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Saturday, October 14, 2017

UPDATED - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS Bulldogs win second straight, 4-1 over Capitals



Here's some video highlights from tonight's game - for the first time in HIGH DEF.

The Bulldogs organization have put a bunch of time and effort into the endeavor of making high definition video broadcasts happen - it's certainly a work in progress still but I very much appreciate everything the organization has done, and it's a remarkable improvement in video quality from just the first go at it tonight. 

Apologies for the audio, as it still needs some work. It's too bad that with the new limitations of the HD set up that we can't have pre-produced broadcast audio from 93.3 The Peak anyore...now it has to be fed into the system "raw" and directly off our equipment in the booth. As the set up gets further dialed in I hope that it will improve dramatically. Also apologies to Christian Simeone for the "lip slip" on his goal. I knew it was something "one or ani" , d'oh!
















After an initial whistle just 11 seconds into the game, the flow was fantastic with no whistles until just short of the five minute mark of the first. The Dogs had the best early chance to open the scoring when Keaton Mastrodonato blew past a defender to skate in on a breakaway, only to have Adam Marcoux come up with a big glove save. Two minutes later the Capitals opened the scoring for the second straight night, on a set up to the slot and a scramble that saw John Hawthorne make the first save only to have Ethan Scardina locate the loose puck and battle it over the goal line to make it 1-0. Assists on the play went to Caleb Franklin and Riley Thorpe at 6:05 of the first. The Bulldogs answered back after the media time out off a defensive zone faceoff when Cayden Kraus won the draw for Sami Pharaon, and then took off up the middle where Pharaon hit him with a perfect pass in full flight at centre ice to create a 2 on 1 rush. Kraus would keep the puck over the line up the right side and fire a perfect shot low, long-side past the stick of Marcoux to make it 1-1 at 10:29 of the first, with Ryan Butler also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs carried the better of the play through the remainder of the period and had a handful of great chances both on the rush and off containment in the zone, but couldn't capitalze on them at it remained 1-1 after 20 minutes, with the Dogs out shooting the Capitals 14-6.

The second period started with a bang, as the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game before it was two minutes old on the power play when Jackson Doucet fed Mitch Oliver at the right point. He would dish off for Connor Welsh as they would switch up, before Welsh put a perfect pass onto his tape at the top of the left circle where he ripped a one-timer top corner, far-side over the glove of Marcoux to make it 2-1 Bulldogs at 1:50 of the second. It was a 3-1 game three minutes later when the Bulldogs pressed and had a series of consecutive attacking zone draws. Isaac Tonkin-Palmer would win the draw and Cole Poliziani did a great job to jump to the middle and find it and one-time it while falling off the post and in past Marcoux for his first as a Bulldog at 4:56 of the second. The Bulldogs would have a great opportunity to build the lead later in the period when they had a 5 on 3 power play of just over 40 seconds in duration, but they couldn't cash in on it as they took the 3-1 lead to the room after two. 

The third period was delayed for a while due to a fan in the stands requiring medical attention. There was no scoring through the first half of the period, with the Bulldog penalty kill called upon to protect the lead. The Capitals had a noticeable level of desperation to their game, but the Dogs didn't concede much in their zone as they protected their lead. The Capitals would a power play with just over five minutes to play after a big hit and a large dust up at the whistle at their net, but again the Dogs killed it off and didn't allow much in the way of good chances. They would finally put the game away with just over two minutes to play on a pretty end-to-end goal that saw Connor Welsh make a good defensive play on a Capital rush. Ryan Steele would find the loose puck on the left wing of the Bulldog zone, where he put a hard cross-ice pass to the right side of centre ice for Brandon Bergado. He in turn made a perfect saucer pass to the middle of the ice on the tape of Christian Simeone, who raced in alone on the breakaway where he faked to his backhand before tucking it in on the forehand inside the far post past a sliding Marcoux to make it 4-1 at 17:14 of the third for the eventual final score. 

The Capitals out shot the Bulldogs 16-7 in the third, for a 33-32 total in the Bulldogs favour, with John Hawthorne picking up the win while Adam Marcoux took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 4. 

With the win, the Bulldogs have won back to back games for the first time this season, and they have improved their record to .500 also for the first time. They are next in action when they visit the Grizzlies Wednesday night in Victoria. 

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Dogs back home tonight to host Caps for rematch


It's the second meeting in as many nights between the teams, and the first this season at the Multiplex as the Bulldogs (4-5-1-1, 4th Island) host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (1-8-2-0, 5th Island)


The Bulldogs won the opener of this home and home set last night in Duncan, 2-1 in overtime, snapping a two game losing streak while pushing the Capitals to their eighth straight defeat.



I'll have the call once again tonight on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the proceedings getting going with our pregame show at 6:45, followed by all the game action at 7:00pm. Dan Tisserand will also be in the booth to provide team and individual statistics.





Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Kurt Gosselin, now into his Junior season with the NCAA's Univeristy of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. It's crazy to me, that Kurt is already into his third season at the NCAA level, as it doesn't feel like he's been gone for more than a year!






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Friday, October 13, 2017

Dogs comeback to top Capitals 2-1 in overtime





The Bulldogs put the first good attacking zone push on two minutes into the game, but Adam Marcoux came up with a couple of saves to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs kept pushing - but got caught with a tired group on the ice and spent too long in their zone that resulted in the Caps having some zone time, although the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of chances. The Bulldogs would have a couple of good looks on the rush in the first half of the period, but couldn't cash in on them. The Capitals would earn the first power play of the game 11 minutes in, but the Bulldog penalty killers were good as John Hawthorne only faced a single shot. After another good chance on the rush later in the period, the Bulldogs earned their first power play of the game. They had a couple of good looks, but couldn't capitalize on them as it remained scoreless through 20 minutes, with the shots being 9-7 Capitals.


The Bulldogs had a lightning quick start to the second, gaining the Capitals zone and buzzing around for a minute with a couple good pucks on net. The game remained scoreless near the midway point of the period, with a great save by Adam Marcoux on a Jackson Doucet chance set up by Cayden Kraus. The Capitals would open the scoring a minute later, on an extended scramble at the Dogs crease that saw John Hawhtorne appear to be body checked onto his rear end behind the goal line by Caleb Franklin allowing Alexandre Drapeau to put a wrister from the slot into the back of the net. Hawthorne appeared to be upset about it, but there wasn't much if any discussion between the Officials as the goal stood. Franklin would get the primary assist, with Landon Dziadyk drawing the second assist at 9:38 of the second. The game would take a drastic turn in the final six minutes of the period through a series of penalties. The first went to Isaac Tonkin-Palmer as he knocked a Capital down on a race to the net. Previously on the play Tonkin-Palmer had knocked a Capital down with a open ice hit that resulted in the Capital player jumping to his feet and throwing a series of head shots that went un-called. On the power play, Gregg Lee would finish his check on a Capital defender who was waiting for the puck to come to him on the boards. He didn't defend himself at all, and showed his back and then launched himself into the boards. Soon into the 5 on 3 Ryan Steele would shove a Capital from behind, who also didn't appear to think to defend himself on a race to the puck on the boards. Steele was also penalized, and ejected. All told, the Bulldogs would kill off 2:28 straight down two men, and the remainder down only one player. They gave up only two shots, and had a series of shot blocks. They also had a couple good looks while shorthanded, but they again couldn't beat Marcoux who was solid to keep it 1-0 Capitals after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 14-13 Bulldogs, for a 22-21 Caps lead after two.


The Bulldogs would be the beneficiaries of penalties to start the third, with Nicholas Wilson dropping the gloves and fighting with Darren Rizzolo - who never dropped the gloves. Wilson got a handful of punches in, but wouldn't get called for a one-man-fight, but instead he was given a double-minor for roughing. The Bulldogs did everything BUT score on the advantage, putting nine shots on net but being unable to find the back of it. They continued to push through the period, and were finally rewarded for it with less than five minutes to play as Sami Pharaon broke the play up in the Bulldog zone before dishing off to Darren Rizzolo on the right side of the zone. He would fire a perfect cross-ice outlet pass onto the tape of Jackson Doucet, who in turn fed a perfect pass to a streaking Keaton Mastrodonato behind the Capitals defence, where he raced in alone on a breakaway and beat Marcoux with a quick release, low blocker side to make it 1-1 at 15:26 of the third to force overtime. Shots in the third were 14-10 Bulldogs, for a 60 minute total in their favor of 35-32.


The Dogs had the first initial push to open overtime, but couldn't generate a good chance. They would get the winner just over two minutes into the extra frame when Sami Pharaon put a pass ahead for Cole Poliziani, who streaked over the line up the right side and behind the net before putting a perfect pass to the lip of the crease for Isaac Tonkin-Palmer who one-timed it through Marcoux for the 2-1 final.


Final shots were 36-33 Bulldogs, with John Hawthorne picking up the win while Adam Marcoux earned 1st star honours while taking the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 4.



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Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight to kick off home-and-home




It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, and the opener of a home-and-home set as the Bulldogs (3-5-1-1, 4th Island) visit the Capitals tonight at the Big Stick (1-8-1-0, 5th Island) before the teams meet again tomorrow night at the Dog Pound.


The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they lost their second in a row, 6-2 to the Trail Smoke Eaters. The Capitals last saw game action Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their seventh straight game, 4-3 to the Wenatchee Wild in overtime.



Catch Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm. Dan Tisserand will be on hand to compile team and individual statistics.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Justis Doucet, the play-by-play voice of the Capitals. Fun fact and a pretty unique story that I can't recall witnessing before - he's the older brother of Bulldog Forward Jackson Doucet.




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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Bulldogs drop second straight 6-2 to Smoke Eaters




The first couple of minutes were played at a high pace, with each team getting a puck on net. A nasty knee on knee hit on Michael Sacco at the Trail line that knocked him out of the game I guess wasn't glaring enough for any of the four Officials to notice, as no call was made. The Smoke Eaters would open the scoring a minute later on a bad turnover at the attacking blue line resulting in an odd-man rush the other way that saw Carter Jones put a drop pass onto the tape of a trailing Jeremy Lucchini who walked untouched into the deep slot where he ripped a perfect wrist shot top corner, long-side over the glove of Colten Lancaster. Tyler Ghiradosi also drew an assist on the play at 7:04 of the first. The Bulldogs had a great looking chance on an odd-man rush to respond, but one pass too many resulted in no shot on net. The Smoke Eaters would earn the game's first power play a minute later, and cashed in on it to lead 2-0 on a tough luck bounce saw a Jeremy Lucchini wrist shot deflect off a Bulldog stick to perfectly find the bottom corner, long-side low glove on Lancaster. Ross Armour drew the lone assist at 10:36. It was a 3-0 game before you could blink as Braeden Tuck stole the puck from the last defender back in the Dogs zone to skate in on a breakaway where he deked one home on the forehand past Lancaster, un-assisted at 11:02 of the first to bring about a goalie change, although Lancaster certainly wasn't to blame. The Bulldogs would earn their first power play chance a minute later, and looked to perhaps be deserving of a 5 on 3 when Keaton Mastrodonato was drilled head-first into the glass from behind, but no arms went up. They couldn't cash in on it, but earned another power play late in the period. It would go from bad to worse on the advantage, as they conceded their first shorthanded goal of the season when Jacob Yuris fed Carter Jones in the Dogs zone where he walked in tight and snapped one home short-side past the blocker of a screened John Hawhtorne to make it 4-0, with Tyler Ghiradosi also drawing an assist at 16:20 of the first. Despite the big hole, the Bulldogs didn't show any signs of packing it in as they generated a couple great chances around the Smokies net throughout the remainder of the period, but couldn't get one to go.


Shots in the first favoured Trail 15-14.


The Bulldogs played inspired hockey to start the second, rarely leaving the attacking zone while running up a 5-0 edge in shots on goal, although they didn't generate a Grade A chance. A hard to watch sequence would see the Bulldogs penalized before the puck drop, as Cayden Kraus was immediately kicked out of the faceoff circle. Isaac Tonkin-Palmer would then jump twice and also be kicked out of the circle, bringing about a delay of game penalty. The Smoke Eaters would cash in on the chance in the first 30 seconds of it, with a cross-crease pass being tapped into a wide open cage by Ross Armour, with Blaine Caton and Kale Howarth assisting at 5:52 of the second. The Bulldogs would again fail to fold the tent, finally getting on the board just a minute and change later as Jackson Doucet followed up a great missed chance to walk out from behind the net where he picked the top corner, short-side high past the glove of Tanner Marshall to make it 5-1 from Ryan Steele and Keaton Mastrodonato at 7:09 of the second. The Dogs unfortunately couldn't make use of the momentum, as just seconds later it was 6-1 when a turnover at the attacking line saw a defenceman caught and an odd-man rush the other way that resulted in a breakaway for Andre Ghantous that he finished with a nice backhand deke past Hawthorne. Assists on the play went to Blaine Caton and Seth Barton at 7:58 of the second. There would be no scoring through the remainder of the period, largely thanks to the Bulldog penalty kill that was called upon four consecutive instances. A great chance at the buzzer saw Ryan Steele race in on a shorthanded breakaway, but he couldn't find the net. Shots in the period were 11-10 Trail, for a 26-24 advantage after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs killed off a final penalty to start the third period, and then earned a man advantage of their own that they connected on to make it a 6-2 when Grayson Valente found Sami Pharaon on the left half-wall of the Trail zone. He would put a perfect pass through the seam to the slot for Paul Selleck, who snapped a quick release top corner, glove side on Marshall at 2:50 into the third. The Dogs were gifted a power play soon afterwards, when Kale Howarth - in my opnion at least - accidentally flipped the puck over the glass after an off-side call. He would be called for delay of game, but the Dogs unfortunately couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. There was no scoring through the rest of the period.


Third period shots were 16-8 Bulldogs, for a 40-32 game total in their favour. Colten Lancaster took the loss in giving up three goals before being relieved by John Hawthorne while Tanner Marshall picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while Trail went 2 for 6.

 

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Dogs back home tonight to host Smokies, Eric Margo interview




It's the first visit of the season by and Interior Division team to the Multiplex tonight, as the Bulldogs (3-4-1-1) host the Trail Smoke Eaters (6-2-1-0) for a 7:00pm puck drop.

The Bulldogs were in Nanaimo last night, where they fell 2-1 to the Clippers in double overtime. The Smoke Eaters were also in action last night in Powell River, where they began a three-in-three weekend by having their five game winning streak halted with a 5-3 loss to the Kings.

After making the playoffs for the first time in a handful of seasons last year, and advancing to the second round for the first time in a decade, the Smoke Eaters are off to a - pardon the pun - smoking start to the season. They've had both team and individual early success, as going into last night they had a 6-1-1 record, and had the top three scorers in the league in Ross Armour, Kale Howarth and Levi Glasman respectively. The Bulldogs will need to be at their absolute best if they want to finish their weekend with two big points.




Along with the above details, the Bulldogs will also be hosting a BBQ to raise funds starting at 5:30, so have dinner outside the rink!




All the action form the Multiplex can be heard on 93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Van Isle Ford.  It's on the air at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00.

I'll cover the hosting and play-by-play, while Bruce MacDonald provides the colour commentary and analysis. 






Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Captain Eric Margo, who's into his Sophomore season of his CIS career with the Queen's University Gaels. He's the first in what will be a season-long series of alumni interviews, as I do my best to catch up with former Bulldogs still involved with the game at a Collegiate or Professional level, whenever I can track them down and whenever they can spare some time! 

Margo scored one of the most memorable recent goals in Bulldog history, an OT winner in the playoffs to stave off elimination with the Dogs in a 3-0 series hole. They would come all the way back to force a game seven, only to give up the winner in the back half of third period to lose a heartbreaker.






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Friday, October 06, 2017

Dogs fall 2-1 in double OT to Clippers



For a game that had but one whistle in the first four minutes, the start was still somewhat slow with not much in the way of shots either way. Action would pick up in a hurry though, with the Clippers opening the scoring due to poor zone coverage by the Bulldogs that saw Jake Harris set up on the door step with no one around him and nothing but time as he had John Hawthorne down and out before tucking a backhand home into the yawning cage. Assists on the play went to Tristan Crozier and Jack MacNab at 6:13 of the first. The Bulldogs would push back immediately, drawing a penalty less than half a minute later. They would look sharp on the first minute of the advantage, with Austin Roden forced to make a couple good saves to protect the lead. He would have no chance in the dying seconds of the power play on a pretty set up that saw Darren Rizzolo take a pass from Sami Pharaon at the top of the point, before dishing off to Ryan Steele on the right wing wall. He would put a hard cross-seam pass to the left faceoff dot for Brandon Bergado, who one-timed it home short-side before Roden could get over to make it 1-1 at 8:36 of the first. There would be no scoring the rest of the way, with each side having their chances but both goalies keeping it tied into the room after 20 minutes. Shots favoured Nanaimo 9-5.


The Dogs began the second period with an early power play, but couldn't make it count despite a couple good looks. They would then be penalized back to back, but killed them both off, with Hawthorne forced to make one really good save with his right toe on a set up to the front of the net for Jack MacNab. The Bulldogs had a great chance to take the lead on a shorthanded breakaway for Cole Poliziani, but Roden appeared to just get a chunk of the shot with his glove to force it off the crossbar. The Bulldogs earned a power play later in the period, and for the first minute had a couple good looks, most notably a backdoor set up for Connor Welsh that somehow didn't find the back of the net. The Clippers would push for extended periods on several instances in the back half of the period but the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of shots, although the Clippers did have a couple of dangerous looking scrambles in the crease on jam in attempts from below the goal line.

Shots in the period were 12-8 Clippers, for a 21-13 edge after two.


The Bulldogs spent the better part of the first couple of minutes in the third in their end, and while not giving up much on net it did eventually lead to a penalty. The Bulldogs would kill it off, and not give up much. At the conclusion of the penalty, Christian Simeone would exit the box and skate in on a breakaway, but Roden made the save as Simeone took a hard hack over the arm. It looked like the Bulldogs might have earned a power play soon afterwards, when Michael Sacco was tackled but no arms went up. The Dogs would again be penalized later in the period, but once again came up with a solid kill. The Dogs would earn a power play later in the period on an equally soft call, but they couldn't cash in. Another big Bulldog penalty kill with just over three minutes to play would protect the 1-1 score. They would have a good chance to win it with less than 3 seconds to play on an odd-man rush that saw Christian Simeone cross the attacking zone before putting a shot on net that was gloved down by Roden. Third period shots were 13-7 Nanaimo for a 60 minute total of 34-20 Clippers. 

The first overtime didn't see much in the way of wide-open chances, but each goalie being solid when tested. Double overtime would see the Dogs having a good look on a partial breakaway by Ryan Steele, but he couldn't get a good chance away. The Dogs would threaten on the rush later in double OT, but Roden came up with a good save on Cayden Kraus. The puck would turn back the other way, and the Dogs couldn't dig in enough on the backcheck as Cal Babych gained the attacking zone before dishing off to David Melaragni to skated in alone and deked home the winner low glove side on Hawthorne at 1:47 of double OT for the game winner. 

Overtime shots were 9-3 Clippers, for a game total of 43-23 Clippers. John Hawthorne picked up 2nd star honours with the loss while Austin Roden picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 5. 


The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters. 


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Bulldogs meet Clippers tonight in Nanaimo


A week to the day since they last saw each other, these two teams do it again tonight as the Bulldogs (3-4-0-1) make the quick trip over the hump to visit the Clippers (4-3-0-1) at the Frank Crane Arena.


It's the third meeting between the teams this season, with the first two being split. The Clippers won meeting one on Night one of the season, 5-3 on September 8th. The Bulldogs responded with a 5-4 win last Friday at home.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, as they wrapped up a three in three weekend with a 4-3 overtime win over the Langley Rivermen. The Clippers last played Saturday night at home, where they lost their second in a row, 4-3 to the Vernon Vipers. The Clippers will no doubt have a bee in their bonnet with the way this contest played out, as they were penalized seven straight times to open the game. After taking leads of 2-1 and 3-2, the Vipers tied it both times on the man advantage before then scoring the winner on the power play for the final dagger with less than a minute to play.



If you can't get yourself to the Frank Crane Arena, rest assured that we'll do our best to make you feel like you're there on 93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet.


The proceedings get going with the pregame show at 6:45 with the play-by-play to follow the 7:00pm puck drop with myself and Bruce MacDonald providing the play-by-play and analysis while Dan Tisserand compiles team and player statistics.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Wylie Henderson, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Trail Smoke Eaters, who visit the Multiplex tomorrow night. 




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Sunday, October 01, 2017

VIDEO - Bulldogs 4 Rivermen 3 in OT






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Dogs top Rivermen 4-3 in OT





From the opening puck drop, the game was played with a physical edge as each team took the body, led by the Rivermen with a hard hit on the forecheck just seconds into the game. The pace was high and end to end, but then slowed when the Dogs were penalized for holding the stick in the attacking zone. They would successfully kill it, but couldn't push at the other end to gain momentum before being penalized again, but they again successfully killed it off. In the late stages of the period John Hawthorne made a good save on a one-timer set up to the slot for Trevor Ayre. The Bulldogs would respond to open the scoring with less than three minutes to play in the period when Paul Selleck threw the puck to the slot in the Dogs zone for Connor Welsh, who head-manned it for Brandon Bergado to create a 3 on 1 rush up the right side. Bergado would keep the puck all the way and then snap one home short-side inside the post glove side on Chad Cromar to make it 1-0 at 17:44 of the first. The Dogs earned a power play on the next whistle on a big dust up at the Bulldog net, and while they looked really good on it for half a minute, they took another penalty to cancel their advantage out. During 4-on-4 hockey Darren Rizzolo lost the puck when he walked across the Langley zone and took a series of slashes. A breakaway would result for Daneel Lategan, but Hawthorne stared him down and made not only the first save, but a rebound chance as well with his left pad. The Bulldogs would be penalized again when play continued, putting them down another man when the second period started.


Shots in the first were 13-9 Langley.


The Bulldogs kill stood tall to start the second, killing off the 38 second two-man advantage by Langley with a couple good saves made by John Hawthorne. Another good Hawthorne save on a 2 on 1 rush with his left toe a minute and change later kept it a 1-0 game. The Dogs would earn a power play later in the first half of the period, and after two or three great chances in front were kept out by Cromar, they found the net to double their lead when Jackson Doucet fed the puck to the top of the point to Mitch Oliver. He would get a quick release on goal that was deflected home through Cromar by Keaton Mastrodonato to make it 2-0 at 6:33 of the second. On the next whistle, the Dogs were penalized, but they again killed it off. The Rivermen pushed and won a series of faceoffs in the Dogs end and were rewarded for it with a rink wide pass thrown on net by Sean Gulka that hit the post before sitting in the crease where it was battled home by Nicholas Ponak at 8:27 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play two minutes later, but the Rivermen did a good job of killing it off. Another Bulldog power play late in the period was four minutes in duration after Ryan Steele was cut by a Langley high stick. The Dogs didn't score on the first half of it, but threatened. Another high stick on a face off made it a 5 on 3 power play, and they didn't take long to capitalize on it as Connor Welsh returned a Mitch Oliver pass to him at the top of the slot where he once again put a quick release on net that beat Cromar low blocker-side to make it 3-1 at 19:27 of the second, with Jackson Doucet also assisting.


Shots in the period were 14-12 Langley, for a 27-21 Rivermen lead after two. 


The Dogs began the third period on the power play, but couldn't cash in on it. They would go back to the power play after a warning to the Langley bench wasn't heeded, and a Bench Minor was handed out. The Dogs couldn't again cash in on it before taking a penalty that led to a major dust up and a long delay and a huge list of penalties. The Rivermen would immediately make it 3-2 on a controversial goal as a puck was thrown on net from the left side that was stopped by Hawthorne, but it went up high in the air and over the crossbar. Ethan Leyh would cross behind the net and from the opposite post bat it in out of the air. I thought it was a high stick, but a well-positioned Referee immediately signaled goal. The only assist on the play went to Trevor Ayre. The Rivermen would gai momentum, and pushed for an extended period and finally got a bounce to tie it up when Spencer Berry threw the puck to the crease from the bottom of the left circle where it appeared to go off a Bulldog forward and in. Trevor St. Jean drew the first assist, and John Wojciechowski at 9:41 of the third. Langley would have an immediate chance to get the go-ahead marker, but Hawthorne kept his left pad down on the ice to stop a Trevor Ayre stuff-in attempt to keep it out. The Dogs would get their feet underneath them and push back, but couldn't find the net. They would then be penalized with four minutes to play, but came up with a  big kill before drawing a penalty of their own. Neither team found the net the rest of the way as the game went to sudden death overtime. Third period shots were 17-11 Bulldogs, for a 39-38 lead after 60 minutes.


The Rivermen had initial possession and a push to start OT, but the Dogs answered with a great first chance on a Cayden Kraus rush. They would end the game on the next shift when a faceoff win was put up the middle for Ryan Steele by Mitch Oliver. He would race up the left wing over the Langley line into the left circle where he snapped a shot on goal that was stopped by Cromar, but the rebound flew off his left pad and cross-ice onto the body of Brandon Bergado - who had beat his man to the net - and into the open side before Bergado was taken into the net by the Langley defender. The Referee was in position, and immdiately called it a goal. After a short conference between all four Officials at centre ice the call stood, for a 4-3 final at 2:53 of overtime.


Shots in overtime were 4-1 Bulldogs, for a game total of 43-39 Dogs. John Hawthorne picked up 1st star honours with the win, while Chad Cromar was named 3rd star in a losing effort. The Dogs were - unofficially 2 for 9 on the power play while Langley went 0 for 7.


The Dogs are next in action Friday in Nanaimo.

Hammer

Bulldogs host Rivermen today for Matinee affair


It's the end of a busy weekend for the Dogs (2-4-0-1) as they play their third game in two and a half days when they host the Mainland Division's Langley Rivermen (3-1-3-0)


The Bulldogs were in Powell River last night, where they fell 4-1 to the Kings following Friday's 5-4 win over the Clippers. The Rivermen have had a busy week themselves - they picked up a 5-2 win at home on Tuesday night over the West Kelowna Warriors before heading to the Island last night when they visited the Grizzlies at the Q Centre where they forced overtime with a late two-goal rally to fall 4-3



Don't miss a minute of the action on 93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford, with the pregame show on the air at 1:45 with the play-by-play to follow at 2:00pm with myself and Bruce MacDonald providing the play-by-play and analysis.


Today's 2nd Intermission guest is Bulldog Educational Advisor Tom McEvay, about all things related to what he does in helping the organization and the players further their education and hockey careers. Tom was front and centre all last week at the BCHL Showcase meeting with a plethora of scouts and coaches from the NCAA, NHL, CIS and other various leagues and levels of hockey and schools.  




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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dogs fall 4-1 to Kings




The opening minutes saw the Bulldogs and Kings playing at a different pace, as the Kings were in an extra gear and the Dogs were trying to keep up. The Bulldogs were penalized just short of three minutes in, and the Kings made quick work of the man advantage as Kyle Kawamura ripped a cross-ice pass from Jonny Evans short-side past the blocker of Colten Lancaster from the top of the left circle. Gavin Rauser also drew an assist at 3:08 of the first. The Dogs continued to chase the game over the following minutes, but did a good job of bending and not breaking as Lancaster was good when needed with a series of pucks on net as the Kings ran up a 7-0 lead in shots. The Dogs finally tested Mitch Adamyk just short of seven minutes into the game, and then had a strong push back shift in the attacking zone when they threatened but couldn't equalize. They looked certain to have earned their first power play of the game in the following minutes when Darren Rizzolo was drilled from behind/boarded with an Official having a front row seat to the infraction, but no arms went up. The rest of the period was fairly evenly played, save for the two further Kings power play chances they were awarded. While they threatened on them, the Dogs did a good job to kill them and keep in the game to trail just 1-0 after 20 minutes, with the shots being 13-6 Kings. 


The start to the second was somewhat similar to the first, as the Dogs weren't crisp with the puck and it came back to bite them as a pass up the middle out of their zone as Josh Coblenz picked it off and threw it at the net where Ben Berard got a stick on it to tip it off the blocker of Lancaster, off the post, and then in to make it 2-0 at 1:53 of the first. The Bulldogs did a good job in my opinion of not letting the early-period goal deflate them, as they fought back to finally earn a call the other way. The first minute of the power play didn't look good, as the Dogs were loose with the puck in their end and didn't get going with any pace. When they did gain the zone, they found the back of the net as Michael Sacco fed the puck back to the left point for Connor Welsh. He would go D-to-D across the line to the right point to Mitch Oliver, who snapped a quick release at the net that beat a screened Adamyk blocker side to make it 2-1 at 5:40 of the second. The remainder of the period was hotly contested and played at a high pace, but there was no scoring. Each team had a Grade A chance, with Adamyk robbing Brad Ong with his glove on a open net set up by Christian Simeone and Michael Sacco. At the other end later in the period Colten Lancaster kept the Dogs down just by one when he came up with a big breakaway save on Kevin Obssuth. 


Shots in the period were 11-8 Bulldogs, for a 21-17 Kings advantage after 40 minutes. 



The Bulldog power play to start the third was somewhat similar to their earlier advantage, however without the same result as they struggled in their zone to move it cleanly and wasted precious time. When in the zone, they did create a couple good looks but couldn't cash in. Another power play later in the period saw them create some looks, but they didn't push enough to get a bounce to tie it. At the other end, Colten Lancaster came up with another game-saver on a breakaway by Ethan Kimball where he undressed a defenceman and got in alone where Lancaster dragged his left toe to keep it out and keep the Dogs within one. A tough penalty to take that saw sticks up away from the puck put the Kings to the power play where they would connect to all but put the game away when Carmine Buono put a high wrist shot through traffic from the top of the point that beat a screened Lancaster glove side to make it 3-1 at 12:52 of the third. The Dogs couldn't get back into it, and were penalized again with just over two minutes to play to all but halt any comeback chances. They did push to the final minute, winning an attacking zone draw to create a 2 on 1 rush that saw Adamyk come up with a blocker save on Michael Sacco. The Dogs couldn't get the puck back before Kevin Obssuth took a Josh Coblenz pass at neutral ice where he hit the empty net for the power play marker to make it a 4-1 final at 19:24 with Josh Coblenz and Mitch Adamyk assisting. 


Third period shots were 10-10, for a game total of 31-27 Kings. The Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Kings were 3 for 5. 


The Dogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Langley Rivermen for a 2:00pm puck drop. 


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Bulldogs visit Kings tonight in Powell River for 5:00 start



It's the first meeting of the season between these Island Division rivals, as the Bulldogs (2-3-0-1) visit the Kings (4-1-1-0) in Powell River at the Hap Parker Arena.


The Bulldogs of course were in action last night at home, where they picked up an entertaining 5-4 win over the Nanaimo Clippers. The Kings meanwhile had last night off, as this is their only action of the weekend. They were last on the ice in Chilliwack at the Showcase on Saturday in Chilliwack where they had a three game winning streak halted with a 4-2 loss to the Trail Smoke Eaters. 





If you can't make it to Powell River, I'll bring all the action from inside the cozy confines of the Hap Parker Arena home to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Once again note the unique start time of 5:00, which means the pregame show will be on the air at 4:45.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Mike "Boiler" Bordignon, the play-by-play voice of the Langley Rivermen, who the Dogs host tomorrow for a 2:00pm puck drop at the Dog Pound.






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Friday, September 29, 2017

UPDATE - HIGHLIGHTS ADDED... Dogs top Clippers 5-4

Video highlights from tonight's game - sorry there aren't more included, I need to try and hit the hay...early bus tomorrow morning! 

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The pace was high from the opening puck drop in this one, with the Clippers having an early push in the first four minutes with a handful of pucks thrown on net turned aside by John Hawthorne. The Bulldogs pushed back almost immediately, with Cole Poliziani having the best chance on a clear-cut breakaway only to have Noah Featherstonehaugh Gowe come up with a big glove save to keep it scoreless. The Dogs kept the push on, but it came back to bite them as they got caught over agressively pushing and gave up a long 2 on 1 as a result that saw Brady Lynn keep the puck up the ring wing and over the Dogs line to the top of the circle and in tight where he put a perfect snap shot off the post and in, long-side past the blocker of Hawthorne. Assists went to Brad Belisle and Preston Brodziak at 6:40 of the first. The Dogs didn't appear to sag after the goal against, as they pushed back and got the equalizer with just under seven minutes to play in the period when Brandon Bergado stole the puck on the forecheck off a lost faceoff and put it perfectly to the slot for Paul Selleck where he snapped a quick release high past the glove of  Featherstonehaugh Gowe to make it 1-1 at 13:18 of the first. The Dogs would end up in penalty trouble immediately afterwards, with one call being followed by another 42 seconds later that saw Darren Rizzolo ejected for a hit from behind. The Clippers came close early in the 5 on 3, ringing a shot off the post, but the Dogs killed the rest off beautifully with Michael Sacco making a great play to block a shot to clear the puck and salt precious time off the clock. Late in the period after what looked like a couple calls were missed, the Dogs earned a power play of their own. They had a couple good looks, but couldn't capitalize on them, before the Clippers were sent to the box again with less than five seconds to play in the period when a trip and a dive cancelled each other out, but an unsportsmanlike conduct call was then tacked on. 

Shots in the period were 18-16 Bulldogs. 

The Dogs made the Clippers pay for the extra penalty as they cashed in on it just 44 seconds into the period. Connor Welsh made a series of great plays at the left point to keep the puck in the zone, before sneaking in to put a backdoor set up on net that was picked out of mid air with the paddle of the goal stick by Featherstonehaugh Gowe. Welsh didn't give up on the play, and banked the loose puck in from behind the goal line to make it 2-1. Assists on the play went to Michael Sacco and Jackson Doucet. The Dogs would protect their lead with a penalty kill, and then build it later in the period with another power play goal as they worked the puck around the zone beautifully on a series of squences before Mitchell Oliver got a shot through from the right point that was stopped by the Clipper netminder, but he couldn't control the rebound as Keaton Mastrodonato lifted it home from the side of the crease for his first career goal to make it 3-1 at 11:01 of the second with Jackson Doucet and Mitch Oliver drawing the assists. The Dogs had a couple good chances around the net to build their lead over the following minutes, but the Clippers held on before getting back into it on a turnover by the Dogs in their zone resulting in a breakaway for Jamie Collins who made no mistake with a beautiful backhand, top corner over the glove of Hawthorne to make it 3-2 at 17:52 of the second. 

Shots in the period were again 18-16 Bulldogs in the period for a 40 minute total of 35-32. 

The Dogs struck early in the third to take their two-goal lead back, as Cayden Kraus got help on a battle on the left wing wall in the Nanaimo zone to keep the puck in. He then walked across the zone before dropping it to the top of the point for Tyson Slater, who snapped a quick shot on goal that was deflected home through the legs of Featherstonehaugh Gowe by Keaton Mastrodonato for his second of the game to make it 4-2 Dogs at 2:32 of the third. The Dogs pressed, but the Clippers again wouldn't go away as they dug back into it to make it 4-3 on an extended attacking zone shift that saw the puck thrown to the front of the net where it was stopped by Hawthorne, but the loose puck bounced off traffic across the crease where it was found and lifted home by Jamie Collins for his second of the game at 7:26 of the third with assists going to Brad Belisle and Vincent Millette. The Clippers put on a strong push over the following minutes looking for the equalizer but the Dogs didn't break as Hawthorne was good when called upon. The Bulldogs would push back themselves, and again took a two-goal lead at the end of a fantastic attacking zone shift that went on for what felt like forever, as Isaac Tonkin-Palmer and Cole Poliziani along with Cayden Kraus moved the puck magnificently around the attacking zone before Kraus chased the puck down behind the net and walked out near side and got on his forehand where he snuck one home short-side to make it 5-3 at 15:41 of the third. The Dogs had a couple of opportunities to put the game away over the following minutes, but it was instead the Clippers that refused to go away, making it a one-goal game with less than a minute to play after a couple of Bulldog misses on an empty net. Jamie Collins would take a perfect pass from Tristan Crozier - although he didn't get credit for it - and walked in alone down the left side in tight where he lifted a backhand home over Hawthorne to make it 5-4 at 19:26 of the third, with Jeremy Gervais drawing the only assist on the play. The Clippers would come no closer over the remainder of regulation, as the Dogs forced them into an icing to seal the deal. 

Third period shots were 16-13 Nanaimo, for a game total of 49-47 Bulldogs with John Hawthorne picking up the win while Noah Feathstonehaugh Gowe took the loss. The Dogs went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 7. 

The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night in Powell River for a 5:00pm puck drop. 






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