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The league-leading Victoria Grizzlies visited the Powell River Kings on Saturday night, the day after playing the Coquitlam Express at home (4-4 tie) then driving for 16 hours.

Saturday night they took the Kings into double overtime, even without the services of Brett Stirling, Nick Guiney and Keyvan Mokhtari who was ejected late in the first for something that he had said to the ref from the bench.

They even came from behind, but lost in the end.

With the score tied 2-2 in the second overtime Nathan Looysen took a hooking penalty, subsequently Cam Donaldson blasted a one-timer past goaltender Matthew Galajda for the win.

At one time the Grizzlies were down 2-0.

It took a while for the back-to-back playing, travel-weary Grizz to get into game form as they were outshot in the first 15-8.

At 3:41 of the second, Grizzlies rookie Cory Hatcher scored his fourth goal in four games to get Victoria on the board; it was assisted by Jake Stevens. Captain Cody Van Lierop scored his first goal of the year at the 13-minute mark.

They were going to overtime.

The Grizzlies continue to lead the Island Division with their record of 5-1-2-2; they are tied in points (14) with the Penticton Vees, who have two games in hand. The Wenatchee Wild have three games in hand and have 13 points, they lead the Mainland Division, while the Vees lead the Interior Division.

The Grizzlies went 0-3 on the power play, while the Kings took advantage scoring twice on the power-play going 2-5. The Kings took 41 shots on Galajda, while Mitch Adamyk faced 31 Victoria shots.

The Grizzlies will next play at The Q Centre in Colwood next weekend. They’ll host the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night and on Sunday afternoon host the Chilliwack Chiefs.

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