The Powell River Kings closed 2018 against the same opponent they opened it against, but were able to flip the script and come away victors in a 4-3 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night.
With both teams coming off the Christmas break, you expected the game to be sloppy in skills but few expected Powell River to begin the game with a powerplay. The Kings opened the post Christmas schedule on the man advantage courtesy a warmup infraction from Cowichan as several players remained on the ice after warmup concluded. The Kings were unable to cash in however, as the opening period remained scoreless with some quality chances both ways.
The Kings got off to a dream start in the 2nd period as Levi Glasman scored on the opening shift of the game. A shot from the point forced a puck to sit at the side of the net where Glasman was able to slide home his 10th of the year and a 1-0 Kings advantage. Cowichan would go to the powerplay almost immediately after the goal and convert on their lone powerplay of the game to tie the game at 1. Then just 52 seconds later, the Capitals took their first lead of the game to turn the tide.
Midway through, the Kings responded as Josh Coblenz made a nice play in the Kings zone to trigger a rush for Matthew Byrne and Ben Thomas. Coblenz hussled and joined the rush, becoming the trailer. Thomas dropped the puck to Coblenz who opened up a chance before providing an inch perfect pass for Thomas to bat into the open cage, his 6th of the year and a 2-2 game. Cowichan got the goal back before the end of the second period and the Kings were down 3-2 through 40.
Powell River responded in the third, just 2:00 in as Ryan Brushett got away from pressure along the boards, loaded up and fired home his league-leading 28th goal of the season to tie the game again. Then just over 4 minutes later, Jayden Lee would pinch to keep a puck inside the blue line after a battle along the boards, then make a nice move to open up a low angle shot, his 5th of the year and a 4-3 lead.
Mitch Adamyk did the rest as the Kings killed off the remainder of the game, including a long stretch with the Capitals net empty, to win 4-3 and close 2018 on a winning note. Adamyk’s 16th win was a 22 save performance, leading the Kings to their 22nd win of the season.
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Posted by Powell River Kings on Saturday, December 29, 2018
The Kings return to the Hap Parker Arena for a pair of game next weekend, hosting Wenatchee on Friday and Cowichan on Sunday.