Powell River Kings’ bid to complete a perfect six-game homestand came to an end against BC Hockey League Island Division-leading Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, February 1.
After a scoreless first period, Capitals opened the scoring 14 seconds into the second. Kings pressed to tie the game late in the middle frame, but were unable to beat opposing goaltender Zach Borgiel, despite sustained pressure in the offensive zone.
Cowichan increased its lead to 2-0 early in the third, before Powell River responded with two goals in 40 seconds to tie the game and force overtime. Ethan Schmunk and PJ Garrett combined to set up Brett Pfoh’s fifth of the season, followed by Jack Brackett’s 13th of the year, assisted by Dylan Finlay and Jacob Slipec.
Only one shot was taken in overtime. Capitals’ forward Matthew Crasa beat Kings’ goaltender Derek Krall 46 seconds into the extra frame to break the deadlock. Krall earned third star honours behind Borgiel (first) and Kings’ captain Jack Long (second).
Both teams recorded 30 shots in the game. Attendance at Hap Parker Arena was 830.
Over the course of the homestand, Powell River collected two wins against Nanaimo (5-2 and 5-1), and one versus Salmon Arm (6-5), Langley (3-0) and Cowichan (7-0).
By picking up one point in the overtime loss on Saturday, Kings have collected points in eight straight games and moved five points ahead of Alberni Valley for third place in Island Division standings with 56 points.
Cowichan leads the division with 71 points, seven ahead of Nanaimo (64). Alberni is fourth with 51 points, followed by Victoria in fifth with 41.
Kings and Capitals face each other for a third straight time on Wednesday, February 5, this time at Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan.
Powell River returns home to host Alberni for a pair of games on Friday, February 7 (7 pm), and Saturday, February 8 (5 pm).