Cole Pickup. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Grizzlies host three consecutive games in two and a half days this weekend at The Q Centre in Colwood. This weekend will be a great opportunity to put some space between themselves and the Powell River Kings and Cowichan Valley Capitals, if they can win all three. It will be a tough task.

Friday, they will be visited by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who are desperate for wins. Saturday, they play a veritable four-pointer, as they will face-off against the Powell River Kings. Sunday, the Grizzlies will take on the Trail Smoke Eaters at 2:00 PM. The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled for a 7:00 PM puck drop.

The Bulldogs have some work to do as they sport a record of 6-14-3-0 for 15 points in 23 games. They sit in the doghouse of the Island Division and second-to-last in the entire league. Only the Coquitlam Express own a poorer record at 6-16-0-2. But that doesn’t mean that the Grizzlies can take a night off and expect to win.

The Bulldogs bettered the Merritt Centennials 3-1 on November 5th and played a close game against the Chilliwack Chiefs in October – a very strong team.

The Kings and the Grizzlies split back-to-back games earlier this month with both teams winning by the score of 5-2 on November 11 and 12.

The Smoke Eaters sit second in the Interior Division with a record of 12-10-1-0 for 25 points in 23 games played. They have won three of their past five games including a 10-0 victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The Grizzlies sport the fourth best record in the entire league and sit atop the Island Division with a record of 14-4-2-3 for 33 points in 23 games. The Kings are tied in points, however, they have played two extra games. It will be interesting to see how the game plays out as the Grizzlies play more of a tighter defensive game, while the Kings are all go. They have the second most goals in the league with 100. Only the Wenatchee Wild have scored more with 118 in just 21 games. The Penticton Vees have accumulated 38 points in 23 games and sit first overall.

The Grizzlies top point-getter is Victoria born Cole Pickup who sits eighth in league scoring despite playing just 20 games so far. He has the third best points per game average at 1.55 with 11 goals and 20 assists.

Grizzlies’ goaltender Matthew Galajda owns the league’s second best goals against average at 2.33 and the third best save percentage at .920. He sports a record of 11-5-0-2.

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