Sunday, 2 December 2012

Cowichan Valley Capitals 2 - 4 Victoria Grizzlies @ Island Savings Centre, Dec 1, 2012

Our Grizzlies Roared over the Malahat on a wet and windy night and went into the enemy's lair and conquered their entire army and thus put another rung on the ladder toward dominating the BCHL
Seri......................WHAT THE HELL AM I SAYING!! Cut out that crap! All that happened was our Grizzlies went to Duncan on December 1 and won against a very strong Cowichan Capitals with a very good goalie, Derek Dun.
The first period saw two strong teams come out of the box with an urgency to win! They played exciting and hard hockey and even though the Grizzlies probably had more chances to score in this period than the Caps, their goalie Derek Dun managed to keep the Grizz at bay even though the Grizzlies out-shot the capitals 15 to 7. At 16.52 of the first period Capitals Keyler Bruce scored from Teal Burns for the opening goal of the game. And the teddy-bears flew, as this was the Capitals annual teddy toss night!
For our noisy Victoria fans the high point of period 2 was when Victoria's young Dante Hahn scored just over three minutes in with help from the old-timer Zach Urban :P) Second period the Grizzlies were assessed 6 penalties to the Caps 3. This seemed a little strange, since the night before the Grizzlies had played such well disciplined, penalty free hockey. At the end of the second period the game was tied at 1 goal each. One more exciting thing that happened toward the end of period 2—Our Jaden Schmeisser seemed to have had enough of Keyler Bruce from Cowichan after he had hit Zach Urban in the head and they got into a hard hitting serious fight—much to the delight of the Cowichan fans!
Period 3 saw 4 goals scored! The pace of the game picked up considerably and both teams played hard hitting and very entertaining hockey (from the Grizzlies fan's point of view anyway!) The usually noisy and very supportive Caps fans were silenced during this period as Myles Fitzgerald scored at 2.16 from DJ Jones and call-up Brandon Egli. At 3.25, just over a minute later, Chase Kaiser scored from Mark McLellan and Myles Powell. The Caps did get one back at 6.18 when Jesse Nehr scored, but this was countered at 12.31 when Myles Powell scored from Zach Urban! At the end of the game the shots on goal had evened out quite a bit after Victoria led almost 2 to 1 for most of the game. The final shots were 32 for Victoria and 25 for Cowichan.
This win keeps the Grizzlies in first place in the Island series with 2 points over Alberni Valley.
The Grizzlies now have 36 points this season, Chilliwack from the Mainland division has 40 points, and Penticton from the interior division has 39 points. Our Grizzlies have played the least games out of these 3 teams—we have 1 game in hand on Chilliwack, and 2 in hand on Penticton. But of course this does not mean diddly-squat unless they loose the next couple of games and our Grizzlies win!

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