The Powell River Kings are headed to the playoffs! They clinched a post-season berth with 8-2 and 6-4 wins over the Cowichan Valley Capitals this weekend at the Hap Parker Arena.

On Friday, the Kings scored 3 in the 1st, 3 more in the 2nd and a pair in the 3rd for a convincing 8-2 defeat of the Caps. Jacob Pritchard notched a pair, while JJ Coleshaw, Curtis McCarrick, Jonny Evans, Adam Tracey, Jarid Lukosevicius and Kurt Keats also scored. Brett Magnus stopped 34 Cowichan shots for his 21st win of the season.

The Kings had an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot by a single point on Saturday in the 2nd leg of the double header, and their final matchup against the Caps this season. A Cowichan rally was snuffed out by a pair of Adam Tracey goals late in the 3rd, which lead to the 6-4 win. Brett Magnus turned aside 21 shots for his 22nd win of the year as the Kings guaranteed themselves at least 4 games in March.

Check out some of the highlights of the game, courtesy of the voice of the Kings, Alex Rawnsley.

  • JJ Coleshaw’s goal in the 3rd period on Friday night to make it 7-1, early in the 3rd…
  • Jarid Lukosevicius 1st goal on Saturday, which happened to be his 30th of the season…
  • Adam Tracey’s game winning goal late in the 3rd period of Saturday’s game…

The Kings are expecting to have healthy bodies back in the lineup this weekend, with Stephen Hiff and Austin Kamer (out since December 6th and 18th, respectively) are due to return to the lineup. The Kings play 2 games, both at the Hap, continuing a 6-game homestand. On Friday night, they’ll entertain the Langley Rivermen. Then on Saturday, the Penticton Vees visit for the only time this regular season. Game times are 7:15 pm both nights.