Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens
September 15, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Grizzlies fired 36 shots on the Powell River Kings net but none more important then the last one, a long range slap shot from Leo Fitzgerald that found it’s way through the pads of goaltender Jonah Imoo and trickled over the goal line with half a second left on the clock to give the home town boys a 3-2 win in their BCHL home opener.
The Grizzlies got started early with a power play marker at 1:54 of the 1st period from Nolan Dejong with assists to Leo and Myles Fitzgerald. Victoria continued to pepper the Powell River net with shots but was unable to beat Imoo bringing the 1st period to a close with the Grizzlies up 1-0.
Victoria’s David Walchuck keeps close watch on Powell River’s Teagan Waugh during Friday nights BCHL Home Opener at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
It’s was more of the same in the 2nd with Victoria firing 12 shots on Imoo but he continued to turn everything he faced aside. Powell River managed to tie the game at 1-1 when Matthew Dupont beat net minder Brady Rouleau at 4:18 of the period. Both goaltenders played solidly and the teams headed to the 2nd intermission locked at 1-1.
Grizzlies’ Zach Urban celebrates after Nolan Dejong’s point shot beats Powell River goaltender Jonah Imoo to put Victoria up 1-0. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Powell River would draw first blood in the 3rd when Matt Scarth found the back of the net on the power play to put the Kings up 2-1. It stayed that way till 12:07 when Myles Powell knotted the game at 2-2.
Newest Grizzlies Force (L) and Sully (R) aka the Green Men were on hand to help the Grizzlies celebrate their Home Opening win. (photo by Glenn ivens)
With the 1465 fans along with Vancouver’s Green Men, Force and Sully, cheering them on the Grizzlies continued to fire pucks on net and with just over a second left on the clock Leo Fitzgerald wound up and let fly with a slap shot from just over the blue line for the game winner.
Turner Lawson walks out from the corner uncontested during BCHL matchup with the Powell River Kings on Friday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
With the win the Grizzlies now sit atop the Island division with 5 points off 2 wins and an overtime loss.
Powell River Kings goaltender Jonah Imoo had a solid night between the pipes turning aside 33 of 36 shots the Victoria Grizzlies fired at him. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Dejong was named 1st star with a goal and 2 assists, while Imoo took 2nd star honors turning aside 33 of 36 shots he faced and the 3rd star went to Grizzlies DJ Richardson with a pair of assists.
The Grizzlies head over the Malahat for a tilt with the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, game time 7 pm.
Visit my ISN Gallery to view more images from Friday nights game.