The Alberni Valley Bulldogs seemed to be playing catch-up from the drop of the puck on Friday, dropping an 8-3 decision to the Victoria Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first round playoff series at the Q Centre.
Victoria scores twice in the first period before Mitch Deelstra put the Dogs on the board when he slammed his own rebound past Grizzlies starter Kurtis Chapman.
The hosts took control of the game in the second period with four unanswered goals, as Alex Newhook set up three Victoria markets in the frame.
Alberni scored twice on the power-play in the third period as Josh Zary tipped a point shot and Keaton Mastrodonato put home a rebound, but Victoria added a pair to put the game out of reach.
The teams are back in action on Saturday night for Game 2 of the series in Victoria. Game time is 7:00 PM.