VICTORIA, B.C. — It’s not like the Victoria Grizzlies don’t get scoring chances. In fact, the Grizzlies are becoming known as much for their hard-working style and ability to create offensive opportunities as their ability to make other teams’ goaltenders look like Patrick Roy.
The Grizzlies outshot the Eagles 38-28 but came out on the other side of a 2-1 double-OT decision on Saturday night at The Q Centre, the BCHL game played in front of 891 patrons.
A generously-awarded penalty shot in OT to the Eagles by the referee was turned aside by Grizzlies goaltender Matthew Galajda, who was deserving as the game’s first star.
After a scoreless first period, the Eagles got the first goal, by John Wesley. Victoria captain PJ Conlon replied in the third period, the last scoring until Darius Davidson decided things 1:05 into the three-on-three OT period. Daniel Davidson made 37 saves for the Eagles, and Kodi Schwarz had two assists.
The one-goal loss/empty-net goal and low-scoring games streak continued for the Grizzlies, who seem to have zero puck luck in the offensive zone.
The Grizzlies (1-9-0-1), who just finished playing a three-in-three nights portion of their schedule, have five days off before the Powell River Kings arrive for a game on Friday, Oct. 16, a 7pm game at The Q Centre.
The Grizzlies are challenging the two nearby high schools — Royal Bay and Belmont, both in brand new facilities — to show their team spirit over the next few home games.
On Friday, October 16, it’s ROYAL BAY HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT at The Q Centre, with $5 admission for all Royal Bay students. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 29, it’s BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL’s turn, another game with the Powell River Kings in Victoria.