Maxim Potvin’s hot streak continued on November 18. The Powell River Kings’ forward scored a pair of goals for the third consecutive BC Hockey League (BCHL) game, this time in Port Alberni. Potvin also earned first start honours in the 8-7 win for the visitors, another three-peat that followed first star selections in each of his previous two games, against Cowichan Valley last weekend.
Kings never trailed during a game where the two teams combined for 78 shots on net in addition to the 15 goals.
Nic Porchetta also scored twice for Powell River, including the opening goal of the game at 6:42 of the first period. Mark D’Agostino and Potvin also scored prior to intermission, while the Bulldogs answered with a pair of goals to trail 3-2.
Each team scored four times in period two. Nathan Small picked up his first goal of the BCHL season on a Kings' power play, while his teammates Hunter Andrew (fourth), Potvin (sixth) and Porchetta (third), scored at even strength to hold the one-goal lead at 7-6 heading into the third period.
Kings’ forward Ethan Riesterer set up three goals, including Parker Lalonde’s fifth of the season and eventual game winner with 8:54 remaining in the game. Potvin also assisted on the winning goal, one of his two assists on the night. Alberni Valley cut the lead to 8-7 with just under two minutes to play to close out the scoring.
Riesterer was named the game’s third star behind Bulldogs’ forward Josh Zary (second), who scored twice.
Attendance at Weyerhaeuser Arena was 805.
Kings return to action tonight in Victoria. Game time is 7 pm.
The next scheduled home game, November 21 against Trail, has been postponed due to provincial highway closures related to the atmospheric river that damaged multiple routes earlier this week.