Article: Dante De Caria | Photo: Alicia Baas
Powell River, BC – The Powell River Kings (1-0) captured a 6-3 opening night win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (0-1) on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
During the opening ceremonies, the Kings named Powell River native Jack Long team captain, while also introducing Ethan Schmunk, Levi Glasman, Rowan Miller and Davis Pennington as assistant captains.
Dawson McKay scored twice and Rowan Miller recorded one goal and two assists, helping the Kings to an opening night win for the third straight season.
Levi Glasman and Dawson McKay scored on backhanders just nine seconds apart to give the Kings a 2-0 lead early in the first period. Glasman recorded his 50th career junior goal, while McKay netted his first as a King’ and his first of two in the game.
📺| Levi Glasman's 50th career junior goal is a beauty! pic.twitter.com/mcUFa5u3SZ
— Powell River Kings (@BCHLKings) September 7, 2019
The Bulldogs made it a one goal contest twice in the second period. First, Tommy Bannister made it 2-1, and later Tyler Kostelecky scored on a weird bounce to make it a 3-2 game going into the third period.
It wasn’t until McKay and Hunter McCoy scored back-to-back goals in the third period to regain the two goal advantage.
Matteo Paler-Chow made 23-saves in the win, as the Kings outshot the Bulldogs 35-26.The Kings pick up an opening night victory against the Bulldogs for the second time since the 2010-11 season.
Before the game the Powell River Kings retired Heath Dennison’s #19, becoming the second Kings alumni to have his jersey retired, joining former NHLer Brad Bombardir who suited up for the Kings from 1988-1990.
Powell River is back in action on Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m., against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The club will then have six days off until their next home game when they host the Chilliwack Chiefs next Friday.