A group of enthusiastic Australian fans congratulate the Grizzlies after their 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Veterans lead way as Grizz take 2-0 series lead

Bruce Silvera, Brooks Christensen and Brad Friedrich combined for 11 points as the Revelstoke Grizzlies downed the North Okanagan Knights 4-2 Tuesday night in game two of the teams’ best-of-seven series.

The three 20-year-olds, who play together on the team’s top line, scored all four Revelstoke goals in the win. Silvera and Christensen both recorded two goals and two assists while Friedrich had three assists.

Christensen got the Grizzlies on the board early, chipping a puck past Knight’s goaltender Chris Hurry only 91 seconds into the game. Three minutes later, Silvera scored a breakaway marker, chasing Hurry from the Knights goal.

The goaltending change seemed to spark North Okanagan, who responded with a short handed goal by Ben Greenaway following a Revelstoke turnover.

The second period saw the Grizzlies control most of the play, putting 14 shots on Knight’s backup goalie Chris Solecki, however Christensen was the only Grizzly able to score, whacking in a rebound for a power play goal at 11:37 of the period.

The third period saw the teams trade goals. First Silvera scored his second of the night for Revelstoke 3.5 minutes into the period. The Grizzlies maintained the three goal lead for most of the period, killing off an extended 5-on-3 disadvantage in the process. With 4:30 to go, Colin Minardi brought the Knights within two goals but that was as close as they would get. Two penalties late in the game cost them any chance at a comeback.

The two teams renew the series Thursday night in Armstrong.

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