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Alberni Valley records back-to-back road wins against Powell River Kings

Visiting BCHL club sweeps weekend doubleheader at Hap Parker Arena
With the puck on its way toward Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ goaltender Hayden Dunford, Powell River Kings’ forwards Maxim Potvin (15) and Parker Lalonde (12) converge on the net looking for a rebound during a BC Hockey League game at Hap Parker Arena on Saturday, January 22.

Struggles on home ice continued for Powell River Kings on Saturday, January 22.

For the second consecutive weekend, a BC Hockey League (BCHL) Coastal Conference rival swept a two-game set at Hap Parker Arena.

After edging the Kings 3-2 in overtime 24 hours earlier, Alberni Valley Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead in the rematch. Both goals came on power plays, 18 seconds apart.

Ethan Riesterer responded for the Kings at 13:32 of the second period, but Josh Zary restored the two-goal lead for the visitors three minutes later.

The teams traded goals in the third period, each scoring twice. Kings’ captain Dylan Finlay cut the lead to 3-2 at the 8:38 mark on a power play, followed by Bulldogs’ forward Brandon Buhr replying for the visitors at 13:06, his second of the game and 14th of the season.

Alberni had another response to Casey Aman’s goal with 1:20 remaining on the clock. Braden Blace cemented the win with an insurance marker into an empty net at 19:34.

Mark D’Agostino, Hunter Andrew and Karter McNarland each had a pair of assists for the Kings, who were outshot 39-33. Attendance was 701.

One week earlier, Surrey Eagles skated to a pair of road wins over the Kings.

Powell River embarks on a three-game road trip this weekend, with stops in Nanaimo (January 28) and Victoria (January 29 and 30). The next home game is February 2 against Cowichan Valley.