Not once but twice this series has gone into extra frames in just three games.
After the Grizzlies edged out the Kings 4-3 in double overtime in Powell River, the Kings came into last nights contest with something to prove and to regain control of the series, that did not happen. The Grizzlies pressured in the third period and tied the game at 13:08 sending it to overtime. Then off a freak bounce off the corner boards in the Kings zone, the puck shot right out to Dustin Johnson who quickly swatted at the puck and it hit the Kings defence and went in off goaltender Garteig to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Bears while going up 2-1 in the series.
While the Kings did dominant for 40 minutes scoring in the first 2 minutes, that was all the offensive power they could muster against Grizzlies netminder Matt Ginn last night at the BEAR. Despite what I believe to have been blatant intent to injury our #1 goalie, where Kings forward Schuler racing for the puck made no attempt to get out of the way up ending Ginn who went at least 3 or 4 feet in the air and came crashing down on the back of his neck and shoulders.
Ginn would shake it off with a mild headache and put up 31 stops before the night was over.
In overtime the Grizzlies must have brought their lucky horsehoes with them as right of the drop, Kings forward Matt Garbowski picked off a defensive grizzlies misuce and went in all alone, but as he slowed down to make his move he left the puck behind as it got stuck on a puddle patch left over from the zamboni. The Grizzlies would not waste this gift as Kyle Aschim took the puck and moved it to centre and innnocently dumped it in.
This is where the hockey gods smiled down on Victoria as the puck came to Johnson who slide it in for the game winner.
Grizzlies went 0/5 on the Power play but did score on a delayed penalty.
The Kings went 1/4 with their only goal coming at 1:51 of the first period.
3) Michael Garteig (PR)
2) Matt Ginn (Vic)
1) Dustin Johnson (Vic)
This was a super intense game and the series is heating up big time and it is not over, not by a long shot.
Predictions have this series going 6 to 7 games and with good reason. The Powell River Kings aren't your grandmothers bridge playing crew, they didn't stay atop the CJHL power rankings all season long for nothing. They are an amazing group of players with a great coaching staff that doesn't fool around. Look for the Kings of Powell River to come out with vengeance tonight at Bear Mountain Arena.
Game 4 goes down tonight at the BEAR, puck drop is 7:15pm
Call 250-385-1555 for ticket information.
Grizzlies Lead Kings 2-1
- HOO RAH!