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By 12:14 of the first period, the Victoria Grizzlies scored three goals by three different players to pace the team to a 5-3 win over the visiting Cowichan Valley Capitals at The Q Centre Tuesday night.

Ethan Nother with his 16th, Ryan Nolan scoring his second of the season and Jamie Rome with his 13th put the Grizzlies in good position for the win, while Nother, who hails from London, ON and Alex Newhook of St. John’s NFLD picked up three points each for the Grizzlies by game’s end; 1 goal and 2 assists.

If there was any question about the Grizzlies getting up for a game against the Capitals, the concerns were put to rest early. Although the Capitals are mired in last place in the Island Division and last place overall in the British Columbia Hockey League with just 17 points and a record of 6-26-3-2, it would be understood if they didn’t, but the Grizzlies still need the wins.

Sitting in third place, the Grizzlies (19-14-3-2) are just two points back of the Nanaimo Clippers (20-13-3-2) and Powell River Kings (19-11-4-3). The Kings have one game in-hand over Nanaimo and Victoria.

The Grizzlies outshot the Capitals by a 50-35 margin. The powerplays went 1/5 and ¼ for Cowichan and Victoria respectively.

Snohomish, Washington’s JJ Pichette took the loss for the Capitals to move his record below .500 at 4-5. Kurtis Chapman improved his record to 5-1-1 for the Grizzlies. The Airdrie, AB native owns a 2.94 goals against average and a save percentage of .918. His stats would put his in fourth for GAA and tied for third in SV% league-wide if he played more game, to date.

The Grizzlies next play Wednesday in Duncan to complete the home-and-home stand against Cowichan.

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