Powell River Kings face elimination from BCHL playoffs

Hockey club loses game four at home, looks to extend season in Duncan on March 6

Powell River Kings take to the ice at Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan on Friday, March 6, hoping to stave off elimination in game five of their BC Hockey League series against Cowichan Valley Capitals.

A crowd of 832 hockey fans left Hap Parker Arena disappointed on Wednesday, March 4, after watching the visiting Capitals skate to a 2-1 win over the Kings in game four. The Vancouver Island-based team now leads the best-of-seven first-round series three games to one.

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Kings took the lead on a first period power play; Dawson McKay and Dylan Finlay drew assists on Michael Abgrall’s second of the series 2:01 before intermission.

Powell River dominated shot totals in the second period by a margin of 18-8, but gave up the only goal, an unassisted marker by Cowichan defender Austin Chorney.

Kings outshot their opponents 34-28 overall, but the Capitals took control in the third period with 12 attempts to the Kings’ five. Matthew Crasa scored the eventual game winner with 13:23 remaining in the game.

Powell River pulled goaltender Derek Krall for the last minute and a half but were unable to solve opposing goalie Zach Borgiel and the Cowichan defence again.

Krall was named the game’s third star behind Crasa (first) and Borgiel (second).

If necessary, the teams will return to Powell River for game six at Hap Parker Arena on Saturday, March 7, starting at 7 pm. Two wins by Powell River would force a seventh and deciding game in Duncan on Monday, March 9.

Nanaimo leads the other Island Division first-round series three games to none over Alberni Valley.

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