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Late power play goal lifts Nanaimo over Powell River Kings

Clippers never trailed during home win in front of 1200-plus fans
DELIVERS MESSAGE: Powell River Kings head coach Glenn Anderson [left] and assistant coach Cliff Ronning discuss strategy with players during a timeout in Nanaimo on February 3.

Powell River Kings faced Nanaimo Clippers at Frank Crane Arena on Saturday, February 3, twenty-four hours after defeating Victoria Grizzlies to open a two-game road trip to Vancouver Island.

Nanaimo scored late in the first period and again early in the third for a 2-0 lead before Powell River forward Simone Dadiè cut the deficit in half with 10:31 remaining in the game.

The teams exchanged power play goals later in the period. Clippers converted first, making it 3-1, then Thomas Belzil scored his second goal in as many games for the Kings to close the gap again.

With Powell River goaltender Justin Katz pulled in favour of an extra skater, the home team iced the game with an empty-net goal. Katz made 25 saves for the Kings, who outshot the Clippers 37-29.

Christain Maro, Will Jones, Zander Stewart and Adam Mendelson were credited with setting up Powell River goals. Attendance was 1,230.

Powell River hosts Langley in BC Hockey League (BCHL) action on February 9 and 10. Both games start at 7 pm.

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