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Friday, December 09, 2016

Bulldogs visit Kings tonight *5:00pm start* Garrett Halls interview



It's the second game in a back to back set between the teams in Powell River, as the Bulldogs (10-16-5-1, 5th Island) again visit the Kings (21-12-2-1, 2nd Island) at the Hap Parker Arena tonight for a 5:00pm puck drop as the Bulldogs conclude a stretch of seven straight games on the road.


These teams met here last night, with the Kings ending up winning a wild one 5-4 in double overtime.




Once again note the unique puck drop time of 5:00pm - that means 93.3 The Peak FM's coverage begins with the pregame show at 4:45 on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey with myself and Bruce MacDonald bringing all the action to you.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Garrett Halls - last year's Top Defenceman and Community Hero - who is now playing with the Selkirk College Saints of the BCIHL.




If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Hammer

Dogs drop 5-4 double OT thriller in Powell River

Tonight's Game Report is brought to you courtesy of the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel 

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer, Wine Store and liquor store or retreat to our Stamps Cafe or Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.


The Bulldogs got off to a good start, aided by a power play opportunity just 14 seconds into the game. While they didn't score, they looked sharp on it and carried momentum out of it. Through the midway point of the first, the Dogs had considerable jump with some solid opportunities and a 7-2 edge in shots. The Kings would open the scoring against the flow of play though, with a D-to-D pass being one-timed high at the net from the left point from Callum Volpe. Tristan Mullin was planted inside the blue paint, where he deflected past Brody Claeys, who seemed somewhat impeded to make any save on it. Josh Coblenz also drew an assist on the play at 10:53 of the first. Before the celebration in the rink died down, the Dogs had one of their own, as they tied the game just 17 seconds later. Mackenzie Wight would hustle in on the forecheck to hit a King behind the goal line, before putting a crisp pass out front and onto the tape of Ryan Steele who one-timed it home five-hole on Brian Wilson at 11:10 of the first. The Kings would have a great chance to take the lead back later in the period, with Brody Claeys making a fantastic save on Cam Donaldson on a cross-ice pass on an odd man rush. The Dogs would continue to push in the Kings zone, but couldn't capitalize to take the lead. The Dogs would be penalized late in the period and did a fantastic job of killing the penalty for about 1:59 of it, but the Kings would score at the conclusion of it before Cayden Kraus could get back into the zone as Ben Berard knocked a puck down at the bottom of the right circle with his back to the net. He would hold it and stick handle before spinning and firing a backhand home that found the top corner on Claeys to make it 2-1 at 18:44 of the first, with assists going to Curtis McCarrick and Johan Steen. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 10-7.

The Kings came out with a noticable jump to start the second, testing Claeys three times in the first minute. The Dogs would answer to tie the game shortly afterwards, with Mackenzie Wight gloving a puck down just outside the Kings line and attacking the zone up the middle before walking to the top of the right circle where he snapped one home top corner, short-side high on Wilson to make it 2-2 at 3:11 of the second. While the Dogs appeared initially energized by tying the game, they would end up in the penalty box less than two minutes later. They would kill it off successfully, but again ended up in the box a further three minutes later. They wouldn't be able to kill it off, as another deflection found it's way home as Liam Lawson took a drop pass from Jonny Evans at the top of the point and blasted a one-timer at the net that was tipped from the hashmarks by Tristan Mullin low through Claeys to make it 3-2 at 9:21 of the second. The Dogs would push later in the period, with their best chances perhaps coming again when they were killing a penalty as Mackenzie Wight had two good chances. Shots in the period favoured the Kings 16-11 for a two period total of 23-21 Kings.

The Bulldogs would tie the game just over four minutes into the third on a pretty power play set up, as Jake Witkowski crept into the top of the right circle and dished off down low to the right side of the net for Tristan Bukovec. He would then take a return pass and one-time it home top corner, short-side high on Wilson. Jordan Sandhu also drew an assist on the play at 4:17 of the third. The Dogs would be penalized seconds later, but got back to even strength when Darren Rizzolo was cut by a high stick. The Dogs would connect on the advantage to take a 4-3 lead as Keith Anderson made a key play to keep the play alive with a stick lift in the slot to get it back to the point to Darren Rizzolo. He would then take a pass from the right half wall at the right point before sliding it across the line for Jordan Sandhu, who blew a slap shot far-side past Brian Wilson to make it 4-3 at 7:33 of the third. Wilson would chase the Referee almost to centre ice after the goal, upset at what he thought was contact outside his crease from Tristan Bukovec. It might just be the side of the puck I saw it from - or that I was watching from a relatively poor vantage point - but it didn't look like the goalie was impeded from making the save, or certainly not to the point of what Brody Claeys dealt with on the first Kings goal. The Kings would push back as the Dogs got a bit tentative in their zone, and tie the game on another hard to describe deflection, as Jake Kohlhauser put a wrister somewhere towards the neighbourhood of the net from the left point that apparently deflected off a Bulldog and in to make it 4-4 at 14:46 of the third with Tristan Mullin drawing the only assist. Less than a minute later the Kings would have a glorious chance to win it, but Brody Claeys came up with not one but two highlight reel saves on a wide-open Ben Raffler. The Dogs would then come close to winning it themselves with Cam Donaldson hooking up Mackenzie Wight who was skating in alone on a nice set up by Cayden Kraus. The Dogs were unable to capitalize on the power play to end the third, with shots in the period favouring the Dogs 12-9 for a 60 minute advantage of 33-32.

The Dogs couldn't win the game on their power play to start the first OT, and then took a penalty of their own late in the first OT. The Kings would win it 44 seconds into double OT on yet another miraculous deflection as a Callum Volpe put a slapper towards the net from the right point that again hit a Bulldog out in the slot before finding the net for the 5-4 final with Jonny Evans drawing the only assist.

Final shots favoured Powell River 36-35 with Brody Claeys taking the loss while Brian Wilson picked up the win. The Dogs went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Kings went 2 for 7.

The teams meet again tomorrow in Powell River for a 5:00pm puck drop.

Hammer

Bulldogs visit Kings tonight to open up double header

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams in Powell River, as the Bulldogs (10-16-4-1, 5th Island) visit the Kings (20-12-1-0, 2nd Island) for a double header tonight and tomorrow.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Surrey, where they completed a four games in five days road trip with a 5-1 win over the Eagles. The Kings were also last in action on Sunday, where they lost their second in a row 5-1 to the Smoke Eaters in Trail.

This is the fourth meeting of the season between the teams, with the Dogs having an 0-2-0-1 record, dropping the most recent meeting 5-4 in double overtime on November 20th.



It's a unique start time of 7:15 - that means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey takes to 93.3 The Peak FM airwaves at 7:00 for the pregame show. Bruce MacDonald will provide the colour commentary and analysis, while I'll cover the hosting duties and call the play-by-play.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Arch Ecker, the play-by-play voice of the Wenatchee Wild, who visit the Dog Pound for the Teddy Bear Toss game on Sunday afternoon.




If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Hammer

Thursday, December 08, 2016

VIDEO: Witkowski's Natural Hat Trick, Anderson's 1st

Thanks as always for checking the blog - here's some video highlights for your enjoyment.

Getting these videos together is quite the undertaking, the Witkowski one especially as I need to procure three separate video clips and then three separate audio clips from The Peak as the road audio isn't available on Hockey TV. THEN, I need to try and not go crazy while attempting to make them all line up in sync... it's not perfect, but close enough, right?

I hope you appreciate them - and while I'm at it I'm giving an extra thanks to Clark Power and Van Isle Ford for these videos. They didn't assist me directly with these, but they are friends and supporters of the blog and without them it wouldn't happen - so if you appreciate it please consider thanking them with your business!

Talk to you tomorrow night from Powell River.

Hammer


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Claeys named Player of the Week, Cosgrove gets a mention....


Have team success, individual accolades will follow.... Congrats to this week's BCHL Player of the Week Brody Claeys, and to Trevor Cosgrove for receiving and Honorable Mention. 
Hammer


Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brody Claeys has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 4, the league announced Monday.
Claeys saw action in all four ‘Dogs games for the week – all on the road – and earned three wins, stopping 113 of 119 shots along the way. He stopped 27 of 28 in an OT win in Nanaimo and followed that up with 33 saves and 1st Star in a 4-1 win in Trail. He made 24 saves in half a game’s work in West Kelowna and closed his week with 29 saves and 2nd Star in a 5-1 victory in Surrey.
Honourable mentions this week:
Salmon Arm Silverbacks G Nic Tallarico: 2W, 2nd Star, 77 saves/82 shots, .939 sv%, 2.35 GAA
Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Mitch Skapski: 2G, 2A, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game
Victoria Grizzlies D Jake Stevens: 2G, 3A
Victoria Grizzlies G Matthew Galajda: W, 1st Star, 3rd Star, 64 saves/68 shots, .941 sv%, 1.99 GAA
Chilliwack Chiefs F Kohen Olischefski: 1G, 4A, 3rd Star
Alberni Valley Bulldogs D Trevor Cosgrove: 2G, 4A

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Dogs top Eagles 5-1, take six out of eight points on road




Tonight's Game Report is brought to you courtesy of the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel 

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer, Wine Store and liquor store or retreat to our Stamps Cafe or Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.

It was once again a good start for the Bulldogs, and they were finally rewarded for it by finding the net first as Jake Witkowski fed the puck back to the right point to Trevor Cosgrove. He would then take a return pass below the goal line at the right side, where he threw a sharp angle shot at the net that caromed off the foot of Michael Botiz and over the line. No assist was given on the play, but Cosgrove certainly deserved one. The Eagles would be awarded a power play shortly afterwards, but the Dogs killed it with a series of good shot blocks, good saves by Claeys, and a near miss by the Eagles as a shot in tight hit the bar and stayed out. The Dogs went to the power play later in the period and wasted no time in connecting on it as it took just nine seconds off the clock, with Jordan Sandhu setting up Tristan Bukovec below the goal line at the left side of the net. He would put a perfect pass into the left faceoff dot for Jake Witkowski, who fired a quick wrist shot off the glove of Botiz and in, short-side to make it 2-0 at 11:31 of the period. The Dogs earned another power play in the late stages of the period after several near misses to build their lead. They would connect again on it, as Trevor Cosgrove made a key play to win a battle to steal the puck back from Paul McAvoy who appeared to be leaving the zone. Cosgrove would feed it below the goal line at the right side of the net, who again put a perfect pass onto the tape of Jake Witkowski in the right circle where he one-timed a shot home through the legs of Botiz to complete the natural hat trick to make it 3-0 at 17:55 of the first for a 3-0 Dogs lead after one. The Dogs out shot the Eagles 11-10 in the period.

The Dogs got off to a good start to open the second, hemming the Eagles in their zone off the opening puck drop. They could get caught pushing though, and gave up a 3 on 2 rush that saw Brody Claeys come up with a big blocker save on Mike Sauer. Seconds later, it was a 4-0 game as Trevor Cosgrove put a beautful stretch pass up the right wing for Mackenzie Wight. Cosgrove would then fly up ice and join the rush and beat the Eagles to the net, where Wight put a perfect cross-crease pass right onto his tape to one-time home inside the far post on Keelan Williams, who had entered the game to start the second. Henry Marshall was given the only assist on the play, but it should have been just Wight, at 1:13 of the second. Two minutes later, while on the power play, the Dogs drew another penalty. They would backtrack and regroup twice in their zone with a delayed penalty. As I was saying they should consider giving the puck away to keep a longer 5 on 3 opportunity, I then second guessed myself and said something along the lines of "they're probably going to score now anyway to prove me wrong" Score they did, as Trevor Cosgrove worked the puck from the right half-wall back to the top of the point to Connor Welsh. He would make a heads up play and put a perfect feed just off the side of the net for Tristan Bukovec, who deflected a backhand home through Williams to make it 5-0 at 3:45 of the second. There would be no scoring throughout the remainder of the period, with Brody Claeys being solid when called upon, and the Dogs having several near misses around the net. Shots in the period were even at 9 aside, for a 20-19 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes.

The Dogs showed no slow up to start the third, immediately attacking the Eagles zone on a carry over power play. They kept the pressure up through the next couple of minutes to earn another power play. They would appear to score on it, with Gary Dhaliwal roofing a rebound at the far side, but it was waved off as Keelan Williams had dislodged the net in attempting to kick off and go post to post. Seconds later, the Eagles would appear to score on a rebound in tight, but the goal was also waved off after a discussion due to net being dislodged. The Eagles would break the shut out to make it 5-1 a minute and change later as Ashton Calder walked across the crease and tucked a centering pass inside the post and into the crease. It would bang around off a series of sticks and legs before finding the back of the net. Darius Davidson got credit for it, with assists to Nick Fea and Ashton Calder at 10:26 of the third to make it 5-1. The Bulldogs would earn a couple of power play opportunities in the late stages of the third, but didn't generate much on them as fatigue might have gotten the best of them as they had trouble with the puck in their zone forcing Bordy Claeys to make a couple of good saves to protect the lead for the 5-1 final score.

Shots favoured the Eagles 30-27, with Brody Claeys earning second star honours while picking up the win, while Michael Botiz took the loss. The Dogs went 3 for 8 on the power play while the Eagles went 0 for 3.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night in Powell River.

Hammer

Bulldogs conclude trip with meeting in Surrey today

It's the conclusion of a four games in five days road trip for the Bulldogs (9-16-4-1, 5th Island) as they visit the Eagles (11-18-2-0, 5th Mainland) at the South Surrey Arena for a 4:00pm puck drop.

The Bulldogs were in action last night in West Kelowna, where they had their winning streak snapped at two, and their unbeaten streak snapped at three with a 4-2 loss to the Warriors. The Eagles had last night off from game action, last seeing action Friday night in Wenatchee where they lost their fourth in a row, 4-2 to the Eagles.

These teams last met at the Dog Pound on November 12th, a 6-2 Eagles win.

Here's a look inside the South Surrey Arena....





Note the start time of 4:00pm - that means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air for the pregame show at 3:45.


Today's 2nd Intermission feature is a segment from the BCHL This Week radio show on TSN 1040/TSN1410, with host Jeff Patterson interviewing former BCHL'er and Edmonton Oiler prospect Joey LaLeggia.


If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Hammer

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Dogs streak snapped with 4-2 loss to Warriors



Tonight's Game Report is brought to you courtesy of the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel 

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer, Wine Store and liquor store or retreat to our Stamps Cafe or Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.

The Bulldogs were again ready to play from the opening puck drop, as they pushed the pace early and ran up 4-0 edge in shots before the game was five minutes old. The Bulldogs kept up the pressure, and continued to get pucks at and on net, but Shane Farkas kept it scoreless. While the Bulldogs carried the better of the play, and continued to get pucks on net - that for whatever reason weren't counted as shots - the Warriors also had a great chance in front that saw Brody Claeys rob Braiden Epp. As the period wore on, the Dogs fought the puck and too often carelessly gave it away in their end. They were sent to the penalty box as a result of it, and did a good job of killing it while the Warriors gained momentum by getting a good number of pucks net. Almost immediately after the kill, the Warriors opened the scoring as the Dogs failed to get the puck out, and a slapper from the left side deflected off something and drastically changed direction to beat Claeys far-side. Stephen Kleysen got credit for it, with Chase Stevenson drew the only assist at 16:46 of the first. Almost immediately afterwards, the Bulldogs earned a power play on what looked like just a good hit by Quin Foreman. Their power play would be taken away just over a minute into it though as Jake Harrison chased down Jake Witkowski and retaliated on him after something that happened at the side of the Warrior net. Witkowski wouldn't engage Harrison, and continued forward and ran into Braiden Epp, which brought about further retribution from Harrison. Somehow, Witkowski received the only penalty on the play. Shots in the first officially favoured the Warriors 12-5.

The penalties would unfortunately be of consequence, as the Warriors went up 2-0 before the second was a minute old as Stephen Kleyson put a waist high one-timer on net that was deflected up and under the cross-bar from the hash marks by Braiden Epp as Claeys appeared to never see it. I didn't think it was a high stick at all, but the Officials had a conference to discuss it. Connor Sodergren also drew an assist on the play at 42 seconds of the second. The Dogs couldn't get going, and the Warriors made it 3-0 just before the six minute mark of the period on their third deflection of the game as a faceoff was won by Parm Dhaliwal back to the right point to Scott Allen. He would throw a wrist shot at the net that appeared to go in off the shin pad of Jake Harrison. It didn't appear to be directed intentionally into the net, at 5:58 of the second as Brody Claeys was relieved by Zakery Myrowich off the bench. Another Bulldog penalty would come back to bite them later in the period, as Myrowich made a good first save from the right circle on Chase Stevenson, but Connor Sodergren managed to just tap the rebound home through Myrowich and over the line. Stephen Kleysen also drew an assist on it at 13:20 of the second to make it 4-0 Warriors. Shots in the period favoured West Kelowna 10-6, for a 40 minute advantage of 22-11.

The Warriors had a carry over power play to again begin the third, but Zakery Myrowich was solid to make a series of saves to keep it respectable, the most notably coming on a 2 on 1 rush as he went post-to-post to rob Connor Sodergren. The Dogs would fail to score on a power play chance, but did find the net just a second later to make it a 4-1 game as a pass thrown across the slot hit traffic and bounced to the middle of the deep slot for Trevor Cosgrove. He would blow a slap shot top corner, far-side off the glove of Farkas and in to make it 4-1, un-assisted at 7:05 of the third. While the Dogs showed no quit throughout the third, they weren't able to trim the gap until the dying seconds of the game as they pulled their goalie on the power play to make it a 6 on 4 situation. Alex MacDonald would dish off to Mackenzie Wight in the Bulldogs zone, and he streaked end-to-end and split the Warriors defence right up the middle before skating in alone where he put a perfect shot top corner, far-side high over the glove of Farkas to make it 4-2 with 20 seconds to play. The Dogs would attack the Warrior net off the ensuing faceoff, forcing Farkas to make a couple of stops to keep it a two goal game. The Dogs would push again off the draw, and score on a rebound before the buzzer with Jake Witkowski slamming a loose puck home at the side of the net. The Official would immediately signal goal, but after a discussion at centre ice with no time on the clock they would reverse the call and wave it off to make it a 4-2 final score.

Shots in the third favoured the Bulldogs 16-9 for a game total of 31-27 Warriors with Brody Claeys taking the loss giving up three goals while Shane Farkas picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Warriors went 2 for 6.

Hammer



Bulldogs face Warriors tonight in West Kelowna


It's the defending RBC Cup Champions on the menu tonight for the Bulldogs (9-15-4-1, 5th Island) as they visit the West Kelowna Warriors (12-15-1-0, 5th Interior) at Royal LePage Place. 

The Bulldogs were in Trail last night, where they won their second straight, while running their unbeaten streak to three and their points streak to five with a 4-1 win over the Smoke Eaters. The Warriors were also on the road last night, where they lost their third in a row 6-1 to the Vipers in Vernon 

These teams last met October 30th at the Dog Pound, a 2-1 Warriors win in overtime.

Here's a look inside Royal LePage Place

I'll bring all the action to you on 93.3 The Peak, with Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on the air with the pregame show at 6:45. The puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00.




Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Manny Gialedakis, now with the CIS's Guelph Gryphons.




If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.hockeytv.com


Hammer

Friday, December 02, 2016

Dogs win second straight 4-1 over Smokies




Tonight's Game Report is brought to you courtesy of the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel 

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer, Wine Store and liquor store or retreat to our Stamps Cafe or Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.

A fantastic end to end start to the hockey game, with the Smoke Eaters having a good initial push in the opening minute, but the Dogs pushed back and had the edge in play leading to a power play chance. While they failed to score on it, they earned momentum, and kept it over the ensuing minutes in running up a 6-3 edge in shots but being unable to beat Zach Dyment in the Smokies net. The Smoke Eaters would counter, and get on the board to lead 1-0 as Josh LaFramboise spun at the top of the left circle and threw a hard pass off the top of the crease at the back post where Luke Santerno deflected it up and under the crossbar. Mitchell Barker also drew a helper on the play at 10:23 of the first. The Smoke Eaters earned their first power play of the game soon afterwards, but the Bulldogs came up with a solid kill. That would prove vital as they tied the game at the conclusion of the penalty as Kyle Kaufmann exited the penalty box and took a stretch pass behind the Smokies defence to skate in alone. He would put a perfect snap shot top corner, over the glove of Dyment to make it 1-1 at 15:40 of the first with Ryan Steele drawing the lone assist. Shots in the period favoured Trail 11-9.

The Dogs were sent to the penalty box in the first minute and change of the second, on what I thought was a great hit by Keith Anderson. After a good couple of saves by Claeys, most notably on a streaking Kale Howarth, the puck was cleared all the way down. Zach Dyment would misplay it due to a hustling Cayden Kraus, who found it at the side of the net and tucked it in for the shorthanded marker, un-assisted, to make it 2-1 Dogs at 2:30 of the second. Later in the period the Dogs were penalized again, at the end of a sequence where it looked like they couldve earned no less than three calls. Less than a minute later, it was a 5 on 3 for Trail as the Dogs were penalized yet again less than a minute later. The Dogs protected their lead with a huge penalty kill, down two men for 1:09 in duration, with Brody Claeys making a couple solid stops and the killers doing a great job to win battles and clear pucks. The Dogs would have two great chances to build their lead in the back half of the period, with both Keith Anderson and Malik Kaila getting breakaway chances. Anderson's bid would hit the crossbar and stay out, while Dyment made a solid blocker save on Kaila. With less than four minutes to play in the second, Jordan Sandhu made a desperate play to dive and tie up a Smokies stick on what looked like a wide open net to protect the lead. Shots were 13-9 Trail, for a two-period total in their favour of 24-18.

The Bulldogs didn't lose any of the jump to their step to start the third, and continued to push and were rewarded for it as they built their lead on a gorgeous play on the rush with Trevor Cosgrove working a give-and-go down the right wing for Tristan Bukovec, who took the return pass at the bottom of the right circle before throwing it to the top of the crease for Keith Anderson, who pulled it across Dyment before hammering it inside the far post for his first as a Bulldog to make it 3-1 at 4:46 of the third. The Dogs would complete the scoring four minutes later, on a smart play by Cole Slaney as he used his feet to carry it all the way to Smokies line up the left wing where he chipped it in deep past a defender for a racing Tristan Bukovec to skate onto. He would wheel below the goal line and snap a pass up the middle before going behind the net. It would be found in the deep slot by Jordan Sandhu, who blew a slap shot long-side inside the post and past the blocker of Dyment to make it 4-1 at 9:33 of the third to complete the scoring. The Bulldogs were close to air tight throughout the remainder of  the third to protect their lead.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 13-10, for a game total of 34-31 Smoke Eaters. Brody Claeys was named 1st star while picking up the win, while Zach Dyment took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Smoke Eaters went 0 for 4.

Hammer

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bulldogs visit Smoke Eaters tonight in Trail




It's the start of a three-in-three weekend, and the continuation of a stretch of seven straight games on the road as the Bulldogs (8-15-4-1, 5th Island) visit the Smoke Eaters (15-13-1-0, 2nd Interior) tonight in Trail.

The Bulldogs were last in action Wednesday night in Nanaimo, where they stretched their points streak to four games, and their unbeaten streak to two games with a 2-1 overtime win over the Clippers. The Smoke Eaters also last saw the ice on Wednesday night, where they picked a 5-3 win at home over the Penticton Vees.

These teams last met on November 19th at the Dog Pound, a 4-1 Bulldogs win.

Here's a look inside the Cominco Memorial Arena in Trail.


Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey is on the air on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with the pregame show at 7:15, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:30.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Trevor Miller, play-by-play voice of the West Kelowna Warriors, who the Dogs visit tomorrow night for a 7:00 puck drop.


If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.hockeytv.com


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