Matthew Wood and Connor Eddy were at it again on Wednesday night at the Cowichan Community Centre, and the Victoria Grizzlies top scorers helped secure a victory for their rookie goaltender in his first B.C. Hockey League start.
Wood had two goals and Eddy two assists as the Grizzlies beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-1 to push their early-season record to 3-0. Seventeen-year-old netminder Kyle Kelsey, who hails from Maple Ridge, made 27 saves to earn his first BCHL win. Wood and Eddy now have eight points each to start the season.
Wood and Devon deVries struck in the final five minutes of the first period to get things started for the Grizzlies. Cam Smith and Wood again scored in the second period to send the Grizzlies to break up 4-0. The 16-year-old Wood, who hails from Nanaimo, now has five goals in the first three games.
Luc Pelletier tallied early in the third for the Grizzlies, before Brett Fudger broke Kelsey’s shut out bit with just four minutes left in the third.
The Grizzlies will hit the road again this weekend, visiting Port Alberni on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs, before a return trip to Duncan on Saturday night for a re-match with the Capitals.
LOOSE PUCKS: The Grizzlies were without injured captain Ellis Rickwood for the second straight game.