Bailey, Kings’ Crew Invade Ice Station
The 2012-2013 National Hockey League regular season may still be locked out but that didn’t stop the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings’ in-game entertainment crew from putting on a show at Ice Station Valencia last Saturday night.
Kings fans united with Flyers fans, which still seems odd to say, as the Valencia Flyers took on the Bay Area Seals in a Western States Hockey League matchup, the host Flyers did not disappoint a packed crowd that was on their feet seemingly the entire night.
Prior to the drop of the puck, fans were able to get their picture taken with Bailey, the best mascot in hockey and get autographs from Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans, the Kings renowned radio broadcast duo.
During the game, Bailey, in-arena host Jay Flats, organist Dieter Ruehle and the Kings Ice Crew worked together to get the capacity crowd riled up, as the Flyers took it to the Seals.
The sweet sounds of Ruehle’s organ, Flat’s in-game chants, and Bailey being Bailey, combined with players crashing into the glass, skates carving into the ice and sticks battling for loose pucks, many fans felt as though they were at an actual Kings home game at Staples Center.
In a fast-paced opening period, the Flyers used the crowd to get off to a great start, as veteran forward Preston Nowak notched a natural hat-trick, with all three goals coming within a span of just under four minutes, pacing the Flyers to a 3-0 lead.
As the Kings Ice Crew pumped the crowd up throughout the first intermission, the Flyers took a 5-0 lead early in the second period on goals by Austin Ehrlich and Hunter Jensen, before the Seals finally answered with a goal of their own.
The home team answered right back however, as Camrin Roczey’s goal just before the end of the period made it 6-1 Flyers, as they headed to the locker room after 40 minutes of play.
The Flyers kept the momentum going in the third and behind goals from Jake Ryan, Kevin Antipov and Eddie Keshishian, the game ended in a 9-2 Valencia route.
The newly put together line of Preston Nowak, Hunter Jensen and Austin Ehrlich combined for an astounding 15 points on the night, led by Nowak’s six, a career-high.
After the game, fans were able to stick around and grab autographs from Flyers players, concluding what was a great night of hockey, fun and giveaways.
The Valencia Flyers would like to thank Geoff Reader, Jay Flats, Dieter Ruehle, Bailey, the LA Kings Ice Crew and everyone that participated in putting together a great night of hockey.
Just like everyone else, we hope the NHL resolves the lockout and start the season soon, but would love to have any and all Kings Fans back at Ice Station to cheer the Flyers on, as their WSHL schedule continues through March.
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