Villa wins away game
Powell River Villa soccer club picked up three points in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A action with a 1-0 win at Victoria West Beavers on December 9. The team finished the first half of the season in third place with 10 wins, two losses and a tie.
Midfielder Julius Ulrich scored the game-winning goal, his last for Villa before returning home to Germany. Goaltender Mathew Liknes recorded his third shutout of the season.
Villa took a strong lineup of 13 players to Victoria and played a dominate game, but were unable to finish on a number of chances, including a penalty kick in the final 30 minutes.
Three Villa players are among the division’s top-10 scorers at the midseason point: Jake Kenmuir is second with 11 points, Ulrich has seven and Kye Taylor has four.
Villa returns to action with a home game against Prospect Lake on January 14 at Timberlane Park.
Regals lose twice
Powell River Regals lost two home games against Kelowna Sparta in West Coast Senior Hockey League play December 9 and 10.
Regals trailed 1-0 after two periods on Saturday before its roster of young, local players was overcome by Sparta and dropped a 6-1 decision. The home team was outshot 45-22 the following afternoon and shut out 10-0.
The team’s record is now one win and three losses; its 2018 schedule has not been announced.
Meanwhile, members of the Regals’ 1997 Allan Cup national championship team were in attendance as the club was recognized at City of Powell River council’s meeting on December 7. Regals were inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this year.