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It is a lot to ask of a hockey team to win three games in three nights while on the road. The Victoria Grizzlies won the first two, but on Sunday, they got dropped by the score of 4-1 in West Kelowna.
Riley Hughes scored for Victoria, while West Kelowna saw goals come from four different players in Max Bulawka, Matt Kowalski, Chase Dubois and Bennett Norlin. Shots were 35-30 for West Kelowna, while both powerplays were held off the scoresheet. The Warriors had four opportunities, while the Grizzlies had just one.
Two nights before, Victoria beat Prince George 4-3 and then followed that win up with a 3-2 victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The Grizzlies continue to lead the Island Division with an 8-4-0-0 record. They have a four-point lead over the Powell River Kings, who have two games in-hand.
Although it is still early in the season, on Saturday, the two teams clash in a four-pointer at The Q Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Meanwhile, in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Jr. B) the Nanaimo Buccaneers, who sit in second place in the North Division behind the Campbell River Storm defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings by the score of 7-1 on Saturday. They outshot the Kings 47-20 and overwhelmed them during the second period with five goals.
They spread the scoring around with seven players earning at least one point.
Comox is currently 0-10 and sit at the bottom of the entire league.
The Kerry Park Islanders (Mill Bay-Cobble Hill) picked up a pair of wins at home over the weekend, 3-2 over the Peninsula Panthers and 4-1 over the Oceanside Generals (Parksville-Qualicum).
The Islanders outshot the Panthers 47-31, but both teams were stymied on a total of 12 man advantages.
The Islanders outshot the Generals 36-33 with 30 total shots after just two periods. Apparently getting up to a 3-0 lead early in the third period (54 seconds) was enough to shut down the game. Matt Baird scored a natural hat-trick.
With the pair of wins the Islanders now sit among four teams separated by just five points, while the Saanich Braves are leading the league with a 9-0-0-1 record at 28 points.
The Braves play Wednesday at home to the Panthers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm.