The Powell River Kings finish 2018 at home with a record of 22-10-2-1, thanks to a 3-2 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.
An eventful, albeit low scoring first period. The Silverbacks thought they’d opening the scoring early in the first period, however a goal to Noah Wakeford was waved off courtesy goaltender interference. The Kings had one later in the period that was waved off for a similar reason, with Ethan Schmunk connecting with Silverback goaltender Ethan Langenegger just as Kyle Kawamura buried into the net, and the game was score stayed knotted at zero until Noah Wakeford broke the deadlock with about 4 minute remaining for a 1-0 lead.
The Kings penalty troubles in the first period carried over to the second, with Salmon Arm on a long five-on-three that they cashed in on, again through Wakeford for a 2-0 advantage. Salmon Arm again converted on the powerplay midway through the period, Justin Wilson beating Matteo Paler-Chow for a 3-0 lead for the visitors despite the Kings outshooting Salmon Arm 15-7 in the period.
The third saw the Kings fail to find a rhythm with their passing, with powerplay chances including a five on three failing to yield a goal. The Kings finally got on the board at 13:55 through Josh Coblenz tipping a Jack Long shot from the top of the circle, his 12th extended a five game point streak and it was 3-1.
Powell River rolled the dice on a late powerplay, pulling Matteo Paler-Chow to give the Kings a 6-on-4 advantage where Neal Samanski sniped from the left circle, his 6th of the year and it was 3-2. But that’s as close as the Kings would get as Langenegger would prove difficult to solve, making 32 stops including one point blank on Samanski in the first and another in similar fashion on Glasman in the 2nd and the Silverbacks won 3-2.
The Kings hit the road for the next five games, split over the Christmas break. The stretch begins tomorrow night with a visit to the Chilliwack Chiefs at Prospera Centre. Chilliwack beat the Kings 7-5 at the Hap in November. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.
Note: The Kings announced the winner of the 2nd $10,000 Early Bird Draw. Congratulations to Bill Mayenberg who takes home the prize. The main draw is January 6th, 2019. More info and tickets are available at http://prkingsdreamlottery.ca/