For the second straight road game, Powell River Kings’ offence was stymied by strong defensive play and a hot goaltender.
Vernon Vipers scored twice early in the second period, added an empty-net goal late in the third and cruised to a 3-0 win in front of 1,623 fans at Kal Tire Place on Saturday, September 21.
Kings’ goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow stopped 34 of 36 shots while his counterpart Max Palaga, the game’s first star, turned away all 20 shots he faced.
Neither team capitalized on the powerplay; Powell River was unsuccessful on three attempts while Vernon was shut down by Kings’ penalty killers on five occasions.
With the loss, Kings fell into a tie for first place in BC Hockey League Island Division standings with Cowichan Valley. Both teams sport 5-2 records, four points ahead of Alberni Valley and Victoria, and five ahead of last place Nanaimo.
Kings forward Levi Glasman leads the league in scoring with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in five games.
Powell River has six days off before its next game in Victoria on Saturday, September 28.