Grizzlies battle to the end against Bulldog

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VICTORIA, B.C. — One thing’s for sure, no Victoria Grizzlies game is over early, keeping fans in the rink to the final buzzer.

For the ninth time in as many games, a Grizzlies BCHL game went down to the wire — and with the netminder pulled, an empty net goal dropped the Grizzlies to 1-7-0-1 on the season following a 4-2 loss to the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have three wins this season — all against the Grizzlies, including two in Port Alberni.

Even the Grizzlies’ lone win this year was in overtime, with all the losses including an extra attacker on the ice, and a number with an empty-netter to complete the scoring.

Alberni Valley scored three times in the third period, including the aforementioned empty-netter, to break open a 1-1 game. Both Grizzlies goals came on the power play as Victoria was 2-6 with the man advantage.

Corey Iapalucci and J.D. Falconer had the Victoria goals, and netminder Matthew Galajda made 23 saves. Josh Adkins, a Victoria product and veteran forward with the Bulldogs, was named first star after scoring twice. Quinn Syrydiuk and Scott Clark, into the open cage, completed the scoring for Alberni Valley.

The game started a busy weekend for the Grizzlies as the team will play the next two nights — Friday, in Duncan against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, and back at The Q Centre on Sunday against the visiting Surrey Eagles.

Following that, the Grizzlies will have five days to work on things and then welcome the Powell River Kings to The Q Centre on Friday, October 16.