Powell River, BC – The Nanaimo Clippers (25-11-4) defeated the Powell River Kings (19-19-2) 5-4 on New Years Eve in front of 744 fans at the Hap Parker Arena.
The Nanaimo Clippers’ four goal first period was the difference in the hockey game. Jacob Slipec opened the scoring for the Kings early in the opening frame, and the Clippers countered with four unanswered goals, leading to a 4-1 season series lead.
The Kings clawed their way back into the contest, making it a one goal game in the second (4-3), and late in the third (5-4), but it was Tyler Williams goal at the back-half of the second period that turned out to be the winner.
“It’s defiantly tough pill to swallow. I thought we were tentative in our first five minutes, but then we scored and thought we were going to be okay,” said Kings assistant coach Brock Sawyer. “Give them credit, they came ready to play today. They were hungrier and feistier.”
Levi Glasman scored twice, giving him 14 goals this season, tying him with Reilly Moran for the team lead in goals. Jacob Badal scored his ninth of the season, and fifth on the power play, as the Kings went 2-9 on the man-advantage.
For Glasman, it’s his fourth two goal performance of the season, and 14th multi-goal game of his BCHL regular season career, dating back to 2017-18.
“I told Levi (Glasman) to go stand in front, and we get a shot low, and he bangs it in, so you gotta pay a price to win games,” said Sawyer. “He’s a player we count on, and I thought he was a little to cute last night (Monday), but then get’s to the front of the net, and get’s two today (Tuesday). Nice to see him buy in, do what you ask and get rewarded.”
Derek Krall was pulled after one period of play, giving up four goals on 14 shots. Thomas Wardle came in, and allowed one goal on 11 shots over 40 minutes.
“Tough night for him, but we weren’t ready in front of him,” added Sawyer. “We got out worked in front of our net, and we were soft on sticks and body’s in front. There’s a few he’d like to have back with rebound control, but when you’re not engaged and ready to go at the drop of the puck. it’s unfortunate he wears it.”
The Kings fall to 3-2-1 over their last six New Years games dating back to 2009.
The Kings are back in action this Friday and Saturday with a double-header against the Bulldogs in Port Alberni. Both games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m., from the Dawg Pound. Kings are back at home next Friday at 7:00 p.m., against the Wenatchee Wild.