An offensive outburst late in the second period led Powell River Kings to their second win in as many days over BC Hockey League Island Division rival Nanaimo Clippers on Saturday, January 18.
After a scoreless first period at Hap Parker Arena, Kings’ forward Brett Roloson capitalized on a breakaway opportunity set up by Devin Leduc and Levi Glasman at 14:10 of the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Rowan Miller assisted on Jack Brackett’s 10th of the season just over a minute later to increase the lead to two, and with 1:04 remaining in the period, Jacob Badal converted a rebound from an Ethan Schmunk shot for the Kings’ third goal of the game.
Powell River kept the pressure on in a penalty filled third period, outshooting Nanaimo 17-11 and adding goals from Nolan Krogfoss and Brackett before the visitors rounded out the scoring with five minutes remaining, ending goaltender Derek Krall’s shutout bid.
Jacob Slipec set up both third-period goals for the home team. Michael Abgrall also picked up an assist and third star recognition behind Brackett (first) and Roloson (second).
Kings outshot the Clippers 38-29 overall in the 5-1 win and moved into sole possession of third place in Island Division standings with 49 points, two ahead of fourth place Alberni Valley. Cowichan Valley leads the division with 66 points, eight ahead of Nanaimo. Victoria is in last place with 34 points.
Attendance was 778.
Powell River’s six-game home stand continues next weekend with games against Salmon Arm (7 pm on Friday, January 24) and Langley (1:30 pm on Sunday, January 26).