Monday, December 13, 2010

Kings move to Number One in Canada; Weekend Wrap Up

The Powell River Kings have dethroned the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) as the number one ranked team in the CJHL.
full rankings here

This is the first time the Kings have been ranked #1 in the country and the first BCHL team this season. The Kings swept their two game mainland road swing last week, including blanking the Langley Chiefs 4-0 and downing the Surrey Eagles 3-1.

The ranking is a reflection of the dedicated members of the Kings organization who have put countless hours into making this program what it is today. Kent Lewis and his coaching staff have rebuilt a team that only a short time ago was struggling to crack the .500 mark. Now this team is sitting first place in the league and as of today, the country.

Congratulations Powell River, you've earned it.


Going back to the weekend, the Kings continued to flex their muscle on the road. The two wins bumped their road record to 12-2-3-1. Powell River has the best winning percentage and second most wins on the road.

The Kings didn't do anything fancy in their approach for both games. Kent Lewis wanted an early forecheck and players going hard after pucks. It sounds simple, and it is, but it was mighty affective as well. Powell River used their forecheck and cycle game to get chances early and often in both games.

Weekend Three Stars:

1. Tegan Waugh
The 18 year old second year product has been on a tear since returning from injury. Waugh scored in both games last week and is riding a four game goal scoring streak. Waugh is still technically a rookie in the BCHL, but he sure isn't playing like one. Waugh, along with Brenden Forbes and Carter Shinkaruk have been racking up points in their past handful of games. That line has 17 points in their last 6 games.

2. Brenden Forbes

Forbes could be called the man behind Teagan Waugh's success. The centreman registered two points in two games both in the 4-0 win over Langley. Forbes scored once and assisted on the game winning goal by Chris Williams on Wednesday. His efforts did not go unnoticed either as he was named third star of the game. Although he did not pick up a point on Friday, Forbes was terrific on the draw and was effective in winning puck battles in the opposition's end. Brenden is coming into his own with the Powell River Kings.

3. Jason Yee

You will find Jason at the bottom of the team scoring race but that doesn't matter. The third year King is arguably the best defensive defenseman in the BCHL and that was on full display this past week. Yee was a force in his own end. On Wednesday, Yee and his partner Jon Jutzi held the BCHL's second leading scorer, Matt Ius, without a point or scoring chance. On Friday, for an encore performance, Yee held the top scorer in the league, Bradley McGowan, without a point or a shot. Jason doesn't get noticed on the ice and that's exactly what the coaches want.

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