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Sixteen-year-old rookie Alex Newhook bumped a mini-slump Friday at The Q Centre against the visiting Nanaimo Clippers.
The Clippers got out to a 2-0 first-period lead, but the Grizzlies came back and the teams tied 3-3 through double overtime. Newhook scored two of the Grizzlies goals, his 21st and 22nd of the season. He sits third in league points.
The Grizzlies, coming off of a three-game slide on the road earned a single point and moved back into first place in the Island Division. It helped that the Penticton Vees defeated the Powell River Kings.
At 13:05, Newhook responded to the second Clippers goal by wristing in his own less than a minute later. It was his 20th of the season. He tied it up at 12:19 of the second period. Jamie Rome earned the first assist on both goals.
Shawn O’Malley scored the third consecutive Grizzlies goal at 5:45 of the third period with his sixth of the season, to put the Grizzlies up 3-2, in a hard-fought come-from-behind effort.
With seven seconds remaining in the game, Cal Babych scored the game-tying goal. Double overtime changed nothing.
Kurtis Chapman stopped 40 of 43 shots, while Clippers’ goaltender Taz Burman stopped 36 of 39.
The powerplays went 0/10, six opportunities for Victoria and four for Nanaimo.
The Grizzlies play next on Sunday when they host the Penticton Vees. It is a 2:00 pm matinee start.