Alex Newhook helps maintain Victoria Grizzlies in excessive gear

Alex Newhook helps keep Victoria Grizzlies in high gear

Particular gamers do, effectively, particular issues.

Alex Newhook once more confirmed why he’s projected for the primary spherical of the 2019 NHL draft as he was concerned in all 4 objectives — scoring a hat trick and helping on the opposite purpose — because the Victoria Grizzlies defeated the Merritt Centennials 4-1 in B.C. Hockey League play on Sunday at The Q Centre.

“Alex rises to the problem, particularly towards good groups, which is what good gamers do,” stated Grizzlies GM and head coach Craig Didmon.

The Centennials (31-15-7) are second within the Inside Division. The Grizzlies moved to 33-16-Four atop the Island Division, seven factors away from the Powell River Kings, who’ve a recreation in hand and had been to make that up on Monday night time towards the West Kelowna Warriors.

Newhook was named BCHL participant of the week Monday for the second consecutive week, solely the third participant to perform that feat in BCHL historical past. The native of St. John’s, N.L., had 9 factors in three video games and was concerned in three-quarters of the 12 objectives the Grizzlies scored through the week.

Newhook, seemingly headed to Boston School of the NCAA subsequent fall, has just about blown open the race for the BCHL scoring title with 90 factors in 49 video games, which is a whopping 17 factors away from second-place Ryan Brushett of Powell River.

The short and elusive Newhook is named a lot as a playmaker as a sniper, however can also be within the thick of the league objectives race with 34, two behind Brushett’s main 36.

On a staff loaded with gamers ranked by Central Scouting for this summer season’s NHL draft in Vancouver, together with second-round projected Alex Campbell, it was among the extra unsung gamers on the staff Didmon pointed to as being the constructing blocks to victory Sunday.

“Our function guys actually performed laborious and it was a staff effort with a number of consideration to element,” stated Didmon.

Whereas a lot of glory on the Grizzlies’ blue line falls upon NHL draft-projected Carter Berger and Jeremie Bucheler, Didmon talked about additionally the play Sunday of much less heralded defencemen Cole Noble and Kenny Johnson.

“Cam Thompson’s penalty killing was additionally essential for us,” stated Didmon, of a unit which held the usually-potent Centennials to no objectives allowed in 4 power-power play possibilities.

New York Rangers draft decide Riley Hughes had a purpose and help to be named second star of the sport.

Crease play was additionally sturdy with Victoria goaltender Kurtis Chapman making 31 saves to be chosen third star. The 20-year-old over-ager was named an honourable point out for BCHL participant of the week with 55 saves on 57 photographs in two Victoria wins. The Calgary native improved his document to 24-9 with a 2.34 goals-against common.

The Grizzlies journey over the Malahat on Wednesday to play the Island Division-trailing Cowichan Valley Capitals (16-31-6) on the Stick in Duncan.

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