As 2017 officially disappears in the rear view mirror, we can finally look back at everything that happened in the calendar year. One that started with a bang with 22 goals in 2 games, and ended with a double header in Port Alberni.
Here is a statistical look back at the 2017 calendar year for the Powell River Kings:
The Kings compiled a record of 41-16-4-6 including playoffs in 2017, going 15-3-1 to start the year, 7-2-0-2 in the playoffs and 19-11-3-4 so far this regular season. Thats a .612 win percentage. During those 67 games, the Kings scored 274 goals at 4.09 per game, while conceding 179 at 2.67 per contest.
With the offence, it’s not surprising that the Kings scored 4 or more goals in 40 of their 66 games, and conceded 2 or less in 38.
The most common scoreline this year? 2-1 and 4-2. A 2-1 score happened 8 times in 2017, however the Kings managed the win in just 2 of those games. Of the 8 4-2 games, the Kings had 5 wins. The team also played in 6 4-1 games…all wins.
Despite an OT win on Saturday December 30th, the extra sessions haven’t been kind to the Kings this year, holding a record of 3 wins, 6 losses and 4 ties in 13 regular season and playoff contests.
Most goals scored in a game was 12 in 12-1 drubbing of the Coquitlam Express on January 7th. A night prior, the Kings hit double digits for the only other time in the year with a 10-4 win over Prince George. That was the opening weekend of 2017.
The most goals against game in Surrey before the Christmas break when the Eagles beat the Kings 8-4. The Kings were shutout just 3 times this year to Nanaimo, Vernon and Victoria in the playoffs, while they blanked opposing teams 6 times. Twice against Cowichan, then once to Coquitlam, Alberni, Nanaimo and Victoria in the playoffs.
Attendance was strong at the Hap in 2017, with an average of 860 fans through the gates in 32 games on Hap Parker ice. The Kings played their remaining 34 on the road.
Who did the Kings play in those 66 games? The Victoria Grizzlies, every 1 in 4. The Kings and Grizzlies met 17 times in 2017, with 10 in the regular season and then a full 7 in the playoffs. Powell River faced off against Cowichan 12 times (including 4 in the playoffs), 9 against Nanaimo and 6 against the Bulldogs.
What will 2018 bring? With the Kings beginning to gear up 30th anniversary celebrations in January, it’s a big season of Junior A hockey in Powell River. The team certainly feels they have the horses to make waves in March and April, and there would be no better 30th anniversary present for the fans of Powell River, than a maiden BCHL title.