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The Victoria Grizzlies continue their winnings ways despite missing Alex Newhook, Riley Hughes, Alex Campbell, Jeremie Bucheler and Carter Berger as they are playing in the World Junior—A Challenge in Alberta.

This time their victims were the Cowichan Valley Capitals who they took out by the score of 5-3 on Friday night at The Q Centre.

The Grizzlies opened the scoring with Ryan Nolan’s 11th goal of the season from Ryan Fischer and Reid Lindsay at 2:09.

The Capitals would score three consecutive, with Luc Wilson, Nike Esposito-Selivanov and Paul Selleck tallying. By the end of the second period, the Grizzlies were down 3-1; que the comeback.

At 1:08 of the third period, Darwin Lakoduk scored his third of the season from Henri Schreifels while on the powerplay. Dave Melaragni was off for two minutes as he was called for interference at 18 seconds.

Again on the powerplay, Lach Hadley would score at 7:15 from Schreifels and Edward Yan. This time Lucas Vanroboys was off for tripping.

Marty Westhaver would get his 12th of the season for the game-winner and Nolan would get his second of the game into the empty net as the Capitals would pull goaltender Blake Wood in favour of the extra attacker.

Kyle Dumba would get the win with a 46-save performance. Wood stopped 27 of 31.

The Capitals’ powerplay went 0/4, while Victoria scored twice on their five opportunities.

The Grizzlies continue to lead the Island Division with 43 points earned in 32 games played, sporting a record of 21-10-0-1. Only two teams have better records in the entire league, the Prince George Spruce Kings and Chilliwack Chiefs.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks visit The Q Centre Saturday, for a 7:00 pm puck drop.


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