Powell River Kings rebounded from a pair of losses to open their first round BC Hockey League playoff series versus Cowichan Valley Capitals with a win at home in game three on Tuesday, March 3.
Derek Krall stopped all 41 shots he faced to earn the shutout and first star honours, while his teammates converted three of their 26 shots into goals for a 3-1 win.
Michael Abgrall and Brett Roloson assisted on Devin Leduc’s second goal of the series to open the scoring 14 minutes into the first period. With Capitals’ goalie Zach Borgiel caught out of his crease, Leduc pounced on a loose puck near the goal line to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
Davis Pennington and Jack Long set up Abgrall’s first of the playoffs at 1:43 of the second period, then Long added another insurance goal at 12:42, from Rowan Miller and Reilly Moran, to round out the scoring.
Long was named the game’s second star; Roloson was recognized for his efforts with the third game star selection.
Kings were missing two regulars to start the game; Jack Brackett and Jacob Slipec were absent from the lineup due to injury, according to the club.
Two more regulars left the game in the second period. Leduc departed after a collision and did not return. Defender Ben Wozney left the ice shortly thereafter and was lost to the team for the rest of the game.
Attendance at Hap Parker Arena was 860.
The best-of-seven series resumes tonight in Powell River. Faceoff for game four is scheduled for 7 pm.
The teams return to Duncan for game five on Friday, March 6. If necessary, game six will be played at Hap Parker Arena on Saturday, March 7.