Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 30, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After being shut-out 5-0 by the Cowichan Capitals in Duncan on Saturday, the Victoria Grizzlies finally found their pre-season offence, scoring four times, however the Capitals once again hit the five goal mark and thus came away with a 5-4 win over the Grizzlies in BC Hockey League pre-season action Sunday afternoon at the Juan De Fuca Arena in Colwood.
Grizzlies prospect Cale Woodley (24) carries the puck through centre ice against Cowicha on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Capitals looked like they were going to dominate again Sunday, as they jumped into a 2-0 lead on the strength of a first period goal from Ryan Burton and a second period powerplay marker from Nicholas Wicks.
Returning veteran Mitchell Barker (15) carries the puck out of his own end on Sunday in pre-season action against the Capitals (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Grizzlies would not let that happen however and after a flurry of three, late second period goals, took a 3-2 lead into the third period. Joey Visconti got things started for the Grizzlies, scoring a four-on-four goal at the 18:32 mark of the second and then JD Falconer took over, scoring two quick power-play goals at 19:28 and 19:40 to give the Grizzlies the lead.
Cowichan forward Daniel Wanner (19), who would score later in the game, lets a shot go during second period action on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cowichan would tie things with 12 minutes to go in the third, when Jared Doman snuck in on a partial breakaway and made a pretty move to beat Grizzlie goaltender Chris Smith, who had come in to relieve starter Matthew Galadga with just under eight to go in the second.
Victoria defenceman Kevin Massey (facing camera) has a word or two for Cowichan’s Daniel Wanner (19) during a scrum in Sunday’s pre-season action in Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The teams would then trade two quick goals, as Jake Stevens would convert a nice pass from PJ Conlon with 10:07 remaining to give the Grizzlies the lead, which they would then give up just a minute later when Cowichan’s Daniel Wanner would tap in a loose puck at the side of the net with 9:08 remaining.
Grizzlies forward Joey Visconti (17) would score the Grizzlies first pre-season goal of the 2015-2016 season, late in the second period Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cowichan then took advantage of a costly Grizzlies giveaway with 5:33 to go as Mackenzie Bauer grabbed the puck in the right slot and beat Smith cleanly to put the Cap’s up 5-4.
The Grizzlies pressured late on a closing powerplay chance, pulling Smith as well for the extra attacker, but Cowichan goalie Lane Michasiw, who played the full game, made a key save late to preserve the 5-4 win.
Victoria defenceman Kevin Massy (11) charges past the check of Cowichan’s Anthony Passero in third period action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Next up, the Grizzlies will host the Nanaimo Clippers in pre-season action on Tuesday at JDF Arena (7:00 PM start) and then will travel to Nanaimo Wednesday to face the Clippers at Frank Crane Arena. They then close out their exhibition season with a home and home against Port Alberni on Friday in Port Alberni and then at Westhills Arena on Saturday in a 7:00 pm start.
The Grizzlies Matteo Giomo (20, left)) is given a rude awakening to BCHL action by Cowichan defenceman Michael Forseth (8) during the third period Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: The Grizzlies outshot the Capitals 35-30. A good crowd was on hand at JDF Arena Sunday, many who enjoyed a pre-game barbeque put on by the Grizzlies Booster Club.