Saturday, November 7, 2015

Kings From Powell River Reign Supreme



                      2                                      Final Score                                        6
LeBrun, Johnson
Goal Scorers
Turnbull, Halagian (3), Rauser, Evans 
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
 1 for 3
Power Play
2 for 8

3rd Star
Jeremy Leclerc

2nd Star
Jonny Evans

1st Star
Nick Halagian

Current Record

It wasn’t the reunion Chad van Diemen was hoping for. For Spruce Kings head coach it was his first return to Powell River after leaving to take on the head coaching duty in Prince George.

As expected, Powell River came out roaring in the first period, in front of a home crowd cheering on their team to end a six-game losing streak. The Spruce Kings were able to hold back the storm at first, but could eventually concede when Carter Turnbull cut in on the right side while on the power play, and found the top right corner to take the first lead of the game. Less than a minute later, Nick Halagian scored his first of the game to double Powell Rivers lead.

Nick Halagian went from hero zero to hero very quickly though. To end the first period he took a penalty, and the Spruce Kings converted in the second to bring the game within one. For his first goal since scoring in Salmon Arm, captain Jake LeBrun received a slow pass from Matt Stief on top of the left faceoff dot. Due to the speed of the pass it seemed like it would be a harmless shot, but LeBrun got every bit of it, and ripped a slap shot past Jeff Smith. Kyle Johnson would score 15 minutes later to tie the game at two. It was a goofy goal, where Smith went to play the puck behind his net, but the puck had other ideas, and took a funny bounce out to where Johnson was all alone to slide it into the empty cage. At that point it looked as if Prince George had weathered the Kings storm, and were making a push to win.

In a span of 40 seconds though, Powell River would score twice, and retake the lead. First it was Gavin Rauser, and then Jonny Evans who made a nice drive to the net, and the rebound bounced back out front and in for the goal.

The third was Halagian’s. While leading 4-2, the Kings allowed the Spruce Kings just five shots in the period, and Halagian scored twice more to complete his hat trick. Heading into the game, the St. Catherines, Ontario player had one goal on the season to go along with 11 assists. His twelve points led the Kings, but after a five point night against the Spruce Kings, that rocketed up to 17 points in the 17 games he has played this season.

Game Notes:
-         -- After playing arguably his two best games as a Spruce King last weekend against the Wenatchee Wild, Sam Tanguay had 34 saves on 40 shots.
-          -- With Surrey losing, the Spruce Kings still have a three point lead, but are six back of Coquitlam who lost to Wenatchee.
-          -- When trailing after two periods the Spruce Kings are 0-11-0-1.
-         --  Without a power play goal in the last three games (albeit the last game didn’t give them a single man advantage) the Spruce Kings broke though on Friday to stop the streak.
-         -- Prince George will get a shot at revenge in two weeks when the Kings come into town to play in the Coliseum on November 22nd.

Turning Point:
To begin the second, Prince George first scored on the power play, but then right back to man advantage when Halagian went to the box for the second time in two and a half minutes. Had the Spruce Kings scored they would have put Halagian into the dog house with the coach, and perhaps reduced the forwards playing time. Instead, while surely on a short leash, Halagian was given a chance to redeem himself, and his just that finishing with a five point night.

1-0 Powell River Kings at 14:55 (PP) Carter Turnbull from Andy Stevens and Nick Halagian
2-0 Powell River Kings at 16:49 Nick Halagian from Andy Stevens and Jonny Evans
2-1 Prince George Spruce Kings at 0:53 (PP) Jake LeBrun from Cavin Tilsley
2-2 Prince George Spruce Kings at 16:07 Kyle Johnson from Alex Stoley
3-2 Powell River Kings at 16:57 Gavin Rauser from Jeremy Leclerc
4-2 Powell River Kings at 17:34 Jonny Evans from Rylan Ball and Nick Halagian
5-2 Powell River Kings at 7:14 (PP) Nick Halagian from Jake Kohlhauser and Rylan Ball
6-2 Powell River Kings at 18:47 Nick Halagian from Jake Kohlhauser and Carter Turnbull

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