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I recently noticed something which may prove my point. Have you seen the latest Subway Poll on the BCHL Web Site? The latest poll asks BCHL fans to decide whom they think is the BCHL's fastest skater. I enjoy these polls and I never, ever pass up an opportunity to cast a vote. But Keyvan Mokhtari didn't even make the list for some reason. That tells me that the Grizzlies are literally flying at tree top level at this point in the 2015/16 season. Nobody is paying any attention to this team and that suits me just fine.
So why is that? Why are the Grizzlies off of everyone's radar? With all due respect to any Eagles fans reading this blog, if your team starts the year 1-10 and one of your losses is at home vs South Surrey and your "1-10 team" also sports the league worst Powerplay with the most SHGA, chances are that you won't be turning too many heads.
Nope, as we approach the halfway mark on this season, I think it is safe to say that the Victoria Grizzlies may be the least talked about team in the league by BCHL pundits. And that also suits me just fine.
But here is what is really interesting to me: the Grizzlies are now 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games, which makes them the hottest team in the Island Division over that period of time. Remember too that during that stretch, the Grizzlies lost twice to the Trail Smoke Eaters for reasons which still elude even the most knowledgeable BCHL experts. In short, the Grizzlies are doing just fine for a team which returned only 6 veterans who played for all of last season.
|Alleged designer of Grizzlies 2015/16 Schedule|
So how is this possible you ask? here is how:
Nov 10 - Grizzlies 5 at Powell River 2. The Grizzlies, after nearly vomiting their entire way across the Strait of Georgia in one of the worst storms since Hurricane Katrina lead by Alex Peck, (Miley Cyrus's inspiration to the song "Wrecking Ball") and owner of the most sick jersey number in the BCHL, scored a SHG and an assist, an act which single handily doubled his season's offensive totals in one game. He, along with his billet buddy, Brett Stirling on D, lead the club in breaking the collective spirit of the Kings to see the Grizzlies enjoy the first Regular Season win at The Hap Parker in almost two years.
Nov 13 - Grizzlies 3 at Coquitlam 4 (OT 2). Coming from behind, the Grizzlies force OT at the "Poirier Pin-Ball Palace" lead by the Smoothie Line of Gelsinger, Hahn and Livingstone along with the young and speedy Tyler Welsh and Keyvan Mokhtari, two players who also lead the league in "most hours spent in deep REM sleep" while travelling in a BCHL team bus this season.
|Captain PJ Conlon with D-Day Veteran in Coquitlam on 13 Nov|
|Grizzlies @0630 posing upon arrival at their Rossland BC chalet on 15 Nov|
Nov 18 - Grizzlies 1 at Nanaimo 5. Trailing 3-1 with one minute to play, the Grizzlies would give up the puck on a bit of late high risk play in an effort to come back vs the always offensively powerful Clippers. The good news was that the Grizzlies PP went 1 for 3 on the night on the strength of Cole Pickup's 8th goal on the season from Conlon and Massy. The Grizzlies would outshoot the Clippers 31-27 in a game much closer than the score would indicate.
Nov 19 - Trail 3 at Grizzlies 2. With a first period PP goal by Pickup and a short handed maker by Mokhtari (possible Goal of the Year candidate), the Grizzlies would squander a 2-0 lead and lose the game to a Smoke Eaters team who had apparently seen the movie Animal House and instead chose to travel the day prior in order to save bus legs. Trail would outlast the travel weary Grizzlies team who were running on less fumes than a Chrysler Cordova during the Carter Administration's 79' Oil Crisis.
|#15 - Mokhtari's 19 Nov SHG vs Trail on Goal of The Year?|
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