For the second straight game, strong goaltending propelled Nanaimo Clippers to a road victory over Powell River Kings.
After making 35 saves in a 6-2 win on October 8, Cooper Black turned aside 36 of 37 shots to earn a 4-1 win at Hap Parker Arena on October 9.
En route to the win, Black’s teammates scored on three of their 10 first-period shots sent toward Kings’ goaltender Zak Brice, who was replaced after the first intermission by Kenny Gerow.
Gerow made 15 saves in relief, beaten only once in the second period by Clippers’ forward Keighan Gerrie, who completed a hat-trick on the play. Charles Tardif also scored for the Clippers.
Maxim Potvin and Dylan Findlay combined to set up Powell River’s lone goal at 3:12 of the third period, scored on a power play by Hunter Andrew.
Kings converted just one of nine power play opportunities, while the Clippers were one for six with the extra attacker.
Attendance was 578.
Powell River returns to BC Hockey League (BCHL) action next weekend with another pair of games against the Clippers, this time at Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. Game times are 7 pm on October 15 and 16.