For the second straight game the Kings offense exploded for seven goals in a 7-1 mauling of the Victoria Grizzlies. That follows a 7-6 double overtime victory over Cowichan Valley on Friday.
778 fans saw the Kings score seven consecutive goals, including three straight power-play goals, after David Morley opened the scoring in the first. Morley's 25th finished off a nice passing play from Joel Lowry and Madison Dias. However that would be the lone highlight for the Grizzlies.
The Morley goal actually woke up the Kings who, with a day off yesterday, looked sluggish to start the first period. Teagan Waugh and Cohen Adair scored power-play goals three minutes and eight seconds apart. Waugh's marker pushes his goal total into double digits with ten. Adair put home his 23rd of the season and 7th on the man advantage.
The Kings skated to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after one.
The Kings scored the only goal of the second period on Matt Garbowsky's first of two at 18:15. Garbowsky put home a back door pass on the power-play from Jon Jutzi. Nice pass, nice goal.
Braden Pears scored the first of four goals in the third period for Powell River. Pears finished off a tidy three on one with a well placed wrist shot over the glove of Cam Gorchynski. That must have felt nice for the Victoria native.
Garbowsky scored his second soon after a faceoff in the offensive zone where he went to his backhand and put it high on the short side for number 38. Justin Bardarson, on the power-play, and Klay Kachur added late goals to cap the scoring.
Final shots: 39-29 Powell River
Power-Play: Kings 4/5 Grizzlies 0/6
- Always encouraging to see depth scoring from the Kings this afternoon as five different players had goals. Chad Niddery only had one assist, and didn't have to do much more. Today's game shows they can win with more than just one line scoring.
- Justin Bardarson had his best game as a King with a goal and two assists. He was hard on the puck all night and made some nice hits as well.
- Mike Garteig sure was solid after missing an extended period with influenza. Garteig stopped 28 shots and made some terrific saves in the first when it was a one goal game. Garteig was also terrific during a sequence early in the third.
- The Kings move their home record to a BCHL best 23-3-0-1.