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Thursday, the Victoria Grizzlies took the fourth-place (Island Division) Alberni Valley Bulldogs seriously. Not to be caught losing against a team that has little to lose, they made sure of the win by firing a whopping 57 shots and outscoring the Bulldogs 5-2.

But they did it the hard way, getting down 2-0 before mounting a comeback.

For the visiting Bulldogs at The Q Centre in Colwood, they got off to the 2-0 lead with goals by Keaton Mastrodonato at 7:33 of the first period. It was his 17th goal of the season. Two-minutes and five seconds later, Ryan Novecosky scored his second of the year.

Edward Yan would pick up his fifth of the season at 15:45 of the first, which perhaps providing a momentum shift heading into the second period as the Grizzlies fired 22 shots at goaltender John Hawthorne.

Riley Hughes with his 21st on the powerplay and Alexander Campbell with his 18th would help the Grizzlies take the lead 3-2. They scored at 8:44 and 13:56, respectively. Ryan Motto was serving a two-minute minor for high-sticking on the Hughes goal.

During the third period, Marty Westhaver would get his 15th of the season unassisted.

With Hawthorne pulled in favour of the extra attacker at 57:52 Cameron Thompson would score his 16th.

Kurtis Chapman would earn the 26-save win in net for the Grizzlies, while Hawthorne stopped 52 of 56.

The win moves the Grizzlies one point ahead of divisional rivals Powell River 62-61 who are leading the division 1-2.

The Kings visit the Bulldogs Friday, then the Grizzlies have a veritable four-pointer on the following Saturday as they host the Kings at The Q Centre in Colwood.