Grizzlies Come Up Short

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Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

March 17, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was game two in the BCHL playoff match-up between the Victoria Grizzlies and the Powell River Kings on Saturday night at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.

Brady Rouleau was in net for the Grizzlies and Jonah Imoo in net for the Kings.  The early prediction was that this game was going to be just as tough as the previous one, and it was not far off. After many hits, trips, and low blows, the Grizzlies struck first, but it was the Kings that would out shoot them during the first period.

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Grizzlies Stefan Nicholishen and the Kings Luke Nogard shove each other as they make their way across the ice – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Zach Urban was the first to get his team on board at 3:24, it was to be a short celebration as the Kings answered right back at 3:49 when Luke Nogard buried one in behind Rouleau tying the game at one each.

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Grizzlies Brett Hartskamp and Kings Drew Dorantes ready themselves as the puck is just within reach – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Kings Jonah Imoo succeeds in stopping Grizzlies Brett Hartskamps shot – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

It wasn’t until nearly the end of the first period that the Kings managed to get their second opening. This time it was Evan Richardson who buried the puck with a power play goal, gaining his team the upper hand and changing the scoring to 2-1 Kings which is where the scoreboard stayed, bringing the period to an end.

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One of the many hits throughout the game, this one is between Grizzlies David Walchuk and Kings Evan Richardson – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Only one goal was plotted during the second period, even though both teams fought tooth and nail doing their absolute best out there, it would be the Kings who prevailed. At 11:57 Teagan Waugh slipped one in behind Rouleau changing the scoring to 3-1 Kings, and ending the period.

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Two of the Fitzgerald brothers, Myles and Leo work together to try and control the puck for a chance to score – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Grizzlies Leo Fitzgerald and Kings Drew Dorantes ready themselves as the puck is just within reach – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The battle continued in the third period with more dirt being thrown around, but there was to be no further scoring. The Powell River Kings took home the win, tying the series at one a piece. The final score was 3-1 Kings. Total shots on net for the Grizzlies – 24. Total shots on net for the PR Kings – 25.

 

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