Grizzlies struggle to find the back of the net in a loss against Vipers

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    Veron Viper's Brendon Kim (23) deflects a puck shot by Grizzlies Ryan Nolan during the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Victoria Grizzlies fell to the Vernon Vipers 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. In a game that lacked energy from Victoria ended in Vernon picking up their 20th win of the season.

    Victoria Grizzlies Ryan Nolan (26) scores on Veron's goalie Bradley Cooper during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Ryan Nolan (26) scores on Veron’s goalie Bradley Cooper during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Grizzlies were the first strike as Ryan Nolan would score (18th)  unassisted at 13:11 of the first frame, It would only take the Vipers 48 seconds to tie the game at Lane Zablocki (2) fires one into the back of the net past Zachary Rose tying the game.

    Victoria Grizzlies Ryan Nolan (26) just after scoring goes flying through the air during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Ryan Nolan (26) just after scoring goes flying through the air during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies celebrate Nolan Ryan's goal. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies celebrate Ryan Nolan’s goal. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Kenny Johnson (3) jumps to avoid an incoming shot on Viper's net-minder Bradley Cooper (30) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Kenny Johnson (3) jumps to avoid an incoming shot on Viper’s net-minder Bradley Cooper (30) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Jordan Guiney (21) with Veron Viper's
    Victoria Grizzlies Jordan Guiney (21) with Veron Viper’s Jack Judson (22) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The second period remained dry as neither teams were able to score. Back and forth both teams went shot after shot, trying to find some answers to why they were not able to score. The period would end as both goalies would remain perfect in the second frame. Vipers’ Bradley Cooper stopping all 13 shots faced and Zachary Rose stopping all 9 he faced.

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    Both teams entered the third hungry for goals but Vernon were the only ones to prevail scoring three unanswered goals. Lane Zablocki (3) went on to pick up his 2nd of the night with an assist coming from Ben Helgeson, Tyler Ho at 8:56 of the third.

    Victoria Grizzlies Cameron Thompson (24) skates into the Viper’s zone with Josh Latta (19) and Brendan Kim in pursuit. Third period action. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

    The Vipers would open up the lead as   Brendan Kim (6) would score from Elan Bar lev wise,  and Michael Young making it 3-1 Vernon. They would then go on to score the empty netter as Logan Cash (3) scored from Michael Young. The Vipers moved on to win as Bradley Cooper stopped all 39 out of 40 shots he faced picking up his 6th win of the season.

    More game photos below by Gord Rufh ISN

    Grizzlies Edward Yam (88) during first period action. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Edward Yam (88) during first period action. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Alexander Campbell (11) skates into the Viper's end with Elan Bar lev wise (29) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Alexander Campbell (11) skates into the Viper’s end with Elan Bar lev wise (29) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
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    Victoria Grizzlies Cameron Thompson (24) and Viper’s Josh Latta (19) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Cameron Thompson (24) makes a move on Viper's Josh Latta (19) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Cameron Thompson (24) makes a move on Viper’s Josh Latta (19) Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Nico Sommerville (5) gets a shot off during the second period. Photo by Gord rufh ISN
    Victoria Grizzlies Nico Sommerville (5) gets a shot off during the second period. Photo by Gord rufh ISN
    The referee gets in the middle of things and goes down with Grizzlies Ryan Miller. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    The referee gets in the middle of things and goes down with Grizzlies Ryan Nolan. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Darwin Lakoduk (9) and Viper's Trey taylor battle for the puck during the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Darwin Lakoduk (9) and Viper’s Trey taylor battle for the puck during the second period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Edward Yan and Stephen Konroyd take Landon Fuller into the boards. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
    Grizzlies Edward Yan and Stephen Konroyd take Landon Fuller into the boards. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN