In Pacific Northwest IBLA action, the league opener featured Matt O’Neill posting a seven-point game with six markers. CJ Schuster hitting rope 4 times as the Seattle Kings got the best of the Express, 15-5.
To the Action
A 2-2 first period with O’Neill scoring both Kings goals with the assist on the secondary man-up goal, went to Joe Delucia. The Express delivered with Schuster getting his own pair with Benny Cole (3a) setting both up. The middle stanza witnessed a huge Seattle run and a 7-1 blitz.
Travis Moramitsu (1g) gave the Kings a lead with a power-play tally at 1:20. A minute and a half later Joe Delucia (3g,2a) doubled the lead with Kevin Powers (1g 1a) joins the party. Cole found Schuster for Schuster’s third. The Kings put on their crown and blew it open thanks to O’Neill with a pair of power-play goals. Mike Pittis (1g) followed by Joey Grzetic (1g) ended the second with the Kings ruling, 9-3.
Seattle went back to work and pushed their run to six goals with Joe Delucia netting goals. Garrett Gostrum (1g) ended the 16:46 scoreless string but O’Neill answered :56 and Schuster had one more goal to put in which cut it to a 12-5 game. Seattle turned up the heat and one more rally with Sal Iaria (1g 2a), a man-up goal from JT Tursvik (1g), and a man down a marker from O’Neill to ice the 15-5 game.
The special teams were the difference in this one with Seattle scoring on 5 of 6 on the power play and a shorthanded goal while the Express were blanked on six chances. Shots favored Seattle, 48-36 with both squads using two netminders. David Mather and Ryan Reinke sea h played 30:00 with Mather having saves and Reinke 16 for Seattle. Jeremy Smith had 10 stops in his 18:41 with Mason Jones stopping 23 in his 41:19. Seattle Kings got the best of the Express