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Anything can and usually does happen in the playoffs. To ensure that “anything” didn’t happen, the Victoria Grizzlies fired a whopping 52 shots at the Alberni Valley Bulldogs net Sunday afternoon.
The BC Division-winning Grizzlies hosted the fourth-place Bulldogs for the first two games of their seven-game, first-round playoff series and subsequently lost both games at home.
Game one, which took place Friday, March 2nd went into overtime before the Bulldogs pulled off the 5-4 win.
Sunday, the teams went at it again, both games played at The Q Centre in Colwood with the same result, a 5-4 overtime win for the visitors.
The Grizzlies opened the scoring in both games. Sunday, Dayne Finnson scored at 1:06 of the first period. Assists went to Jamie Rome and Drayson Pears. It was the quick start that the Grizzlies needed, a momentum maker.
However, Alberni Valley and Victoria traded goals for the rest of the game.
Michael Saco scored at 7:39 to tie it 1-1, then Shawn O’Malley and Mitchell Oliver traded goals to close out the first period 3-3.
There was no scoring during the second period.
Jamie Rome scored at 7:52, but then Cole Poliziani scored his third of the post season.
Justin Michaelian (2nd) and Saco (3rd) traded goals at 16:33 and 18:37 to send the game to overtime.
At 3:56 defenceman Mitchell Oliver from Kelowna ended the game with Julien Benner assisting. Oliver had scored 12 times during the regular season for Alberni Valley. He was acquired this year from the Vernon Vipers.
Goaltenders Zachary Rose and John Hawthorne manned the nets for both games. The Bulldogs got off 42 shots, while the Grizzlies took 52.
The powerplays went 1/3 and ¼ for Alberni Valley and Victoria respectively.
Going down by two games will likely mean a new plan of attack for Victoria. The series now turns to Port Alberni for the next two games. Tuesday and Wednesday the teams square off with 7:00 pm starts.
If necessary, the series returns to Victoria Friday and Port Alberni Saturday.