Grizzlies inch closer to clinching second in BCHL Island Division

Team can clinch with win Friday in Nanaimo, weekend games will determine playoff opponent

The Victoria Grizzlies are winning when it counts these days.

Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over Cowichan Valley in Duncan was the Colwood-based B.C. Hockey League team’s fifth straight and moved the Grizzies a step closer to clinching second place in the Island Division and home-ice advantage to start the playoffs next week.

Dane Gibson scored twice against his former team and Chris Harpur added a goal and an assist to lead the Grizzlies attack on the night. MIchael Stiliadis stopped 18 of 20 shots in net as Victoria wound up its season series against the Capitals.

Victoria (27-18-1-10) sits three points up on third-place Powell River (26-20-1-9) with two games left for each team. The Grizzlies pay a home and home with the division-leading Clippers in Nanaimo tomorrow (Feb. 27) and at The Q Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. start).

Any Victoria win or Powell River loss – the Kings host No. 4 Alberni Valley for two games this weekend – will give the Grizzlies second place. The Kings, losers of four straight like the Bulldogs, can also still be caught for third by Alberni. If the Bulldogs steal a rare pair off the Kings on the Sunshine Coast, those teams would be tied, but Alberni would be awarded third based on having more wins overall.

Just Posted

Lawyer for Victoria homeless camp questions offer by Saanich Police

John Heaney says breaking up camp puts people at risk because it seperates them from support

Woman arrested as Saanich Police dismantle tent city near Highway 17

Province of B.C. calls in local police to clear campers

Final push to fund new ultrasounds at Victoria hospitals

Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Beneath the Surface campaign nears goal of $500,000

Drunk driver charged after early morning crash in Saanich

Power expected to be out for hours in Mayfair Drive area

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps calls for audit on Johnson Street Bridge project

The bridge took three years and $40 million more than initially expected

Musicians take note at Victoria music industry conference

Rifflandia Gathering brings together emerging artists and industry professionals

Public to comment on Nigel Valley development in Saanich

Saanich residents will have their say today about a new housing development… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Ban on plastic bags reflects new reality

The plastic bag ban Victoria introduced in July of this year is… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Stolen Victoria vehicle crashes in Comox Valley

On Sept. 15, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP… Continue reading

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Most Read