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A banner week and a roll for the Powell River Kings has been highlights by a pair of players being recognised by the BCHL this week. Jeremy LeClerc gets the Player of the Week award, while Jeff Smith got an Honourable Mention. Here’s the release from the league:

Powell River Kings defenceman Jeremy LeClerc has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 29, the league announced on Monday.

LeClerc scored a pair of goals from the back end, including his second game-winner of the season, to help the Kings to a home doubleheader sweep of Cowichan Valley. The native of Saskatoon scored his first of the weekend in a 6-1 win Friday over the Caps and he came through with the decisive goal in the third period to lift the Kings to a 3-1 win the Saturday game.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound D-man was sound in his own end too as the Kings allowed just two goals on the weekend. LeClerc leads Kings defencemen in goals on the seaosn with six.

Honourable mentions this week:

  • Powell River Kings G Jeff Smith: 2W, 67 save/69 shots, .971 sv%, 1.00 GAA, 1st Star
  • Surrey Eagles F Jeffrey Stewart: 5G, 3A, hat trick, 1st Star, 2nd Star
  • Penticton Vees F Scott Conway: 4G, 2A, 1st Star, 3rd Star, OT GWG
  • Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Josh Laframboise: 1G, 3A, 2nd Star
  • West Kelowna Warriors F Kylar Hope: 2G, 2A, 1st Star, GWG
  • Langley Rivermen F Torrin White: 2G, 3A, 1st Star
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Kigns vs Cowichan 11.28-0040

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t textbook and it was far from complete…but the Kings got the job done and are rewarded with outright 2nd in the Island Division, courtesy of a 3-1 victory on Saturday over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

  • The Kings quite simply got the job done Saturday against Cowichan. It was far from the dominant and convincing win we saw Friday night, but the 2 points earned then look awfully similar to the 2 points earned Saturday.
  • On that thought, the Kings were really lacking conviction in the way they moved the puck. Credit the Caps for a better effort and a much better start, but the Kings moved away from clearing puck the first time and finding those tape to tape passes and instead put a lot of pucks into feet and opposition control.
  • A big moment in the game was that disallowed goal for the Caps where it had looked like Patrick Geary had poked a puck home after Jeff Smith had frozen it. The referee pointed to the back of the net, but then after a conference at centre ice the decision was overturned. The only feedback I got on that play after the game was that the referee had apparently blown the whistle before the puck crossed the line, but if that’s the case I’m not sure why the man down low pointed in the back of the net to begin with. Either way it didn’t count and kept the game tied at 1 heading into the 2nd intermission. No doubt deflating for Cowichan who had not had much luck in the weekend so far.
  • A short written recap due to a busy Sunday for me, but a lot of topics covered in the video below so check out the post game chats with Hunter Findlater and Brock Sawyer.

Some bonus video from the game is another Jack Long special, this time on Patrick Geary after a nice breakout pass was reeled in and generated a partial break only to be closed down by the 16 year old defenceman. It’s pretty nice.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jeremy LeClerc (Kings) – 1 goal
  2. Rylan Ball (Kings) – 1 goal
  3. Kade Kehoe (Capitals)

The Kings are now outright 2nd in the Island Division thanks to a weekend sweep over the Caps, two back of the Nanaimo Clippers with a game in hand and 1 up over the Capitals, also with a game in hand. The Kings host the Victoria Grizzlies at the Hap for a pair this coming weekend, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.


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It took 5 games, but the Kings have their first points and first win as they took advantage of 6 chances on the powerplay, converting 4 times en route to a 6-1 victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night.

  • Another game, another complete team effort when it comes from scoring. Merritt saw 6 goals from 5 players…Prince George was 7 goals from 6 players and tonight 6 different players chipped in 6 different goals. Also in on the act were a couple of unlikely sources with Colton Sandberg scoring his 1st and Andy Stevens his 3rd.
  • On Colton Sandberg, he has a knack for hitting the big goals. Two goals in the BCHL, both game winners. The 2nd one tonight and that goal against Victoria in game 6 overtime during last year’s playoffs.
  • While we’re talking scoring, a couple of streaks continued tonight. Tristan Mullin notched an assist on Jonny Evans’ goal to continue his point streak, now at 6 games. Unfortunately his goal streak is snapped at 4. Curtis McCarrick now has points in 5 straight games with his goal tonight. Also Carter Turnbull moves to a 4-game point streak with a pair of assists.
  • Look at the goals the Kings scored tonight. 3 from the blue line from shots with traffic in front of the net. Sandberg, Stevens and LeClerc all through good screens and making life difficult for Storm Phaneuf, and eventually Lane Michasiw. The others for Halagian and McCarrick were greasy, messy, 12-18 inches from the net. Jonny Evans’ was the only “nice” goal scorers goal. That’s the way the Kings play, will over skill, greasy and mucky around the net. When they’ve had success they’ve owned the boards and the slot. When they lose those battles, they typically lose the game.
  • The key word tonight was discipline. We talked about it from a Kings perspective with Kent Lewis in the pre-game show, saying it was a point of pride that the Kings have largely played the right way outside of a stretch in October. We talked about it with Bob Beatty and how he feels about his team leading the league. We talked about it with Jeff Sargeant in the 2nd intermission and it continued to be the talking point into the post-game show.
  • To add to that, quite simply, the Caps showed an undisciplined streak tonight and the Kings took advantage. Into the 3rd period, the game was still very much in the balance, the Caps Kade Kehoe took a 4-minute spearing call to really set things back. That penalty was pretty much game set match as the Kings scored in both halves of it and blew the game wide open. Add on another on a 5-minute powerplay courtesy a fight and some minors that cancelled each other out and and the game was well out of reach.
  • There was certain frustration from Cowichan’s bench on the calls, reaching a boiling point in the 3rd period with the situation on Rhett Wilcox. I can only imagine the frustration stemmed from Wilcox being assessed the 5 and Halagian only getting the double minor for roughing, which was offset by the original minor and the instigator call on Wilcox following a hit on Carter Turnbull. Is there an argument to be made for the Caps? Perhaps. Halagian and Wilcox certainly seemed to engage in a fight, but you go back to the genesis of the whole situation and a clumsy his on Turnbull which started the whole thing in motion.
  • Also some frustration from the Kings tonight as well as they were on the receiving end of a few bad hits. Turnbull was one, Gavin Rauser was another and forced him from the game. I would not expect Rauser in the lineup for the next little bit as it was confirmed after the game that there is a concussion to some degree, and at minimum there’ll be a week off via protocol to ensure he’s ok.
  • Having said all that…tonight, the least penalised team in the league and the most penalised team in the league both game up 6 opportunities. The difference was the double minor on Kehoe and the 2 goals and the fact that Cowichan took themselves off two powerplays in the early going, giving us extended 4-on-4 sessions in regulation.
  • Jeff Smith very good again tonight. Broken record, but very good. A quiet beginning with the Kings dominating the 1st, with the first shot coming midway through on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break with Ayden MacDonald. The one that beats him, a bad break from a turnover in the Kings zone that eventually pinballs off some legs and trickles over the goal line. In talking with Nick Nonis who was the d-man on the play, he was pretty up beat about the game…things happen…but did note that he’s keen to make that up to Smith and there might be a lunch in the future heading the netminders way from Nonis.
  • The win pulls the Kings within 1 point of Cowichan for 2nd in the Island Division, with the Kings also holding a game in hand. The Nanaimo Clippers won tonight so it puts 1st in the Division out of reach for this weekend, however the Kings hold 2 games in hand over the Clippers and are currently 4 points back.

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

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jeff Smith (Kings) – 29 saves, 13th win
  2. Jonny Evans (Kings) – 1 goal, 2 assists
  3. Jeremy LeClerc (Kings) – 1 goal, 1 assist

The Kings host the Cowichan Valley Capitals in leg 2 of the double header, 5pm Saturday at the Hap Parker Arena.


STATSGame: Cowichan Valley Capitals vs Powell River Kings
Arena: Hap Parker Arena
Puck Drop: 7:15pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:55pm
95.7 Coast FM in Powell River
Kings Broadcast Network
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NUMBERSKings Record: 14-10-0-1 (3rd Island)
Opposition Record: 14-8-1-3 (2nd Island)

TRENDSThe Kings are coming off arguably their most successful weekend of the season after picking up 5 of a possible 6 points during a tough Interior road trip in Chilliwack, Merritt and Prince George. The trip featured a very solid 60 in Chilliwack that didn’t go the Kings way, the team’s 1st win in Merritt since 2010 and a sweep of the Spruce Kings. The Kings have taken points in each of their last 4 games, winning 3.

Cowichan Valley have had an up and down last couple of weeks, but are coming off a 5-3 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday. The team is 5-3-0-1 through November and 2-1-0-1 in their last 4 games. The Caps also had a Interior road trip this month, winning in Trail and Merritt (in OT), but dropping a one-goal game in Penticton to go 2-1.

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  • If ever there was a case to call a pair of games an 8-point weekend, this is it. Powell River, chasing Cowichan in the standings and within striking distance. Let’s set up what’s on the line. A pair of wins, or a win and a tie would have the Kings leapfrog the Caps for 2nd spot in the Island Division, while a pair of wins could also have them overtake Nanaimo, but they’d need Nanaimo to have their 4-game win streak snapped (and then some). Cowichan is the focus this weekend, and a pair of wins would put the Kings 1 up with 1 in hand nearing the midway point of the season.
  • The season series has been anything but confidence inspiring from a Powell River perspective. 4 games in and still searching for their first point, let alone a first win. A building that the Kings have owned in recent seasons was the venue for 4 of the team’s most lacklustre performances this year, with the 7-5 loss being the only real bright spot where the Kings can point to some good things happening. The Kings have been outscored 21-9 in the 4 games thus far, including spotting the Caps an 8-2 advantage in the 1st periods alone.
  • With the numbers above, no surprise to see that the Kings haven’t led in a game against Cowichan this year. Not only haven’t the Kings led, they’ve trailed for over 90% of the 240 minutes played to date.
  • On that note, the first goal and playing with a lead is so important for the Kings. The wins in Merritt and Prince George were the first games this season where the Kings failed to get the first goal but still win the game (now 2-7). This opposed to scoring the first goal, 12-3-0-1.
  • If the Kings are going to get back into this season series and eye to even it up, the top 4 will have to do a lot more. As of this game, the Kings top 4 scorers (Halagian, Betts, Mullin and Turnbull) have combined for 1 goal against Cowichan. Their counterparts in red, white and blue (Kehoe, Osczevski, Burton and Meek) have notched 8-10-18 against Powell River.
  • On team scoring, the Kings are led in the season series by Liam Lawson (3-0-3), Chris Protopoulos (1-2-3) and Jeremy LeClerc (2-1-3).
  • Enough stats. Let’s look ahead to the game. The Kings are as close to healthy as they can be. Curtis McCarrick missed Sunday’s game in Prince George with a minor injury, but he has been skating with the club all week. While a few players have been carrying minor knocks through the season, the Kings have been very active and very quick to manage them and use all 22 players to do so. The return on the back end of Colton Sandberg gives the Kings flexibility, while up front McCarrick and Liam Lawson (who also missed Sunday) should be available for selection on Friday night.
  • This opens up the possibility of both 12-6 and 11-7, with a final decision likely not to come until warmup. The Kings rolled both formations to success over the weekend with 12-6 in Merritt and 11-7 in Prince George.
  • Cowichan had a big absence from their roster on Wednesday against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs…that was defenceman Carter Cochrane (younger brother of former King, Tanner). Cochrane is reportedly practicing with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants this week, so his status both short and long term with the Capitals isn’t 100% clear, at least from the outside looking in.
  • Also different for the Caps will be in net. While Storm Phaneuf has started and won all 4 games, the Caps have Lane Michasiw back for them. He has been out for the bulk of the season with mono, returning only recently. It does give the Caps options, however I’d expect to see Phaneuf on Friday.
  • For the Kings, neither Jeff Smith (0-3 in 102:57) or Stefan Wornig (0-1 in 136:43) have had much luck with the Caps.

The broadcast goes live on 95.7 Coast FM in Powell River at 6:55pm. 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 season series, plus a look back at the weekend road trip and the positives to take from it.. We’ll also talk with Bob Beatty about why he feels his team has been successful against Powell River this year. In the 1st intermission, we’ll have chats with Kyle Betts and Carter Turnbull on the WJAC Selection Camp, plus Tristan Mullin on dealing with NCAA distractions. In the 2nd break, we’ll break down 4 games so far with Caps broadcaster Jeff Sargeant. Brock Sawyer will join us after 60 in the post-game show.


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Stefan Wornig, Kyle Betts and Carter Turnbull have all been selected for the 2015 Canada West Selection Camp, set to go in Calgary next month. The camp will eventually pick a Canada West roster that will compete at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Whitby and Coberg, Ontario from December 13th to 19th.

The Kings have consistently been well represented at the tournament, most recently with Kurt Keats captaining Canada West last season.

Here’s the release from the BCHL, including the rest of the Canada West roster:

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There will be 18 players from the BCHL among the hopefuls for Team Canada West and the 2015 World Junior A Challenge (WJAC).

(CLICK HERE TO SEE CAMP ROSTER)

The team will be selected from players from the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The Chilliwack Chiefs will be sending the most players to the camp from the BCHL with five. Powell River will send three. In all, 18 BCHL players will be trying out.

The AJHL is sending the most to the tryout with 24.

Team Canada West has won gold at the WJAC on three occasions, the last being in 2011 in Langley. The United States has claimed gold six times, including the last three years in a row. Only Canada West or the U.S. has ever won the event since its inception in 2006.

The 2015 WJAC will be co-hosted by Whitby and Cobourg, Ont. from Dec. 13 to 19.

Also representing the BCHL on Team Canada West will be league executive director Trevor Alto, who will be the team’s director of operations and Coquitlam Express head coach Barry Wolff who will be an assistant coach under Tim Fragle.

Team Canada East also released their camp roster Wednesday. CLICK HERE for details.


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.

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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.