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Alexes are on fire for Victoria Grizzlies in Game 1 romp over Alberni Valley

Alex Campbell had two goals and two assists Friday night.
Photograph By Kyle Robinson

Brian Drewry / Times Colonist
MARCH 1, 2019 10:08 PM

The Victoria Grizzlies’ big guns were locked and loaded for Game 1 of the B.C. Hockey League playoffs Friday night at The Q Centre, and they unleashed a barrage of shots at the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ net en route to an 8-3 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Led by their two talented 18-year-olds — Alex Newhook and Alex Campbell — who both will be selected in the NHL draft in Vancouver in just over three months, the Grizzlies got to Bulldogs veteran netminder John Hawthorne early and often, outshooting the ’Dogs 53-27.

The Grizzlies led the BCHL in goals in the regular season. Oddly enough, it was a rare goal from blue-liner Nico Somerville that opened the scoring just 1:12 in the first period. The veteran Somerville pinched in, took a nice feed from Marty Westhaver and fired it high past Hawthorne.

And then the Grizzlies’ two Alexes went to work. Newhook, the BCHL’s leading scorer in the regular season with 102 points and projected for the first round of the NHL draft, racked up four assists. Campbell, projected for the second or third round of the NHL draft, added two goals and two assists.

Grizzlies blue-liner Carter Berger scored twice and added an assist. Cam Thompson, Kenny Johnson and Westhaver, on a shorthanded breakaway, rounded out the scoring for the Grizzlies, who chased Hawthorne after 40 minutes with Cole Demers playing the third period.

Mitch Deelstra, in the first, and Josh Zary and Keaton Mastrodonato on third-period power plays, had the Alberni goals.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes tonight at The Q Centre, before the series moves to Port Alberni for the Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

bdrewry@timescolonist.com

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