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Paler-Chow backstops Kings to two wins, earns POW

Powell River Kings goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 18, the league announced Monday.

Paler-Chow was named first star in both of Powell River’s wins in Victoria this weekend, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced in a 5-1 game-one victory on Friday and making 39 more saves the next night in a 3-2 win to give his team a 2-0 series lead. The 19-year-old rookie had a .958 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average over both games.

After only getting in 20 games in the regular season, Paler-Chow has been solid for the Kings since taking over in the crease in game three of their first-round series against the Nanaimo Clippers, posting a 5-1 record with the fifth-best save percentage in the playoffs at .936 and the seventh-best goals-against average at 2.09.

The Kings lead the Grizzlies 2-0 in the Island Division final with game three going tonight at 7 p.m. in Powell River.

Honourable mentions this week:

Vernon Vipers G Ty Taylor: 2W, 60 saves/62 shots, .968 SV%, 1.00 GAA, 1st star

Penticton Vees D Jonny Tychonick: 5A, 3rd star

Vernon Vipers F Jesse Landsell: 1G, 4A, 2nd star, 3rd star

Penticton Vees F Owen Sillinger: 3 goals, 1 assist, hat trick, 1st star

Prince George Spruce Kings F Patrick Cozzi: 1G, 3A, 2nd star

Prince George Spruce Kings F Dustin Manz: 1G, 3A

Vernon Vipers F Niko Karamanis: 3G, hat trick, 1st star