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The Victoria Grizzlies did what they had to do to win Saturday at The Q Centre, as they are missing five of their best players who are playing in the World Junior-A Challenge.
They hosted the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and defeated them by the score of 2-0.
Ryan Nolan earned his 13th goal of the season to open the scoring. Assisting on the play were Brady MacDonald and Nico Somerville. That’s all that the Grizzlies needed to win the game, however, Edward Yan deposited his fourth of the season at 12:04 of the first from Charlie Campbell and Marty Westhaver.
There was no scoring during the second and third periods.
The story of the game was the goaltending of Kyle Dumba, who earned the 43-save shutout win.
The Grizzlies took 25 shots on goaltender Matthew Armitage, who played 58:54. Armitage was pulled in favour of the extra attacker, but Dumba wasn’t letting anything by all game.
Dumba started the season with the Surrey Eagles going 3-7-0 with a goals against average of 4.81 and a save percentage of .876. Since playing for Victoria he is now 6-2-0 and improved his save percentage to .924 and GAA 3.27.
Dumba also played for Salmon Arm during the 2017-2018 season going 8-18-1. Clearly the move to Victoria has been good for both Dumba and the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies used four players from the Junior-B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. On the ice were Sean Ramsay, Kahill Fontana, Matthew Clark and Reid Lindsay.
The Grizzlies next play the Nanaimo Clippers in Nanaimo on Friday, Dec. 14th.