By: Dante De Caria | Photo: Alicia Baas
Powell River, BC – The Powell River Kings (28-23-6) snapped their three game losing-streak with a 5-2 win over the Victoria Grizzlies (24-32-1) in front of a crowd of 981 on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
The Kings peppered a season-high 54-shots on net, leading to three point efforts by Devin Leduc (2G/1A), Levi Glasman (1G/2A) and Michael Abgrall (1G/2A).
Jack Long blasted a slap-shot from the mid-point and into the goal on the power-play late in the first period, giving the Kings a 2-1 after 20 minutes. Long scoring fifth of the season, and 11th of his career in career game number 230.
That was the first of three unanswered goals for the Kings, as Michael Abgrall scored his 12th of the season, and Devin Leduc netted his second of the night, and 20th of the season for a 4-1 lead. Leduc now has goals in four straight games, and seven goals and 12-points in a Kings uniform.
After the Grizzlies made it a 4-2 game going into the third, Levi Glasman put the game away, scoring his 70th career goal and 21st of the season.
Derek Krall made 19-saves on 21-shots for his 22nd win of the season, while also improving to 6-0-4 over his last 10-starts having given up three goals or less in nine of those 10 starts. Grizzlies goaltender Blake Wood stopped 49 of 54 in his fourth straight loss. The Kings power-play went 2-for-7, while the Grizzlies went 2-for-3 on the man-advantage.
The Powell River Kings play their final game of the regular season tonight against the Victoria Grizzlies inside the Hap Parker Arena. The Nanaimo Clippers defeated Cowichan Valley Capitals last night so fans will have to wait until Sunday to see who the Kings will play in the post-season.