(ISN) – After playing six games with the Coquitlam Express, the Powell River Kings wanted to display their defensive dominance versus the Surrey Eagles in the Coastal Conference Finals. The result was a 3-0 shutout, their best outing of the playoffs.
“We really wanted to keep their puck possession limited,” said Kings assistant coach Chad Van Diemen. “They have some quick guys up front, and when we lose possession we try to limit their odd-man rushes.”
The Eagles were held to 26 shots Tuesday, and Sean Maguire’s solid play in net earned him the first shutout of his BCHL playoff career. The 19-year-old netminder has been stellar since being benched for backup goalie Jonah Imoo in Game 5 versus Chilliwack – a move Van Diemen said was made to, “shake things up” after Maguire gave up two early goals.
In Game 6 Maguire was back in net, and responded by stopping 31 of 32 shots in a series-clinching 4-1 win.
“Before Game 6 [head coach Kent Lewis] told him he’s our starter, and we need our starter to win,” Van Diemen said. “He responded well and came back last night and had another great performance. “
Along with their heralded defence the Kings hope they can continue to attack Surrey with a balanced offence for the rest of the series. In Game 1 the Kings put 49 shots on net, and each goal in the victory was earned by a unique trio of scorers. Van Diemen said it’s a display of Powell River’s depth.
“We knew making the moves we made at the deadline would make us deeper up front,” he said. “We’ve learned the last few years that we need depth to make a deep playoff run. We feel we can roll all four lines out there and be pretty successful.”