By Christian J. Stewart (ISN), with files from the BCHL
Powell River, BC (ISN) – The Powell River Kings pulled no punches in their two weekend BCHL games with injury depleted Victoria Grizzlies, winning by scores of 13-1 Saturday and 6-0 Sunday.
In Saturday’s 13-1 drubbing, the Kings were relentless, leading 5-0 after one period and 10-1 after the second.
Scorers included three goal performances from Powell River’s Brendon MacDonald and Matt Scarth, with Teagan Waugh getting a pair and Brandon Tidy, J.P. Villeneuve, Jarryd Leung, Steven Schmidt and Teal Burns each adding one.
Victoria’s lone goal came on their only power-play as Mark McLellan tipped in a shot from the point.
The Kings dominated the game throughout, outshooting the Grizzlies 63-8 and forcing the Grizzlies to alternate between goaltenders Taylor Pears and Nick Taylor in each period.
Powell River Head Coach Kent Lewis was more mindful of the Kings’ focus than he was of the scoreboard, “I thought our effort was good,” he said, “I don’t think we exploited anything – I just think we played consistent and smart and didn’t give up anything. We made good plays to get goals, and defensively, all our guys were aware that we wanted to keep the shots down and we did a good job of that.”
In Sunday’s action the Kings picked up where they left off Saturday and skated to an relatively easy 6-0 shutout.
The Kings penalty killers were responsible for a 2-0 Powell River lead after the first period. Matt Scarth got his first of two when he slammed home a pass from Evan Richardson at 1:19 and then Cohen Adair blocked a shot at the blueline and scored on the breakaway at 16:40.
Victoria kept it tight for most of the second but the Kings erupted for two late goals from Craig Dalrymple and J.P. Villeneuve at 19:29 and 19:52 to pretty much shut the door after two periods.
The third period was all Kings as Scarth, again from Richardson, got his second goal and Teagan Waugh scored at 16:14 to round out the 6-0 shutout.
The Grizzlies Nick Taylor played the full game for the Grizzlies, facing 44 shots in total. His King’s counterpart, Jonah Imoo, only faced 13 shots but had to be on his toes on a number of them to earn his first shutout for the Kings.