The Victoria Grizzlies needed extra time but got the job done, downing the Cowichan Valley Capitals, 5-4 in overtime on Thursday night in Victoria.
Nick Guiney scored twice for the Grizzlies while Cole Pickup recorded the overtime winner, sending fans home happy from the Q Centre.
The Grizzlies (Now 28-10-3-4, 63 points) increase their lead in the British Columbia Hockey League’s Island Division to six points over the Powell River Kings.
Cowichan Valley (Now 20-20-3-2, 45 points) remain third in the Island Division and fall to 1-4-1-1 on the season against the Grizzlies.
The visitors jumped on top quickly thanks to John Sladic’s second goal of the season less than three minutes into the contest.
Nick Guiney converted his first goal of the game midway through the opening period to bring the Grizzlies back even.
Each of the game’s first two goals were scored on the powerplay as both teams were clicking early with the man advantage.
Cowichan Valley regained a 2-1 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first, on Jared Domin’s 20th goal of the season.
The Capitals extended their lead early in the second on another powerplay marker, this one by Mitch Skapski, his 15th goal of the year.
Down 3-1, Victoria roared back beginning with Nathan Looysen’s 16th goal of the season, less than two minutes after the Skapski talley, and then just before the half way point of the middle period, Nick Guiney potted his second goal of the night and 10th on the season to tie the game at three apiece.
Again, the Capitals came through with a late goal, seizing a 4-3 lead with less than 90 seconds remaining in the second on Ayden MacDonald’s 17th goal of the year.
The score held until Brett Stirling fired the tying goal for Victoria, his fourth of the season and a powerplay goal, with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period, forcing overtime.
Three minutes into overtime, Cole Pickup wired home his 23rd goal of the season, giving the Grizzlies the 5-4 win.
Victoria outshot the Capital 52-27. Lane Michasiw made 47 saves in goal for Cowichan Valley while Grizzlies netminder Matthew Galajda made 23 stops.
Each team recorded a pair of powerplay goals with the Capitals going 2-6 and Victoria 2-7.
Nick Guiney led all skaters with his two goals. Three players recorded two points for Cowichan Valley while Lucas Clark and Drayson Pears contributed two assists for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies finish the home-and-home series with the Capitals on Friday night in Duncan.