Grizzlies re-tool roster

by Gary Ahuja

Goaltender Brandon Humphrey is on the move from the Grizzlies to the Black Fish. Ryan Molag LEC photo

With the Grizzlies mired in a four-game losing streak and with six losses in their past seven games following a 3-0 start, the club has made a trio of trades.

The Grizzlies acquired Drew Kask from the Black Fish, Cody Nass from the Shooting Eagles and Trevor Funk from the Sea Spray in three separate transactions. Heading out will be Brandon Humphrey (to the Black Fish), Harrison Smith (Sea Spray) and Jacob Dowell (to the Shooting Eagles).

Kask should give the Grizzlies some much-needed scoring as they are averaging just 10.7 goals per game. Kask has nine goals and 18 points for the Black Fish. In his final season in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League last summer, Kask scored 34 goals and 68 points in 24 regular season and playoff games combined.

To acquire him, however, the Grizzlies surrendered goaltender Brandon Humphrey, who was the 2022 ALL West Most Outstanding Goaltender. He had a 12.12 goals against average and .770 save percentage and both those numbers improved to start 2023 with an 11.84 GAA and .785 save percentage. He also went 2-2 in last spring’s playoffs with a 9.58 GAA and .843 save percentage.

The Black Fish – who are tied at 4-6 with the Grizzlies – are allowing 13.6 goals per game.

Smith has a goal and three assists in five games this season while Funk has played in four games with three goals and five points. Nass has suited up in a pair of games with one goal and three points while Dowell played in three games for the Grizzlies.

Black Fish's Drew Kask (#12) has been acquired by the Grizzlies. Ryan Molag LEC photo