Grizzlies down Silverbacks

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

October 5, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Salmon Arm Silverbacks were in town on Friday night to take on the Victoria Grizzlies in BCHL action at Bear Mountain Arena. The Grizzlies were looking to get back into the win column after closing out the month of September with a pair of losses. The struggling Silverbacks were just what the doctor ordered as the Grizzlies used a 3-point performance from captain Zach Urban to earn a 3-1 decision.

The Grizzlies wasted little time opening the scoring when Brett Hartskamp banged home a rebound off an Urban point shot just 49 seconds in to the game.


Brett Hartskamp opened the scoring for the Grizzlies when he banged home a rebound off a Zach Urban point shot on Friday night at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The Grizzlies added to their lead 5 minutes later when Urban collected his 1st goal of the season, a power play marker to put Victoria up 2-0.

Leo Fitzgerald then potted his 4th goal of the season with assists to brother Myles and Urban to stake a 3-0 lead with just under 8:00 gone in regulation time.


Myles Fitzgerald takes shot to the head during Friday night’s BCHL game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Langford’s Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The score stayed that way until the 2nd period when Salmon Arm’s Carter Lukenda capitalized on the power play with assists to Shane Hanna and Sean Flanagan to round out the scoring for the night.


Salmon Arm’s Colin Dzijacky kicks out rebound just out of the reach of Victoria’s Stefan Nicholishen during Friday night’s BCHL tilt at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Brady Rouleau earned the win for the Grizzlies turning aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced while the Silverbacks’ Colin Dzijacky stop 25 of the Grizzlies 28 shots.

The win has Victoria atop the Island Division standings with 13 points, 2 ahead of 2nd place Alberni Valley.


Grizzlies’ Myles Fitzgerald slides past the check of Salmon Arm’s Brendan Kennedy during 3rd period of Friday night’s BCHL game at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The Grizzlies now head to Hap Parker Arena in Powell River to take on the Kings on Saturday night