Grizzlies blanked now facing elimination


The Victoria Grizzlies and Powell River Kings played game five of the Island Division Final in the British Columbia Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup playoffs on Thursday night, with the winner moving one game away from advancing.

Backstopped by 34 saves by Brian Wilson and an early marker from Kyle Betts, Powell River blanked the Grizzlies, 3-0 at the Q Centre in Victoria in game five.

The Kings seize a 3-2 series lead in the best-of-seven series.

The visitors had the lead before the ice was dry as Kyle Betts walked in and buried his fourth goal of the playoffs for Powell River just 11 seconds into the game.

Kings goaltender Brian Wilson would take over from there, making 14 saves in the first period and 25 through 40 minutes, to keep his team in front by that same 1-0 going to the third period.

While the Grizzlies pressed in the final frame, they were unable to solve Wilson, and with 8:01 remaining, Jonny Evans provided insurance, scoring his sixth goal of the playoffs for Powell River, extending the lead to two.

Curtis McCarrick iced it with his third tally of the playoffs with less than four minutes remaining.

Victoria was unable to crack Brian Wilson who made 34 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs, his first of the series for the Kings.

Matthew Galajda allowed three goals on 26 shots in goal for the Grizzlies.

Both teams finished the game 0-2 on the powerplay.

Powell River used three different goal-scorers and saw eight different players record a single point.

Game six of the series will be played on Saturday, a 5:00pm start at the Hap Parker Arena in Powell River.