March 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Coming off a victory in Powell River to even the series at two games apiece and force a deciding game five, the Victoria Grizzlies must now fight through BC Ferry cancellations, and an extended return trip to Bear Mountain Arena.
The Grizzlies were forced to take the Sechelt route through to Horseshoe Bay, and eventually Swartz Bay, turning a 1:00 p.m. arrival home to a 6:00 p.m. arrival, only one hour prior to game time.
“The playoff schedule is taxing itself, with all 5 games being played in 6 days, and the final three games in three consecutive nights,” stated GM and Head Coach Bill Bestwick. “Adding a full day of travel to get home one hour before the puck drop is one more challenge our players will have to overcome to earn the victory tonight.”
Game five is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. tonight at Bear Mountain Arena. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the players as they look to close out the first round of the playoffs with a win tonight.
“Based on the challenges the players have faced and how much heart and effort they have shown, it would be great to see as many fans as possible fill the arena tonight to support the team,” said Ryan O’Byrne, Colorado Avalanche defenseman, former Grizzlies Assistant Coach during the NHL Lockout and Grizzlies Alumni Board member. “I wish I could be there in person, but I am definitely there in spirit, let’s go boys!”
Tickets are available up to game time today. Call 250.385.1555 for more information or visit the team website at www.victoriagrizzlies.com.