Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dogs nip Kings 3-1

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs beat the Powell River at their own game tonight, hard work.

For a recap, check out the BCHL boxscore click here

It was a dissappointing start to the road trip for Powell River, after all week stating the importance of getting off on the right foot. The Kings looked flat for the better half of the first period, however did have their moments and were only trailing by one after one. Plenty of motiviation for the second, right?

The Kings did have their moments in the middle frame, including five chances on the power-play, however it just didn't seem to be their night. If it was sticks breaking at the most inopportune time or players miss firing on sure goal opportunities to just plain bad luck with the puck. All in all, it just wasn't the boys game in green night.

We did see emotions boil in the 2nd with numerous infractions handed out and a fight between Justin DaSilva and Kyle Weber. However, only one player was doing the throwing, and that was big number 2-5. Kudos to Weber for hanging in there for a good minute and change.

Tomorrow won't be any easier for the Kings as they are welcomed by a hungry Clippers team seeking their first home win.

Back in the morning.

Coaches Pre-Game

Kent Lewis


Paul Esdale

GAME NIGHT: KINGS @ BULLDOGS

Lineups:
 





Niddery-Garbowsky-Schuler

Adair-Forbes-Waugh

Sones-Shinkaruk-Pettitt

Renner-Elliot-Indelicato

DaSilva-Dalrymple

Pears-Yee

Kachur-Smith

Garteig


 







Murdoch-Morello-Sobchak

Mick-Mitchell-Bailey

Dorais-S.Mitchell-Berkholtz

Hepso-McCluskey-Auricchio

Weber-Lynott

Varley-Morrison

Riddle-Keca

Slubowski

Road Trip!!!!!


The Bus will log a few more "K's" this weekend as the team gets set to head out for a three game Island swing, starting tonight at the Dawg Pound in Alberni Valley.

In fact, the Kings will play three games over the span of 48 hours, when the trip culminates with a stop at Bear Mountain Arena on Saturday against Victoria. Also on the schedule is a date with the Clippers at Frank Crane Arena, which will be the teams first visit to the Crane.

This will be a good test for the Kings, yes, they have played three games in as many days, however, two out of three were at home. You can sense an atmosphere of excitement, as the Kings are about to embark on their first "roadie" of the season. However they will be missing two key pieces on the back-end.

Both Jon Jutzi and Chris Williams will be out for tonight's game against the Bulldogs. The Former might be  an game time decision, as both D-men have been bit by the injury bug. The Coaching staff don't believe both injuries are long term, however you want to take every precaution necessary to ensure the health of both players.

That means we will see one of the AP's for the Powell River Kings. Defenseman, Brandan Smith (92), will dawn the green & gold tonight on the blueline.  Smith was most recently with the Dawson Creek Rage of the NAHL.  His 6'3 205 lb frame will fit right in with the Kings D-core, and shouldn't feel out of place. A brief scouting report has Smith pegged as a good puck mover, with a physcial presensce who likes to keep it simple in his own end. In other words, a Kent Lewis hockey player.

Shifting gears, the Dawgs are an interesting team. They have since gone undeafted after dropping the season opener to Powell River 3-0. That includes wins over Cowichan, Nanaimo and Langley and most recently a 3-3 draw with Westside. Granted, they have yet to play a road game since Sept 10th, but Paul Esdale's club looks to be on a roll. They have a good assortment of forward depth and a very good goaltender in Frank Slubowski.

Tid bit of information: Both Starting Goaltenders tonight hail from the BC Central Interior(I picture Wayne Cox and his ugly polyester shirts when I say that) sorry, out of province fans, that reference won't register with you. Mike Garteig calls the Cariboo home as he is an Prince George Native and Slubowski hails from the "City of Rainbows," Prince Rupert.

I will try my best to keep a travel blog going today.

Check back later,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mid Week Musings

Could the BCHL steal from the NHL on how they recognize their players? A few years ago the NHL introduced their 3 stars of the week. Just like in a game, three players from the past week were recognized for their outstanding individual performances.

This works in two ways, one, you can certainly avoid any controversy when only one player is picked over other deserving candidates. Secondly, this presents the potential opportunity to award three players in three different areas of the game.

Don't get me wrong, Kiefer Smiley was simply outstanding in the 1-0 loss Trail suffered at hands of the Kings. However, his competitor at the other end of the ice, Mike Garteig, was just as stellar.

After a surprising start in the BCHL, (with some proclaiming the sky was falling) it looks like teams who had slow starts are rounding back into form. Lots was made of Vernon's "slow" start to this years campaign. If you win two consecutive national championships and subsequent player turnover as they had this off-season, its bound to catch up to you eventually. After their weekend performances, it looks like Mark Ferner's team is on track.

The Kings opposition tomorrow, Alberni Valley, has bounced back from their opening night loss to Powell River. In fact, the 'Dawgs haven't lost  since.

Furthermore, though its early, I think Langley is the real deal and will battle Powell River all season long at or near the top of the Coastal Conference Standings. Matt Ius is collecting points by the bushel full and several broadcasters have told be Wyatt Galley looks to be game stealer between the pipes.

This will be a very entertaining season in the BCHL, and their is a reason the season is played over 60 games, not 10.

On another topic, how bizzare is it to see almost three teams top line in the top 10 in BCHL scoring? At one point this season, when Surrey was in town, the game feature 6 of the top 8 BCHL scorers, think of a time you saw that last.

Matt Garbowsky and Chad Niddery will finish in, if not near, the top 5 in BCHL scoring. These two are just too dynamic and gifted with the puck.

Holy Cross, you have an absolute stud coming to your program next season. Justin DaSilva, is a towering presence that has all the tools to be one of the top defenseman in the league. His icy stare on the ice alone, can put your stomach in your throat.

The "other" guys on the back-end are simply, solid, rock solid. The development of Jon Jutzi and Craig Dalrymple has been surprising. I personally thought these two would have an adjustment period coming from Ontario. However, that seemed to last all of one game. Both are seeing plenty of ice time, and in key situations too. Furthermore, don't let Dalrymple's frame fool you, he has an absolute cannon of a shot.

Speaking of hard shots, can we give Klay Kachur an nomination for Unsung Hero already? The 19 year-old from Lanigan, Saskatchewan has been terrific for the Kings. With a numbers game on the back-end and a hole to fill upfront, Klay didn't complain, he thrived. He has been great up front playing key fourth-line minutes, and playing as the third man down low in defensive zone situations. Also twice this year, he was called back into defensive duty, in the third period, and didn't miss a beat.

The Kings are showing, character and maturity of a team with only one goal on their mind. I don't think I have to tell you what that is.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Morning Review


That is what seemed to be sitting in front of the Powell River Kings net this weekend. Two games played, only 42 shots against and most importantly, zero goals.

The Kings stymied the Merritt Centennials 3-0 on Friday and also goose egged the Trail Smoke Eaters one night later. I find the Trail win impressive, as coming into that contest, the line of Sam Mellor, Scott Jacklin and Travis St. Denis registered 9 points the game before. To top it off, the following afternoon, the Smoke Eaters scored 5 on Nanaimo and their top line recorder 15 points. That must say something about how well Powell River is playing in their own zone.

And it gets better....

This morning the CJHL has come out with their weekly top 20 rankings. For the first time this season, Powell River has been given an honourable mention.

click here for more details.

Later today I will look at the big road weekend for the Kings,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kings 3 Merritt 0



MISSION ACCOMPLISHED


More later...

BROADCAST LINK

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Game Preview: Centennials @ Kings

The weather outside indicates it's hockey weather and so does the calendar..ahhh it's finally here. The Kings welcome the Merritt Centennials to the Hap Parker weekend in the first of two games featuring Interior Conference opponents.

You can quickly browse the standings in the BCHL and see Merritt's 1-4 record and say, well this should be a Kings win. However if games were played on paper, then why would we endure a 60 game schedule plus playoffs? Just ask the Vernon Vipers.

Yes the two-time defending national champions were up ended 5-4 in OT, at home, to the Centennials on Tuesday. Their first win dating back to February 17th when they downed the the Silverbacks 6-4.

The Cents started this season, dropping their first four games by a combined scored of 24-11 including surrendering 6 goals or more in all but one of those games. However with a young team, your going to expirence growing pains.

The Cents' have 12 rookies on their roster, a statement to the direction this club is undertaking. As in May the team announced a three year plan to compete for the RBC in 2012-2013.

I spoke today with Brian Wiebe, colour commentator for Merritt  and the man behind the Making Cents Blog. He told me, Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce has set a goal of winning a first round playoff series this spring. Wiebe noted, that would most likely mean the team needs a top 4 finish in the Interior. Something That maybe obtainable with efforts like Tuesday night's.







1-4-0-0
Lets take a look at the Centennials.

Forwards:

 On paper this club has an nice mix of experience and youth one through twelve. Granted, veterans Dustin Johnson and Jeff Jones are expected to lead the offensive charge. Johnson is coming off an 19 year-old season where he lead the team in goals (35) and points (67) , and Jones amassed 27 goals and 52 points. However, Luke Pierce is expecting large contributions from his newcomers. Regan Soquila, yes he is the younger brother of Jordan, should complement Johnson and Jones this year. Soquila collected 45 points in 39 games with the NE Chiefs in the BCMMHL last season, puting him second in team scoring. Also, California native, Max Vallis will look to add a solid second line scoring presence for the Cents'. Vallis captained his midget squad last season, and finished, like Soquila, second in team scoring. Sprinkle in some grit and offensive production down the line from the likes of Alexander MacMillan and Evan Stack and  this group should find the net with some regularity. Keeping goals down against will be key also.

Defense:

Pierce returns three veterans on the back end from one season ago. The trio is lead by captain, and 20 year-old Golden native, Steve Tresierra. Tresierra finished with 27 points last season, and is a point a game player to start this year. What I've been told, Tresierra leads with his dedication on and off the ice.  Complementing Tresierra, are returnee's Jeff Zmurchyk and Kameran Crawford will likely eat up lots of ice time tonight, and throughout the season as well. The Cents' are high on two new faces on the blue line. Brandon Pfeil is making the jump from Jr. B on the lower mainland and Richard Sabourin comes from the Okanagan Rockets. Also you can include 16 year-old rookie, Reece Wilcox who will be trying to make the switch from Midget Tier 1 in Surrey to the BCHL. That is no small feat in its' own.

Goaltending:

Luke Pierce went out and acquired Jared Andersen from the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL to give his team experience in goal. Andersen was the back-up to Chad Carder, whom was briefly a Nanaimo Clipper last season. I see this move as an opportunity for the Cents to develop Tyler Steel at an comfortable pace.

Outlook:
Head Coach Luke Pierce is of the mentality of what have you done for me lately. He has clearly stated the he won't play a veteran player for the sake of their age. Perfect example, which raised some eyebrows, was Alex MacMillan being scratched against Vernon. Pierce isn't afraid to jungle his line-up and keep his players on their toes to maximize their potential. With a young team such as Merritt's, I find this a refreshing approach. I certainly hope, Pierce will have the opportunity to build this franchise back up, and reach their full potential



3-2-0-0

The Kings come into tonight's game after a successful weekend prior. The Kings took two out three, including both games against Victoria, before losing a see-saw affair with Surrey.

The top line of Chad Niddery, Matt Garbowsky and Dan Schuler is El Fuego. The three have combined for 31 points and scored all but 5 of the teams goals so far this season. Depth scoring has been been an concern early on, however it seems that is being reversed.

Looking back on the weekend, Cohen Adair scored his first two of the season, the first a OT winner against Victoria. On Saturday 36 goal man one season ago, Andrew Pettitt, put home his first and rookie Craig Dalrymple bulged the twine on Sunday.

Specials teams have been a key so far this young season for Powell River. The Kings own the second best power-play at 36 percent and had a very strong penalty-kill going into Sunday's game. Yes, the Eagles, did take a bite out of the PK, but it still sits 5th. Top five special teams is what every coach wants, and that's where the Kings sit.

I believe we will see a more disciplined and smarter team with the puck tonight at the Hap.

See you at the rink,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interesting

Proof that anyone can win on any given night in the BCHL, especially early on.
Click Here

Merritt by the way, is the Kings opponent on Friday night. They should expect a team ready to play.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Skate with the Kings

 Attention all Kings fans!

Tonight's an opportunity for fans to meet the Powell River Kings. The team is hosting a meet and greet at the Rec Plex.

click here for more information!

See ya there!

Kings Broadcasts

Some have reported trouble in trying to stream 95-7 SUN FM for Kings broadcasts. If you want to listen online, follow the link.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/957-sunfm

bookmark it too ;)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Weekend Rewind

The Kings have an off day after playing three games in two and half days. They did take the home and home with Victoria before falling a goal short against Surrey yesterday afternoon at the Hap. Here is my review of the weekend.

Saturday
Kings vs. Grizzlies
Bear Mountain Arena

On the back of a three goals and four points from Matt Garbowsky, the Kings swept the home and home with a 4-2 win over Victoria. However, just like Friday, the Grizzlies scored the first goal.

It is an odd trend so far this season, as four out of the first five games, the Kings have conceded the first goal. On this night, it was Madison Dias scoring 11:47 into the opening frame. Powell River did draw even before the period closed out, courtesy of Matt Garbowsky's first of the night at 15:07. Powell River would take over in the second.

The Kings scored two goals in the first three and half minutes to start the middle period and never looked back after that. Garbowsky got things going with his second of the night, fourth of the season, just thirty seconds in. Andrew Pettitt, followed with his first of the season, on the power-play, at 3:32. Victoria did respond midway through the second.

Evan Richardson, a 16 year-old rookie out of Nanaimo, scored his first BCHL goal at 7:57 to bring his team within one. Then the "TSN Turning Point" followed soon after.

Wade Murphy managed to slip behind the Kings defense and was sprung on a break-away blueline in, however, he was robbed by a spectacular left pad save by Mike Garteig.

-Que air be deflated out of Victoria's sails.

Shots after two: 26-14 Powell River

The third period play was hampered by warm conditions in the building and soft ice. From my broadcast
location, you could actually see a heavy fog develop on the ice, just as you saw in the 70's with the Sabres and Flyers. Talking to a few Kings after the game, they all pointed to the fact it was hard to see, as their visors were constantly fogging up.

Matt Garbowsky put the nail into the coffin so to speak, scoring his hat-trick goal on a 5-4 power-play with just twenty eight second left in the game.

Final score: Powell River 4 Victoria 2
Shots: 33-20 Kings
3 Stars: 1) Matt Garbowsky 2) Matt Gin 3) Dan Schuler.

Sunday
Surrey vs. Kings
Hap Parker Arena

This afternoon contest was, at times, a wide open affair. You can point directly to the eleven goals scored in the game as a prime example. However, in my opinion, it was the number of chances, results of errant passes and poor execution by both times, as the most telling tale. That trend would end up costing Powell River two points.

Coming into the contest, Surrey was red hot. The Eagles had scored fifteen goals in their previous two games and their power-play was also humming along. Surrey's power-play was operating at just under thirty seven percent, second only to Powell River.

The Eagles top line of Richard Vanderhoek, Jeff Vanderlugt and Brad McGowan collected 23 points in their previous two wins over Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley. So it could be said they were red hot.

I'm not going to delve into every goal, as it would take all day to talk about eleven goals. However, in the 6-5 Surrey win, it could be said that Powell River beat themselves.

Chatting with Head Coach, Kent Lewis, he cited that the majority of Surrey's goals were due to errant passes, poor coverage or bad decisions by his team. From a coaching perspective, there is no need for panic.

That's it for me, have a good Monday.



Monday Morning Update

Sorry for the lack of blogging in the past two days. Tough to find time to review the past weekend, with 3 games in two and half days, plus travel.

A weekend review coming this afternoon, stay tuned.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tonight's Broadcast

A reminder if your listening online tonight. Our radio feed is being picked up by te Grizzlies for the PPV. You can listen to our feed by clicking road or home broadcast, you have no other choice! hah!

Game in Pictures: Grizzlies @ Kings


Friday, September 17, 2010

2 Cellphones + 2 overtimes = Kings Win

Wow.

Cohen Adair completed a memorable night, scoring 3:33 into the 2nd overtime session, giving the Powell River Kings, a hard fought and dramatic 4-3 win over Victoria.

Adair took two, yes TWO, minors in the first overtime session, before redeeming himself by banging in a Justin DaSilva rebound  (Que Hollywood ending). 3 -on-3 overtime is wildly entertaining, but must be murder for the men behind the benches. Up and down, back and forth the session went; both goalies standing on their heads. Kudos to Matt Ginn, turning in an memorable performance.

Stats:

Shots: 46-22 Powell River.
Goals
Powell River: Mike Sones, Craig Dalrymple, Dan Schuler and Cohen Adair
Assists: Brendan Forbes, Matt Garbowski, Chad Niddery (3) Justin DaSilva (2)

*The team has sent in a request form for scoring change. Those stats are what they have.

Victoria:
Goals: Mike Colantoe, Madison Dias, Brendan Fagerheim
Assists: Wade Murphy, Dylan Nowakowski, Pearce Eviston, Sean Robertson, Ryan Stanimir.

Power-Plays
Powell River: 1 for 4
Victoria 1 for 9

Records:
Powell River 2-1-0-0
Victoria 1-0-0-1

Yes we had broadcast connections issues. I used my cellphone two and a half periods. Then when my battery died Elise Statham stepped up and lended her phone for third and overtimes.

More tomorrow.

Game Day Preview: Grizzlies @ Kings

Tonight kicks off a big weekend for the boys in green & gold. Six points are up  for grabs in  the home-and-home with the Victoria Grizzlies which gets going tonight at 7:30pm at the Hap. This is the first meeting between the two Coastal Conference foes this season.

2009-2010 season series:
Sept 6th 1-0 Powell River win
Sept 29th 6-4 Victoria win
Nov 7th 4-3 OT Victoria win
Dec 12th 4-3 OT Powell River win
Feb 16th 4-2 Powell River win
Feb 19th 9-2 Victoria win

Powell River's record: 3-2-1
Victoria's record 3-2-1

2010-2011 season series:
Sept 17th Victoria @ Powell River
Sept 18th Powell River @ Victoria
Oct 2nd Powell River @ Victoria
Dec 18th Victoria @ Powell River
Jan 15th Powell River @ Victoria
Jan 30th Victoria @ Powell River






The Victoria Grizzlies come into the weekend with one win under their belt after a season opening 6-5 OT win against Coquitlam at the Bear Mountain Arena one week ago.   The Grizz' had leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in that hockey game before a wild third period and 4-on-4 session. Saving the two points for Victoria was new comer, Ryan Stanimir's goal at 4:43 of overtime. Some might read into that game and say this team is purely just offense and will have to score them selves out of trouble. I believe the jury is still out on that.

Vic Gervais and company have quietly gone about assembling a solid team in the provincial capital.  They return 9 members from last years squad, including newly anointed captain, Jake Baker.  Baker who came to the island via a trade with Merritt will look to log a big chunk of ice-time and you can count on him playing in every situation possible. Flanking him on the back end are returnee's Nick Buchanan, Sean Robertson and Scott Milnthorpe. The Grizzlies have a nice blend of youth and experience lining up on the blue-line this season. Upfront, this team could  pose quite the threat.

Only 5 players from one season ago are back in the top 12 this season. Branden Fagerheim who came over from Nanaimo in a mid season trade will look to be one of the go to scorers for Gervais club. Also being asked to put more pucks into the net is Cornell bound, Madison Dias and Joel Lowry. Dylan Nowakowski will surely have to add more to his  33 points one season ago, which were strong numbers for his rookie season. however, not all the pressure will be on this core, they will be accompanied by a strong recruiting class.

Coming into help shoulder the offensive load is prized recruits David Morley, Ryan Stanimir along with rookies Evan Richardson, Chase Paylor and Mike Colantoe. Morley comes from the Aurora Tigers of the OJAHL where he finished second in league scoring last year, hhowever he won't be in the line-up for at least tonight's game. Stanimir joins his 5th BCHL team, after a successfull 19 year-old season in Williams Lake. The native of  West Vancouver put up 54 points in 57 games on a weaker Timberwolves team.
Evan Richardson, as a 16 year-old I will add, will centre the top line of the Grizz attack. The former North Island Silvertip collected 73 points in just 37 games in the BCMMHL last year. Paylor comes to Victoria after spending parts of 4 seasons in the Edge Hockey Academy out of Calgary. All that Colantoe did was lead his Peninsula Panthers in playoff scoring and a second place finish at the Cycle Taylor Cup in April.

The Grizzlies biggest off-season move, in my opinion, was the acquisition of 20 year-old goaltender, Matt Ginn. The native of Lindsay, Ontario, played for his hometown Muskies last season.  In 34 games he picked up 18 wins and sported a goals against just above three.

The move allows the team to address an issue that wasn't really resolved early last season, a clear cut number one. Look for Ginn to have the lions share of starts in goal and be spelled off by rookie back-up and local boy, Tanner McGaw.






Kent Lewis and his staff will make sure the team will know the importance of divisional games, no matter how early in the season.  The consensus from last Saturday's loss was two points squandered to a divisional foe. This team will be looking to regain their home dominance that they had one season ago.  A home record that was tied for 2nd best in the BCHL, and turned the Hap into one of the toughest places to play.

Also the team will need to be more disciplined and stay away from the penalty box. Yes the penalty-kill has been good thus far, however, eventually you are going to get burned when taking too many penalties. The Kings are a perfect 9/9 on the penalty kill, tied for first with Victoria and Prince George. Also more offensive production from lines 2-4 will need to get going.

So far, the top line of Niddery, Garbowsky and Schuler have scored all but one goal for the Kings so far. The season is young, and it's too early to even worry about production from the other lines. When you have fresh faces and veterans playing with new line mates, chemistry won't happen over night, but over time.

The back end has looked great at times and, well, average at times. However, the depth and talent from one through six is arguably the best in the league. I don't think King fans have anything to worry about.

Mike Garteig is in the net tonight and will most likely go again tomorrow with Maguire on Sunday.

Lines and Scratches closer to game time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kings @ Black & Sweetwater Falls





Kings Conditioning Camp, Hockey Academy, Skills & Puck Development and Power Skating.

  • A reminder to young hockey players in Powell River. Today is the first day of the Powell River Kings Conditioning Camp.

The camp kicks off today, starting with the Initiation division hitting the ice from 5-6pm at the Hap. Atom & Peewee's at 6:15 and then Bantam & Midget going at 730-8:30pm.
(Players are still able to register at the Kings office at a cost of $125 for six sessions.)

The camp  goes every Monday & Wednesday, with the last session going on September 30th.

  • The Hockey Academy is still accepting participants for Phase #1. It will be an after school program for Pewee, Bantam & Midget Players. The Academy runs right after school from 3:30-6:30pm.
The $275 registration fee gets you an hour and fifteen minutes of ice a day focusing on all areas of the game. The players will go through intense dry land sessions gym & core workouts, plyometric workouts, nutritional seminars, Junior hockey and & goaltending seminars as well.  Also instructors will go through video, Q & A sessions and homework study sessions.

The Academy are every Wednesday, from September 22nd to December 1st.

  • The Skills & Puck Development  program gets going October 4th and runs every Monday for eight sessions ending on December 6th.
The program is players from Initiation right up to Midget level.  The Kings coaching staff will focus on different aspects of puck handling, puck protection, face-offs, puck cycles, chips & support, shooting and passing

For those goalies, this is a great opportunity to get tons of rubber and receive valuable 1-on-1 instruction from Mike Garteig and Sean Maguire.

  •  Finally, the Kings staff  is still accepting registration for the Power Skating program. The eight session programs starts October 5th and runs every Tuesday until November 30th.  ($125)
  • Targeted for Initiation, Atom & Peewee players
Players will be instructed on balance, edges, stride extension/recovery, crossovers/tight turns, starts/stops, pivots and backward skating.

Each program only has room for 25 players so sign up fast!!!

You can sign up for all four programs at the Kings office.
We accept cash, cheque, debit credit card

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Morning Office Update

Just working on some game prep for this Weekends home-and-home with the Victoria Grizzlies.

The Kings have taken a day off from practice. However, in the mean time, the coaching staff has taken the boys on a mid morning hike to experience the backwoods of Powell River.

I'm excited to call my first game at one of the nicer facilities in the BCHL, the Bear Mountain Arena come Saturday. As a broadcaster, and my colleagues can attest to this, you judge the rink by the booth you call a game from. It's a weird quirk of mine, but the first thing I look for in a rink is the perch I call a game from. "The Bear" has a nice enclosed booth on the main mezzanine level which puts you right at centre ice.  However, early in its inception, the broadcast booth was dubbed the "fish bowl" as the glass enclosed room gave off an echo and a vibe that you were inside just that, a fish bowl. Now the arena staff have since cut a piece out at the top to let the crowd noise in.

This home-and-home is important, as there is 8 points on the table. Like Kent Lewis said this week, the more points you get in September, the better you are off come February. A first round bye in the playoffs can do wonders to keep a team fresh for a deep playoff run.

On another note, it shall be interesting to follow how the players react to their first "3 in 3" of the season. Sunday afternoon's early start time against Surrey at the Hap could be tough. Then again, the way this team stresses fitness, I don't think we should have any problem.

As for me, the next few days will be busy getting notes prepared for the "3 in 3"

check back later.

Monday, September 13, 2010

BCHL Player of the week: Joel Rumpel

With the first week of BCHL hockey in the books, the BCHL has come out with the seasons firs POW.

from the BCHL website:

Penticton Vees goaltender Joel Rumpel has been named the British Columbia Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending September 12th, the league announced Monday.



Rumpel was stellar in a pair of weekend wins over the Westside Warriors, allowing just a pair of goals on 70 shots. On Friday, the 19-year old stopped all 32 shuts that he faced in a 1-0 victory on the road. One night later, he allowed a pair of special teams goals while making 36 saves. He was named the game's First Star in both contests.

Overall, Rumpel closed out the week with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save-percentage. The Wisconsin commit is beginning his first season as the starter in Penticton after compiling a 19-3 record with two shutouts while backing up Sean Bonar a year ago.


Honourable mentions for this week's award included Trail's Travis St. Denis, Victoria's Joel Lowry and Salmon Arm's Kris Moore.

Game Photos: Clippers @ Kings



Saturday, September 11, 2010

Clippers edge Kings

The Nanaimo Clippers won a back and forth affair versus Powell River 4-3 on Saturday night at the Hap Parker arena.

Kyle Kramer's rebound goal at 16:27 of the third stood up as the game winning goal, giving Nanaimo their first win of the season in their opening night. Kramer fed Mike Domsodi on right wing, who quickly snapped a shot short side on Garteig, who in turn, kicked a rebound out to a waiting Kramer, who then popped it high blocker on the Kings netminder.

The Kings did come close tying the game at four with the net empty,  but Clippers goaltender, Marc-Andre Pelletier stood tall in the final moments, including two goal mouth scrambles.

GAME OVER.

Game recap:

1st period no scoring


The Powell River Kings weathered an early blitz by Nanaimo off the opening, and started to grab momentum late in the period, however were unable to solve Pelletier. To his credit, Mike Garteig was razor sharp in the opening frame, thwarting the Nanaimo attack on several occasions.

2nd period:

The Clippers got on the scoreboard first when Sam Labrecque wired a one-timer from the top of the left circle by Garteig just under five minutes in.

The Kings responded with a nice goal by Matt Garbowsky; who took a rebound short blocker side, and fired upstairs on Pelletier at 8:18.

1-1

Nanaimo came back with Leo Fitzgerald's first BCHL goal when he zipped a snap shot over the blocker of Garteig between the circles at 13:10.

2-1 Clippers.

Nanaimo added to their lead with a marker from Brayden Jaw on a nice two-on-one rush with Kyle Kramer. Jaw took a feed and walked in on Gartieg and went high on the Prince George native.

3-1 Clippers.

After the ensuing face-off, Matt Domsodi took an hooking infraction giving the Kings a power-play. Which would prove to be costly.

Chad Niddery scored just twenty seven seconds into the man advantage, bringing his team within one goal.

3-2 Clippers.

In the third, both teams started off trading chances in either end; both goaltenders were up to the task keeping things as is. Nanaimo actually seized momentum for a brief period of time midway through the period until a double minor spearing penalty to Mike Puddifant.

On the ensuing power-play, Dan Schuler took a puck between the circles, turned, then fired home his first BCHL goal past Pelletier.

3-3

Thus bringing us to where I started, Kyle Kramer's game wining goal.

Power-Plays:
Nanaimo: 0/3
Powell River 3/6

Shots 44-27 Powell River

Nanaimo 1-0-0-0
Powell River 1-1-0-0

Kings host the Grizzlies, Friday @ 7:30pm

Game Day Preview: Kings-Clippers

The Nanaimo Clippers come to town for their first game of the BCHL season and the Kings look to go two for two on opening weekend.


The Nanaimo Clipper enter the new season with a good mix of returning players and fresh faces. Tonight's line-up will have no less then 8 returnees from last year's squad that made it to the second round of the BCHL post-season.
When talking about new faces on Nanaimo, the Fitzgerald trio come to mind. The 17 year-old triplets signed on with the Orange & black in the summer after a year in the VIJHL. However, they didn't play together as a unit last season. Leo and Myles played for the Oceanside Generals and Gerry played in Pennisula, for current Kings assistant coach, Geoff Grimwood. The brothers will play together (something they haven't done in recent years) in what will be Nanaimo's third line. Also in talking about rookies for Nanaimo, Quebec has been a key to their recruiting.

Seven of the team's newest players come from the La Belle province, including both goaltenders in Charles Premont and Charles-Andre Pelletier. Also "rookie" Zach Martin is finally healthy after being out for almost two seasons of hockey due to various aliments.

The Clippers return five out of their ten top scorers, including Andrew Gladiuk who was fourth in team scoring with 49 points last season. This team will no doubt miss the offensive capabilites of Cody Bremner ( Lacrosse Scholarship to Yale) and Luc-Oliver Blain (Graduation). This will force other returnee's such as Braden Jaw, Kyle Kramer and Victor Newell to increase their offensive production. Now keeping goals out will be a key as well.

When I covered this team two years ago (working as an news reporter) in Nanaimo, the back-end depth was a concern among fans at FCA.  However over the course of two seasons, it looks like the core they have in place could show signs of regaining form. The Clippers are returning six defenseman from last season  and have added imports, Sam Lebreque and Jeffrey Coffin.  The most shuffling has come in goal.

Returning starter, Luc Boivin, was thought to be their number one for the start of the season. However, Head Coach, Bill Bestwick, had stated that Boivin simply lossed his job to new comer Charles-Andre Pelletier in the exhibition season, which resulted a trade back to Quebec for Boivin. In comes another Quebec native, Charles-Alexy Premont, who had a spell with Shawinigan  of the QMJHL.

All, in all, look for this team to improve on their 24-25-1-10 record.








The Powell River Kings will look to stay out of the box from the get go tonight against Nanaimo. Powell River took  11 minutes of penalties in the opening period alone. However, when this team started playing at even strength, they took over.

The new look top line of Niddery, Garbowsky and Schuler looked very sharp for game one. That line combined for eight points, including Niddery and Garbowsky registering a goal and two helpers respectively. When rookie, Daniel Schuler starts shooting the puck more, this could be one of the top lines in the BCHL this season .

On the back end, imports Chris Williams, Craig Dalrymple and Jon Jutzi had very strong showings in their first games. Also throw in solid efforts from Jason Yee and Klay Kachur who played at forward as well, this core could be very good this season.

Look for a better start from the Kings and more rubber going to the opposition goal.

Pre-game show 7:15 puck drop 7:30 on SUN FM

See ya at the rink.

Friday, September 10, 2010

BCHL PPV

To those concerned about access for the online PPV broadcasts, the link for tonight's game will go live within an hour of scheduled puck drop. Insync, the webcasting provider for the BCHL has every broadcast scheduled to go a specific times throughout the year, for every game. My advice is to check the link around half an hour before game time.

Hopefully that answers any questions.

Game Day: 'Dawgs @ Kings

It's finally here, the opening of the 2010-2011 BCHL season.

FINALLY!!!!!

I don't know how much more baseball highlights I could take!!

The Kings open their campaign against a very familiar foe, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Remember them? They certainly haven't forgotten the fact they had a 3-1 lead in the Coastal Conference Final, and lost at home, in game 7, last April. Suffice to say, there MIGHT be some hard feelings.

Much has been made about the fact the Bulldogs have lost, to either graduation or trade, their top line from one season ago (Mark & Mitch MacMillan, David Dzuirzynki) that's 247 points. The top returning scorer from last season is Casey Bailey, who finished 8th in team scoring with 24 points. Fans and pundits could immediately declare that this team will have trouble putting the vulcanized rubber in the net. However, on paper, it looks like this team is returning a solid core of players and has added depth offensively from the Jr. B and Midget ranks.

 The Bulldogs, defense, much like Powell River, should be their Strong Suit. Four of out their seven on the blue-line are returning players, and sprinkle in a solid recruiting core with Connor Varley and Tanner Hicks, this team should be steady from the back end.

In my opinion, the main reason this team looks good defensivley, is their starter in net, Frank Slubowski. The native of Prince Rupert put up some impressive numbers between the pipes one season ago. Slubowski  sported a neat 2.24 GAA and a tidy 919 SV percentage.

Yes, this team won't put up the goal totals they did last season, however you can bet every game their opponents will be having kittens trying to figure out how to score.

Could we see another Coastal Conference Final Preview?

  





The Kings didn't rebuild, they reloaded in the summer. Case in point, the blue-line. Kent Lewis recruited some big talent to patrol the back-end, literally. New comers are 6'2 Jon Jutzi, 6'4 Craig Dalrymple  and  6'2 Chris Williams.  Don't forget returnees Justin DaSilva who stands at 6'5, 6'2 Klay Kacur, 6'0 Jason Yee and undersized, (If 5'11 can be) Braden Pears. The Blue-line provoked quite a few reactions from scouts and coaches at the Ashes Cup. If an opposing forward can get behind that wall, they still have to deal with Mike Garteig.

The native of Prince George, returns for his second season, and the anointed number 1. In his role of 1. A throughout last season, "Garts" collected 15 wins and kept his goals against under 3. Which is quite impressive for a 'tender in this league. Add to the fact that coach, Kent Lewis,  has made it very clear that he has the up most faith in him, this 'tenders confidence will be sky high.

The forward corps, has been replenished by a solid recruiting class. New comers, Dan Schuler and Cohen Adair will help ease the pressure off Chad Niddery and Matt Garbowsky. Look out for Schuler, an agile skater with tremendous hands to put up points on a nightly basis skating with Nidds' and Garbs. The bottom six might be the difference for this team.

Mikes Sones comes in from the Ontario Jr.B to play along with Brendan Forbes and Teagan Waugh. Sones collected 43 points in 51 games last season. That was good enough to declare his commitment to Mercyhurst next season.  The "fourth" line has this blogger excited.

One of the first conversations I had with Kent, he mention that his team needed a complete line-up ,to get to the next level. In comes, energetic forward, Nick Indelicato from Boston, two-way centre, Ryan Elliot from Manitoba and hard checking, Scott Renner via trade with Penticton. That trio should give the fans lots to cheer about and give the team a lift when they need it the most.

Well that's it, time to get ready for tonight.

Pre-game show 7:15 on 95.7 SUN FM


Thursday, September 9, 2010

4 Good Minutes with Kent Lewis.

I had a chat with Head Coach & GM Kent Lewis about this past week and the start of the BCHL season tomorrow night.

enjoy.
Kent Lewis

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Coaches comments on Scott Renner

Here is Assistant Coach, Geoff Grimwood, on newly acquired Scott Renner.


Geoff Grimwood

Kings add depth at forward

For those that are unaware, the Kings have added forward Scott Renner from the Penticton Vee's.

From the BCHL website: The Powell River Kings Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Scott Renner (92)(F) from the Penticton Vees Hockey Club as part of the future considerations portion of the transfer of Jordan Grant from Powell River to Penticton initially.

Assistant Coach, Geoff Grimwood on the newest aacquisition "Scott is going to bring size, speed and toughness to our line-up. He is very good on the fore-check, and fans will like his grit and determination on the ice."

Scott is from West Kelowna, and applied his trade last season with the Chase Chiefs of the KIJHL. In 47 games, he recorded 5 goals and 10 helpers along with 151 penalty minutes, which lead the team.

Renner will wear number 44 and could possibly be in the line-up for the opening weekend versus Alberni Valley and Nanaimo.

Hump Day

The team has concluded their short exhibition schedule after last weekend's trip to Trail. The boys in green & gold collected 3 out of a possible 6 points at the old Cominco Arena, including a exciting 6-4 come from behind win, over the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL (Am I allowed to call exhibition exciting?)

Kent Lewis and his staff had some tough decisions to trim their roster down to 23 players. Their were no less then 5 players battling for the final two forward positions and 10 defenseman gunning for 7 spots. In the end, forwads Devon Hascarl, and Mark Walton, along with defenseman Zach Urban were sent back to their respective teams. The Kings would like to thank those who participated in this years main camp.

As it stand now, here on your 2010-2011 Powell River Kings

Daniel Schuler Matt Garbowsky Chad Niddery

Carter Shinkaruk Cohen Adair Drew Pettitt

Mike Sones Brenden Forbes Teagan Waugh

Nick Indelicato Ryan Elliot Branden Formosa/Scott Renner

Chris Williams Justin DaSilva
 Klay Kachur       Braden Pears
Craig Dalrymple Jason Yee
Jon Jutzi * Awaiting Hockey Canada Approval
Chris Manhas * Jr. B card
Mike Garteig
Sean Maguire

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quick Update from the Office

First off, sorry for being MIA for the past few days. It's was hard to update on the road trip back to Powell River and then fighting with the wireless at home.

Fingers crossed, later today I will post the team roster for the 2010-2011 season, including complete stats on all the players. Also I might get some pictures from today's practice which goes at 2pm.

A question for you, the reader, how did you like the live blogging on the weekend? Would you like as a regular feature? Something like a fan forum every Monday to discuss everything that's Kings hockey.

Post a comment below, or email me prkingsbroadcast@live.ca

Saturday, September 4, 2010

LIVE BLOGGING!!!! Kings vs. Bandits

Good morning from the Cominco Arena in Trail

An early wake-up call for everyone at the Red Mountain Ski Resort in Rossland. I say this as the teams opponent this morning, the Brooks Bandits, stayed at the same resort.

The Kings were up and on the bus for 7:15 for an extra early pre-game meal at the Birchbank Golf & Country Club. The course was looking magnificent, very green and pristine.

Turning to this morning's game, one team will finally collect their first and only win of the weekend and well, the other has a long and quiet ride home.

Starting with Brooks, the Bandits are winless and have been outscored 12-4. They opened the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Trail and followed that up by losing to Penticton by the very same score. By going with what I'm told, the Bandits are a young team that has rebuilt from last year's AJHL campaign.

One jersey note, the Bandits starting goaltender, Jan Obernesser, wears his goalie pants low, EXTREMELY low. As in he could be in a Jay-Z music video.

The Kings have also seen their struggles over the past 48 hours. Last night's 4-2 defeat to host Trail has raised some eyebrows. In particular, the line-up iced last night was pretty close to what you could very well see on Friday versus Alberni Valley.

Kent Lewis and his coaching staff are waiting to see when this group of young men will come together as a team. We haven't seen that grit and toughness that is a staple of Kent Lewis coached teams. On the other hand,  you do have to remember this team has only played three exhibition games thus far. That is far fewer then the majority of teams in the BCHL, the Express have played over five!

Expect to see a hungry, angry hockey team this morning.

Line-ups coming soon...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kings-Smokies Line-up

Kings
Nidderry Garbowsky Adair
Sones Formosa Pettitt
Schuler Forbes Waugh
Indelicato Walton Hascarl

Jutzi Yee
Pears Dalrymple
DaSilva Williams

Garteig
Maguire

Smoke Eaters

Mellor Jacklin St. Denis
Laboucane Bradshaw Proulx
Boytinck Slobozian Tappe
Greenway Abenante Baker

Strukoff McEwan
Koshey Matthews
Sidhu Walker

LaRose
Perehudoff

Game Preview Kings vs. Smoke Eaters

Powell River is looking to collect their first win of the Mountain FM Ashes Cup tonight against host, Trail.

The Smokies started off the "tournament" on the right foot with a 6-2 drubbing of the Brooks Bandits (Mind you, Brooks did have 8 bodies in the stands).

Veteran, Travis St. Denis lead he way notching two goals, as five different Trail players found their way on the goal sheet. Picking up the win in goal for Trail was returnee Keifer Smiley.

Turning to tonight's game, the Kings will ice a more "veteran" line-up and I do use that term loosely. In are returnee's Justin DaSilva, Chad Niddery and Braden Pears. Taking their turn sitting from the stands are Zach Urban, Klay Kachur and Ryan Elliot. Once again it will be Mike Garteig in goal, with Sean Maguire getting the start tomorrow morning.

live blogging starts at 7:15pm

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Live Blogging in less then hour Kings vs. Vees

Ashes Cup Game Day: Kings vs. Vees

The team has finally madeit to Trail this morning, greeted by clear skies and warm weather. To be honest it doesn't really feel like hockey weather-just yet. That sure will change when the team gets into their pre-game routine for their 4:30pm face-off with the Penticton Vees.

Here's the line-up the Kings will ice.

* Bold indicates returning player

Forwards:

Cohen Adair Matt Garbowsky Teagan Waugh

Mike Sones Brendan Forbes Drew Pettit

Mark Walton Brandon Formosa Daniel Schuler

Nick Indelicato Ryan Elliot Devon Hascarl

Defense:
Jon Jutzi Jason Yee

Craig Dalrymple Chris Williams
Klay Kachur Zach Urban

Goalies:
Mike Garteig

Sean Maguire

Scratch:
Justin Dasilva
Chad Niddery
Carter Shinkaruk
David Stephens
Braden Pears
Chris Manhas

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ashes Cup Travel Diary

Ok, reception was spotty at best through the mountains on our way to Grand Forks, but we made it!

Just ate some great spaghetti dinner and now getting ready for bed, short day of travel tomorrow.

Goodnight

Ashes Cup Diary Update lV

1:02 pm just finished lunch and on the road to Abbotsford. Big thumbs up to the staff at Old Spaghetti Factory. Great food and great, quick service.

Now it's to Grand Forks but first there's a few K's to put on the bus.

Hit it Norm..

11:05am Ashes Cup Diary lll

On the second ferry and out five bucks courtesy of Associate Coach Chad Van Diemen in a game of 31.

Sorry about the lack if pictures thus far. The iPhone isn't set up with host site for loading content.

Next stop lunch in Langley at the Old spaghetti Factory.

8:40 am: Ashes Cup Diary Update

Off the Earls Cove ferry on the way to ferry #2. Beautiful day for travel

Ashes Cup Day 1

Good morning and welcome to the travel diary of the Powell River KIngs on their way to TRail for the Ashes Cup. I'll be trying to do my best to give continual updates throughtout the week on all things Kings.

So Here we go...

6:45 am On the bus and off to the first ferry