VICTORIA, British Columbia – Jeff Williams and Ryan Watson each scored two goals and Mike Barrie had a pair of assists as Victoria won its first-ever home game, beating Bakersfield 5-2 on Tuesday at Bear Mountain Arena. Victoria and Bakersfield will conclude their three-game series at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Watson gave Victoria a 2-1 lead with a goal at 5:51 of the second period, assisted by Barrie and Blue Bennefield, and added another goal at 18:49 of the third period, assisted by Jim Gattolliat. Williams scored the game-winning goal, a shorthand goal, at 7:16 of the second period, assisted by Ryan Wade and Brad Dexter, and he scored a power-play goal at 8:49 of the second, assisted by Barrie and Nathan Forester, to give the Salmon Kings a 4-1 lead. Barrie leads the team in assists (12), points (16), power-play assists (8) and power-play points (11) and he is tied for the team lead in power-play goals (3).
The Salmon Kings made league history on Sunday when they hosted the first-ever ECHL game played outside the United States, a 4-3 overtime loss to Bakersfield played before a standing-room-only crowd of 2,750. It was also the first professional hockey game featuring a Victoria team to be played in the British Columbia capital since the Victoria Maple Leafs played of the Western Hockey League in 1966-67. After opening the season with 14 road games, the Salmon Kings will now play 14 home games in a row at the Bear Mountain Arena, a 2,800-seat facility that opened in February in the Victoria suburb of Colwood, British Columbia. Victoria is awaiting completion of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, a $30 million state-of-the-art multipurpose facility with a seating capacity of 7,000.