The Cowichan Valley Capitals played a near complete road game, using a bit of luck and a whole lot of effort to withstand a Kings push early and out-work the Kings to a 5-3 win on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
The Kings started well, very well. A severe tilt in the ice meant the Kings controlled the open 10 minutes of the game with the puck rarely leaving the Cowichan zone. Shift after shift of offensive zone pressure though was met by some solid goaltending and blocks from the Cowichan players. It wasn’t until late in the period that the deadlock was broken through a weird goal that hopped under the glove of Mitch Adamyk trying to cover and slid in behind the netminder. Tate Coughlin getting credit and it was a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, the Kings went to their 3rd powerplay of the game and converted through an Andy Stevens point shot for his 5th of the season and a 1-1 score through 20. Shots 15-8 Powell River.
Into the 2nd and Cowichan began to take the game to Powell River, constantly out hustling to pucks and generating good chances on goal. A pair of Cowichan goals broke the game wide open as David Laroche and Cole Broadhurst both potted markers for Cowichan to get out to a 3-1 lead through 40, despite the Kings outshooting the visitors 28-16 through 40.
The eventual game winner came early in the third with Nicholas Wilson tucking one inside on Mitch Adamyk, his 8th. That goal spelled the end for Adamyk who was pulled for giving up 4 goals on 17 shots in 42:28. In came affiliate Alex Rolfe to make his BCHL debut. From the outset, Rolfe made some big saves, but none bigger than midway through when he snared a hefty redirect on goal with a clean glove save.
Jonny Evans scored a couple of minutes after the goaltending chance, cashing in on a good pass from Mitch Williams at the blue line to shoot from the back post, his 11th and the lead was cut to 2. Cowichan restore the cushion with a laser writer from Simon Chen, past Rolfe for a 5-2 lead before Neal Samanski again gave the hosts some life with a powerplay goal with 7 minutes remaining.
However the Kings never got close, and fell by a score of 5-3. The win is Cowichan’s first on the road this season, now 1-19-1 away from the Island Savings Centre. The loss for the Kings sees them shift down to 3rd in the Island Division standings after Nanaimo and Victoria both got wins at home.
Here’s Brock Sawyer in the post game show:
Join us for our Facebook Live post game show with Kings assistant coach Brock Sawyer talking about tonight's game against the Cowichan Capitals.
Posted by Powell River Kings on Friday, January 5, 2018
Three Stars of the Game
1. Michael Corson (Capitals) – 41 saves, 1st win
2. Andy Stevens (Kings) – 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Tate Coughlin (Capitals) – 1 goal
The Kings host the Capitals for the final game between the two teams in Powell River this season, a 5:00pm start at the Hap Parker Arena.