It took extra, extra innings but the Powell River Kings won the opening leg of their weekend double header against the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday night with Mitch Adamyk standing tall and Levi Glasman winning it in the 2nd round of the shootout.
After an early push by the Grizzlies, the Kings took advantage on the game’s first powerplay. A failed clear by the Grizzlies that came off the back of a skate sat nicely for Josh Coblenz as he skated down to the net from the blue line, putting a chance on goal that spilled a rebound out to the side where Mitch Williams buried his 15th of the season and a 1-0 advantage. The Kings weren’t done as on the very next shift they get on the attack once more with Matt Rickard shooting from the blue line, again causing havoc in front with Rowan Miller knocking it down for Ethan Schmunk to bury on his third try around the net, 9th of the year and a 2-0 lead.
Into the second and the Grizzlies man advantage went to work. After initially being stopped by a highlight reel save from Mitch Adamyk, the Grizzlies broke through with Alex Newhook afforded time and space to score and cut the lead to 1. However the Kings came back shortly after as Ryan Brushett got on the end of a Levi Glasman pass from the corner, his league-leading 35th of the year and it was 3-1 through 40.
Victoria came back with a pair of third period goals to tie the game early in the third however neither side found a go ahead marker. Overtime came and went with some quality, albeit not clear cut chances for both teams and the game was destined to head for a shootout. The Grizzlies shot first through Cam Thompson, who was stopped by Adamyk as he was trying to dangle in front. Next, Mitch Williams pulled out his best “no move shootout move” to beat Kurtis Chapman five-hole for a Powell River advantage. Adamyk then stopped Kyle McGrath, Victoria’s 2nd shooter, setting up the game winner from the stick of Levi Glasman. No mistake from the Kings forward, scoring his 2nd shootout winner of the year for a 4-3 Powell River victory.
Here’s what Brock Sawyer had to say in the post game show:
Join Brock Sawyer and Alex Rawnsley for tonight's post game show, talking about tonight's contest against the Victoria Grizzlies.
Posted by Powell River Kings on Saturday, February 2, 2019
Powell River wrap their 3-game road trip on Sunday afternoon with a 12:00pm game back in Victoria against the Grizzlies. It’ll be the final visit to the Q Centre this season and the 7th game of a season series Powell River now leads 5-1.