Bulldogs defenceman Connor Welsh battles near the net with Grizzlies defenceman Carter Berger during a game in October. (Elena Rardon Photo)

Victoria Grizzlies look to keep momentum rolling

Two straight wins heading into back-to-back set with Alberni Valley

After a string of losses, the Victoria Grizzlies got back on track last weekend with a pair of wins against Alberni Valley and Powell River.

Last Friday, the Grizzlies hit the road to face off against Alberni Valley. But the Bulldogs opened scoring near the seven minute mark of the first period thanks to Keaton Mastrodonato. Victoria answered back a little more than two minutes later with a marker from Shawn O’Malley and his first goal of the season.

The second period saw one goal between both teams with Isaac Tonkin-Palmer scoring for the Bulldogs to give the home side 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Just past the 18 minute mark of the final frame, the Grizzlies tied the game thanks to Cameron Thompson and his first goal of the season, which sent the game to overtime.

But extra play was short lived with Drayson Pears tallying one for the Grizzlies just 27 seconds in, giving them a 3-2 win.

The Grizzlies returned home Saturday to face off against the Powell River Kings, which turned into a high scoring affair with a total of 13 goals.

In the first period, the Kings jumped out to an early lead thanks to Neal Samanski’s power play goal.

But T.J. Friedmann added a power play goal of his own for the Grizzlies just past the 15 minute mark to tie the contest.

Powell River answered right back with their second power play goal of the game from Carter Turnbull to take a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

The second period was a goal fest with six added to the scoreboard, five coming from Victoria. Friedmann added his second of the night just past the three minute mark and Jamie Rome added another at the four minute mark to give the Grizzlies the 3-2 advantage.

Less than a minute later, Thompson scored his second of the year to give Victoria a 4-2 lead.

But Turnball cut the lead to 4-3 with his second of the night just past the six minute mark in the middle frame.

Not to be outdone, Victoria added two more goals from Ethan Nother and Carter Berger to take a 6-3 lead heading into the third period.

Powell River answered with two goals right away in the final frame to cut the lead to 6-5. But Nico Somerville gave the Grizzlies a slight cushion scoring his first of the year near the 14 minute mark.

Turnball completed his hat trick for Powell River but that was as far as they could get and the Grizzlies held on for the 7-6 win to extend their winning streak to two.

Pears received honourable mention for Player of the Week with one goal, one assist and one overtime game winning goal.

The Grizzlies play back-to-back away games against Powell River on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Hap Parker Arena.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

jessica.fedigan@goldstream

gazette.com

Just Posted

Second earthquake in less two hours strikes off Vancouver Island Monday afternoon

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

BC Boxing brings championship bout to Bear Mountain

Langford hosts another big sports event as part of its regional sports tourism strategy

Award-winning Victoria author recalls her former life as a sex trade worker in new memoir

Yasuko Thanh’s new book ‘Mistakes to Run With’ is her first non-fiction publication

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Most Read