Sunday, September 20, 2015
Kings thump Dogs 7-0
Once again a pretty good pace to start the game for both sides of the puck, although there wasn't much in the way of glaring mistakes that led to scoring chances for either side. The Kings would earn a power play chance near the midway point of the first, and managed to get several pucks on net but Carson Schamerhorn was sharp in net to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs had their best pressure of the period shortly afterwards as the line of Jordan Sandhu, Josh Adkins and Scottie Clark hemmed the Kings in and managed to generate a couple of scrambles around Stefan Wornig, but they couldn't find the back of the net as it stayed 0-0 through 20 minutes, with the shots even at 9 aside.
It took just 34 seconds for the Kings to get on the board in the second period as a Bulldog defender got caught standing up at the line and a long 2 on 1 rush was the end result, and the Kings connected on it beautifully as Curtis Turnbull out-waited the Bulldog defender before putting a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Tristan Mullin who made no mistake firing past a diving Schamerhorn to make it 1-0 at 34 seconds of the second. The Kings goal went to their legs, as they continued to push the Dogs and had a couple great scoring chances from the slot and in tight that Schamerhorn came up big on. The Dogs couldn't push back though, as the Kings drew a penalty and ended up building their lead on it when a point shot missed the net but bounced off the end boards and out the opposite side where Hunter Findlater found it and potted it into the open side. Jack Long also drew an assist on the play at 5:26 of the second. What looked like a tough non-call would end up in the back of the Dogs net shortly afterwards as Eric Margo got his stick taken out of his hands near the Kings line as Powell River raced up ice on another odd-man rush that they connected on when Curtis McCarrick converted a cross-ice pass from Nick Halagian that Schamerhorn had no chance on at 8:32 of the second to make it 3-0. The Dogs appeared to earn their first power play of the game two minutes later, with a delayed penalty coming against the Kings. Cayden Kraus would drive the net and make contact with the goalie, resulting in the Kings roughing him up hard after the whistle. Kraus would get the only penalty with none of the after the whistle retaliation being called, as the result was 5 on 5 hockey. Seconds after play resumed, the Dogs were penalized away from the puck. On the ensuing man-advantage the Kings made quick work of it to go up 4-0 as Jeremy Leipsic fired a rebound home in tight off a deflection. Nick Halagian picked up the only assist on the play at 12:18 of the second.
Shots favoured the Kings 19-9 for a two period total favouring the Kings of 28-19.
The Dogs put on a good push despite the score to start the third period, but again they couldn't find the net to make a game of it. The Kings would find the net to go up 5-0 on the power play when Jack Long walked down the right wing and blew a slap shot off a defender's stick and up and over the glove of Schamerhorn, top corner short-side at 6:38 with Jeremy Leipsic drawing the only assist. Just two and a half minutes later it was 6-0 Kings when Rylan Ball chased down a loose puck and roofed one short-side high, past the glove of Schamerhorn. There was no assist on the play at 8:56 of the third. Less than a minute later it was 7-0 as Kyle Betts was allowed to walk in alone - looked offside to me by a foot, might be sour grapes - he made no mistake on the breakaway, cutting across the crease and lifting it by Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Carter Turnbull and Jeremy Leclerc at 9:29 of the third. The Dogs would call time out to attempt and stop the bleeding, and while they did that and showed no quit, they could never get much of a sustained attack going to break the shut out bid of Stefan Wornig, who did make a couple solid saves in the later minutes to protect the goose egg for the 7-0 final score.
Third period shots favoured the Dogs 16-11, with the Kings outshooting the Dogs 39-34 overall. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss, but was the least of the Dogs worries in this one in my opinion. Stefan Wornig picked up second star honours with the win and the shut out in the Kings net.
Special teams stats saw the Dogs go 0 for 2 on the power play while the Kings went a lethal 3 for 6.
The Dogs next see action Thursday at 4pm when they face the Penticton Vees at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.