An overtime loss on Friday, March 6, ended a game, a playoff series and the season for Powell River Kings.
Ethan Schmunk scored Powell River’s final goal of the 2019/2020 campaign six minutes into the first period, giving his team a 1-0 lead over Cowichan Valley Capitals that stood up until the final minute of the fifth game of a BC Hockey League Island Division playoff series.
Capitals’ forward Matthew Crasa, who scored the winning goal two days earlier in game four at Hap Parker Arena in Powell River, tied game five 1-1 with just 37 seconds remaining on the clock, to the delight of 1,477 fans at Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan.
Crasa also helped set up the overtime winner by Luc Wilson 6:34 into overtime to clinch the best-of-seven series and move the Capitals into the Island Division final against Nanaimo Clippers.
Kings’ goaltender Derek Krall stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in the game; his teammates directed 33 shots at Capitals' goalie Zach Borgiel, who was named the game’s third star behind Wilson (first) and Crasa (second).
In his final BCHL game, Levi Glasman assisted on Schmunk’s goal, giving the graduating forward one goal and three assists for four points in the series. Schmunk scored three goals over the five games and added two assists to average a point per game over the course of the series.
Three of Cowichan’s four wins in the series were by one goal, including two overtime decisions in favour of the Capitals, who won all three games in their home rink and split the two played in Powell River.
Kings lost game one in Duncan by a 6-3 score after surrendering a 3-1 lead, fell 7-6 in overtime after rallying from a three-goal deficit in game two, shut out the Capitals 3-0 at home in game three, then came out on the short end of a 2-1 score in game four, also at Hap Parker Arena.
Nanaimo swept Alberni Valley in four straight games in the other Island Division semi-final.