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The Victoria Grizzlies and Powell River Kings played game three of their best of seven playoff series in Powell River on Monday night. The Grizzlies won the game by the score of 3-1.
Coach Craig Didmon wasn’t interested in spotting the Kings a three-game lead as the Grizzlies did during their opening round against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
“I always said that I wanted to be a part of an organization that came all the way back from a three-game deficit, but careful what you asked for.”
When asked rhetorically if he plans on spotting Powell River three games he just shook his head, “no.”
Down two games to none, the Grizzlies earned the road win during the third period, scoring all three goals in a span of 14:02.
Powell River got on the board first when Ben Berard opened the scoring at 11:51 of the opening period.
There was no more scoring until 4:58 of the third. Grizzlies’ Lach Hadley was off for two minutes for interference when Cameron Thompson scored his sixth of the post-season, short-handed. Carter Berger assisted.
Marty Westhaver scored his second at 15:20, Drayson Pears assisted on the game-winning goal.
At 18:56, with Powell River goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow pulled in favour of the extra attacker, Thompson, a 19-year-old Victoria native, put in his second of the game. Jamie Rome earned the only assist on the play.
The powerplays went 0/3 and 0/4 for the Kings and Grizzlies, respectively.
Shots were 36 for the Kings and 33 for the Grizzlies.
The teams face-off again Tuesday at 7:00 pm in Powell River.