Victoria Grizzlies look to gain ground in BCHL race

Overall BCHL race tight, with several teams near the top

It’s been a fairly successful January for the B.C. Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies.

Regardless of the team’s impressive 4-2 record this month – which has kept them in the hunt for top spot in the BCHL standings – the Grizz would like at least one of those games back.

The Powell River Kings got the better of the Victoria squad on Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena, beating the Grizz 5-2 despite being outshot 38-28.

The victory allowed the Kings (29-10-2-2) to leapfrog over rival Victoria (28-11-3-2) by one point for first place in the Island Division and in the overall standings.

Langley’s 5-4 overtime loss  to Surrey on Sunday gave the Rivermen a single point and moved them one up on the Grizzlies, who have two games in hand on Langley.

Victoria hosts the always-tough West Kelowna Warriors (26-12-2-2) in a 7:15 p.m. start at Bear Mountain this Friday, then hosts Langley (28-12-1-5) in a matinee game at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In league scoring, Grizzlies forward Myles Fitzgerald sits third overall with 19 goals and 59 points. Teammate and brother Gerry is sixth with a team-leading 27 goals and 55 points, while Jesse Schwartz is next on the team with 15 goals and 46 points.

The Grizzlies’ Alec Dillon, with an 18-4-2 record, sits third in wins among BCHL goalies.