Left picture: #30 Jordan Naylor dives forward to poke the puck from in front of the crease.
Right picture: #3 Tyler Williams shot is deflected over the net by the Powell River goaltender.
POWELL RIVER — The Clippers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Kings on Friday in Game 1 of the BCHL playoffs. It was the type of a back and forth battle you’d expect from two rivals who are meeting for the second year in a row in the opening round of the post season.
Powell River scored early in the first period on a goal mouth tip in by Levi Glasman. That was the only goal until Hunor Torzsok shot a puck in from the right side that fooled Mitch Adamyk three minutes into the second.
A power play one timer by Ben Berard got the Kings back in front, before Sammy Steele evened things up once again with a shot that looped over top of Adamyk. Late in the second period a controversial call saw Clippers captain Marcus Mitchell given a blow to the head major and a game misconduct for a check on Ben Wozney. The Clippers disputed the call, which carries with it the likelihood of supplemental discipline.
In the third period the Kings earned the game winner on a goal by Mitchell Williams. Jordan Naylor stopped an initial shot but couldn’t get across in time to make the second save.
The final shots finished 33-29 for the Kings and the power plays ended up 0/2 for Nanaimo and 1/4 for Powell River.
Friday’s Three Stars were Levi Glasman (1 goal, 2 assists), Mitchell Williams (1 goal), and Sammy Steele (1 goal).
There’s a short turnaround before Game 2 which is a 5 p.m. start Saturday at the Hap Parker Arena.
Game 3 and Game 4 are Monday and Tuesday in Nanaimo.