell to dismiss the class. From that point on, Powell River was consistently the better team (at least through 40). They adapted well to their confines and skated like a club that had played in ice that small many times before.
  • On Merritt opening the scoring, the 6-3 win is now the first time this season the Kings have won when conceding first. Now 1-7.
  • Lets get to the 3rd as Merritt came out of the room firing and really took it to the Kings. Credit them for the push back as they were determined not to be beaten soundly in their own building. They skated better, won races to pucks and took advantage of a Kings team that had switched off in a lot of areas.
  • Jeff Smith the difference in the 3rd period. He battled and was stellar in the final frame, making a couple of point blank stops on guys like Gavin Gould and Collin Grannery. As Brock Sawyer says below, could have been a 5-5 game going to overtime if not for 1 in net.
  • Good for Jake Kohlhauser to find the back of the net. The heater to my broadcast right blocks that end of the ice without some maneuveuring and I didn’t see that he had scored with a second remaining. He gets a pair, taking his tally to 3 and we saw a more offensive Kohlhauser take a few tips from Nick Nonis in the way that he jumped into the rush and created opportunities.
  • All of the above is all ok, but what really propelled the Kings to victory tonight? Ugly Christmas sweaters. A few of the Kings getting in on the act for a team contest, including Assistant Coach Brock Sawyer.


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

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Austin Kamer (Kings) – 1 goal, game winner
  2. Jake Kohlhauser (Kings) – 2 goals, 1 assist
  3. Tyler Ward (Centennials) – 1 goal

The Kings wrap their road trip on Sunday afternoon against the Prince George Spruce Kings, a 3:00pm puck drop. In the lone game against Prince George this season, the Kings won 6-2 at the Hap a couple of weeks ago.


They played well enough to win, they put themselves in a position to win, but the result wouldn’t go the Kings way as they lost in overtime for the first time this season, and helped Chilliwack’s streak to 10 on the back of a 3-2 result at Prospera on Friday night.

  • We used the term “heartbreaking not disappointing” in the post game show (below). The result is heartbreaking, but how we got here isn’t disappointing. The Kings certainly played more than well enough to win and with a go ahead goal with 3:01 remaining, they did everything they needed to, to get the result.
  • 1st period and we went about 4:30 without a whistle and that would signal what we had to come in the 55:30 ahead. The Kings certainly established themselves well off the opening draw, immediately going in on the offense. Turnbull gets a bit of a weak goal on an opportunistic shot and the Kings are full of confidence going into the room 1-0.
  • The 2nd period, for my money, stands up as one of the best 20’s the Kings have played this season. It was as close to total dominance as it gets. Twice did the Kings execute a long offensive zone change, pinning Chilliwack in their own zone so much so that Chiefs boss Jason Tatarnic was forced to call his time out on an icing call midway through. The timeout didn’t phase the Kings as they went straight back to work.
  • What hurt in the 2nd was the radio timeout which was extended due to a pane of glass popping out of its spot, bringing the rink crew on the ice. The Chiefs got a chance to rest, the Kings stopped moving and much like the opening 5 minutes of the 1st indicated what we could expect moving forward, the resumption of play saw Chilliwack start to get themselves back into the game.
  • They get rewarded with a really fortunate goal, not unlike the luck the Kings got for the 1-0 tally. Jordan Kawaguchi blocks a shot and the rebound off the legs falls beautifully in his skating track down the left wing, he makes a nice move and all of a sudden the Chiefs tie it up against the run of play.
  • The 3rd period was where the Kings became a little passive, battled the puck consistently and weren’t able to generate the same emotion and intensity they did through the opening 40…almost out of gas it seemed, which I know isn’t the case in game 1 of a weekend.
  • Mullin’s go ahead marker was as greasy and gritty as they come and really should have stood up as the game winner. Credit Chilliwack for pushing, but the Kings really let this one slip with shot blocking and D-zone coverage to allow the 2-2 goal with 30.1 seconds remaining.
  • How many times did we say tonight “through the top of the crease” or “through the low slot” to describe a pass coming out from the corner or goal line. Well, one too many as the Chiefs tried that play all night long to no success…but it winds up leading to a game winner as Jordan Kawaguchi made a nice pass into the low slot to find a stick and a game winner.
  • The biggest take away from tonight’s game? Boy the Kings were good and deserved a better fate. Credit the Chiefs, they’ve won 10 in a row for a reason, but the Kings will certainly look to turn heartbreak into two points in Merritt. Heads up after this one.

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

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jordan Kawaguchi (Chiefs) – 1 goal, 2 assists
  2. Jeff Smith (Kings) – 31 saves
  3. Darian Craighead (Chiefs) – 1 goal, game winner

The Kings fall to 12-10-0-1 and drop in overtime for the first time this season. The road trip continues Saturday in Merritt against the Centennials, 7:30pm puck drop.

STATSGame: Powell River Kings vs Chilliwack Chiefs
Arena: Prospera Centre
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:40pm
95.7 Coast FM in Powell River
Kings Broadcast Network
FastHockey PPV Video

NUMBERSKings Record: 12-10-0-0 (3rd Island)
Opposition Record: 15-5-1-2 (1st Mainland)


The Kings continued their Jekyll and Hyde play through the latter stages of October and into November on Friday night. 3 days removed from a sluggish and disappointing 5-2 loss to Victoria, the Kings scored 9 and had their highest offensive output in a game since February 2012 in a 9-3 win over Langley.

The Chilliwack Chiefs are the 2nd hottest team in the BCHL, riding a 9-game winning streak. Most recently, a 4-1 win last weekend over the Prince George Spruce Kings.


  • Lets start with the Kings and that result last Friday night. 9 goals from 8 different goal scorers (Betts was the only multiple), 14 of the 18 skaters getting points, 11 of the 12 forwards, and a massive confidence boost for a club that sorely needed it. Now the challenge will be to ensure that it’s more than just a flash in the pan. Certainly the 6-2 win over Prince George was thought to be a confidence boosting, slump busting result…but that didn’t happen the following Tuesday.
  • 3 games in 2 and a half days is a daunting task and this is the first road trip of its kind this year. Yes the Kings have done 3-in-3’s, but they’re a little different when you can set up in a hotel on the Island and each game almost feels like a home one. This time it’s a lot of travel and a lot of different stops along the way that add a bit of challenge. Looks for the vets to lead by example. Everyone last year did this exact same Chilliwack, Merritt, PG road trip where the Kings went 1-2.
  • Tonight’s game will be an interesting test for both teams. As noted for the Kings, they’re looking to get on a roll and test themselves against one of the top teams in the BCHL. For the Chiefs, they’ll put their streak on the line against a resurgent Kings squad. 9 games in a row is no easy feat but the Chiefs have taken full advantage of a struggling Mainland Division. Out of the 9 games, only 3 (Salmon Arm, Langley and Wenatchee) are against teams with 500+ records. The others coming against Surrey (4), Alberni, and Prince George.
  • What’s interesting about the Chiefs is that their style of play, at least the numbers their play is generating, in comparison to Chiefs teams of past years. Typically Chilliwack plays a physical style of game, but this year and particularly over the 9-game streak, the Chiefs have been saintly. They’ve taken 5 penalties in their last 4 games, including last weekend against Prince George where the Spruce King powerplay failed to get an opportunity. In the streak, the Chiefs are 13/16 on the kill and 6/6 in November (5 games).
  • Powerplay for both clubs is clipping along. The Kings have scored in their last 4 games for the first time this season, while the Chiefs are 7/37 in their streak and 20% in November. They’re not scoring a lot, 2 goals in their last 4 games, but the efficiency is good.
  • Watch for the Chiefs 3 leading scorers tonight, Viktor Sukumaran, Darian Craighead and Jordan Kawaguchi…although there has been a rumour that Sukumaran might be out…we’ll see come game time. Even so, Kawaguchi was a big bright spot on the Chiefs team last year and Darian Craighead has always played well against Powell River during his time in Cowichan.
  • Final point, despite 3 players with more points than Kings leading scorer Nick Halagian, both teams have 11 players with 10 or more points on the season.

The broadcast goes live on 95.7 Coast FM in Powell River at 6:40pm. It will also be online on the Kings Broadcast Network and FastHockey PPV. In our pre-game show we’ll talk with Kent Lewis about the test for the Kings tonight against one of the league’s top teams. We’ll also talk with Jason Tatarnic about this different style of Chiefs club. In the 1st intermission, we’ll have chats with Kyle Betts, Liam Lawson and Jeremy LeClerc. In the 2nd break, our alumni series continues with former Kings captain JJ Coleshaw, now at the University of Regina. Brock Sawyer will join us after 60 in the post-game show.

Three Things returns with a look back at a pair of Kings games against the Victoria Grizzlies and Langley Rivermen. Plus a preview of the Kings first inter-divisional 3-in-3 this coming weekend against Chilliwack, Merritt and Prince George.

This Week’s Stories
Alumni Stat Pack (November 16th):
NCAA Hockey returns to TSN:

The Social Kingdom




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  • Matt Garbowsky got recalled in October from ECHL Elmira and is now skating with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Here is an article on that move. Below is an interview Garbowsky did in October, talking about the move to pro hockey after 4 years at RIT.

  • Jamie Phillips continues to move from strength to strength. He stopped all 22 shots on Friday night in a 2-0 Michigan Tech win over Bowling Green. The shutout, Phillips’ 1st of the season was big as it set a new school record for most shutouts by a single goaltender at 8. Here’s an article on that.
  • Staying with goalie records, Brett Magnus (Sacred Heart) broke their school’s record for saves in a game with 62. Unfortunately, Magnus’ heroics went unrewarded as his team lost 3-2 against Penn State. An article on that game is here.
  • Jarid Lukosevicius had his first multi-goal collegiate game with a pair (including the game winner) on the weekend, helping Denver blank Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Here’s a recap of that game.

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