2009 RBC Cup

Victoria Grizzlies  4 -  Vernon Vipers  5



VICTORIA, B.C. – It was expected to be one of the best games of the round robin, and Tuesday night’s contest between the Vernon Vipers and Victoria Grizzlies did not disappoint.

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Post-game audio: PAC - Mark Ferner | HST - Geoff Courtnall

After Vernon’s Mike Collins tied the game with just 1:48 remaining it was Cole Ikkala who got the overtime winner, scoring 7:13 into the extra frame to give the Vipers a thrilling 5-4 win over the Grizzlies in a battle of BCHL rivals at the 2009 RBC Cup.

After having his first attempt blocked Ikkala snapped a shot from the slot past the blocker of Victoria netminder Anthony Grieco, giving the Pacific Region champions their third win in as many tries at this year’s National Junior A Championship.

Chris Crowell, Bryce Kakoske and Kellen Jones also scored for the Vipers, who erased a 4-2 deficit with a pair of third period goals.

Brian Nugent, Sam Higgins and Jonathan Milhouse scored goals in a span of 2:43 late in the second period for the Grizzlies as Victoria turned a 2-1 hole into a 4-2 lead in quick succession. Cody Bremner had the other goal for the tournament hosts, who suffered their second heartbreaking loss in three games.

The Grizzlies will wrap up their round robin on Wednesday night when they face winless Summerside (7 p.m. PT), while the Vipers will enjoy an off day Wednesday after playing three games in as many days. They’ll finish their preliminary schedule when they take on Kingston on Thursday (2 p.m. PT).


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Bear Mountain Arena City, Country Victoria, B.C., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/05/2009 Time (local) 07:00 PM PT
Attendance 1631 Game Status Final in Overtime

Box Score   1     2     3   OT1 Total
Victoria Grizzlies (HST) 0 4 0 0 4
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 1 1 2 1 5
First Period
   16:57 PAC 18 Chris Crowell (11 Cory Kane, 5 Mike Collins) PP

   00:52 PAC 10 Connor Jones (Roughing)
   05:05 PAC 3 Kyle Bigos (Roughing)
   09:10 HST 21 Dustin Mowrey (Hooking)
   16:14 HST 12 Tyler Gubb (Roughing)
   16:14 PAC 14 Braden Pimm (Tripping)
   16:37 HST 20 Wade Epp (High Sticking)

Second Period
   02:41 HST 11 Cody Bremner (98 Evan Pighin)
   06:52 PAC 26 Bryce Kakoske (11 Cory Kane, 8 James Kerr)
   11:38 HST 15 Brian Nugent (19 Derek Lee, 7 Jeff Forsythe) PP
   13:22 HST 22 Sam Higgins (21 Dustin Mowrey, 14 Justin Courtnall)
   14:21 HST 91 Jonathan Milhouse (19 Derek Lee, 15 Brian Nugent)

   08:10 PAC 3 Kyle Bigos (Interference)
   09:42 PAC 6 Mike Leidl (Kneeing)
   14:42 PAC 2 Kevin Kraus (Tripping)

Third Period
   06:05 PAC 15 Kellen Jones (10 Connor Jones, 17 Sahir Gill)
   18:12 PAC 5 Mike Collins (4 Cody Ikkala, 18 Chris Crowell)

   07:53 HST 7 Jeff Forsythe (Hooking)
   09:32 PAC 18 Chris Crowell (Cross Checking)
   13:50 PAC 10 Connor Jones (Cross Checking)


   09:17 PAC 12 Cole Ikkala (20 Rob Short 27 Ryan Santana)

Victoria Grizzlies
31 Anthony Grieco On 1/00:00   Off 4/09:17
Vernon Vipers
1 Andrew Hammond On 1/00:00   Off 4/09:17

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   OT1 Total
Victoria Grizzlies 8 15 7 2 32
Vernon Vipers 9 8 8 7 32

Player of Game
Victoria Grizzlies 15 Brian Nugent
Vernon Vipers 12 Cole Ikkala
Referee Nathan Wieler
Lines People Trent Knorr, Ryan Dawson
Goal Judge Christ Sweeting, Claton Richardson