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The Grizzlies are clawing their way back into their first-round series against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who got off to a three-straight-win start.

During game five, the Grizzlies scored five times and kept the Bulldogs leashed up at The Q Centre in Colwood, allowing just one goal.

The BCHL Rookie of the Year winner, Alex Newhook, led the team with a pair of goals and an assist, Friday night.

During the three losses, the 17-year-old, St. John’s, NL native was held off the scoresheet. He continues to be a focus for the Bulldogs, who perhaps were distracted Friday by the task of holding him in check.

The Grizzlies opened the scoring and got up by the score of 3-0 during the first period.

Jamie Rome, Ethan Nother and Newhook each tallied in the opening period.

It wasn’t until 18:35 of the second period that Christian Simeone got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, but the celebration was short-lived as Newhook scored his second goal of the game just 30 seconds later, to take the bite out of the Bulldogs’ attempted comeback.

At 19:35 of the third period, Lach Hadley added another for good measure.

The Bulldogs went 1-for-7 on the man advantage, while the Grizzlies were blanked 0-for-5.

Goaltender Kurtis Chapman made 33 saves, while John Hawthorne stopped 19 for the Bulldogs.

The teams renew acquaintances Saturday for Game 6 at Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni.

Game 7, if the Grizzlies get that far, takes place at The Q Centre on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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