Monday, 7 March 2011

Grizzlies 2011 Playoff Run

Fall in line the Sarge is here!

Let me give you the run down so far.

The Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL Junior Hockey League dispatched the Nanaimo Clippers in round one; 4 games to 1.

Having avenged last years loss to the Clippers in the first round, this set up the Victoria Grizzlies taking on the #1 seeded Powell River Kings in the 2nd round. The kings had a regular season record of 46-9-3-1 was good for 97 points, compared to the Grizzlies 33-24-0-3 which was good for 69 points.

The Grizz go into this series with a few "Black Aces" (the players who are injured on the roster), Kyle St-Denis is still out, so is Mitch Labreche, Evan Richardson, and Graeme Strukoff.

However even has these players went down, hope has emerged. The grizzlies rallied behind AP call up Dustin Johnson who made an immediate impact scoring 5 goals in three games. Other important factors include the big names on the Grizzlies. Forwards Madison Dias and Joel Lowry lead the pack with sniper David Morely returned to the lineup. Don't discount the defense here, Captain Sean Robertson leads his core on and off the ice with character, the small but fierce d-man Taylor Pernerowski can make you pay if you give him space.

At the core of this team of Heart/Soul and Determination, is a netminder who is the backbone of every victory, Matt Ginn. Ginn has been utterly impressive effectively stealing 3 of the 5 games against Nanaimo. For the grizzlies to move on past the Kings, he will have to be even sharper.

Game 1 & Game 2 take place at 7pm on March 8th and 9th at the Hap Arena in Powell River
Games 3 & 4 return to Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria with a 7:15pm puck drop March 11th & 12th

Monday March 14th is Game 5 if necessary in Powell River
Tuesday March 15th is Game 6 if necessary in Victoria
Wednesday March 16th is Game 7 if necessary in Powell River

You can catch all of the Grizzlies action at Village AM 900 radio with play by play voice Scott Didmon.

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