It took a while, but the Victoria Grizzlies stayed perfect against the Powell River Kings this season.
Kalen Szeto tied it late in the third period at Hap Parker Arena and then was the only one to score in the shootout to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 win and improve their record against the Kings to 6-0.
After Luc Pelletier beat Zak Brice in the Kings net just four minutes into the game, the Kings fought back to score the next two. Nolan Krogfoss scored on a 4-on-4 with 3:30 left in the opening period, and then Anthony Lucarelli beat Cole Schwebius just 36 seconds to the second to put the Kings in control. Or so they thought. With six minutes left in the third, Matthew Wood sprung Szeto free and the 19-year-old buried his 19th of the season to send the game to overtime.
After OT solved nothing, Schwebius stopped all four Powell River shooters to allow Szeto to play hero.
Schwebius finished with 53 saves on the night.
The Grizzlies and Kings are right back at it tonight, capping a back-to-back at Hap Parker.
LOOSE PUCKS: The Grizzlies were without injured forward Connor Eddy… . Victoria’s next home game is March 12 when the Langley Riverment pay a visit to The Q Centre.