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The Victoria Grizzlies are in a hole, down two games in their third-round, final-four British Columbia Hockey League seven-game series against the Prince George Spruce Kings.
Friday, the Spruce Kings outshot the Grizzlies 40-27 and scored four goals before the Grizzlies answered back.
The Grizzlies have lost both of their first two games in Prince George by the score of 4-2.
Saturday, the Grizzlies scored first with the only goal in the opening frame from Riley Hughes. It was his third of the post-season. Alex Newhook and Jordan Guiney assisted on the play.
Prince George came back scoring three goals during the second period, including a momentum-shifting marker by Corey Cunningham at 2:10 of the second period.
They scored again to take the lead at 12:15 while on the powerplay. Dustin Manz earned his sixth from Nick Bochen and Dylan Anhorn. Kenny Johnson was off for roughing.
Cameron Thompson would tie the score at two apiece 2:16 later, at 14:31, on the man advantage. Jay Keranen was off for his own roughing minor as the play was getting more emotional.
Manz scored his seventh of the playoffs and second of the game as the lone goal during the third period at 10:37. The Vanderbilt, MI native will be playing for Lake Superior State next season in the NCAA.
While Victoria has a superior offence, the Spruce Kings can be stingy on the backend. They shut down the Grizzlies and kept them to just 21 shots on goal and only six during the final frame. They will need to solve the Spruce Kings coverage. Playing at The Q Centre will allow a final change, an advantage that they sorely need.
The powerplays went 2/4 for the Grizzlies and 1/7 for the Spruce Kings.
Kurtis Chapman took the loss in net for the Grizzlies stopping 25 of 29 shots, while Logan Neaton stopped 19 of 21 for the win.
The teams resume play Monday and Tuesday in Colwood at The Q Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm both nights.