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The Victoria Grizzlies took Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the visiting Powell River Kings 4-2 on Friday – it was all Alex Newhook.
He opened the scoring at 5:42 of the first period from Riley Hughes. It was his seventh playoff goal in nine games.
Newhook would score again during the second period at 13:09, again Hughes earned the primary assist while Carter Berger got in on the goal too.
The Kings had scored both of their goals during the middle frame at 3:58 to tie the score 1-1 and again at 13:52 to make it 2-2. Ryan Brushett and Jack Long tallied for the Kings.
Newhook set up the game-winning goal at 9:03 of the third period. Kyle McGrath scored his fourth of the post-season. Hughes picked up his third assist of the game.
Newhook will be playing in the NCAA next season for the Boston College Eagles. The St. John’s, NL native is expected to be drafted by an NHL team during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft that will take place in Vancouver this summer. Already picked by the New York Rangers is line-mate Hughes. Hughes, from Westwood, MA will be competing for the Northeastern University Huskies at home against Newhook.
One-minute and 58-seconds later the smooth-skating Marty Westhaver scored his sixth from Carter Berger. He released the shot from the faceoff circle putting the puck up high on the goaltender’s blocker side.
Mitch Adamyk stopped 35 of 39 shots fired his way in a losing effort. Kurtis Chapman stopped 26 of 28 in net for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies blanked the Kings on their three powerplay opportunities, while the Grizzlies went ¼.
The teams return to action tonight in Powell River. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Hap Parker Arena. Game 7 would go Monday at The Q Centre in Colwood, if the Grizzlies do not eliminate the Kings tonight.
The winner of the series will go up against the Prince George Spruce Kings, who earned home-ice advantage.