Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Road to the Island



38 (17th)
Goals For
58 (11th)
73 (14th)
Goals Against
51 (5th)
17.81% (11th )
Power Play
15.79% (15th)
74.39 (16th)
Penalty Kill
81.54% (9th)

Venue: Hap Parker Arena
Game Time: 7:15
Last Year’s Matchup: Series was split 1-1 with both teams winning on the road.

Fun Fact #1:
Adam Brubacher and Corey Hoffman are both billeting together, and they both have something in common with Kyle Betts from the Kings. Betts played in the same division as Brubacher in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Betts is a Cornell recruit which is also where Hoffman is headed.
Fun Fact #2:
This will be the Spruce Kings first game where their leading scorer has more points than the other team’s leading scorer.

Game Overview:
In what will be their first meeting this season, the Kings and Spruce Kings are headed in opposite directions. Powell River started the season 10-3, but have slipped to 10-9 as they are currently on a six game losing streak. The Spruce Kings started the season 1-7-0-1, but are 4-5 since then, and coming off a very impressive 3-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild. This is also be the first time that Chad van Diemen faces his old team in Powell River where he was for the past six seasons.

Powell River Home Record: 5-2-0-0
Kings Leading Scorer: Nick Halagian, 1 goal, 11 assists, 28 PIM

Prince George Road Record: 2-6-0-1
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: Corey Hoffman, 6 goals, 11 assists, 8 PIM

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
This will be the first game on the Island for Connor Logan, and he will see some familiar faces this weekend, as a number of the players played in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League last year either with him. Gavin Rauser and Andy Stevens were both former teammates last year with Logan last year with the Campbell River Storm. Another player to keep an eye on is Kyle Johnson. Last week when the lines were jumbled up he was moved to a line with Bryan Basilico and Jake LeBrun. This could be an ideal fit for Johnson, as his two linemates are giants, and have the possibility to create more room for the young forward who is third in team scoring with two goals and eight assists.

As a player with connections to Brubacher and Hoffman as said above, look for Kyle Betts to have a strong game against a former opponent, and a future teammate. Betts is the lone Kings forward committed to a university, and sits 6th in team scoring with nine points in 19 games. Leading in three statistical categories for his team, Prince George will have to look out for Nick Halagian. The former Major Junior player leads the team in assists (11), points (12), and penalty minutes (28). The Spruce Kings may look to focus on that last stat, and aim to frustrate the forward, and have him spend his time in the box instead of on the ice.

In the Standings:
After being a league leader to start the season, the Powell River Kings now sit at 20 points which is third in the Island Division. They are six points of Alberni Valley, but the Bulldogs have two games in hand, and also play tonight against the Vernon Vipers.
With splitting games the past two weekends against Coquitlam and then Wenatchee, the Spruce Kings now have a three point lead over Surrey for 5th in the Mainland.
The Kings will be tough to score on, as they currently sit 5th in GA this season. The Spruce Kings showed last week they can score on defensive teams though, as they produced three goals in the game against Wenatchee who are 2nd in the league for goals against.

Special Teams Battle:
After an impressive stretch of 10 goals in 21 attempts, the Spruce Kings power play has faltered as of late, being shut out in three consecutive games. To be fair the Wild had the second best PK in the league, but in the second game, there weren’t actually any penalties in the entire game.

Broadcast Info: For all games, you can listen to the action on Mixlr
 or watch live at BCHL FASTHockey

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