Grizzlies stayed one step ahead of the Powel River Kings

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 Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

January 6, 2013, Victoria B.C. (ISN) – The Victoria Grizzlies squared off against the Powell River Kings Sunday afternoon in front of a modest group of fans at the Bear Mountain Arena. 


The first period of the game proved to be very fast paced as both teams battled hard for the chance to get their team up on the board first.

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Grizzlies Goaltender Brady Rouleau stops Evan Richardson from scoring Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Grizzlies were the first to take the lead when their newest player Kade Pilton, a  former Victoria Royal scored with a shorthanded, unassisted goal at 3:59; bringing the period to an end with a score of 1-0 in favor of the Grizzlies. This would be Kade’s first goal of the season as a Victoria Grizzlie.

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Grizzlies Myles Fitzgerald and Kings Brian Rideout battle for possessionPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Powell River Kings opened the second period when Teagan Waugh scored a power play goal on Victoria’s Brady Rouleau, getting his team up on the board. At 8:48, Grizzlies Leo Fitzgerald scored a power play goal sending the puck into the back of Braeden Ostepchuk’s net bringing the score to 2-1.

It was the Victoria Grizzlies who opened the third period with a goal by Mark McLellan but that quickly changed when the goal was waved off due to a penalty going to Chris Albertini of Victoria. At the 16:13 mark the Grizzlies managed to regain their momentum when Garrett Skrbich slipped the puck past Ostepchuk, making it 3-1.

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PR Kings Brian Rideout stays focused while fending off Dante HahnPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Kings answered back right away, when PJ Villeneuve beat Rouleau and fired a shot into the back of the net, bringing their team within one.

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Grizzlies Myles Powell and PR Kings Luke Nogard have their eyes on the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

It didn’t take the Kings long to pull their goaltender and with only 20 seconds left on the clock, Myles Fitgerald finished the job and planted a clear shot into the empty net, bringing the game to an end with a final score of 4-2 in favor of the Grizzlies.

Shots on goal:

First period: Grizzlies 10, Kings 6

Second period: Grizzlies 8, Kings 3

Third period:Grizzlies 6, Kings 12

Total: Grizzlies 24, Kings 21