Grizzlies Take Charge Over River Kings

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Story and Photos By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

February 6, 2013, Victoria BC (ISN) – The Powell River Kings were in town Tuesday night to play against the Victoria Grizzlies at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria. Brady Rouleau was in net for the Grizzlies while the Kings chose Braeden Ostepchuk as their starter.

It was Brody Coulter who would open the scoring for the Grizzlies, getting the team on the board at 2:26,  the Kings answered back at the 7:19 mark when Matt Dupont tied the game at 1. With the Grizzlies second and go ahead goal at 8:02, Stefan Nicholishen had the final goal of the period when he beat Ostepchuk making the score 2-1 for the Grizzlies.

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Grizzlies Leo Fitzgerald is wiped out by  Kings Matt Joyaux during a race for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

At 10:03 of the second period the Grizzlies scored their third marker when Golka struck gold deep in Ostepchuk’s net.  One minute later, Nicholishen scored his second of the night, bringing the score to 4-1 Grizzlies. It was at this point in the game, the Kings decided to pull Ostepchuk and place Imoo between the pipes.

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Kings Luke Nogard tries to  score, wrapping around Rouleau’s net – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Grizzlies struck again with a vengence, scoring twice within a matter of minutes.  Kyler Bruce honed in on a power play goal at 14:35, followed up with Leo Fitzgerald who scored his 21st goal of the season at the 17:15 mark, making it 6-1 for the Grizzlies.

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PJ Villeneuve and Myles Powell face off – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Kings answered back this time with a power play goal by Evan Richardson, changing the scoreboard to 6-2 Grizzlies.

The Kings, Stephen Hiff opened the third period with a shot into the back of Rouleau’s net at 2:14, and at 17:26 JP Villeneuve scored for the Kings, making it 6-4 Grizzlies.

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Nolan DeJong gets tangled up in another  stick while preparing to shoot the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

At 19:35, Brody Coulter found an empty net with his second goal of the night, finishing the game with a final score of 7-4 in favor of the Grizzlies.

Total shots on net: Grizzlies 36, Kings 25.