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The Victoria Grizzlies finished their three-games-in-three-days road swing into the interior of the province with a 6-5 shootout win over the Vernon Vipers.
The Vipers entered the game with a 9-7-6 record and were positioned in sixth place in the Interior Division. The Grizzlies are perched atop the Island Division with a 16-8-0-1.
The Grizzlies were 1-1 on the weekend entering Sunday’s game with a 6-3 against the Coquitlam Express on Friday and a 4-1 loss to the Penticton Vipers on Saturday.
Charlie Campbell opened the scoring for the Grizzlies at 18:44 of the first period with a powerplay marker. Nico Somerville earned the only assists on the goal. Ben Sanderson was off for two-minutes for tripping, it was the only penalty of the first period.
Victoria wasted no time getting on the board during the second period with an Alexander Campbell goal, his 11th of the season from Ryan Nolan and Kurtis Chapman. Forty-one seconds later Riley Hughes scored from Alexander Campbell. It was his 13th. The Grizzlies had a 3-0 lead.
Vernon came back with two of their own at 1:53 and 5:10 from Connor Marritt and Michael Young. The teams exchanged goals the rest of the way with Hughes getting his second of the game while Jagger Williamson picked up his sixth and seventh of the season. With just six seconds left in the game, Vernon’s Josh Latta forced overtime with his ninth goal of the season.
Overtime would resolve nothing.
Victoria sent Charlie and Alexander Campbell, Alex Newhook out for the shootout, but goaltender Aidan Porter stopped all. While Kyle Dumba stopped all four of the Vipers shooters including Teddy Wooding, Jesse Lansdell, Matt Kowalski and Garratt Worth. Cameron Thompson scored the only goal of the shootout for Victoria.
Thompson is a 20-year-old Victoria native who is averaging a point a game with 11 goals and 13 assists so far this season. Shootout goals do not count in the regular season scoring race.
Chapman and Dumba split duties in net with Chapman stopping 20/24 and Dumba 16/17.
Porter stopped 35/40 in net for the Vipers.
The Grizzlies went 2/5 on the powerplay, while Vernon was blanked going 0/3.
The Grizzlies next play in Port Alberni against the Bulldogs on Nov. 23. They return to The Q Centre when they host Nanaimo on the 24th.
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