Grizzlies defeat Black Fish in early-season first-place showdown

by Gary Ahuja

Grizzlies goaltender Kyle Mooney comes up with a save during his team's 12-8 win over the Black Fish in Arena Lacrosse League West Division action at Langley Events Centre on Nov. 15. Ryan Molag LEC photo

For the second consecutive game, goaltender Kyle Mooney earned first star honours, making 40 saves as the Grizzlies defeated the Black Fish 12-8.

The two teams were playing on Tuesday night at Langley Events Centre to kick off week 2 action of the Arena Lacrosse League West Division with the Grizzlies improving to 2-0 while the Black Fish fell to 1-1.

The Black Fish led 3-2 late in the first quarter but a 6-1 run over the next 16:35 gave the Grizzlies the lead for good. On three separate occasions, the Black Fish managed to get the deficit down to a pair of goals but could come no closer with the Grizzlies being especially stingy in the second half as they allowed just a single goal over the final 19:24.


Mitch McDole (2+2) and Pearson Willis (3+1) led the way with four points apiece for the Grizzlies while Alex Dozzi (2+1), Jake Stott (1+2) and Joseph Callard (1+2) each had three-point games. Braydon Laity (2+0) and Mitchell Nolet (1+0) rounded out the scoring.

The Black Fish were led by two goals and three points apiece from Ryan Jones and Nick Jensen while Chase McIntyre, Jordan Roberts and Brian Gillis had a goal an assist apiece. Erik Forsellius had the other goal. For the second straight game, the Black Fish split their goaltending duties with each playing a half. Matt Hills allowed eight goals on 31 shots while Ryder Bremner stopped 24 of 28 shots.

The ALL West Division returns for week 3 action on November 27 with the Sea Spray facing the Black Fish at 1:00pm while the Grizzlies battle the Shooting Eagles at 4:000pm.