Even Nick Guiney’s hot stick couldn’t do the trick on Sunday.
Guiney, a Victoria product, scored his team-leading fourth goal of the game on Sunday at The Q Centre in Colwood, but that game-opening goal was a memory by the end of the game against the visiting Vernon Vipers. Guiney’s first-period marker gave the Victoria Grizzlies some jump, but they could not capitalize.
The Vipers, with the help of a short-handed empty-net goal outlasted the Grizzlies 4-1 in a game played after the White Spot Tailgate party, with lots of pre-game fun with Sportball/Braefoot Community Association, Four Frames Photo Booth, and Galaxy Motors.
The Vipers outshot the Grizzlies 33-31, with goaltender Andrew Shortridge making 30 saves for Vernon, one more than Matthew Galajda made in the Victoria nets. Shortridge was named first star of the game — something the Grizzlies are becoming used to seeing.
Mac Ferner, Riley Brandt and Liam Finlay, the latter on a three-on-one late in the third, scored for Vernon before Bo Pellah found the empty net from 155 feet away.
Ticketed attendance was 923 for the second regular-season home game for the 2015-16 season.
The Grizzlies fell to 1-6-0-1 on the season, and will have three days of practice to be ready for Thursday’s home game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, a 7pm start. After that, the Grizzlies head to Duncan for a Friday game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, then return home for a Saturday date against the Surrey Eagles in what is the annual Turkey Toss promotion. The game is a 7pm start.
After that, the Grizzlies are home to the Powell River Kings on Friday, Oct. 16.
Look up Grizzlies team stats here — http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/sta