Grizz hold off Chiefs in final frame to earn road win

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By BCHL Media

September 23, 2012, Chilliwack, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Grizzlies got a goal an assist each from Gerry Fitzgerald, DJ Jones and Reid Jackman on their way to a 4-2 road win over the Chilliwack Chiefs in one of six BCHL games played Saturday.

The teams alternated two goals apiece through forty minutes with Chilliwack’s Josh Hansen opening the scoring in the first. Fitzgerald tied it briefly in the middle frame but Cooper Rush put the Chiefs ahead again with power play goal. Stefan Nicholishen’s tally on the man advantage squared things up again heading into the third.

Chilliwack outshot Victoria 18-10 in the third but it was DJ Jones’ goal at 2:19 that proved to be the winner and Jackman added an empty-netter in the final minute.

In West Kelowna, the Penticton Vees scored a 5-3 road win gettng a pair of goals in the last half of the third to break a deadlock. Penticton carried a 3-1 lead into the third but Matt Anholt and David Pope scored to even things up for the Tribe. The tie was short-lived however as Brad McClure the winner and later potted an empty-netter to ice it for the Vees.

The Powell River Kings used a three-goal second period to down the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2. With the score tied 1-1 after one, the Kings had a dominant second, outshooting the Caps 16-4 with goals from Stephen Hiif, Luke Nogard and Bradley Parker. Grant Nicholson got one back in the third for the Caps but Jarryd Leung added a power-play goal for Powell River.

In Vernon, the Vipers built a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the second and wound up with a 7-2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Tyler Berkholtz’s first of two for the Smokies got them within two but Jedd Soleway’s second of the game put Vernon in control again. The Snakes cruised home in the third scoring twice on the power play and once shorthanded.

The Langley Rivermen had three players score four points or more on their way to a 7-0 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Mario Puskarich led the way with two goals and three assists and was in on thre of the Rivermen’s first four goals. Ben Butcher scored a hat trick including two in the third while Evan Campbell had a goal and three helpers. James Barr made 21 saves for the shutout.

In Prince George, the Spruce Kings and Merritt Centennials couldn’t settle anything and ended up tied 2-2. Brandon Bruce opened the scoring for the Cents and Jeremiah Luedtke responded for PG but Jeff Wright put the visitors ahead again with a goal 1:22 later. Cam Lawson’s second-period tally knotted things up for good and despite eight shots in OT, the Cents couldn’t beat 1st Star Kirk Thompson.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.