Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kings snake bitten in game 2

  • The goals have dried up for the Kings through two games versus Vernon. Powell River has put 66 pucks on goal in two games but has only one goal to show for it.
  • Scoring has been an issue for this team throughout the playoffs. Coming into the Fred Page Cup the Kings were averaging just under three goals per game.
  • So why has the scoring fallen off? Give credit to the Vipers who don't give much time and space to the Kings when they have the puck-especially in their own end. When there is rebounds and chances in and around the Vernon net, it just doesnt click for the Kings. Either the pass is half a foot ahead or behind its' intended target or it's a rolling puck to contend with.
  • Powell River will have to find a way to bare down on their opportuinites, as there won't be many-on either side in this series.
  • The power-play can be an area where their offensive plight could be turned around. If the Kings went even one for three last night we could be talking about a series tied at one.  The power-play is where you need to capitalize, especially in a series as tight as this one.
  • The Kings brought a much better effort last night. There was fire in the Kings game as they came out with great job and in turn resulted in an entertaining product.
  • Coming back to the offensive woes, it's hard to generate chances when you are starting in the neutral zone or further back. The Kings need to fight tooth and nail to generate more offensive zone face-offs. In the first period Powell River didn't have a draw in the Vipers end for the first six minutes. The team did generate more as the game wore on. Making it a short rink can benefit any offense.
  • What it comes down to is being opportunistic and that's what the Vipers have been this series. Don't get me wrong they've played well but by no means have they out played Powell River. This series has been extremely close.
  • I would like to single out a few individual performances from last night. Jusitn DaSilva was a rock on the back end for the Kings. Big number 25 was a physical force throwing his weight around and using his speed in joining the rush and easily was his best game of the playoffs. In fact the entire defense was terrific for the Kings.
  • Chris Williams was great with the body as well and using his speed to generate chances through the neutral zone. Jon Jutzi and Craig Dalrymple are going to be quite the duo next season. They have the size, the speed and vision. Both are getting better in every game they play. Jason Yee put in another unhearalded performance and AP Justin Sotkowy is fitting in nicely.
  • The same can be said about the Vernon back end. Adam Thompson and Steve Weinstein are chewing up lots of minutes and are just so steady. Malcom Lyles can do it all, five on five, power-play and penalty-kill. He's one of the best in the league.
  • Player nor fan should hang their head after last night's result. A tremendous effort and compete level shown by the Kings and Vipers. Remember Vernon came back down 2-0 against Salmon Arm.

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