Five second period goals lifts Victoria past Warriors

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The Victoria Grizzlies offence was on full display on Friday night in a 7-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors at the Q Centre.

Nick Guiney and Jamie Rome led the charge with two goals each while four other Grizzlies recorded a multi-point game.

The Grizzlies (Now 31-10-3-4, 69 points) maintain a six-point lead in the British Columbia Hockey League’s Island Division over the Powell River Kings who also won on Friday.

West Kelowna (Now 22-21-1, 45 points) remains fifth in the Interior Division after their third straight loss.

Both teams played an evenly matched opening period, which resulted in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes with Victoria holding a slim 12-10 edge in shots on goal.

First period tallies came from West Kelowna’s Braiden Epp four minutes into play and then Nick Guiney’s first of the night for the Grizzlies just past the midway point of the period.

The second period is where the home team seized control. Victoria fired 21 shots in the middle frame, capitalizing five times to take a 6-2 lead through 40 minutes.

Second period scoring featured Guiney’s second goal of the night and 13th of the season early in the period, Jamie Rome’s first of two on the game with less than seven minutes remaining as well as Tyler Welsh’s 20th goal of the season late in the period.

West Kelowna’s lone goal of the period came from Chase Dubois who netted his 12th of the year.

With the game well in-hand, Tyler Welsh put a bow on the scoring with his second goal of the night and 18th of the season midway through the third period to bring the game to its 7-2 final.

Matthew Galajda earned the win in goal for the Grizzlies stopping 19 of 21 shots for Victoria who led on the shot clock, 34-21.

Cole Demers started in goal for West Kelowna surrendering a total of four goals on 23 shots.  Gabriel Morency relieved Demers early in the second period but Demers returned after Morency allowed three goals on 11 shots in just under nine minutes of action.

The Grizzlies travel to Port Alberni on Saturday to take on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs as 7:00pm.

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