Saturday, 5 January 2013

Victoria Grizzlies 5 - 1 Nanaimo Clippers @ Bear Mountain Arena, Jan 4th, 2013

Over the course of the three periods it was the Victoria Grizzlies v's Clippers goaltender, Derek Dun. The shots on goal tally over the three periods said it all as Derek Dun faced 53 shots as the Grizzlies chalked up there first win in three games and the first 'W' of 2013.
The Victoria faithful got to see the type of performance we have become accustomed to this season as a dominant Grizzlies effort kept them in poll position in the Island division; as well as being tied with Penticton on 44 points for the joint best record in the BCHL.
An energized Grizzles team was running riot over the Clippers for most of the game and goalie Dun  kept the score respectable for Nanaimo. This is a stark contrast for when these two teams met at the same time last week, with Nanaimo certainly the better team on that night.
Former Victoria Royals defenceman would make his Grizzlies debut, as the towering 6'5'' D-man was solid at the back as well as showing his ability going forward as well. Pilton would have an assist on the night.
The Walchuk, Hahn and Albertini line gelled nicely and battled hard for the puck all night.

The triplets continued there good form with Leo having a two point night as he looks to climb the scoring charts to make up some ground on his brothers.

With a number of players out of the line up due to injury or potentially pending a trade, it should be an interesting lead up to the Jan 10th deadline. As a fan I have always felt the Grizzlies where far to busy on trade deadline under the Barrie/Gervias regime. In this Bill Bestwick era, you can't help feeling that an experienced forward or two might be on the agenda. But, with the chemistry and form the team has been on, you have to think the Grizz won't be to active.

The Grizzlies are back in action Sunday afternoon v's the Powell River Kings.

Grizz Roar's players of the game:

Grizzlies -

David Walchuk, looked confident, found space, good movement off the puck and battled hard on each shift.Took his goal well tonight after some nice work from Hahn. With a settled run in the line up and staying injury free, should give David the oppotunity to really show what he can do at the level.

David Mazurek, in my mind has been the player of the seaosn for the Grizzlies so far. A real workhorse who is effective at both ends of the ice and scores some key goals. His leadership attributes are a real plus and his form as bene consistant all season.

Clippers -

Derek Dun, stood on his head at times as the rest of the Clippers failed to show up. Could have been 8 to 10 Grizzlies goals had it not been for Dun.

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