Grizzlies Find Offence, But Fall Again to Capitals

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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