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Bulldogs bite Grizzlies late

Brian Drewry / Times Colonist
OCTOBER 11, 2019 10:03 PM

Not even their red-hot power play could bail out the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night in Port Alberni.

Despite scoring three power-play goals — six in their past two games — and clawing back from a three-goal deficit, the Grizzlies gave up two late third-period goals to fall 5-3 to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The last time the two teams met, the Grizzlies swept the Bulldogs in four straight games in the first round of last spring’s playoffs. The ’Dogs got their revenge Friday, jumping out to a 2-0 lead early in the second thanks to goals from Austin Spiridakis and Ryan Doolin.

And when Dawson Tritt beat Joe Howe for a short-handed marker at the 14-minute mark of the second, Alberni (6-8) looked to be off to the races.

Then the Grizzlies’ power play went to work. Henri Schreifels, with his team-leading seventh of the season, and Eddie Yan scored on separate five-on-three man advantages to get the Grizzlies (4-8) to within 3-2 at the intermission. Bryce Anderson added another power-play goal four minutes into the third, but with five minutes left in regulation, Josh Zary and Jacob Bosse scored 1:14 apart to secure the win for the Bulldogs.

The Grizzlies have a quick turn-around as Victoria hosts the Trail Smoke Eaters tonight at The Q Centre. —Times Colonist

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