The game recap is presented by Iris Optometry
After a close 4-2 loss in the home opener on Friday the Kings battled the Clippers once again on Saturday which would be another close game.
The Kings would be the first team to score on Saturday 8 minutes into the period after Karter McNarland won an offensive zone faceoff and the puck went right to Sam Schoenfeld at the point who put a shot on goal and in found its way into the back of the net to give the Kings the lead which they will take all the way to the second period.
In the second the Kings would quickly extend the lead to two when Marcus Dashevsky drove towards the net with the puck which would eventually come free at the side of the crease where Jack Blanchett would jump down from point to pounce on the puck which ended up in the net to give the Kings the two goal lead. The two goal lead wouldn’t last long as just 5 minutes after the Kings scored the Clippers would get two in under 40 seconds from Rylan Yates and Brody Waters. However just three minutes after that Kings forward Nic Porchetta would put his team back in from with a shot from the left wing than snuck under the arm of Clippers goalie Aiden Campbell. The Kings would take the 3-2 lead into the final period.
In the third the Clippers would come out firing and would get rewarded 2:30 in when Jeremie Payant would score a goal scorerers goal going over the shoulder of Kyle Metson from the right faceoff circle to tie the game. The Kings were a relentless bunch in this game as they would regain the lead midway through the period when Anthony Yu would shoot a rocket of a wrist shot from the top of the zone popping the water bottle to give the Kings a 4-3 lead. With momentum seemingly flowing on the Kings side it felt like this was the game the Kings would end their losing streak to the Clippers, but the pesky team from Nanaimo did not go away as they would tie it with under 5 minutes to play when Kai Daniells won a puck battle at the side of the goal and put it to help get this game to OT.
The extra frame did not go the way the Kings expected as the Clippers won the faceoff to start OT and never gave up the puck. They would win the game 54 seconds in when Kai Daniells made a great move to the front of the net and tucked it under the pad of Kyle Metson to seal the deal for the Clippers.
With the win the Clippers extended their winning streak over the Kings to 13 games which dates back to January 2020. The Clippers would out shoot the Kings 42-38 while the Kings killed both Nanaimo power plays in the contest, while Marcus Dashevsky and Max Potvin would collect two assists each. The Kings will take the point they earned and try to turn it into two points when they go to visit the Clippers on Friday in the first road game of the season.