A pair of Jarryd Leung goals, including the series winner steered the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Nanaimo Clippers on Monday night, clinching the series by a 4-1 scoreline.
- Rarely do games like this, elimination scenarios, live up to the billing…but this one was different. We had just about everything in a game that personified playoff hockey where every shot, every save, every decision had some sort of impact on the game. In the series overall, congratulations Powell River and Nanaimo for putting on a show.
- A fantastic crowd tonight…really. The 782 attendance number was dwarfed by the noise those fans made. There are buildings in the BCHL that draw twice as many people who make half as much noise. In speaking with the coaches (Derek mentions it below) and the players after the game, the noise of the crowd was a popular topic of conversation. Thank you.
- Penalty kill numbers got thrown out the window Monday night, thanks to 5 powerplay goals (3 for Nanaimo and 2 for Powell River). The Kings penalty kill hasn’t been at its best series, going 3/6 for the 2nd time in 5 games. It finishes 19/27, or 70.37% which is 11th in a 12-team playoff system. The powerplay is slightly better, thanks to a 2-goal night going 4/24 or 16.67 and ranked 7th. Those numbers could of course change with 4 other series going to 6 or beyond.
- Jarryd Leung obviously had a big game. He’s a player who has a cannon of a shot, but did it with hard work and nice hands. His first, jamming away at the net. His 2nd, a beautiful backhand shot that went top shelf. It’s good to see Leung get rewarded after so many chances over the last few weeks.
- Nanaimo needed Jayson Argue to be perfect tonight and while he was very good, aggressive to shooters and controlled rebounds well…that aggressiveness may have cost him. He overplayed both Dorantes 2-1 goal, as well as McCarrick’s insurance marker in the 3rd. Both times he was well out of his crease, giving the Kings lots of net to shoot at. Excitement? Aggression? Maybe, and it gave the Kings opportunities they were able to pounce on.
- Were there some tired legs on the defensive end of Nanaimo’s bench. We were expecting either Taylor Groboski or Bo Brauer to be scratched…it wound up being key defenceman Nic Gushue. Down to just 5 defenceman made the night especially long for Nanaimo and that could have played a role int he 3rd.
- On the positive for Nanaimo, Hewson-Sabitsky-Hanlon were fantastic defensively, while Sheldon Rempel was somewhat of an unexpected threat. He was up there in scoring for the Clippers, but a lot of the focus went to Brendan Taylor in my mind. Rempel was consistently dangerous and had opportunities in every game, scoring twice.
Here’s what Derek Bachynski had to say in the post-game show:
Three Stars of the Game
- Jarryd Leung (Kings) – 2 goals
- Luke Nogard (Kings) – 1 goal
- Sheldon Rempel (Nanaimo) – 1 goal
Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game: Aidan Wright (Kings)
The Kings now scoreboard watch, and are awaiting the end of the Alberni/Victoria series. The Bulldogs currently have a 3-2 series lead heading into Tuesday’s game 6 in Alberni. Round 2 begins on Friday, here are the dates for the games:
- Friday March 14th
- Saturday March 15th
- Monday March 17th
- Tuesday March 18th
- Thursday March 20th*
- Friday March 21st*
- Saturday March 22nd*
Here are the scenarios for the Kings and round 2 as it pertains to home-ice advantage.
- If Alberni win the series, the Kings would have home ice and games 1 and 2 of the Island Division Final between the Kings and the Bulldogs will be Friday and Saturday (March 14/15) night, 7:30 at the Hap Parker Arena.
- If Victoria win the series, the Grizzlies would have home ice advantage and games 1 and 2 would be at the Q Centre in Victoria, 7:15 starts. Games 3 and 4 (and 6 if needed) would be in Powell River.