STRONG NOVEM-BEAR HELPS GRIZZLIES DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM ISLAND DIVISION FOES

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With a 7-2 month including a 5-1 home record, the Grizzlies are sitting pretty on top of the standings. Two shutouts early and a home-and-home sweep against the Nanaimo Clippers bookended the month and the Grizz two points ahead of the pesky Powell River Kings with two games in hand.

Victoria demonstrated its depth and stellar goaltending during top scorer Cole Pickup’s four-game suspension for a dangerous hit. Tyler Welsh joined Pickup for team scoring lead with six goals and 10 points in the month and goalie Matthew Galajda gave up two goals or less in seven of his eight November starts. Tony Rehm was solid in his lone start, stopping 20 of 21 shots in a win over Alberni Valley.

The Grizzlies will spend a lot of time on the road in December, playing six of their nine games away from the Q Centre. After a four-game road trip from December 2nd-7th, Victoria returns home to face the Mainland Division-leading Wenatchee Wild.
The Wild have been leading their division all season thanks in part to a league-high 5.4 goals per game. The next best mark in the league is Prince George’s 4.11 while the Grizzlies are averaging 3.57 goals per contest. Wenatchee also sports the league’s third-lowest goals against average at 2.66 per game, topped only by Interior Division leaders Penticton Vees (1.97) and the Grizzlies (2.26). Everyone should circle this December 10th matchup on their calendar!

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