Grizzlies Clipped in Double OT

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

December 1, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Chris Dodero banged home a rebound at 1:50 of the second overtime period to give the Nanaimo Clippers a 2-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies in BC Hockey League action Tuesday night at The Q Centre in Victoria.

Nanaimo goalie Evan Johnson (left) would deny the Grizzlies Brayden Gelsinger (22) on this play midway through the second period.  Johnson would make 34 saves in the Clippers 2-1 double-overtime win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Dodero’s goal put a damper on the game for the Grizzlies and their 758 fans who saw their Grizzlies outplay and outshoot the Clippers for good portions of the game – final shots were 35-29 for the Grizzlies – but who could not find a way to beat Clippers goaltender Evan Johnson, other than a late first period power play goal from Brayden Gelsinger – his tenth of the season – that, at the time, knotted the score 1-1.

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Grizzlies defenceman Kevin Massy (11) looks for a shot opportunity during the second period Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria’s Dante Hahn (88) misses this rebound oppotunity during second period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Equally solid in net was the Grizzlies Matthew Galajda, who was beaten on a powerplay goal by Sheldon Rempal at 12:17 of the first, but then shut the door on the Clippers over the next two periods and the first overtime. The Clippers thought they had a go-ahead goal in the second period, but it was disallowed as it was batted in the net with a glove.

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Nanaimo goaltender Evan Johnson makes one of his 34 saves, here denying a break-away chance in the third period by the Grizzlies Joseph Visconti (17) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Grizzlies had ample chances to win the game in the third period, outshooting Nanaimo 11-5, the most notable being a great feed to PJ Conlon in the slot who was stopped cold by a nice save from Johnson. Johnson also forced Grizzlies forward Tyler Welsh and defenceman Drayson Pears to miss on great scoring opportunities.

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Victoria defenceman Drayson Pears (27) fires one of the Grizzlies 35 shots under pressure from Nanaimo defenceman Yanni Kaldis (4) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the overtime periods, while the Grizzlies had a number of promising rushes, they managed only one shot on goal before Dodero ended it with the Clippers fifth shot of the overtime periods.

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Nanaimo defenceman Yanni Kaldis (4) chases down a loose puck under pressure from the Grizzlies Keyvan Mokhtari (15) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Clippers, with the win, move to 18-10-0-1 on the season and stay undefeated against the Grizzlies, having won the four previous match-ups between the teams, including a 5-2 win last Friday. It also keeps them in the first place in the Island Division, with 37 points, four up on second place Powell River.

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Victoria’s Tyler Welsh (20) busts through the Nanaimo defence during this third period rush Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Grizzlies, who can take some consolation in holding the high-scoring Clippers to just two goals and earning a point in the standings, see their record drop to 11-16-0-4 and they remain in fourth in the Island Division, four points up on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who the Grizzlies will host a week from now, next Tuesday Dec. 8 following a two-game set in Powell River this weekend.

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