Friday, April 1, 2011

Snakes take game one 3-1

  • Powell River knew it wouldn't come easy against a very stingy Vipers squad and tonight showed why. The Vipers limited the Kings to just 22 shots and one goal en route to a 3-1 game one win in Powell River.
  • The Vernon defense core didn't give much to King shooters as the middle of the ice was almost completely blocked off. Powell River struggled at getting their sticks on pucks in the middle of the Snakes zone and if they did a Vernon stick was there to knock it away.
  • One could argue all three Vernon goals were self inflicted. Walchuk's opener came off a rebound in front as he was left open on top of the blue paint. Off the draw a Kings failed out and a missed coverage to pick up the winger as he made his way to the goal. Kakoske's goal came off a careless turnover right in front of the Kings goal. Adair was trying to bring it out in front and was pick pocketed by Kakoske who snapped a low shot by Garteig. Zalewksi's ended up going off Dalrymple and in. The intial rush was a three on two and the Vipers were allowed to drive the net.
  • Both power-plays were non-factors as both teams went 0-2 on the man advantage. Give credit to both PK's as they were aggressive and effective.
  • Kirby Halcrow came in and got the job done tonight. The goaltending match up was spot lighted and Halcrow was good when he had to be -witch wasn't often.
  • 22 shots is acceptable and the Kings will have to be much better tomorrow.
  • When there is a large crowd this post season it isn't always a good thing for the Kings. Dating back to the last two finals, the Kings are only 3-4 on home ice in the Fred Page Cup.
  • A good first five minutes but where was the rest of the 55? Yes the Kings had moments in the second period and in the third. The Vipers felt out the Kings early on and came alive and control the game for the majority of time.

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