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Powell River U18 Kings wrap up regular season with home loss

Minor hockey team begins playoffs this coming weekend at Hap Parker Arena
Powell River U18 Kings’ forward Dreydan Harris (8) gets set for a deflection or rebound during a minor hockey game at Powell River Recreation Complex on Saturday, January 28.

Powell River U18 Kings completed the regular season portion of their schedule at Hap Parker Arena on Saturday, January 28.

In a game originally slated for December 3, 2022, which was postponed, North Island Eagles (Tri-Port) provided the opposition in a playoff preview matchup.

Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead with both goals coming on breakways, the first of which was shorthanded.

The visitors increased the lead to 3-0 with 5:14 remaining in the second period, but Kings’ forward Braedyn Louie answered 82 seconds later, sending a backhand shot on a partial breakaway past the North Island goaltender.

Evan Piniewski cut the deficit to 3-2 in the first minute of the third period, converting a highlight-reel-type goal by slipping through a defender and lifting a shot high into the top of the net.

Powell River pushed for a tying goal, but North Island scored again five minutes later after a scramble in front of Kings’ goaltender Leo Brosseau, who shared the net with Josh McCormick, playing half a game each.

Eagles added an empty-net goal with 1:02 on the clock to make the final 5-2.

Powell River, North Island and Oceanside will compete in a three team round-robin to begin Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association Tier 3 playoffs. The top two teams will advance to the semi-final round with a pair of teams from southern Vancouver Island.

U18 Kings host Oceanside in their first playoff game on Sunday, February 5, at Hap Parker Arena. Game time is 1:15 pm. Powell River travels for Port McNeill for game two on Saturday, February 11.

Oceanside hosts North Island on February 4. 


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