2009 RBC Cup

Victoria Grizzlies  5 -  Kingston Voyageurs  0


VICTORIA, B.C. – Much to the delight of the hometown faithful, the Victoria Grizzlies are in the win column at the 2009 RBC Cup.

2009 RBC Cup Photo Gallery

Post-game audio: HST - Geoff Courtnall | CEN - Evan Robinson

Twenty-four hours after a heartbreaking opening game loss to the Humboldt Broncos, the Grizzlies earned the all-important first victory at the National Junior A Championship on Sunday night with a 5-0 win over the Kingston Voyageurs.

The tournament hosts controlled most of the game against the Voyageurs, outshooting the Central Region champions 40-21, including 15-4 in the second period, when they scored a pair of goals to pull away.

Jeff Forsythe, the only player on the Victoria roster with previous RBC Cup experience – he played with Prince George in 2007 – paced the offence with two goals and an assist, while Jonathan Milhouse, Brian Nugent and Evan Pighin also put their names on the scoresheet.

After Forsythe opened the scoring less than five minutes into the first period, he notched his second of the game two minutes into the middle frame, rifling a wrist shot over the shoulder of Kingston goaltender Shawn Sirman. Milhouse added insurance five minutes later, tapping in a cross-ice pass from Justin Courtnall, and Nugent and Pighin rounded out the scoring in the third.

Anthony Grieco earned the shutout, turning aside all 21 shots he faced.

The Grizzlies will enjoy an off day on Monday before facing Vernon in an all-BCHL match-up on Tuesday night (7 p.m. PT), while the Voyageurs face Summerside in a battle of winless teams in Monday afternoon (2 p.m. PT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Bear Mountain Arena City, Country Victoria, B.C., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/03/2009 Time (local) 07:00 PM PT
Attendance 1484 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Victoria Grizzlies (HST) 1 2 2 5
Kingston Voyageurs (CEN) 0 0 0 0
First Period
   04:57 HST 7 Jeff Forsythe

   01:17 HST 20 Wade Epp (Cross Checking)
   10:01 CEN 27 Stephane Chabot (Cross Checking)

Second Period
   01:49 HST 7 Jeff Forsythe (17 Trever Hertz) PP
   06:50 HST 91 Jonathan Milhouse (14 Justin Courtnall, 7 Jeff Forsythe)

   00:22 CEN 20 Jarrett Burton (Holding)
   02:58 CEN 44 Jacob Chiblow (Holding)
   04:06 HST 15 Brian Nugent (Slashing)
   06:10 HST 21 Dustin Mowrey (10-Minute Misconduct)
   06:10 HST 21 Dustin Mowrey (Checking to the Head)
   06:22 CEN 13 James Cameron (Elbowing)
   14:57 CEN 5 Kevin Christmas (High Sticking)
   16:46 CEN 8 Dustin Walsh (Slashing)

Third Period
   07:38 HST 15 Brian Nugent (19 Derek Lee, 91 Jonathan Milhouse) PP
   10:57 HST 98 Evan Pighin (14 Justin Courtnall, 5 Shawn Stuart)

   06:15 CEN 21 Adam McAllister (Slashing)
   08:54 CEN 16 Mike Farrell (Hooking)

Victoria Grizzlies
31 Anthony Grieco On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Kingston Voyageurs
33 Shawn Sirman On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Victoria Grizzlies 15 15 10 40
Kingston Voyageurs 8 4 9 21

Player of Game
Victoria Grizzlies 7 Jeff Forsythe
Kingston Voyageurs 8 Dustin Walsh
Referee Jonathan Trudel
Lines People Brandon Lieple, Ryan Dawson
Goal Judge Trent Knorr, Nathan Van Oosten