Win 3 & Let The Others Be
I always love a good race. Whether its the Kentucky Derby, the Daytona 500 or yes, even this year's US Presidential Primary Elections, I just love watching a good race. This year's Island Division playoff run is no exception. With that said, this year's race is becoming less clear every day. I will admit though that it is by far more interesting than anything going on in the other two divisions, so maybe we should count ourselves lucky. What's weird though, at least for the moment, is that just about everybody in this race is losing. And I do mean everybody.
|In a post New Hampshire presser on Tuesday, Trump reacts badly to news of the Grizzlies 4-1 loss to the Kings|
|Strong goaltending and D will be huge keys to the Grizzlies playoff chances|
With a game in hand now and 2 more wins than Alberni on the season, the math ever so slightly favours the Grizzlies. Victoria's 4-1 loss at a packed Hap Parker Arena on BC Family Day on Monday was but the latest installment in the longest skid since the start of the season. The good news is that the team played pretty well after a long day on the road. It was a brutal day of travel, 17 hours in total and a road trip which even featured a car accident in the Courtney White Spot parking lot to boot. Apparently an elderly female driver who thankfully escaped without injuries was hoping to create a Drive Thru Window at the Courtney restaurant with her green SUV as the Grizzlies awaited their pre-game breakfast. What else is new when you travel to "The Rock"?
|Its just not a trip to "The Hap" without some sort of drama|
|The newly designed "Drive Thru" window at the Courtney White Spot|
If the Grizzlies can manage to win just 3 of their remaining 8 games, it will force the AV Bulldogs to win 4 of their last 7 games and also demand that the Bulldogs collect an extra point from an OT game in there somehow. Basically that math would ask the Bulldogs to earn points in 5 of their final 7 games, essentially 9 points in total out of those remaining 7 games. In spite of a softer February schedule, that could be a very hard task for a Bulldogs team who finish the year with two games at home vs Powell River.
|Can #22 Gelsinger with the best snap shot on the club stay hot down the stretch?|
It all starts this weekend for the Grizzlies who will host Merritt on Saturday night and Chilliwack on Sunday in their ultra cool retro 1990's Victoria Salsa jerseys. Hopefully, Merritt could prove to be Win #1 out of the three victories which I believe the club needs in order to ensure a playoff spot. Alberni will host Salmon Arm on Saturday and Merritt on Sunday. There will be scoreboard watching a plenty in Victoria over the weekend, that is for sure. No matter what happens, I can promise you one thing, its going to be entertaining. See you all this weekend at The Q. - CC