Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Kings fall to Vikings in preseason action

The Red Deer College Kings turned their game around after a weak first period Thursday, but the slovenly start proved costly in their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference preseason game versus the Camrose Augustana Vikings at the Penhold Regional Multiplex. The Kings were dominated early, but despite trailing 1-0 after 20 periods, pulled even in the middle frame before surrendering a late power-play goal and falling 2-1.

PENHOLD — The Red Deer College Kings turned their game around after a weak first period Thursday, but the slovenly start proved costly in their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference preseason game versus the Camrose Augustana Vikings at the Penhold Regional Multiplex.

The Kings were dominated early, but despite trailing 1-0 after 20 periods, pulled even in the middle frame before surrendering a late power-play goal and falling 2-1.

“The first five to six minutes we were outshot 12-2. We had a slow start but the second and third periods were pretty even,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper. “I told the guys we didn’t lose the game because of the power-play goal, we lost it on the first goal. We were standing around watching a bit and we allowed them to have quite a few shots on net.

“We just have to get started as soon as the puck drops tomorrow against Bentley.”

Keeper was referring to tonight’s 8 p.m. meeting with the senior AAA Generals at the Red Deer Arena, but his focus Thursday was on guiding his club past the Vikings.

It didn’t happen, despite a strong third period in which the Kings outshot their guests 22-17 and had a late two-man advantage with the game knotted at 1-1.

“We’ve worked on our power play the last two days but we haven’t even talked about a five-on-three,” said Keeper, whose club fell to 0-3 in exhibition play that includes two losses to the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns last weekend. “In Lethbridge we scored three power play goals in two games and our power play was moving it around pretty good.

“We had some chances tonight but we haven’t really addressed the power play much yet … the penalty kill as well.”

Evan Warmington connected for the visitors a mere 61 seconds into the contest and the lead held up until Tyler Berkholtz pulled the Kings even at 13:25 of the second period.

Curtis Skip, who shared the Vikings’ goaltending duties with Andy Williams, gave up the RDC goal but came up big the rest of the way. He turned aside all 22 shots he faced in the final frame and combined with Williams to make 35 saves.

“He played well, we had a lot of pressure on him,” said Keeper, whose netminder, Mike Salmon, faced 40 shots.

Kings forward Mike Marianchuk was assessed a slashing penalty as the Vikings were in the late stages of killing a two-man disadvantage, and Jeff Lorenz, parked at the edge of the crease, scored a power-play marker with 1:18 remaining to give the visitors the victory.

“They (Vikings) have some older veteran guys and they’re good,” said Keeper. “They forecheck really hard, they send two guys deep. We adjusted to that after the first period and had better tape-to-tape passes.

“But in the first 10 minutes of the game our defencemen were surprised by their pressure and our forwards weren’t getting back fast enough. It’s preseason and we don’t want to panic about things. We don’t want to lose but we know the things we need to work on.”

l The Kings added Red Deer native Jody Sick to their roster this week and Keeper inserted the six-foot-four forward into the lineup Thursday.

Sick, who registered at RDC Tuesday and practised once with the Kings prior to Thursday’s outing, played with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season and started this season with the Topeka, Kan., RoadRunners of the North American League.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has a new public engagement website. (Contributed graphic)
Red Deer Catholic Schools are launching a new public engagement website

RDCRS Connects will provide feedback opportunities

Alberta is on pace to administer more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per week, according to the provincial government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
One million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Alberta

Alberta hit a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 this week. As… Continue reading

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s expansion project is still a high priority, says Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Interior work will start this year on Red Deer hospital project, says infrastructure minister

‘We are committed. This is a top priority,’ says Presad Panda

opinion
Opinion: Waiting 4 months between vaccine doses too long

“It’s not just a matter of potency, it’s a matter of the… Continue reading

Richie Laryea of Toronto FC, left, and Jean Meneses of Mexico's Leon battle for the ball during a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Leon, Mexico, in Leon, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Toronto FC hosts Club Leon in the second leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League round-of-16 tie holding a valuable away goal after a 1-1 draw last week in Mexico. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mario Armas
Injury-riddled Toronto FC dispatches Club Leon in CONCACAF Champions League play

Injury-riddled Toronto FC dispatches Club Leon in CONCACAF Champions League play

Winnipeg Jets' Dylan DeMelo (2) skates the puck around Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot (72) as he holds off Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) during first-period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Winnipeg Jets score two third-period goals to secure 3-2 victory over Ottawa Senators

Winnipeg Jets score two third-period goals to secure 3-2 victory over Ottawa Senators

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Anunoby, Siakam rally Raptors past Spurs 117-112

Anunoby, Siakam rally Raptors past Spurs 117-112

John Furlong pitches a broader B.C. bid for 2030 Winter Games

John Furlong pitches a broader B.C. bid for 2030 Winter Games

New York Yankees starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Bichette hits 2nd homer in 9th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 5-4

Bichette hits 2nd homer in 9th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 5-4

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Jarrell Brantley (5) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Bowmer
Undrafted Montreal native Dort continues to smash “glass ceilings” in NBA

Undrafted Montreal native Dort continues to smash “glass ceilings” in NBA

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko
Rings on the Horizon: Tokyo Summer Olympics hit 100 days out marker

Rings on the Horizon: Tokyo Summer Olympics hit 100 days out marker

Most Read