Story and Photos by Glenn Ivens – (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Grizzlies took to the ice at Bear Mountain Arena on Tuesday for their fifth game in a week, tonight’s opponents were the Coastal Division rival Nanaimo Clippers.This marks the sixth time the teams have meet over the last month with the Clippers holding a 3-2 advantage in wins.
The Grizzlies got off to a good start going up 2-0 off goals from Wade Murphy at 4:49 and Mike Moran at the 7:00 mark. Nanaimo fought back to tie the game after Trevor Fitzgerald and David Iacono found the mesh behind Grizzlies starter Jamie Tucker. Tucker was pulled in favor of Garrett Rockafellow, who was coming off a shutout over the Langley Rivermen on Sunday.
The Grizzlies took the lead back at 12:46 of the period when Michael Sandor beat Nanaimo’s Billy Faust, but the Clippers answered back 4:00 later when Brendan Taylor beat Rockafellow. The period ended tied at 3-3 with the shots 20-8 in Nanaimo’s favor.
The Grizzlies started the second period with Tucker back between the pipes. The teams played back and forth hockey until 16:54 when Nanaimo’s Trevor Fitzgerald notched his second goal of the game to break the tie. Kyle Kramer then added an unassisted tally at 18:23 for a 5-3 lead. Shots in the period were even at 10 apiece.
It seemed like the Grizzlies were feeling the effects of their heavy schedule in the final period as they didn’t seem to have much jump left in their legs. Kyle Kramer added his second goal of the game at 9:57 and Colton Dahlen added a power play goal to round out the scoring.
When the final horn went the score board read 7-3 and the shot clock 41-24 both in the Clippers favor.
The Grizzlies don’t get much rest before they head back out on the road for three games starting Friday in Surrey, Saturday in Langley and Sunday afternoon in Coquitlam. The next home game for the Grizzlies is Wednesday Nov. 9 when they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, game time 7:15.
Come on out and support your Grizzlies.