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The game was tied with the familiar score line of 1-1 after 1, then the second hit. Goals were coming like rapid fire, bing, bang, boom. It wasn’t all good for the Cents though as they trailed 5-4 after 2, and ended up falling 7-4 by the end of the game.

The first started late due to a pre-game ceremony which honored outgoing BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale, but the period flew by due to the fact their were no penalties.

Powell River opened the scoring with leading scorer Ben Berard doing the honors on a spin around shot that beat Jacob Berger short side.

The Cents found an answer midway through the first when Sam Miller led the rush into the zone, dished to Zach Court on the left side, who found Brendan Schneider on the way to the slot, and he took his time and fired one up high on AP Alex Rolfe who made the start for the Kings.

The second saw the Cents get the first powerplay of the game a minute into the period, and at the 2:22 mark Zach Risteau ripped a wrister up high on Rolfe after being set up by Schneider.

40 seconds later, Neal Samanski answered for the Kings on a move in tight to tie things at 2.

The Kings regained the lead 2 minutes later with Berard notching his second of the game to make it 3-2.

The Cents then had another powerplay opportunity, but surrendered a partial breakaway and Ethan Kimball scored shorthanded.

Rylan Van Unen was able to use his speed on the outside to bring the Cents back within one, and to halt the Kings 3 goal swing.

The Kings restored the two goal lead with another shorthanded goal from Kimball.

The Cents were able to answer before the period was out, when Nick Wicks threw a shot on from the left side of the ice that just found its way through Rolfe to make it 5-4.

At the end of the second, Joey Berkopec drew a 4-minute double minor for spearing, and the Cents killed off the whole thing.

7 minutes into the third, Hunter Findlater restored the two goal lead once more for the Kings, and they didn’t look back. Nick Abbot added an empty netter for a final score of 7-4.

The Cents went 2/4 on the powerplay, but on the two chances where they didn’t convert, they surrendered shorthanded goals.

It was the first game the Cents have surrendered 2 shorthanded goals this season.

Head Coach Joe Martin felt the game had a lot of oddities.

“We don’t usually score 4, but we don’t usually give up 7. If we had played the whole game defensively with the same passion we attacked that double-minor in the beginning of the third we would’ve won the game.”

No rest for the wicked as the Cents are right back at it tomorrow against the Nanaimo Clippers. Puck Drop 6pm, Pre-Game at 5:45.

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