Grizzlies Come Up Short Against Bulldogs

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Story and Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

March 28, 2013, Victoria, B.C. (ISN) – Game five of the BCHL playoffs between the Victoria Grizzlies and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs came to an exciting and heart pounding end on Tuesday night at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.

The Bulldogs tilted the score with a serious one goal lead, stopping the Grizzlies in their tracks and ending their season during a very tense overtime. Tuesday night’s game was a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat, low scoring game that was played in front of 1,446 cheering energetic fans from both sides.

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Grizzlies Myles Fitzgerald races with the puck with Bulldogs Teal Burns in hot pursuit – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

From start to finish this game was high intensity both on and off the ice. You could feel the electricity in the air as fans yelled and cheered right from the very first faceoff and did not stop until it was all over.

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Grizzlies goal is waved off – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Leo Fitzgerald started things off for the Grizzlies at 9:46 scoring a power play goal on Jay Deo which was Fitzgerald’s 6th of the playoffs, and even though the shots on net remained fairly equal for both teams, Fitzgerald’s goal was the only goal scored during the first twenty minutes of play.

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Grizzlies David Mazurek desperately tries to score the overtime goal – Photo By Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The game was getting a little rough but not on purpose, both teams were traveling in high gear and ‘scoring goals’ were their main focus. Although the Grizzlies overshot the Bulldogs by the time the second period was halfway through, it was the Bulldogs who plotted the next one. It came at 12:01 when Manny Gialedakis buried the puck in behind Brady Rouleau tying the game at 1-1and sending the Bulldogs’ fans into a frenzy.

AIMG 6873smallBulldogs Jay Deo keeps the puck out in overtime – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

At 19:25 the Bulldogs struck again with a go-ahead goal. Jared Wilson scored a power play goal on Rouleau, ending the second period with the scoreboard now showing 2-1 Bulldogs.

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Alberni Valley Bulldogs move on to the next round – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The game was becoming very tense as the third period opened, you knew that both teams wanted this win desperately. The next goal didn’t come until 15:11 when Leo Fitzgerald scored for the Grizzlies, getting his second of the game and 7th of the playoffs, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the game into overtime. By this time the Grizzlies had 41 shots on net and the Bulldogs had 23.

The moment had arrived but it was very short lived, with 18 seconds into the third period the Alberni Valley Bulldogs finish it all off. Mak Barden beat Rouleau, sending the Grizzlies back into hibernation until next season. The final score, 3-2 Bulldogs.

1st star: Mak Barden.

2nd star: Leo Fitzgerald.

3rdstar: Jay Deo.

Story and photos: Kasey Eriksen (ISN)