|Caps Killer Visconti has 3 goals this season vs Cowichan|
|On Sunday vs Surrey, Visconti was 3G, 2A and a +3|
|Aykroyd in 1976 would have made a fine Plumber for the Grizzlies|
Defenseman Cody Van Lierop would exit the game early after laying out one of his patented trademark hits. Unfortunately as he finished the check he would somehow earn a nasty cut to his lower lip and require a short visit to a local area hospital for repairs. But the Grizzlies would just keep pouring on the power with a massive shot advantage along with both strong physical and finesse play. Later Conlon would score his 14th goal on the season from Brayden Gelsinger and Kevin Massy. But The Plumbers were the story on Sunday night with Alex Peck, a 2nd Game Star earning a pair of assists and Jared Virtanen having a great night himself. Mitchel Benson would earn his 3rd victory in net turning aside 27/29 Surrey shots.
|About 25+ Grizzlies fans travelled to Surrey to cheer on Drayson Pears and the Grizzlies|
The always trusty Stirling would be called on late to help hold the 3-2 lead for his goalie, Mitchel Benson with a defensive stand facing an empty Prince George net with just seconds remaining in the contest. Stirling would help fight the puck off the boards for his centreman, the aforementioned Barker who had just pulled off yet another of his Guy Carboneau like draws and fire home the insurance goal via the empty net. The game would finish 4-2. Benson, who got the start would earn his 2nd victory in the win. Benson was solid all night and was 2-0 on the weekend and now sits at 3-10 on the year.
|#31 Benson has owned the Spruce Kings (2-0) in 2015/16|
The Grizzlies are certainly a different team in 2016 and it harkens back to some hopes and predictions which I made a few blogs ago about the prospects for this plucky team. In the Mid-Year Report Card, I talked about the balanced scoring, the fantastic goal tending along with big but equally mobile and gifted defensemen. I also talked about the Plumbers. I discussed the fact that I felt that should they get even a modest amount of offensive support from The Plumbers that the bigger scoring lines would continue to perform well. That along with the excellent goal tending would prove vital to future success. I suggested that a combination of all those factors could make the Grizzlies a potential Cinderella in the run up to the playoffs.
While there are many games left to play, the Grizzlies are very quietly starting to sneak up on their Island Division opponents, the Powell River Kings and the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Surely both clubs must sense the Grizzlies approaching in the distance. Just a month ago, there were very few who gave these Grizzlies much respect. Fewer gave them a chance of doing very much in the playoffs, if in fact they even made the playoffs. But things rarely stay the same very long in the BCHL. Now suddenly opposition coaches are perhaps thinking about mentioning the names of Grizzlies players in pregame speeches whom you might not have heard a few months ago, names like Virtanen, Peck, Barker and Visconti, The Plumbers.