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The Victoria Grizzlies found out the hard way that anything can happen in the playoffs. The Grizzlies who dominated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during the regular season discovered it means little once the British Columbia Hockey League post-season begins.
Alberni Valley, mired in fourth place in the Island Division fought like bulldogs to come back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 5-4 overtime win at The Q Centre in Colwood.
The Bulldogs now lead the seven-game series 1-0.
The game got off to a predictable start with the Grizzlies scoring the first two goals. T.J. Freidman and Alex Newhook scored at 9:56 of the first and 5:12 of the second. In a span of two minutes and 35 seconds, the Bulldogs tied the score with Dawson Tritt and Mitchell Oliver scoring at 8:02 and 10:47 respectively.
At 3:28 of the third, Cameron Thompson would score for the Grizzlies to regain the lead but Port Alberni just would not go away.
Cole Poliziani tied the score at three apiece with a powerplay marker at 7:53. Ryan Nolan was off on a two-minute minor for roughing.
T.J. Friedman and Michael Sacco exchanged goals at 8:47 and 14:19. Michaelian earned an assist on Friedman’s goal for his third point of the game.
Poliziani ended it early, scoring with a wrister at 1:09 of OT.
The Bulldogs went ¼ on the man advantage, while they blanked the Grizzlies on their four opportunities.
John Hawthorne earned the win in goal for the Bulldogs after facing 38 shots, while Zachary Rose took the loss with 37 shots against.
The teams resume playoff action Sunday at The Q Centre at 2:00 pm.