The Powell River Kings started a busy weekend on an winning note. The Kings edged the Coquitlam Express 2-1 infront of 760 fans at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.
Mike Sones tipped in the game winning goal on the power-play in early in the third period. For the Waterdown, Ontario native, it was seizing the opportunity given to him. Sones saw time on the first powe-play unit and on the wing with Garbowsky and Niddery in the latter part of this hockey game.
To be honest, this wasn't the best effort over sixty minutes we have seen from the Kings. Geoff Grimwood touched on it in the post-game show. Grimwood said the team as an whole did not play well inside their own blue line. Hard to disagree.
In the early going the Kings looked nervous and seemed to run around at times when he Express pressured in the offensive zone. Credit Mike Garteig for backing up his team between the pipes.
The streaking goaltender was solid right from the drop of the puck-literally. Express captain Gerrick Perry tested Garteig on an rush after the opening face-off.
Chris Williams was a bright spot for the Kings on Friday. The 19 year-old Pennsylvania product played a regular shift on the blue line for the first forty minutes of the game before being called up to play right wing. Dan Schuler's upper body injury early in the second shorted handed the Kings upfront. Williams didn't look out of place one bit and seemed to thrive in the situation.
Also the Kings took the special teams battle. Powell River scored once in five opportunities on the man advantage. The biggest key, in my opinion, was the Kings killing off a two minute five on three late in third period.
Goals: PR-Jon Jutzi, Mike Sones CQ-Riley McIntosh
Shots: 26-24 PR
PP: PR-1/5 CQ 0/5