Levi Glasman notched a playoff hattrick, including his third career playoff game winning goal, while Matteo Paler-Chow was sensational in relief as the Kings rallied from a 3-0 score after 20 to beat the Nanaimo Clippers 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday night.
In a series that’s seen a plethora of emotional outbursts and plenty of tense battles, both teams focused on the puck from the outset. Nanaimo would go to a lead 8:41 in through Gunnar Wegleitner opening his account in the playoffs. A rough opening period continued for Powell River who got out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals under 3 minutes apart through MacKenzie Merriman and Josh Bourne for commanding control of the game after 20.
The Kings rallied into the second after a goaltending change that saw Mitch Adamyk pulled after giving up 3 on 9, with Matteo Paler-Chow making his debut in this year’s playoffs. The Kings went to an early powerplay, using it to turn the tide of the game. Josh Coblenz buried from in tight off a faceoff win, just five seconds into the powerplay for his first of the playoffs and a 3-1 score. Three minutes later and another Kings powerplay, with Glasman notching his first of the game for a 3-2 Clipper lead. Another five minutes later and the Kings tied the game up through Glasman’s 2nd of the game.
Powell River then took their first lead of the game with Ben Berard sneaking a puck through Jordan Naylor and a 4-3 Kings lead through 40 minutes.
Nanaimo would score in a competitive third, tying the game midway through the period and forcing overtime for the first time in the series. The extra session would see the rollercoaster continue and some sustained Nanaimo pressure, but only to be turned aside by an amazing string of saves by Paler-Chow. The Kings, a few minutes later would win it as Ryan Pouliot pinches down from the right side and feeds Glasman at the side of the net to tap home the game winner, completing his hattrick in the process for a 5-4 win in overtime and a 3-1 series lead.
The game was the second time this season the Kings had rallied from 3 goals down at any point in a game, after the home opener rally back in September. Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post game show:
Brock Sawyer and Alex Rawnsley talk about tonight's eventful game 4 overtime win in Nanaimo in the Facebook Live post game show.
Posted by Powell River Kings on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Kings return home for game 5 on Thursday night, a 7:00pm start at the Hap Parker Arena.