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The Port Alberni Bulldogs took 37 shots at Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Kurtis Chapman Thursday night at The Q Centre, but to no avail, the Grizzlies won by the score of 4-2.
With seven powerplay chances, the Bulldogs had opportunities to capitalize, but they scored just once with the man advantage.
The Grizzlies roared to a 2-0 first period lead with goals by T.J. Friedman and Lach Hadley at 4:33 and 9:18 respectively. It was Friedman’s 33 goal of the season, scored on the powerplay, while it was the 17-year-old Hadley’s third of the year.
At 12:41 of the second period the Grizzlies took a 3-0 lead with Shawn O’Malley netting his eighth of the season. Dayne Finnson and Ethan Nother earned their second assists each in the game. To close out the second period, at 19:31, Mitchell Oliver scored his 11th of the season to get the Bulldogs on the board.
Any chance of momentum picked up from their first goal, was quelled, when six seconds later, at 19:59 of the second, Ryan Nolan scored his seventh. Finnson earned his third assist of the game, while Drayson Pears earned the second assist on the play.
At 56 seconds of the third, Keaton Mastrodonato got his 18th of the season from Luc Salem and Tyler Vanuden on the powerplay, but that is all she wrote for the Bulldogs. Marty Westhaver was serving two minutes for roughing, it was a penalty held over from the second period, which he took at 19:59.
The Grizzlies needed only 23 shots at goaltender John Hawthorne to take the win. The Grizzlies went 2/3 on the man advantage.
The Grizzlies are now first in the Island Division with 70 points in 57 games. They sport a record of 31-18-4-4. The Powell River Kings are just two points back and hold two games in hand on the Grizzlies. The Nanaimo Clippers are also nipping at the Grizzlies heels, as they have 68 points, but have played 57 games. Various combinations of wins and losses over the next few games could shuffle the deck.
The Grizzlies next play on Sunday when they host the Surrey Eagles at The Q Centre. Surrey sits in third place in the Mainland Division. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 pm.