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Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

March 21, 2013,  Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was the 5th and final game in the first round of the BCHL playoffs between the Victoria Grizzlies and the Powell River Kings, each team skating onto the ice with two wins under their belts.

The game took place at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria in front of 1,180 spectators, all of whom were holding their breath as the game went into overtime with the scoreboard displaying a total of  two goals a piece.

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Another desperate scramble for the puck – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Brady Rouleau was in net for the Grizzlies and Jonah Imoo was in for the Kings. Both teams went into Wednesday night’s game quite evenly matched, and shots on net stayed relatively par throughout the forty minutes of play. The Grizzlies first opening goal had everyone on their feet but it was waved off as officials noted that it had been kicked in, it was dubbed a no-goal and the game remained scoreless after twenty minutes.

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Kings Matt Scarth storms the Grizzlies net nearly taking out Rouleau – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

At 2:41 into the second period, the Grizzlies got their opportunity back when DJ Jones scored a power play goal on Imoo getting the fans going as well as getting his team on the board.

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A desperate overtime scramble for the puck after the face off – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

At the 12:15 mark, the Kings Teagan Waugh evened things out when he buried the puck in behind Rouleau. It was Grizzlies Jaden Schmeisser who would answer back at 18:30, getting the chance to score the go-ahead goal and ending the period with the Grizzlies in the lead 2-1.

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Zach Urban scores the winning overtime goal – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The third period started out with both teams blazing and the Kings got their opportunity to tie the game. JP Villeneuve beat Rouleau changing the scoring to 2-2, a good effort was played from both sides throughout the period sending the game into overtime.

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The Victoria Grizzlies win game 5 in overtime sweeping the PR Kings out of the competition – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

It was a tense fourth period and it wasn’t just the players that were feeling it. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as the next goal didn’t materialize until 13:52 into overtime. The action unfolded when the Grizzlies Captain, Zach Urban scored an unassisted goal sending the arena into a frenzy, moving his team on to the second round. This play took the Powell River Kings out of the playoffs and sent them packing, with the final score of 3-2 Grizzlies.

Total shots on net for the Grizzlies – 29. Total shots on net for the PR Kings – 31.