The Victoria Grizzlies are looking to pick up some points this weekend as they sit one point back from the top spot in the division. (Gazette file photo)

Victoria Grizzlies split a pair with Powell River Kings

Movember Hockey heroes prizes up for grabs

The Victoria Grizzlies returned from Powell River only one point out of the division lead following a pair of weekend games on the road.

After dropping a 5-2 decision to the Powell River Kings last Friday, the Grizzlies bounced back with a 6-3 victory Saturday, led by an impressive performance by Marty Westhaver. Westhaver scored the eventual winner late in the second period, and added another late in the third to seal the deal.

Justin Michaelian, Shawn O’Malley, Alex Newhook and Jamie Rome also scored for Victoria. Kyle Kawamura, Ethan Kimball and Hunter Findlater each had a goal for the Powell River Kings. Zachary Rose earned the win in goal for Victoria, with 27 saves on 30 shots. Mitch Adamyk took the loss for the Kings.

The win improved the Grizzlies’ record to 13-9-3-0, leaving them one point behind division leader Powell River, which sports a record of 13-6-2-2.

Kawamura also scored for Powell River in Friday’s victory, joined by Ben Berard, Andy Stevens, Jonny Evans and Gavin Rauser. Cameron Thompson accounted for both Grizzlies goals. Adamyk earned the win, and Shawn Parkinson took the loss for Victoria.

The Grizzlies will host Movember Hockey Heroes Friday when they take on the Nanaimo Clippers at The Q Centre at 7 p.m. The team has dedicated the month of November to raising money for men’s health, and players, coaches and staff have grown moustaches to support the cause.

Two Grizzlies fans could win $10,000 in the Shoot to Win for Men’s health contest at the game. Fans can donate and enter to win until the end of the second period. Two lucky people will be chosen in a random draw to compete in the contest during the second intermission. The Grizzlies will also auction off their game-worn Men’s Health jerseys, sponsored by Island Savings. Half of the proceeds from the jerseys auction will go toward supporting men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families.

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