The Victoria Grizzlies got back on the winning track Friday night with a win over the Chilliwack Chiefs in Chilliwack. The final score was 4-2.
Most teams go through slumps, every team has an uncharacteristically bad outing eventually where they get defeated by a lopsided score, Victoria lost 12-5 to the Powell River Kings last Saturday at home – the only real blemish on an otherwise strong start to the season.
Nothing went right from the first puck drop, to the final whistle. Although Victoria had opened the scoring at 4:11 with an Alex Newhook marker – it was all downhill after that for the ‘Grizz. The Kings scored six consecutive goals in a 14:34 span during the first period. They scored five more during the second period for an 11-2 lead after two.
Oddly, the Grizzlies won the third period, outscoring the Kings 3-1, but it was much too little, much too late.
Nine different Kings scored, Williams Mitchell netted two, as did Rowan Miller and Matt Fawcett.
Newhook scored twice in the losing cause.
They lost the next game at home to Surrey too, 6-5.
The Grizzlies got back on track on the road against Chilliwack Friday.
The smooth-skating Marty Westhaver opened the scoring with his third goal of the season from Jeremie Bucheler at 12:16 of the first period. Cameron Thompson followed it up with a goal at 18:05 from Ryan Nolan and Charlie Campbell.
Chilliwack made things interesting with a pair of goals during the second period to tie the game up. Ethan Bowen and Brett Rylance each scored at 13:34 and 14:30.
Westhaver picked up his second goal of the game at 17:41 and that proved to be the game-winner. It was assisted by Darwin Lakoduk and Jarin Sutton.
Carter Berger would put the game out of reach during the third period with a goal at 14:31 – the Chiefs had no answer.
Kurtis Chapman picked up the win with his 27-save performance. Mathieu Caron stopped 38 of 42 shots for the Chiefs in the losing cause.
The Grizzlies went 0/4 on the man advantage, while the Chiefs were 0/2 on the night.
The Grizzlies next play the Merritt Centennials tonight in Merritt, then Sunday in Surrey, for three games in three nights. Next Friday they host the Trail Smokeaters a The Q Centre.