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Victoria loses game 2-1, trails series by same score

Jonathan Hodgson

The Victoria Grizzlies and Powell River Kings played a pivotal game three of their Fred Page Cup second round series in the British Columbia Hockey League playoffs on Monday night.

The series shifted to Powell River on Monday after the top two regular season teams in the Island Division traded wins in Victoria over the weekend.  With goaltending taking center stage, Brian Wilson outdueled Matthew Galajda in a 2-1 Powell River victory.

(Box Score-- http://victoriagrizzlies.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=05c356250a4761887fde8ecb9&id=974d398742&e=c324494daa)

With the win, the Kings take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

(BCHL Playoff Bracket-- http://victoriagrizzlies.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=05c356250a4761887fde8ecb9&id=a644b6bb3f&e=c324494daa)

The goaltenders set the tone early with Galajda, who was coming off of a 30-save shutout in a 4-0 game two win, making 16 saves in the first stanza, keeping the game scoreless into the second.

Galajda and Wilson remained perfect until late in the second period when Jamie Rome finally solved Wilson with his fifth goal of the playoffs to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the second.

The Kings broke through five minutes into the third, tying the game at one on Kyle Betts’ first goal of the playoffs.  The marker also snapped Galajda’s shutout streak at 140 minutes and 40 seconds, dating back to the third period of game two.

(BCHL Playoff Stats-- http://victoriagrizzlies.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=05c356250a4761887fde8ecb9&id=a43c88584f&e=c324494daa)

With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, Cam Donaldson fired home his third goal of the playoffs, giving Powell River their first lead at 2-1.

The Grizzlies, despite directing 16 shots at Wilson in the final period, were unable to find the back of the net as Powell River hung on for the 2-1 victory, giving them the series lead by the same score.

Victoria outshot the Kings 38-35 while both teams went scoreless on four powerplay opportunities.

With his goal, Rome ties Cole Pickup for the Grizzlies’ team lead with five playoff goals, and is second to Pickup with nine points.

Game four of the series goes Tuesday at 7:30pm in Powell River. The series returns to Victoria for game five on Thursday at 7:00pm at the Q Centre.

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