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Game Day: Kings vs Silverbacks (7:00pm Faceoff)

STATSGame: Powell River Kings vs Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Arena: Shaw Centre
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:40pm
95.7 Coast FM in Powell River
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NUMBERSKings Record: 18-12-0-2 (3rd Island)
Opposition Record: 20-9-2-2 (2nd Interior)

TRENDSThe Kings dropped their 2nd game in overtime last night, a 4-3 loss in Langley against the Rivermen. You can read and watch more on that game here. Austin Kamer, Mitchell Hawes and Tristan Mullin scored in the effort.

Salmon Arm visited Trail last night and came away empty handed, a 6-3 loss. It’s the 2nd straight loss for Salmon Arm after they defeated Penticton in the first leg of a home in home last weekend.

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  • The Kings let a point slip not only in the game, but the standings last night. Both Nanaimo and Cowichan got up in their games against Prince George and Alberni respectively. It means the Kings are now 3 back of Cowichan and 9 behind Nanaimo, but still with 3 and 4 games in hand respectively. It means that the Kings will need Prince George to take points from Cowichan in order for the Kings to have a chance of finishing 2nd in the Division come Christmas. Nanaimo is in Victoria.
  • After a very impressive 8-0-0-1 record into action last night vs Mainland division opponents, the Kings are a 500 team both home and away against the Interior Division. 2-2 at home, 1-1 on the road with a win in Merritt and a loss in West Kelowna.
  • For Salmon Arm, it’s their last game before Christmas and caps a busy December with 7 games in 19 days (including tonight). The team is 2-3-0-1 with wins against Penticton and Vernon, but losses to the Vees (OT), Langley, Cowichan and Trail last night.
  • Lots of returnees leading the way for Salmon Arm, who with 137 goals scored are the 3rd highest scoring team in the BCHL. Taro Hirose, Carson Bolduc, Ross Reidt and Josh Laframboise are all veterans not only in this league but with the team and are leading by example.
  • As noted above, the offensive output is spread out. The Kings are led in scoring by Mullin (28) and Halgian (27). 7 Silverbacks have more points than that, including the IR’d Nick Hutchison who was putting together a great season with 30 in 23 before an upper body injury.
  • Experience in goal as well. Angus Redmond is a 3rd year (full time) guy and is thriving with a good team in front of him. Last year was his first as “the guy” after having a more experienced goalie with him in years prior, but now at 20 years old he’s experienced and is putting together a good season with a 2.88 GAA and 903 sv% to go along with his 15-8-2 record.
  • Stefan Wornig goes tonight for the Powell River Kings. He was very good in a loss on Friday against Trail at home. After a bit of a shaky start, the 2nd year King responded with some good kicks in the 2nd and 3rd, keeping the Kings in it.

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 the 1st intermission, we’ll have chats with Jake Kohlhauser, Jeremey Leipsic and Austin Kamer. In the 2nd break, we’ll talk with Joe Mastrodonato on the Kings dream lottery. Brock Sawyer will join us after 60 in the post-game show.

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