Galajda comes up big, BCHL Grizzlies find scoring touch to win game 2 vs. Kings

Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff Nolan Welsh of the Grizzlies looks for an open man to pass to as Powell River
Don Descoteau/News Gazette staff Nolan Welsh of the Grizzlies looks for an open man to pass to as Powell River's Jake Kohlhauser looks to play the puck, during action in the teams' B.C. Hockey League Island Division final series at The Q Centre. The Grizzlies rebounded from a double overtime game 1 loss to shut out the Kings 4-0 in game 2 Saturday in Colwood.
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Matthew Galajda stopped all 30 shots he faced and Cole Pickup scored his fourth and fifth goals of the playoffs to lead the Victoria Grizzlies to a 4-0 shutout of the Powell River Kings in game 2 of their best-of-seven B.C. Hockey League Island final Saturday in Colwood.

The victory evened the series at a game apiece, after the Kings won 3-2 Friday in double overtime, and assures there will be a game 5 at The Q Centre this Thursday (March 23) at 7 p.m. Games 3 and 4 are set for Powell River this Monday and Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies got to Powell River goaltender Brian Wilson early last night, as rookie blueliner Nico Somerville found the net just 1:34 in, finishing off a passing play from Cameron Thompson and Carter Berger.

With the Kings nailed for a too many men penalty for a second straight game, the Grizzlies made them pay again, as Tyler Welsh scored his first of the playoffs from Drayson Pears and Shawn O'Malley. Powell River coach Kent Lewis lifted Wilson in place of Mitch Adamyk after the goal.

Then it was time for Pickup and his line to get going.

The veteran Grizzlies player, who heads off to Omaha later this summer to join the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks hockey program, beat Adamyk on a play from Lucas Clark and Jamie Rome at the 15:22 mark of the second period to make it 3-0. The trio combined again 7:22 into the third.

Pickup's fifth goal of the post-season, combined with six assists, has him tied for second in BCHL playoff scoring, two behind leader Carter Cochrane of Trail. Rome's eight points have him tied for eighth.

Clark, Cody Van Lierop and Jake Stevens each have five points.

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