Grizz Blank Powell RIver In Game 2 To Square The series at One’s

Cole Pickup

VICTORIA, B.C. — When the Victoria Grizzlies needed a pick-me-up, they turned to Pickup.

Veteran winger Cole Pickup scored twice to help the Grizzlies avoid being swept twice at home by the Powell River Kings to open the second-round playoff series, and Victoria avenged Friday’s double-OT loss with a 4-0 victory on Saturday night at the Q Centre in Colwood.

The series is tied 1-1 heading to games Monday and Tuesday in Powell River. Game 5, now a certainty, will be played Thursday at the Q Centre. Game 6, if needed, is back in Powell River on Saturday.

Rookie defenceman Nico Somerville opened the scoring for Victoria in the first period. The goal came 1:34 into the game, a needed boost for a Grizzlies offence that was frustrated much of Friday’s 83:16 of hockey and 3-2 loss to the visitors.

In the second period, a power-play marker by Tyler Welsh gave the Grizzlies more room than they’d eventually need. That set the stage for Pickup, who doesn’t want his long tenure with Victoria to come to a premature end, and his two goals, both assisted by Jamie Rome and Lucas Clark. One came near the end of the second period, the other notched at the 7:12 mark of the third.

Powell River goalie Brian Wilson, the star of Friday’s game, was lifted from the crease after giving up the second goal, and Mitch Adamyk finished up.

Victoria goaltender Matthew Galajda was named first star as the Grizzlies were outshot 30-26. Powell River was 0-5 on the power play, with the Grizzlies going 1-4.