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No lead is safe in the British Columbia Hockey League. The Victoria Grizzlies proved that Friday night at The Q Centre in Colwood as they came back from 4-1 and 6-4 deficits to the Coquitlam Express by scoring six unanswered goals in the final frame to win 10-6.
Alex Newhook scored twice and set up four others to lead the Grizzlies to their 20th win of the season.
Riley Hughes opened the scoring at 1:55 of the first period. It was the 15th goal of the season for the Westwood, MA 18-year-old forward.
The Express then scored four consecutive goals Alex Dipaolo, Connor Gregga, Jack Cameron and Pito Walton tallied. But queue the comeback, as Newhook scored his 17th at 9:57, at 13:28 Alexander Campbell scored his 14th then at 14:58 with his second of the game Hughes tied the game at four apiece with a powerplay marker.
Coquitlam wasn’t giving up and put away two more at the end of the second period at 19:27 and 19:52.
The teams skated to the dressing rooms with the score 6-4 for the Express, a team that Victoria defeated just a little more than a week before in Coquitlam. Whatever must have been said in the Grizzlies dressing room worked, as Alexander Campbell skated onto the ice and subsequently scored his 14th of the season and second of the game from Alex Newhook at 15 seconds – they wasted little time. Newhook, Campbell and Hughes combined again at 3:23 to once again tie the game.
Four more goals came from Marty Westhaver with his 11th, Darwin Lakoduk, Hughes for the hat-trick and finally Jeremie Bucheler into the empty net at 18:15.
Who knows what the Coquitlam coach was thinking being down 9-6, but pulling the goalie is a high-risk venture, down three goals.
Clayton Stevenson stopped 31 of 40 shots for the loss, while Kyle Dumba earned the 30-save win.
The powerplays went 1/6 for Coquitlam and 2/5 for Victoria.
In addition to Newhook’s six points, Hughes had five with his 3-goal, 2-assist game. Campbell also had a fiver pointer with 2 goals and three assists.
The Grizzlies next host the West Kelowna Warriors on Sunday in a matinee game with puck drop scheduled for 2:00 pm at The Q Centre in Colwood.