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Sunday, November 19, 2017

UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS Dogs top Express 4-2

Enjoy the video below. Accept my apologies for the gaps in the audio and the shortness of the clips - it's hard to do it away from home, and I'm also continuing to fight to get clips correctly from HockeyTV. Technical challenges made this a four-plus hour effort tonight. I'm closing the computer for good! 

Hammer








The Bulldogs earned an early power play to start the game, and started it much differently than almost all of their opportunities the night before as they controlled the opening faceoff, and as a result had a good minute of pressure and chances around the Express net. While they didn't score, they did earn some momentum. Quite quickly, the Bulldogs were on the penalty kill, and then on a 5 on 3 kill for 1:17 seconds. They came out of it unscathed, with John Hawthorne coming up with two fantastic saves to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs would earn a subsequent power play as the penalties continued, and connected on it to take a 1-0 lead when Tyler Vanuden did a good job to retrieve the puck behind the net and bank it back to the point for Connor Welsh. He would carry it across the line and switch up with Mitch Oliver before setting him up in the left circle for a one-timer that he blasted off a defender and in at 10:30 of the first. The Bulldogs were again penalized three minutes later, and once again killed it off. The fourth penalty of the period was one too many however, as the Express tied it late in the the frame on an unfortunate sequence that saw a clearing attempt hit Darren Rizzolo in the helmet and bounce to the blue line. The puck appeared, at least to me, to clearly sneak over the line but the Linesman thought differently and waved it off. The puck would immediately end up in the back of the Bulldog net on a shot from the hashmarks by Joshua Bruce, far-side past the blocker of Hawthorne. The assists on the play went to Eric Linell and Troy Robillard at 18:05 of the first. The Bulldogs would voice their displeasure with the Officials at centre ice following the goal, but it wasn't going to be changed at that point. Shots in the period were 13-12 Express.


The Bulldogs carried the play for the first minute and change of the second, and the Express pushed back over the following couple minutes, but neither side was able to generate much in the way of good chances. The Bulldogs earned the first power play of the period near the midway point of it, and once again won the opening draw to generate some chances and momentum, although they couldn't find the net. They were subsequently penalized on a tie up off a draw, resulting in four-aside hockey for over a minute. The Bulldogs killed off the penalty, and then instantaneously took another penalty. They also succeeded in killing it off, with John Hawthorne coming up with a huge save in the dying seconds of it on a cross-ice set up to a wide open Eric Linell off the back post. The Bulldogs pushed late in the period and had a couple good opportunities around the Express net, but more often than not they frustratingly elected to pass instead of shoot. When they did, Hamm held the fort as it remained tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, with the shots in the period being 12-7 Bulldogs, for a 24-20 advantage after the second.


The Express came out with a good initial push in the first minute of the period, but Hawthorne came up with two good saves in tight to keep it tied. The Express continued to have a slight edge in the early minutes, and created a Grade A chance from it as Christian Sanda was found wide open in front of the net, but Hawthorne waited him out to make a big blocker save to keep it tied just over four minutes into the period. The Bulldogs would respond, and take a 2-1 lead on a play that started from their end as Paul Selleck came into a battle on the side boards in the Dogs end to support Tyson Slater who had the puck underneath him as he was on the seat of his pants. Selleck would carry the puck out of the Dogs zone and then put a perfect bank pass up the right wing where Keaton Mastrodonato sped onto it and in alone on goal down the right wing where he snapped a perfect shot inside the far post past the blocker of Hamm to make it 2-1 Dogs at 9:52 of the third. The lead again didn't last long however, as the Express answered on a puck off the outside of the net, followed by a wrap around that was stopped by Hawthorne. The rebound would come to the slot where Doug Scott fought it through the legs of Hawthorne, with the lone assist going to Alex Ambrosio at 11:37 of the third. The Bulldogs responded well to conceding the lead, getting a couple good chances on the following shift. They would take the lead back just under six minutes to play as the Express had a couple chances to clear their zone but failed to do so as the Dogs hounded the puck. Cole Poliziani would keep it in for good, finding Christian Simeone at the bottom of the left circle. He put a perfect pass onto the strick of Ryan Steele driving the net through the slot, and he made no mistake one-timing a bullet top corner, short-side under the bar on Hamm to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 14:05. Paul Selleck again supported a battle in the far corner of the Dogs zone to find Jackson Doucet in front of the Dogs net. He would find Keaton Mastrodonato again at full flight at centre ice where he drove the middle over the Express line. Two Express defenders would try to take him off the puck as he found Jackson Doucet joining the rush in the middle of the zone where he beat Hamm with a long-side shot past his glove to make it 4-2 at 15:23 of the third to complete the scoring. 


Third period shots were 17-8 Bulldogs, for a 41-28 total in their favour as John Hawthorne picked up the win while Brock Hamm took the loss. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Express went 1 for 6.


The Dogs next see action Wednesday in Duncan when they visit the Capitals.


Hammer
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Bulldogs visit Express today to wrap up three-in-three weekend


It's the second meeting of the season between the teams, and the final test on a three game weekend road trip for the Bulldogs (7-12-2-3, 4th Island) as they visit the Coquitlam Express (3-18-1-1, 5th Mainland) for a matinee affair today.


The Bulldogs were in Merritt last night, where they gave up four goals in the first twelve minutes of the game en route to dropping their fourth straight contest, 4-1 to the Centennials.

It's also the third game of the week for the Express today, as they were in Langley on Thursday night, where they fell 5-2 to the Rivermen. They hosted the Wenatchee Wild Friday night, where they lost their 10th in a row, 5-1 to the Wild.

These teams met so long ago that it already feels like it was last season, with the Bulldogs coming out on top 5-3 back on September 16th.

Much like in Merritt last night, the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre has a smaller than regulation ice surface as you might be able to tell from the above picture. That can be both bad or good when it comes to playing on it at the end of a road trip. Things happen fast, but you don't have as far to go both offensively and defensively. There isn't a bad place in the building to put the puck on net.


I'll bring you all the game action and interviews, statstics and everything in between on 93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet - don't forget it's an afternoon game, which means our pregame show is on the air at approximately 1:45, with the puck drop to follow at 2:00pm.





Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Hunter Stewart, now a SENIOR (really!?) with the NCAA's Marian University Sabres. 



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dogs drop fourth straight, 4-1 in Merritt




A quick start to the game, with neither side getting a puck on net through the opening two minutes as the Dogs seemed to be a step behind the Centennials pace and the space the smaller playing surface in Merritt allows. The Centennials opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game on a won battle behind the Dogs net and a perfect pass to the slot that was one-timed home, short-side past the blocker of John Hawthorne by Zach Court, with assists going to Nicholas Wicks and Brendan Schneider at 3:19 of the first. The Bulldogs earned  a power play half a minute later, but more often than not lost faceoffs and chased the puck into their zone wasting precious time. They did generate a couple shots late in the advantage, and pushed back over the ensuing minutes to get back in the game. The Centennials would quickly stop that push, going up 2-0 on a banker from behind the goal line after winning a series of battles behind the net that saw Chase Bell sneak it off Hawthorne and over the line. Assists went to Zach Zorn and Sam Miller at 9:16 of the first. The Bulldogs were penalized almost immediately afterwards, and the Centennials again cashed in on it to make it 3-0 on a cross-ice set up to the left faceoff dot for Joey Berkopec  that he finished with a perfect shot top corner, long side over the glove of Hawthorne. Assists went to Tyrell Buckley and Nicholas Wicks at 11:09 of the first. The Bulldogs were again instantly penalized, and again Merritt connected quickly on the power play when Samuel Miller got a point shot from the top of the line through a screen top corner over the glove of Colten Lancaster, who came off the bench in relief, making it 4-0 at 12:01 of the first, with Henry Cleghorn drawing the lone assist. Shots in the period were 14-8.


The Bulldogs had 1:25 of power play time to begin the second, but once again didn't look especially sharp on it. Another immediate follow up power play again didn't look especially sharp, as the Dogs squandered an opportunity to at least start to get back into the game. The period would grind along with a pretty tough parade of penalties against both sides of the puck, with 5-on-5 hockey being a rarity. If anything, four-aside hockey or man-advantage hockey was how the majority of the period was played. The Bulldogs took the most of the calls, but managed to kill them all off, including two separate instances when they were down two men. They would get on the board to make a game of it in the late stages of the second as Christian Simeone carried the puck with speed up the left side over the Merritt line before putting a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Cole Poliziani, who slid it through Jacob Berger to make it a 4-1 game at 18:37 of the second.  The Dogs had a great chance to make it a two-goal game at the end of the period, with Simeone again setting up Poliziani, but Berger came up with a pad save on a cross-ice one timer. Shots in the period were 9-7 Merritt, for a 40 minute total of 23-15 Centennials.


The Bulldogs earned an early power play in the third period for a chance to get further back in it, but again failed to impress as they continued to lose draws and chase the puck. They would push back through the next couple of minutes to threaten around the Merritt net, but couldn't get a bounce. Colten Lancaster would come up with numerous solid saves to give the Bulldogs a fighting chance to get back in it, but the push wasn't there for any sustained periods to trim the deficit. The Bulldogs earned another power play with 10 minutes to go, but again lost draws and chased pucks which was a prevailing theme. A final opportunity late to stage a late comeback saw the Dogs threaten on a scramble, but in the end fail to make a game of it as the Centennials made the 4-1 score hold up.


Third period shots were 15-13 Centennials, for a game total in their favour of 36-30, with John Hawthorne taking the loss giving up three goals in 11:09 before Colten Lancaster came in to earn no decision but third star in relief while Jacob Berger picked up the win. VERY unofficial power play stats - I had Merritt at 2 for 10 on the power play, and the Bulldogs at 0 for 9.


With the loss, the Dogs have lost four in a row and are now winless in five. They conclude their weekend tomorrow afternoon in Coquitlam when they meet the Express.




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Bulldogs visit Centennials tonight in Merritt




It's the second meeting between the teams in just two weeks, as the Bulldogs (7-11-2-3, 4th Island) continue their road trip by visiting the Centennials (8-12-2-1, 7th Interior) at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Bulldogs opened up their weekend last night in Trail, where they lost their third in a row, and saw their winless streak hit four games with a 6-4 loss to the Smoke Eaters in an absolutely crazy game.

The Centennials were in action last night at home, where they lost their second in a row, 3-2 to the Vernon Vipers.

These teams last met two Saturday's ago, when they played to a 3-3 tie at the Multiplex when the Dogs dug out of a 3-0 third period deficit.

It's a unique ice sheet in Merritt, so the Dogs had best be ready. As it's smaller than regulation, things happen very very fast and there is no bad place to try a shot on goal. Here's a look at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in video form. The video is several years old now, and thankfully the heaters you see below as of last year were relocated and are no longer a factor when it comes to the broadcaster's sight lines of the rink!



Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey is on the air on 93.3 The Peak FM tonight at 6:45 for the pregame show, followed by all the game action to follow just after 7:00.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature guest is Eddie Gregory, the play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow to finish their trip for a 2:00pm puck drop.




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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dogs drop third straight 6-4 in crazy game in Trail




A tough start to the game from the get-go for the Bulldogs, as they were penalized for failing to exit the ice in time at the conclusion of warm up. They would come up with a solid kill and didn't give up much to keep it scoreless as Colten Lancaster turned aside the lone shot he faced. At the conclusion of the penalty they got a few opportunities on net themselves to test Brandon Wells in the Trail net. The Bulldogs would earn their first power play of the game later in the period, and threatened on it on several occasions early but failed to open the scoring. A 13 second five on three for the Bulldogs on a follow up penalty didn't generate much with the loss of the opening draw, but they continued to push and had a couple near misses, the most memorable coming when Tyler Vanuden sent Issac Tonkin-Palmer over the Trail line on a 2 on 1 rush down the left side where he kept the puck and fired a shot long-side that hit the post and crossbar and stayed out. The Bulldogs out shot the Smoke Eaters 11-8 in the first.

The second period saw the Bulldogs successfully kill off a carry over penalty from the first. They then dodged a bullet as Trevor Zins walked in alone off the right point and hit the crossbar. A fantastic save a few minutes later by Lancaster on Andre Ghantous in tight in alone with his right pad kept the game scoreless. The Bulldogs spent the better part of the next few minutes running around their zone defending, but didn't a good job to not concede a goal. They would then open the scoring on a pretty play that saw Mitch Oliver put a perfect outlet pass up the left wing for Christian Simeone. He would gain the Trail line and put a pass to the middle for Cole Poliziani. He would do a great job to knock the pass down off his feet and retain possession and spin and fire a perfect top corner wrister over the glove of Wells to make it 1-0 at 7:32 of the second. It was 2-0 Bulldogs three minutes later on a hard working shift in the attacking zone that saw Issac Tonkin-Palmer work the puck loose behind the net for Brad Ong. He made a sweet outlet onto the tape of Tyler Vanuden, who one-timed a high finish inside the far post for his first as a Bulldog at 10:21. It was 3-0 a minute and a half later as Ryan Steele played the puck behind the net for Cole Poliziani. He put a perfect feed into the slot for Christian Simeone, who made no mistake ripping a one-timer top corner inside the far post over the glove of Wells to make it 3-0 at 11:53. A big save by Tanner Marshall on Gregg Lee on the doorstep a minute later kept it a three-goal game, before a tough to watch sequence turned the game a further minute later, as Connor Welsh appeared to take a hard hit to the head in the Bulldogs zone in the near corner. An immediate penalty was called, but instead of the Bulldogs on the power play Welsh was penalized for retaliating. It was a 3-1 game seconds later when Kale Howarth walked in tight down the left side and picked the top corner, short-side high on Lancaster. Assists on the play went to Jeremy Lucchini and Braeden Tuck at 13:34 of the second. The Bulldogs were again penalized in short order as the Smokies continued to attack, with what earlier in the sequence looked like a Smokies goal being waved off. They would make it 3-2 a minute later anyway, on a partial breakaway with another delayed penalty on the way to the Bulldogs that saw a stretch pass carried up the right wing and in tight by Braeden Tuck, who went top corner, short-side high on Lancaster. Assists on the play went to Levi Glasman and Jeremy Lucchini at 15:39 of the second. The barrage continued on the power play seconds later, as a pass from the right point to below the goal line at the right side of the net was walked out front by Andre Ghantous, who snuck one in far side from a sharp angle to make it 3-3 at 16:16, with the lone assist going to Carter Jones. Shots in the period were 14-7 Trail, for a 22-18 advantage after 40 minutes.


The third period saw the Bulldogs get their feet back under them, and push to generate a couple of chances and a power play opportunity as a result. They would connect on it to take a 4-3 lead when Sami Pharaon came off the bench off a broken stick for Mitch Oliver to set up Connor Welsh at the right point. His one-timer would be stopped, but Jackson Doucet would slam the rebound home from the paint at 7:14 of the third. The lead would be very short-lived, with the Smoke Eaters tying it up less than a minute later as a Kale Howarth wrap around failed to go, but none of the Bulldogs back picked up the trailer in Levi Glasman who fired the loose puck inside the post to make it 4-4 at 7:56 of the third with Ross Armour also drawing an assist. The Dogs again pushed back, but couldn't take the lead before the Smoke Eaters found the net for their first lead of the game on a face off win in the Dogs end back to the point that saw a Jeremy Lucchini one-timer from the left point be deflected in past Lancaster by Spencer McLean. Blake Sidoni also drew an assist for winning the draw at 11:22 of the third. The Bulldogs earned a power play chance to try and find the equalizer shortly afterwards, and came painfully close on a puck that bounced around on the goal line but stayed out. The Bulldogs were then penalized with three minutes to play, but came up with a big kill to keep it a one-goal game. Any comeback attempt would be stopped on another lost faceoff in their end with just under a minute to play in the third as Tyler Ghiradosi one-timed a Carter Jones draw win top corner off the crossbar and in past Lancaster to make it 6-4 at 19:03 of the third for the eventual final.


Shots in the third were 12-10 Trail, for a game total in their favour of 34-28, with Colten Lancaster taking the loss while Tanner Marshall picked up the win in relief in net. The Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while Trail went 3 for 6.


With the loss, the Dogs have lost three in a row and are now winless in four games. They visit the Centennials tomorrow night in Merritt.

Hammer


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Bulldogs kick off weekend tonight in Trail


It's the start of a three game road trip for the Bulldogs (7-10-2-3, 4th Island) as they face the Trail Smoke Eaters (17-5-1-0, 2nd Interior) for the second of two Regular Season meetings between the teams.


The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they dropped their second straight, 4-1 to the Nanaimo Clippers.


The Smoke Eaters last played Sunday afternoon at home, where they topped the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 8-2.


These teams last met at the Dog Pound on October 7th, a 6-2 Trail win.


Here's an old video I took that shows a better look at the rink in Trail...


And another picture of the plaque inside... 




As always 93.3 The Peak FM we'll be there to bring the game home for you - Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey is on the air tonight at approximately 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop and game action to follow at 7:00.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101.1 FM, with the Bulldogs making a trip to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena to continue their trip tomorrow.




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bulldogs acquire James Orban, move Cayden Kraus



Hello, Happy Thursday and thanks as always for checking the blog. Coming to you live from the Queen of...I'm not exactly sure, as we're on the water bound for Osoyoos.

Please read below for full details on a trade the Bulldogs released today that sees Cayden Kraus head to the Olds Grizzlys in return for James Orban. 

It's tough to see Cayden go, as it's impossible to not get attached or familiar with anyone that was here as long as he was. He's a great competitor, and a true character that always went out of his way to say Hi to me, and throw a good friendly chirp my way. I wish him nothing but success in Olds. 

At the same time, it's always exciting to have a new player come in - welcome to the team and community James! 

Hammer


19-YEAR OLD FORWARD BRINGS SKILL AND LEADERSHIP TO BULLDOGS LINEUP

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade  with the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, acquiring  1998-born forward James Orban in exchange for 1999-born forward Cayden  Kraus.

Orban hails from Calgary, AB and was playing in his second season with  the Grizzlys. He scored twice and added 17 assists in 59 regular  season games as a rookie during the 2016/17 campaign and had scored  four times while totaling 11 points in 17 games so far this season.

"James is a smart, hard working left winger who competes at a high  level every night and contributes in all three zones," says Bulldogs  head coach Matt Hughes. "He's began having some good success  offensively this season and we look forward to the positive impact he'll have with  us on the ice and in the dressing room."

Meanwhile, Kraus is set to join the Grizzlys following two-plus seasons in the Alberni Valley. The Winnipeg, MB product leaves the  Bulldogs after scoring 28 goals and collecting 48 points in 124 career  BCHL games.

"Cayden is a tremendous competitor and a very good person," says  Hughes. "As a third-year player we believe he deserves a chance to play important minutes in an offensive role and we wish him all the  best with this new opportunity in Olds."

Orban is expected to join the Bulldogs on their upcoming three-game  road trip, which begins Friday in Trail.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dogs drop second straight, 4-1 to Clippers




A fantastic start to the game with no whistles through the first four minutes, and a fantastic start for the Bulldogs, as they attacked on the opening shift and kept it up for the first part of the first period with several great opportunities in running up a 10-2 edge in shots as Taz Burman was busy and good in the Nanaimo net. The Bulldogs would take a penalty on a late hit later in the frame, and it 100% changed the game, as the Clippers connected to make it 1-0 on a gorgeous set up on the power play that saw Jake Harris deflect home a Jeremy Gervais backdoor set up. Jordan Wharrie also drew an assist on the play at 10:09 of the first. The Clippers would take motivation from the goal, and the Dogs never left their zone before it was 2-0 as Ben Belisle poked home an end-board bounce off a John Hawthorne save that hit the end wall and bounced out front off the opposite post. Assists on the play went to Jack MacNab and Lucas Vanroboys at 10:55 of the first. The Bulldogs were again penalized, and successfully killed it off. They soon afterwards found themselves in a 3-0 hole as Vincent Millette carried the puck from behind the Bulldog net up the left side to the top of the blue line where he just simply fired a wrister on net that hit the post and went in past the glove of Hawthorne to make it 3-0 at 14:52 of the first, with Parker Colley drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs were penalized less than a minute later, and again killed it off to keep in the game, but were penalized a fourth straight time to open the game late in the period. An even up call went the other way in the dying seconds of the period. Shots in the frame were 18-14 Nanaimo.


The Clippers opened the second with a jump similar to the first, as the Dogs looked a half a step behind. After four on four hockey ended, the Dogs earned their first power play of the game to try and get back into it. While they did control the zone in the final minute of it, they couldn't generate a good chance to cash in and get back in the game. The Clippers continued to have the better of the play into the mid point of the period, with the Bulldogs finally able to generate a couple Grade A chances on the rush and in the zone for Ryan Steele, Cole Poliziani and Christian Simeone all around the Nanaimo net. They again couldn't make one of them count, and before the end of the shift it was 4-0 as a Bulldog rim in their zone was found by Tristan Crozier in the right corner, where he a put a pass into the deep slot for Jake Harris. He would walk in to the deep slot where he snapped one home inside the post past the glove of a screened Hawthorne to make it 4-0 at 12:45 of the second. Cal Babych drew a second assist on the play. There was no scoring the rest of the frame, with the Clippers out shooting the Dogs 18-11 for a two period total of 36-25.


The Bulldogs got off to a solid start to the third, spending the better part of the first five minutes in the attacking zone and generating a couple good chances but yet again failing to find the net. The closest might have been when Mitch Oliver walked into the top of the right circle and blew a slapper on goal that hit the crossbar and stayed out - I wasn't 100% convinced that it didn't go in. Later in the period Bradley Ong had a step up the right side, but again hit the crossbar and it stayed out. Another great chance later in the period saw Gregg Lee walk behind the net and get Burman out of position before sliding it through the crease but no Bulldogs in the neighborhood could find the open net. The Dogs would break the shut out bid with just over five minutes to play when Ryan Steele carried the puck through neutral ice and over the Clippers line before dishing off to Keaton Mastrodonato walking into the top of the right circle where he put a perfectly placed shot top corner, short-side over the glove of Burman to make it 4-1 at 14:48 of the third. That's as close as the Dogs would get, as the Clippers made the lead stand.


Third period shots were 13-10 Bulldogs, for a game total of 46-38 Clippers as John Hawthorne took the loss while Taz Burman picked up 2nd star honours with the win. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 5.


The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night when they visit the Smoke Eaters in Trail.


Hammer





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Bulldogs host Clippers tonight, Remembrance Day service this morning




It's the conclusion of a four game home stand, as the Bulldogs (7-9-2-3, 4th Island) renew acquaintances with the Nanaimo Clippers (11-9-1-1, 3rd Island) for what will be the fourth head to head meeting between the rivals this season.


The Bulldogs extended their points streak to three games last night, as they ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 overtime decision to the Victoria Grizzlies.


The Clippers were also in action last night at home, where they won their third in a row 2-1 over the Powell River Kings in overtime.


The Clippers won the most recent meeting over a month ago, 2-1 in double overtime in Nanaimo on October 6th. The only previous meeting at the Multiplex saw the Bulldogs come out on top 5-4 on September 29th.

93.3 The Peak FM's coverage on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey begins with the pregame show on the air at 6:45, followed by the puck drop and play-by-play at approximately 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and colour commentary and I handle the hosting and play-by-play responsibilities.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Wylie Henderson, play-by-play voice of the Trail Smoke Eaters, who the Bulldogs next face Friday in Trial.






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I make this post pretty much every year on Remembrance Day. Please take a minute today to watch or attend ceremonies here in the Alberni Valley or wherever you are reading this from.

For those attending the service in Port Alberni, you are reminded to please be seated at the Glenwood Centre for 10:15, as the ceremony begins at 10:30.

This is a fantastic song that very much encapsulates what today is about, and what it might be like trying to observe it in this day and age. Read the story below, and take a minute to watch the video please!

Hammer




On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".

In the interest of creating a greater awareness of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf, "A Pittance of Time" has been adapted to the French language and titled "C'est si peu de temps". Music videos for both audio tracks too were produced in support of the campaign and a musical/theatrical concert production, "Two Minutes of Silence -- A Pittance of Time", was written for the stage.

"Two Minutes of Silence - A Pittance of Time" combines music and theatre in an emotional production that looks at the folly of war. The inspirational songs and dramatic monologues evoke memories both tinged with sadness and joy that ultimately underscore the need for hope and faith in the goodness of humankind.





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Friday, November 10, 2017

Grizzlies comeback to top Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime




A somewhat slow start with lots of whistles early in the game, but the pace picked up quickly with the Dogs having the best early chance when Cole Poliziani chased down a flip pass to stay on side and skate in on a breakaway only to have his shot go off Shawn Parkinson and the crossbar and stay out. The Bulldogs would earn a power play soon afterwards, but didn't look crisp on it as the Grizzlies killed it off well. The Dogs earned another power play almost immediately, and this time connected on it on a pretty play that saw Ryan Steele put a goal line feed to the right side of the net for Julian Benner, who put a perfect pass into the right side of the slot for Keaton Mastrodonato who made no mistake blowing a one-timer top corner, long-side over the blocker of Parkinson to make it 1-0 at 6:38 of the first. They were painfully close to doubling their lead on a scramble on the next shift on an open net that just stayed out. The Grizzlies seconds later tied the game at 1-1 when the Dogs coughed the puck up in their zone. An initial pass hit a Victoria leg before Shawn O'Malley found it off a Bulldog at the side of the slot and lifted it home past the glove of John Hawthorne, with Jordan Guiney drawing the lone assist at 8:48 of the first. A Bulldog power play two minutes later failed to threaten, before the Grizzlies earned their first opportunity of the game with four minutes to play in the period. John Hawthorne came up with a big save late in the man advantage to keep it tied as he stopped Jamie Rome on a breakaway. Shots in the period were 12-9 Bulldogs.


The second period was somewhat similar to the first in the early minutes, with not much in the way of flow either way, with the Grizzlies having an early edge in the play. They would continue to force the Bulldogs into turnovers, and had a couple of instances of extended time in the attacking zone, but they couldn't capitalize to take the lead with Hawthorne coming up with one notable save on an in-alone chance down the left side for Ethan Nother that he kept out with his right pad. The Bulldogs pushed back to even the ice later in the period, and came close on a power play on a left faceoff circle one-timer for Cole Poliziani that again appeared to hit Parkinson and the crossbar and stay out before being swatted away in midair by a Grizzlies defender. The Dogs would take a 2-1 lead late in the period on the rush as Tyson Slater took a big hit in the far corner to rim the puck to the blue line where Bradley Ong chipped it past a defender to create a long 2 on 1 for Issac Tonkin-Palmer up the right wing where he kept the puck and used Tyler Vanuden as a decoy before walking into the right circle where he put one blocker side through Parkinson that just dribbled over the line at 17:42 of the second. Shots in the period were 15-11 Grizzlies, for a 24-23 lead in their favour after two.



The Bulldogs dodged a big bullet early in the third, with a turnover in their zone ending up on the tape of TJ Friedmann alone in front of Hawthorne. He would beat the goalie, but not the post as it stayed out. The Grizzlies would draw a penalty just short of the midway mark of the period, but the Bulldogs killed it off beautifully and didn't give up much to protect their lead. The Dogs drew a late game power play for a chance to put the game away, but they again didn't generate much. The Grizzlies would tie the game seconds after the penalty elapsed, as Cameron Thompson walked down the left wing and in tight on goal where he put a puck on net that found it's way in past Hawthorne to make it 2-2 at 18:19 of the third, with Lucas Clark drawing the lone assist. The Grizzlies pushed for the winner in the dying seconds, with Hawthorne coming up with a big save on a wide-open Jordan Guiney in tight to keep it 2-2 and force overtime. Shots in the third were 11-4 Grizzlies, for a 60 minute total of 35-27.


Overtime ended quickly, as the Grizzlies won the draw and the Dogs never touched the puck as Drayson Pears put a shot from the left point wide of the net where it was found back of the goal line by TJ Friedmann. He would walk out up the right side while Pears went to the net and no one picked him up. Pears would deflect the first Friedmann pass off the out side of the post, but he stayed with the play and poked it in before any defender was within reach for the game winner just 27 seconds into overtime.


Final shots were 36-27 Grizzlies, with John Hawthorne taking the loss while earning 1st star honours while Shawn Parkinson picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0 for 3.

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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight, make pair of trades




It's the fourth meeting of the season already between the teams, as the Bulldogs (7-9-1-3, 4th Island)  host the Victoria Grizzlies (10-8-3-0, 2nd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.


The Bulldogs last played Saturday night at home, as they staged a three-goal third period comeback to play to a 3-3 tie with the Merritt Centennials.


The Grizzlies last action was Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their fourth in a row 4-3 to the Trail Smoke Eaters in overtime.


This is the fourth meeting head to head this season, with the Bulldogs having a 1-2-0-0 record while the Grizzlies are 2-0-1-0. The last meeting was a 4-1 Victoria win at the Dog Pound on October 22nd.



The Bulldogs made a couple of moves this week, the first transactions of the season. Read below for full details. Welcome to the team and community Tyler, and best of luck in the future and thanks to Graham!




SKILLED 19-YEAR OLD ADDS TO BULLDOGS' ARSENAL UP FRONT

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a pair of transactions, acquiring 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and  trading 1998-born defenceman Graham Rutledge to the Truro Bearcats of  
the Maritimes Hockey League.

Vanuden hails from Fort Frances, ON and began the season with the  reigning Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits, where  he scored once in six regular season games. He spent the 2016/17  campaign with the VIJHL's Victoria Cougars and finished seventh in  league scoring before adding 20 points in 14 playoff contests to help   his team advance to the league finals.

"Tyler is a speedy, smart two-way forward who we feel can help our   group at both ends of the ice," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes.   "He's also a hard worker who gives us some versatility playing up or   down our line-up."

Meanwhile, Rutledge heads home to Nova Scotia to join the Bearcats  after playing 13 regular season games with the Bulldogs.

"Graham is a great kid who made a positive impact in our locker room   and community," says Hughes. "We'd like to thank him for his time in   Port Alberni and wish him all the best in the future."

Vanuden skated with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday  and will be available to make his Bulldogs debut when the team faces  Victoria and Nanaimo on home ice this weekend.


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For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM

93.3 The Peak FM's coverage on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey begins with the pregame show on the air at 6:45, followed by the puck drop and play-by-play at approximately 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and colour commentary and I handle the hosting and play-by-play responsibilities.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow to conclude a four game homestand for another big four point Island Division game.

Hammer




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Saturday, November 04, 2017

UPDATED WITH VIDEO Bulldogs and Centennials play to thrilling 3-3 tie







The Bulldogs got off to a fantastic start on the opening shift, and kept it up through the early stages of the game, running up a 7-0 shots on goal advantage six minutes in as Austin Roden was good, and busy in the Merritt net. The Dogs continued to play a fast paced game through the media timeout past the midway point of the period, up 10-1 in shots and carrying the play. The theme continued as the period went on, with Roden keeping the Centennials in it. The Cents pushed back in the last five minutes of the frame as the pace slowed considerably with the period ending 0-0, and the Bulldogs out shooting the Centennials 17-4.


The second period saw the Centennials immediately make the first period a memory, as just 1:06 in it was 1-0 when they connected four seconds into a power play chance off a broken play from the faceoff in the Dogs end that saw Rylan Van Unen chase down a loose puck off the ride side of the slot and put it off the blocker of Lancaster and inside the far post. Assists on the play went to Bradley Cocca and Austin Stockie at 1:06 of the second. The Centennials played a much better period, hemming the Dogs in their zone for extended periods. The Bulldogs pushed back with several good opportunities to tie the game, the most notably being a beautiful save by Austin Roden on Bradley Ong on a beautiful set up by Cole Poliziani. The score stayed 1-0 until the late stages of the period as Ong took back to back hits to the head - or close, on the same shift, and finally had enough and went after Tyrell Buckley after the second one. He would pick up the additional minor penalty in the skirmish, and the Centennial took a 2-0 lead on the power play on a pretty down low set up to the right side of the net back to the slot where Nicholas Wicks one-timed it inside the far post. Assists on the play went to Zach Court and Christian Sabin at 17:17 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play two minutes later to try and cut the deficit, but instead it was 3-0 when the Centennials scored while shorthanded as Zach Zorn found a loose puck off his own clearing attempt that went off a Bulldog defender twice and out of the zone where he chased it down for a breakaway that he finished with a perfect top corner finish past the blocker of Lancaster at 19:21 of the second. Generous assists were given to Ashton Stockie and Joey Berkopec.  Shots in the period were 11-8 Merritt for a 25-15 advantage for the Bulldogs after two periods.


The Bulldogs connected on a carry-over power play to start the third to make it 3-1 as Connor Welsh took a quick D-to-D pass across the line at the left point from Mitch Oliver. He would walk into the top of the left circle and blow a slapper off a Centennial stick and top corner over the blocker shoulder of Roden at 28 seconds of the third, with Keaton Mastrodonato also assisting on the play. It was a 3-2 game and a whole new game just two and a half minutes later as the Centennials played the puck into their own end from the Dogs zone, went back to get it, and then threw it right up the middle where it was cut down by Paul Selleck who walked into the hash marks and ripped a gorgeous shot top corner over the blocker of Roden to make it 3-2 at 3:02 of the third. The score held that way until the late stages of the game, with Colten Lancaster coming up with a huge save to keep the Dogs within striking distance with 12:45 to play as he snared a cross-ice pass with his glove on what looked like an open net on an odd-man rush. The Bulldogs would get the equalizer with just over two minutes to play as Ryan Steele picked up the puck in the left corner of the Bulldogs zone and went end to end down the right wing with blazing speed to blow past all the defenders and cut in front where he put it off Roden, off a Centennial defenceman and in through the legs of Roden to make it 3-3. The goal was initially credited to Keaton Mastrodonato, but was later changed as replays showed it was Steele's goal, as the game went to overtime. Third period shots were 11-11, for a 60 minute total of 36-26 Bulldogs.


The first overtime saw plenty of action, but neither team was able to generate a shot on net. In 3 on 3 double overtime both teams had their chances, with Lancaster and Roden standing tall as neither of them conceded the winner as the game ended in a draw, with the Dogs earning a power play in the final minute but being unable to get the winner, with the Centennials off the opening draw creating a 2 on 1 rush that saw Mitch Oliver make a fantastic play to break it up and deflect the pass off the outside of the base of net.


Double overtime shots were 5-4 Merritt, for a game total of 40-31 Bulldogs. Colten Lancaster and Austin Roden - who picked up 3rd star honours, were the goalies of record. The Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Centennials went 2 for 4.


With the tie, the Bulldogs are unbeaten in two. They are next in action Friday when they host the Victoria Grizzlies.


Hammer




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Bulldogs host Centennials tonight





It's game two of a four game home stand tonight for the Bulldogs (7-9-1-2, 4th Island) as they host the Merritt Centennials (7-10-2-0, 7th Interior) for the first meeting between the teams this season.


The Bulldogs last played Wednesday night at home, when they snapped a four game losing streak and five game winless streak with a 6-3 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


The Centennials meanwhile kicked off a three game Island/Mainland weekend swing last night in Victoria, where they won their second in a row, 6-0 over the Grizzlies.





93.3 The Peak FM has got you covered if you can't make the game - or get the best of both worlds and bring a pocket radio with you like some fans do - Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air at approximately 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop to follow just after 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and adds colour commentary while I'll handle the hosting and play-by-play duties. Dan Tisserand is a game time decision to cover team and individual statistics. 





We'll continue with our series of Alumni Interviews during the 2nd Intermission show - tonight's guest is former Bulldog (2014-2015) Billy Christopoulos, now in his third season with the NCAA's Air Force Academy Falcons. Billy is another great story, as he came to the Bulldogs from the USHL as a 20 year old in his final year of eligibility still in search of a scholarship. The rest they say, is history. 


An update - he was just named the AHC's Goalie of the Month for October. Way to go Billy! 









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