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The Victoria Grizzlies are situated in third place in the British Columbia Hockey League’s Island Division; its close. Nanaimo is ahead by one point and has played an extra game, while Powell River is sitting in first and one point ahead of Nanaimo, with three games in-hand.
Victoria needs every win that they can get, but so does everyone else.
Sunday, as most nights, was a must-win scenario and the Grizzlies managed a come-from-behind to take an 8-5 victory over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at The Q Centre.
The Bulldogs got up by the score of 5-2 early in the second period, but Victoria scored six unanswered to take the win.
Sami Pharaon opened the scoring for the Bulldogs at 3:41 of the first, notching his first goal of the season.
Marty Westhaver tied it up at 11:03 and Alex Newhook put the home team up 2-1 with his ninth at 13:27.
The Bulldogs scored four straight. Just when it looked like the game was getting away from them, the Grizzlies mounted the comeback.
Jason Alexander notched his sixth, while Lucas Clark scored a pair, back-to-back, less than a minute apart at 17:33 and 18:27 of the second to tie it up at five.
T.J. Friedman scored the winner at 3:10 of the third with his eighth of the season.
Lucas Clark led the way for the Grizzlies with two goals and one assist and earned first star honours for his efforts, while Mathew Doran scored once and set-up two others including the winner.
The Grizzlies outshot the Bulldogs 43-32 including a barrage of 19 during the second.
Shawn Parkinson started the game in goal for the Grizzlies, but let in three goals on 10 shots, so to start the second the Grizzlies put Zachary Rose in net.
Rose is among 28 players from the BCHL invited to the Canada West camp for the Junior ‘A’ world championships. The 18-year-old is having a strong season, as is the man he replaced today, but we don’t have a crease controversy yet.
The Grizzlies went 2/3 on the man advantage, while the Bulldogs went 2/6.
The Grizzlies next play Tuesday the 28th when they host Powell River. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.