Friday, November 26, 2010

Kings take rematch 2-1

Sam Lebrecque's goal tonight was a spoiler for a different reason.

The diminutive defenseman scored the game winner on Wednesday in Nanaimo's 6-3 victory in Powell River, but tonight his goal broke up Sean Maguire's shutout bid.

The Kings 17 year old provided excellent goaltending propelling his team to a 2-1 win over the Clippers in Nanaimo. The Kings finished their Nanaimo portion of the season series going undefeated in three games at the Frank Crane Arena (2-0-1-0). The win also evens the overall record with Nanaimo (2-2-1-0).

Kent Lewis eluded to it in the pre-game show when, in his own words, he said Wednesday's game was the worst effort he has seen from his club this year and that he demands better. He got what he asked for.

Granted the starts in each of the three periods weren't great, but the Kings in each of those periods found their legs as the game progressed. The team also found their face-off touch as well, as all four centermen were good in the circles and especially in key situations. I point to Steven Schmidt and Brenden Forbes centering the 3rd and 2nd line doing a very good job.

Going back to Lewis once more, he wasn't happy with the state of his team's power-play suggesting that they needed to keep it simple and not be too fancy. Message delivered and received. Andrew Pettitt deflected a Craig Dalrymple point shot in the third which turned out to be the game winning goal.

A much better effort on this night from all 18 skaters which will be needed tomorrow night in Alberni Valley.

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