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Bridges makes 45 saves as Salmon Kings rout Grizzlies 7-1

The victory gave Victoria – which entered the league in the 2004-05 season – their first playoff berth in team history. Wes Goldie, Milan Gajic, Jordan Krestanovich and Mike Stutzel gave the Salmon Kings a 4-0 lead 10:06 into the match.

Marc-Andre Bernier, Warren McCutcheon and Derek Krestanovich had the other goals for Victoria (31-32-1-3).

Joel Irving replied for Utah (22-38-3-4).

Grizzlies goalie Rob McVicar was lifted 9:41 into the game after allowing goals on the first three shots that he faced. Ben Gray made 22 saves in relief.

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Neither club was able to take advantage on the power play, with Victoria failing on four chances and the Grizzlies on three.

The mini-series will continue as Utah hosts the Salmon Kings on Friday and Saturday nights.