The Victoria Grizzlies will be taking on the Powell River Kings Saturday night at The Q Centre in Colwood. The one key to victory that both teams will have to work on is keeping emotions in check. There is a lot of history between these two teams, especially from last year’s playoff round, so making sure everyone plays a clean, physical game, without taking any penalties is important.
According to the Grizzlies organization, there are a few specific players to watch including Charlie Campbell. While he may have fallen behind his younger brother Alex in points in the early season, he has been playing very well since arriving in the BCHL. His passing skills can make any player he’s on the ice with a scoring threat and the chemistry he has been able to create with not just his brother, but the entire team makes him a key piece to the team this year.
Carter “Berg” Berger has had an excellent start to the season. He is the Grizzlies highest scoring defenceman with 12 points in 15 games. He is on pace to have the best season he’s had to date. He has a booming shot and is a threat to score from the blue line at any point during the game.
Darwin Lakoduk has had one of those starts where you have to look past stats and look at his actual play on the ice to see how talented he is. Right now, he only has two assists and no goals, however, he has seen limited ice time. The 2017/2018 VIJHL Rookie of The Year has had some great moments on the Grizzlies fourth line with Eddie Yan and Jake Veilleux, if he keeps working hard and playing the right style of hockey, his ice time will start to increase.
The Grizzlies currently sit in first place in the Island Division with a record of 10-5-0, while the Kings are 7-6-0. The Kings may be six points behind, but they have two games in-hand on the Grizzlies. Their offensive about it close, but the Grizzlies get the edge in both the offensive and defensive stats with 54 goals scored and 38 allowed, versus 40 and 35 respectively for the Kings.
The Grizzlies produces an exciting brand of hockey from a group of players who can skate with the best of Junior A hockey in Canada including Marty Westhaver and Alex Newhook.
Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm at The Q Centre.