Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Grizzlies and Cowichan Valley Capitals took to the ice at Bear Mountain Arena for their final games before Christmas. The Coastal Conference leading Capitals downed 6th place Victoria 4-2 before a crowd of 854.
The Grizzlies started Garrett Rockafellow between the pipes while Cowichan countered with Brady Rouleau.
The Grizzlies got on the board first when Wesley Myron took a pass from Wade Murphy and buried it behind Rouleau at 4:15 of the 1st period. The Capitals tied the game 6 minutes later when Devin Gannon tallied a power play marker assisted by Jacob Charles and Steven Iacobellis. The score remained tied 1-1 as the teams went into the 1st intermission.
Grizzlies’ Myles Powell breaks in on Capitals’ Brady Rouleau during BCHL action on Saturday night.
The Capitals took advantage of another power play opportunity with Iacobellis getting credit for the goal at 2:05 mark. The Grizzlies had a glorious opportunity to tie it up late in the period when the Capitals went 2 men down but they were unable to get their power play set up.
The 3rd period saw the Grizzlies still with a two man advantage but they were unable to score the tieing goal. The Grizzlies did finally get the power play going at 4:17 of the 3rd when Mike Moran came out of the corner and fired a shot that beat Rouleau, it didn’t appear that it went in but referee Ryan Benbow was in the right place and signalled a goal.
Victoria’s Mike Collins had Cowichan’s Brady Rouleau down and out but was unable to find the back of the net during Saturday’s BCHL game at Bear Mountain Arena.
Grizzlies’ Garrett Rockafellow earned 2nd star honors for turning aside 32 of 36 shots against the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night.
The Grizzlies appeared to take the lead on the power play but Benbow ruled that Rouleau was accidentally interfered with and waved the goal off. The Capitals took advantage on the ensuing faceoff and skated down into the Grizzlies zone where Logan Proulx notched a shorthanded goal to put Cowichan up 3-2. The Grizzlies pressed but were unable to tie it up. The Capitals secured the victory when Mikael Jung found the empty net with Rockafellow on the bench for the extra attacker.
Cowichan’s Jacob Charles battles for position in a 4-2 win over the Victoria Grizzlies.
The 4-2 win gives the Capitals a record of 20-8-1 and 45 pts. good for top spot in the Coastal Conference and 2nd place in the BCHL behind the Penticton Vees. The Grizzlies sit in 6th place with a record of 17-18-0.
The next game for the Grizzlies is December 30 when they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Bear Mountain Arena. Game time 7:15 pm. The Capitals are back in action December 28 when they travel to Langley to take on the Rivermen.
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