Victoria Grizzlies office manager Vickie MacIlroy

Victoria Grizzlies office manager Vickie MacIlroy

Grizzlies grin and bear it after win over Nanaimo

Sunday afternoon BCHL victory achieves weekend split for first-place Victoria

The fur flew at The Q Centre on Sunday as the Victoria Grizzlies salvaged a split of the B.C. Hockey League weekend games.

Less than 24 hours after a wild and woolly contest ended in a 3-1 loss to Wenatchee, the Grizzlies, boosted by the annual teddy bear toss following their first goal Sunday, beat Nanaimo 5-2 to maintain their perfect record against the Clippers this season.

Jamie Rome scored twice, including the teddy bear goal in the first period, and added an assist to lead the Grizzlies attack. Victoria (22-6-3-3) wound up the weekend with a seven-point lead atop the Island Division standings.

Nick Guiney, Timothy Friedmann and Cameron Thompson also scored for the Grizzlies, who sat tied at 1-1 after one period and held a 3-2 advantage after two.

Tony Rehm made his third straight solid start for Victoria, turning aside 28 of 30 Nanaimo shots and only allowing goals from Sean Buchanan and Tristan Crozier. Rehm made 25 saves in last Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Clippers in Nanaimo and played well in a losing effort against the powerful Wenatchee offence, recording 40 saves on Saturday.

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