Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
March 10, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Grizzlies, in their final regular season game, fell to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Saturday night at Bear Mountain Arena.
It was not as though the effort wasn’t there, as many penalties were chalked up by both teams. it was an exciting and heart palpitating event, in front of 1,595 spectators who had come out to enjoy the game.
Grizzlies Dante Hahn and Bulldogs Chase Paylor both have their eye on the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The game was energitic and entertaining, not to mention aggravating for the ones who did not see the game the way the officials did last night. With that in mind, five out of nine of the goals scored last night were power play goals.
Grizzlies Brett Hartskamp and Bulldogs Ryan Lough collide while David Mazurek makes off with the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
Three of the goals were scored during the first period of the game, two were in favor of the Bulldogs. With Brady Rouleau chosen as the starting goalie for the Grizzlies and Jay Deo chosen for the Bulldogs, Chase Paylor opened the scoring for the Bulldogs at 8:50 but the celebration would be short lived. Within seconds, the Grizzlies were on board when David Mazurek tucked one away at 9:08, tying the game up at one.
Then at the 15:42 mark, it was Kurt Gosselin who gets the go-ahead goal for the Bulldogs ending the period with a 2-1 score for the Bulldogs.
Shots on goal for the Grizzlies: 10 – Bulldogs: 3.
A crowded penalty box with 4 Bulldogs seated all at one time, three of the Grizzlies seated as well – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
The second period opened up with two Bulldog goals right out of the gate. The first came at only 30 seconds in when Jared Wilson scored a power play goal on Rouleau. It was followed shortly after by another power play goal, this one dished out by Ryan Lough at 4:13, bringing the score to 4-1 for the Bulldogs. At this time the Grizzlies decided to pull Rouleau and replaced him with Michael Stiliadis.
One of the many brawls to break out on the ice throughout the game – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
It was Myles Fitzgerald who scored a pair for the Grizzlies, causing the Bulldogs to pull Deo and put Brad Rebagliati between the pipes. Fitzgerald’s first goal was at 7:56, Fitzgerald’s next was a power play goal, it came at 8:59 which had the Grizzlies’ fans on their feet, the score was now within one.
The Grizzlies were not done yet, Brett Hartskamp scored a power play goal at 19:35 tying the game and ending the period with the score sitting at 4-4.
Shots on goal for the Grizzlies: 13 – Bulldogs: 11.
Bulldogs Teal Burns tries to pass the puck over to team mate Kurt Gosselin, bypassing Grizzlies Keyler Bruce – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)
With Deo back in net for the Bulldogs and Stiliadis still in it for the Grizzlies, the Bulldogs opened the scoring at 3:19 with a power play goal by Chase Van Allen. It was that all important go-ahead goal that was followed a little later in the period by another back-of-the-netter from Zach Funk at 14:42, ending the period and the game with the Bulldogs taking home it home with a 6-4 win.
Shots on goal for the Grizzlies: 7
Game total: 30
Shots on goal for the Bulldogs: 5
Game total: 19