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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dogs top Centennials 5-4 in overtime



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The Bulldogs earned a power play in the first minute of the game, but couldn't cash in on it. They would take a 1-0 lead soon afterwards as they went end-to-end off a faceoff win in their zone by Ryan Steele. Keith Anderson would put a perfect rink wide outlet onto the tape of Henry Marshall, who flew up the left wing and over the Merritt line where he beat Colton Lancaster with a short-side slapper from the top of the left circle at 3:20 of the first. The Dogs kept up the pressure, taking a 2-0 lead four minutes later while shorthanded, as Jake Witkowski intercepted a pass in the Merritt zone and walked into the right circle where he scored on a perfectly placed shot, top corner, short-side high off the back bar at 7:47 of the period. The Dogs looked for more on the power play four minutes later, but it was instead the Centennials that answered while shorthanded as a pass from behind the goal line in the attacking zone failed to connect in the slot, and a defenceman stepped up at the line and missed, resulting in a breakaway. Brody Claeys would get a good piece of it, but it just trickled through his legs and over the line with Michael Regush scoring it, un-assisted and shorthanded at 11:50 of the first to make it 2-1. The Bulldogs would immediately respond with a huge goal, as Spencer Hunter forced a turnover with a big hit on the forecheck. Kyle Kaufmann would find the puck on the left wing wall and put a crisp centering pass onto the tape of Affiliate Player Stratton Pickett, who blasted a one-timer long side past the glove of Lancaster to make it 3-1 at 12:32 of the first as the Centennials made a goaltender change. The Dogs came close to taking a three goal lead at the buzzer while on the power play on a rebound in front, but Jacob Berger came up with a diving desperation glove save to keep it 3-1 Dogs after one, with the shots 12-11 Centennials.

The second period was played at breakneck pace, with not much in the way of whistles. The Dogs didn't capitalize early on a carry-over power play, and then came up with a solid penalty kill to protect their lead, with Brody Claeys making two good saves on Henry Cleghorn. The Dogs held their lead through the midway point of the period, but the Centennials continued to push and made it a one-goal game on the rush on a quick regroup in their zone and a head-man pass by Mike Faulker up the left wing for Zach Court. He would gain the line and drop it for Tyler Ward, who blasted a shot top corner, far-side over the glove of Claeys to make it 3-2 at 13:30 of the second. Less than two minutes later it was a tie game on a somewhat similar goal as the Cents pushed the pace and backed the Dogs into their zone, as Zach Risteau found Michael Regush up the right wing. He would in turn put a drop pass onto the tape of Zach Court, who walked in tight and beat Claeys with a wrist shot, far-side through his blocker arm to tie it at 3-3 at 15:59 of the period. The Dogs would be penalized a minute later for too-many-men, but came up with a critical kill to keep it tied, and came a post away from taking the lead when Nicholas Rasovic beat Berger but hit iron and it stayed out. Shots in the period favoured the Cents 12-7 for a 40 minute advantage of 24-18.

The Bulldogs would take their lead back just over five minutes into the third, as Cameron Kuhl made a good hit at the Dogs line to knock the puck free. Trevor Cosgrove would find it and snap a perfect stretch pass up the middle on the tape of Jake Witkowski. He would accelerate over the Merritt line and walk into the high slot where he snapped a quick release, low far side past Berger to make it 4-3 at 5:10 of the third. The Dogs unfortunately couldn't build on it, as just over a minute later they coughed it up in their zone up the middle. An initial shot was blocked, but a scramble in the slot saw Stephen Seeger locate and fire it past the blocker save of Claeys to make it 4-4 as Seeger removed his glove to salute Jaromir Jagr style. Zach Risteau and Cade Gleekel assisted at 6:31 of the third. The teams would continue to push the pace, but there wasn't much in the way of wide open chances. The Centennials would be awarded a power play with seven minutes and change to play in the third, but the Dogs came up with a huge kill to keep it tied and force overtime. Third period shots favoured Merritt 9-4 for a 60 minute advantage of 33-22.

The Centennials would control the puck in the first shift of overtime, and have a fantastic chance to win it when Seeger was set up all alone in front on Claeys. There would be no showboat salute this time, as Claeys came up with a game saver with his glove to keep the game going. The Dogs would win it with 10 seconds to play in OT as Brody Claeys made a blocker save and Trevor Cosgrove batted the puck out of midair and out of the Dogs zone. Mackenzie Wight would chase it down over the Merritt line up the right wing before dropping it to the top of the right circle for Jake Witkowski, who completed the hat trick with a top corner, short-side game winner over the glove of Berger at 4:50 of overtime for the 5-4 final.

Overtime shots favoured the Dogs 5-3, for a game total of 33-27 Centennials, with Brody Claeys picking up the win while Jacob Berger took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play and also scored once shorthanded. The Centennials went 0 for 5 on the power play and also scored once shorthanded.

With the win, the Dogs snap a three game losing streak, and are now just a single point begind the Nanaimo Clippers for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Island Division with two games in hand.

The Dogs are next in action Friday and Saturday, when they visit and host the Clippers for a huge home and home set.

Hammer

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dogs conclude marathon roadie today in Merritt



It's the conclusion of a three-in-three weekend and a four game week today for the Bulldogs (13-21-5-2, 5th Island) as they travel to Merritt to face the Centennials (16-17-7-2, 5th Interior) at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Bulldogs were in Penticton last night, where they lost their third in a row 6-0 to the Vees.  The Centennials are also playing their third game in three days today as they were in action Friday at home where they picked up a 3-2 win over the Vees. They were in Vernon last night, where they won their second in a row 2-1 over the Vipers in double overtime.

These teams last met Sunday, November 5th - a huge game for the Bulldogs as they not only picked up two points by topping the Centennials 3-1, they also snapped an 11 game losing streak in the process.

Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM begins with the pregame show at 1:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 2:00.





Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Eric Therrien, playing his third season with the NCAA's Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons.




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Hammer


Dogs drop third straight, 6-0 to Vees in Penticton


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

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The Bulldogs came out flat much like last night in Wenatchee, as through the first three plus minutes they chased the play and gave away the puck on numerous occasions in their end resulting in Carson Schamerhorn being forced to be good to keep it scoreless early. The Vees would open the scoring soon afterwards, on a goal that was initially waved off at the net by Referee Grant Tyson. As would be the Dogs luck, the SOEC is one of just two buildings in the BCHL that has a video review set up - and for the first time since the system's inception it over turned a call on the ice to make it 1-0 Vees at 6:23 of the first. The goal was scored by Matt Gosiewski, who roofed an end-board bounce top corner, far-side just inside the post off a Mitch Meek point shot that went wide, stick-side on Schamerhorn. Taylor Ward also drew an assist on the play. The Dogs earned a power play opportunity soon afterwards, but despite a couple of good looks they couldn't generate the equalizer. The Vees would take a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds later, as Grant Cruikshank threw the puck on net from the right half-wall that was stopped by Schamerhorn. The rebound would appear to go off a defender before Nicholas Jones pounced on it and lifted it past a desperate dive by Schamerhorn to make it 2-0 at 10:48 of the first. The Vees continued to push, and the Dogs continued to chase the game, with Carson Schamerhorn keeping them in it, with the Vees out shooting the Dogs 18-5 through 20 minutes.

The Dogs began the second period on the power play, and had a good look on a loose puck in the crease but it looked like Matthew Robson got his right toe on it to keep it out. At the conclusion of the power play, Owen Sillinger would be hauled down on a breakaway, that was surprisingly only called a hook as Darren Rizzolo hauled him down. The Dogs would kill it to keep in the game, but throughout the period failed to do much to threaten, save for one good attacking zone shift of a long duration that saw a series of good looks, but no pucks getting on net as shots either missed wide or were blocked by the Vees. Penticton would be awarded a power play later in the period, on what might have been a high stick, but was certainly over sold by a late head snap. The Vees would make quick work of it, connecting just 16 seconds into the advantage as Chris Klack fed the puck from the right side to the top of the point to Johnny Tychonick, who put a perfect pass into the tape of Taylor Sanhei inside the right circle where he put a perfect one-timer short-side past Schamerhorn to make it 3-0 at 14:34 of the second. The Vees would get a breakaway on the next shift, with Schamerhorn coming up with the save, but just seconds later it was 4-0 as Joe Leahy walked over the Dogs line up the left side and beat Schamerhorn with a short-side slapper that might've been deflected off a defender's stick. No assists were given on the play at 15:14 of the second as Brody Claeys entered the game in relief off the bench. He would be tested early and often through the end of the period, coming up with two ridiculous saves on the doorstep in desperation efforts on Grant Cruikshank to keep it respectable after 40 minutes. The Vees out shot the Dogs 12-7 in the period, for a two period advantage of 30-12.

The Bulldogs showed some positive signs early in the third, getting pucks on net and showing some signs of desperation. The Vees would tilt the ice short of the midway point of the period though, getting the Dogs back on their heels and spending long periods defending in their zone as Carson Schamerhorn - who started the third period - kept the Dogs in it with a series of saves around his net. The Vees would earn a power play in the late stages of the game, and connected on it to make it 5-0 as Mitch Meek took a pass from the bottom of the right circle that he one-timed top corner off the tip of Schamerhorn's glove. Grant Cruikshank would draw the only assist at 16:30 of the third. The Dogs would get caught pressing trying to get on the board a minute later, and gave up a breakaway to Nicholas Jones that he made no mistake on with a five-hole deke on Schamerhorn to make it 6-0, with Duncan Campbell assisting at 17:39 of the third for the eventual final score.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 12-11 for a game total of 41-24 Vees with Carson Schamerhorn taking the loss in net while Matthew Robson picked up the win and third star honours with the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Vees went 1 for 4.

The Dogs will try to snap a three game losing streak tomorrow when they visit the Centennials for a 2:00pm puck drop in Merritt.

Hammer

Dogs back in Canada tonight to face Vees in Penticton

It's the second and final regular season meeting between these clubs tonight as the Vees (30-9-1-0, 1st Interior) host the Bulldogs (13-20-5-2, 5th Island) at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton for a 6:00pm puck drop.

The Bulldogs were in Wenatchee last night, where they lost their second in a row, 4-1 to the Wild. While the Dogs have had a busy week, the Vees have as well as this is their third game of the week.

They were in Merritt last night where they fell 3-2 to the Centennials. They were also in action Wednesday night at home, where they snapped a two game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors.

These teams last met on September 17th at the Dog Pound, which feels like LAST season already - a 2-1 Bulldog win.
Note the start time of 6:00pm, which means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey takes to the airwaves at 5:45 for the pregame show, with the game action to follow, all on 93.3 The Peak FM.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Mantar Bhandal, play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101 in Merritt, who the Dogs visit for a 2:00pm puck drop tomorrow. 





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Hammer

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dogs drop second straight 4-1 in Wenatchee




CREDIT: Russ Alman, Digital Media Northwest


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

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The pace was fast from the opening puck drop , with the Dogs getting a fantastic chance inside the first minute as Tristan Bukovec picked off a pass and skated in on a clear-cut breakaway. As he got in on Anthony Yamnitski, he would be both hooked and hacked while in the act of shooting, and couldn't even get a shot away. Somehow, neither of the Referees deemed it worth a penalty. The Bulldogs would be penalized soon afterwards, and killed it off with the killers standing tall and Brody Claeys making a big point blank save on Slava Demin in front. The Wild would be penalized later in the period for too-many-men, and while the Bulldogs spent the first part of the power play fighting the puck, they spent the back half of it moving it around confidently in the Wild end. It would lead to a goal just as the power play elapsed, as Trevor Cosgrove made a great keep at the right point, before finding Nick Rasovic on the right wing. He would walk to the net before putting a perfect cross-slot pass onto the tape of Jordan Sandhu, who slammed it into the open net to make it 1-0 Dogs at 14:45 of period one. The Dogs looked to have drawn a penalty at the period's conclusion, as a Wild player took a long run and contacted Jake Witkowski in the head and snapped it back rather visciously, but neither Referee deemed it worthy of a penalty. Shots in the period favoured the Wild 15-8.

The Wild would tie it early in the second, on a play that initially from my angle looked to be off a high-stick. The Referee at the net would make no call, as he didn't appear to see it. The Officials would convene to talk about it, with the goal standing to make it 1-1 as Matt Baker getting credit for it, with assists to Dakota Raabe and Colin Burston at 2:21 of the second. The Wild would continue to push the pace and carry the better of the play, and were almost immediately rewarded for it as a Bulldog turnover up the middle of their zone ended up on the tape of Jasper Weatherby. He would walk in tight through the right circle and snap a shot on Claeys that he stopped with his left pad, but Sam Morton was perfectly positioned following the play to one-time the rebound home into the open side to make it 2-1 Wild at 3:26 of the second. The Bulldogs would call time out immediately after the goal, and it appeared to be a good move to stem the tide and reset the bench. The Dogs would push back and fight the puck into the Wenatchee end and earned a power play as a result of it, and a follow up penalty immediately after the first. They had no less than five great chances at the out set of the power play, but Anthony Yamnitski held the fort to protect the lead. At the other end of the ice, Brody Claeys made several huge saves while shorthanded to keep the Dogs in it. He made two highlight reel saves throughout the period, the first being a desperation glove save on a wide open Brendan Harris in front, and the second on a breakaway across the crease by Charlie Combs. The Dogs had a glorious chance to tie the game with less than a minute to play in the period when Mackenzie Wight was sent in alone by a perfect pass up the middle by Ryan Steele, but the puck bounced over his stick as he deked in tight on goal as it stayed 2-1 Wild into the third. Shots in the period were 16-7 Wild, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 31-15.

The Bulldogs continued to chase the puck and spend too much time defending throughout the third period, with Brody Claeys again continuing to play lights out to keep them in the game, coming up with point blank saves on in-alone chances for both Matthew Baker and Charlie Combs to keep it a one-goal game. The Dogs would take an undisciplined penalty short of the midway mark of the period, The Wild made them pay immediately, scoring 12 seconds into it as a won faceoff was sent by Brenan Harris to the left point for Tyler Rockwell. He would sneak in and then sneak a slap shot through the arm of a screened Claeys to give the Wild a 3-1 lead, and all the insurance they needed. Also drawing an assist on the goal was Dakota Raabe at 8:57 of the third. The Dogs failed to muster much of an attack as the period continued to the latter stages, with Claeys again giving them every chance with a couple more big saves late to keep it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs wouldn't be able to muster an attack to get back in it. The Dogs would earn a power play with a minute and change to go, and pulled their goalie to make it a 6 on 4 advantage. They had a great chance in the slot and at the side of the net, but Yamnitski kept it out before Matthew Baker found it, where he snapped it 200 feet into the empty net for the 4-1 final at 19:55 of the third, with assists going to Anthony Yamnitski and Alex Bates on the shorthanded empty netter.

Third period shots favoured the Wild 17-5 for a game total of 48-20 with Anthony Yamnitski and Brody Claeys being the goalies of record. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Wild went 1 for 4 while also scoring shorthanded.

The Dogs are next in action tomorrow in Penticton when they visit the Vees for a 6:00pm puck drop.

Hammer

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bulldogs kick off three-in-three weekend tonight in Wenatchee



It's the second and final regular season meeting between the teams as the Bulldogs (13-19-5-2, 5th Island) visit the Wild (30-6-4-0, 1st Mainland, 1st Overall) in Wenatchee, Washington USA.

The Dogs were in Powell River on Tuesday night, where they had their unbeaten streak snapped at three with a 5-3 loss to the Kings, The Dogs showed some considerable jam in that game, coming back from a 3-1 deficit after two periods to tie the game at 3-3 with ten minutes to play, only to have the Kings answer twice in the final six minutes,  The Wild were last in action Saturday night at home, when they picked up a 4-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies.

These teams last met December 11th at the Dog Pound, a 2-1 Wild win in a fantastic end to end contest.

It's a 7:00 puck drop tonight, with Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM on the air for the pregame show at 6:45.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Fraser Rodgers, voice of the Penticton Vees, who the Dogs visit tomorrow night in Penticton.




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Hammer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kings snap Dogs streak at two with 5-3 win





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A breakneck pace from the opening puck drop in this contest, with the Kings with the edge in chances but the Dogs also having a couple pucks on net though the first three minutes. The Dogs would push back and take an edge in shots and chances themselves, and it almost immediately led to a 1-0 lead as Henry Marshall tied the puck up down low in the Kings zone and found Ryan Steele on the right wing. He would get it back to the right point for Trevor Cosgrove, who showed great vision by driving down the right wing and all the way to the net in tight where he put a perfectly placed backhand top shelf, short-side high over the glove of Wilson to make it 1-0 at 6:33 of the first. The Dogs continued to push, but Wilson kept it a 1-0 game until the midway point of the period. The Kings would score off a defensive zone face off when two Bulldog defenders stepped up at both the attacking and defending blue line resulting in an odd-man rush worked to perfection by the Kings with Kyle Betts finishing a cross-ice pass high over a diving Brody Claeys to make it 1-1 with Tristan Mullin and Carter Turnbull assisting at 10:30 of the first. The goal would go to the Kings legs, as they pushed hard over the next couple of minutes and had a handful of good chances to get the go-ahead goal, but Brody Claeys was solid to keep it tied. The Dogs would work an odd-man rush of their own to perfection soon afterwards, as Keith Anderson sent Jordan Sandhu up the left wing. He put a perfect pass onto the tape of a streaking Trevor Cosgrove who skated in alone on Wilson, who made a big initial save and a rebound stop as well to keep it tied at 1-1 through 20 minutes, with the shots in the Kings favour 15-14 after the first.  

The second period didn't have the same pace in the early moments of it, but the Dogs earned  power play opportunity two minutes into it. They would fail to generate anything on it, with the Kings killing it efficiently and taking momentum from it. They would make it a 2-1 game a minute later on the rush, as Ben Berard carried the puck up the left wing and dropped it for Jonny Evans. He would walk into the top of the left circle and put a perfect shot short-side high over the shoulder of Claeys. Matt Cairns also drew an assist on it at 4:11 of the second. The Dogs drew another power play short of the midway point of the period, and despite looking better on it they couldn't cash in on it to tie the game. They would have another pending power play on a delayed penalty soon afterwards with Jack Long taking the initial penalty for cross-checking Ryan Steele. After the whistle, he would chase down Steele at centre ice and give him a shot in the back. Steele would take another shove before turn around and returning a shot at Long. That would result in a penalty to Steele, while Long got nothing for chasing him down, evening up the calls and taking the pending power play away. While Long didn't do anything malicious in going after him, Steele didn't do anything in response either. It's hard for me to agree with it somehow being evened up, but I guess the old adage goes that you can't put the Referee in a position to make a call against you, how ineptly discretionary it may be. The Kings would of course earn a power play less than a minute later, and would connect on it to drastically change the game, as Johan Steen scored on a knuckling one-timer from the right point over the shoulder of Claeys to make it 3-1, with assists going to Jonny Evans and Carmine Buono at 12:10 of the second. The Dogs would be penalized three times before the period was out, but came up with a series of kills to keep it a two-goal game after two. Shots in the period favoured Powell River 11-9 for a two period advantage of 26-23.

The Dogs killed off another carry over penalty to start the third period, and a minute later made it a one-goal game with Trevor Cosgrove picking off an errant pass at the Kings line and feeding a cross-ice pass to the top of the left circle for Keith Anderson. He would catch it and beat Wilson low, far-side inside the post to make it a 3-2 game at 2:56 of the third. The Dogs would continue to push, and tied the game with 10 minutes to play on a great effort by Ryan Steele to get in on the forecheck and steal the puck from Carmine Buono. He would set up Mackenzie Wight in the slot, who fought off a man after accepting the pass on his backhand to spin and fire a shot on net from the slot. Wilson would make the save on it, but kicked out a rebound off his glove that Ryan Steele found at the side of the net to poke it over the line to make it 3-3 at 10:25 of the third. It wouldn't be tied for long though, as the Kings made the Dogs pay for icing the puck, as they were unable to change and get the puck deep, and then out of their zone before it was found by Hunter Findlater who walked into the right circle and scored with a perfect top corner short-side high wrister over the blocker of Claeys. Assists on the play went to Gavin Rauser and Jack Long at 13:19. The Dogs would get caught pressing to tie the game three minutes later, and the Kings got all the insurance they needed as Josh Coblenz made a beautiful cross-ice pass to the middle for Gavin Rauser, who fought off a valiant back check by Henry Marshall to roof a backhand on a deke past Claeys to make it 5-3 with 3:20 to play. The Dogs refused to quit, and pushed hard in the final two minutes and change, but couldn't get the next one to make a game of it again as the Kings made the lead stand.

Third period shots favoured the Kings 14-11 for a game total of 40-34 with Brody Claeys and Brian Wilson being the goalies of record. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 4.

With the win the Kings stretch their streak to four while snapping the Dogs winning streak at two and unbeaten streak at three. The Dogs are next in action Friday night when they kick off a three-in-three weekend by visiting the Wild in Wenatchee, Washington.

Hammer

Monday, January 09, 2017

Bulldogs kick off four game road swing tonight in Powell River


It's the start of a week with four games on the road for the Bulldogs (13-18-5-2, 5th Island) as they head to Powell River to visit the Kings (24-16-1-0, 2nd Island) at the Hap Parker Arena tonight.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home where they won their second in a row and ran their unbeaten streak to three games with a 4-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Powell River is beyond red hot at the moment, as they are coming off back-to-back games at home last weekend where they hit double digits in goals - they beat Prince George 10-4 on Friday night, and bettered that score with a 12-1 win at home Saturday night over the Coquitlam Express.

These teams last met on December 10th in Powell River, a 4-2 Dogs win. The season series has been an entertaining one, with the Bulldogs having a 1-2-0-2 head to head record against the Kings this season, with the Kings out scoring the Dogs 21-18.

The Dogs should feel confident with how they've played lately, and how they played the last time in this building in December. They need to not be over confident at the same time, as the last two Kings results are the proof of how good they are playing and what can happen if you don't come to the Hap Parker Arena ready to play. The Kings have no doubt enjoyed the Christmas break, and getting Carter Turnbull and Kyle Betts back from the World Junior A Challenge.


93.3 The Peak FM has got you covered as always on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey - the pregame show is on the air at 6:45, the puck drop and play-by-play follows at 7:00 with Bruce MacDonald providing the analysis and colour commentary while I call the play-by-play action.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Arch Ecker, the play-by-play voice of the Wenatchee Wild, who the Dogs visit Friday night in Washington.



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Thanks as always for checking the blog. 

Hammer 


VIDEO: Highlights vs Cowichan + Dogs acquire Rasovic


Fantastic job by Terry Ketler producing/editing and also doing the camera work on this highlight package! 




Also, the Bulldogs announced the acquisition of Nicholas Rasovic from the Vernon Vipers late last night.... welcome to the team, and the community Nicholas! 

Hammer


BULLDOGS TRADE FOR VETERAN FORWARD


PRESS RELEASE
January 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired forward Nicholas Rasovic from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Future Considerations.

Rasovic comes to the Bulldogs with 128 Games of “Junior A” experience and will add much needed depth to the forward group. The 5-foot-10 native of Anmore, BC is an alumnus of the Vancouver North East Chiefs Major Midget program and will finish his final junior season as a Bulldog.

The Bulldogs are currently without defender Malik Kaila and forward Braydon Nelson who have sustained injuries that will keep them out of action for a lengthy period of time.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison 

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Dogs win second straight, 4-1 over Spruce Kings



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The Bulldogs again for off to a solid start, running up a 6-0 lead in shots through the first five minutes of the game with a series of good containment shifts in the Prince George zone. The Spruce Kings would push back to get their legs going near the midway mark of the period, with Tavin Grant being solid to keep it 0-0 through the midway mark of the period. The Dogs would come close to opening the scoring soon aferwards, with Trevor Cosgrove putting a shot from the slot off the post. Neither team would find the net before the end of the frame, with the Dogs out shooting the Spruce Kings 14-5.


The Dogs showed no signs of letting up to start the second, and continued to push to earn a power play just short of four minutes into the period. It took but three seconds for them to connect on it, as Ryan Steele won the draw onto the tape of Alex MacDonald who eluded a defender to walk in alone and deke out Grant to tuck it inside the far-post to make it 1-0 at 3:55 of the second. It was 2-0 two minutes later on the rush, as Kyle Kaufmann fired a shot on net from the right side that Grant kicked out, but onto the tape of Affiliate Player Statton Pickett. He would get a rebound on net that was stopped, but Trevor Cosgrove was there to slam the second rebound home to make it 2-0 at 5:55 of the second. As the period wore on, the Dogs had at least a half a dozen glorious chances to build their lead - Alex MacDonald was robbed by Grant from the hashmarks on a great three way passing play, and numerous bounces around the net failed to find the back of it. The Spruce Kings would hang around, and make it a 2-1 game with just under four minutes to play in the period on an odd goal that saw a puck from behind the goal line end up squeaking through Claeys and sitting on the goal line with no one able to find it before Parker Colley drove the net and dove to poke it home to make it 2-1, with assists to Travis Schneider and Hunter Luhmann at 15:13 of the second. The Dogs would respond seconds later with a great chance to re-establish their two goal lead, but Grant came up with a breakaway save on Tristan Bukovec to keep it a one-goal game. Before the period was out the Dogs would make it 3-1, on a good defensive play by Darren Rizzolo to break up a rush in the Dogs end. Jake Witkowski would rim the loose puck behind the net for Paul Savage, who put a perfect pass onto the tape of a streaking Cayden Kraus at centre, who walked in on a partial breakaway down the left wing where he snapped a shot long-side low off the glove of Grant and in at 18:24 of the second. The Dogs out shot the Sprucies 14-6 in the period for a 28-11 advantage after 40 minutes.


The third period once again saw the Dogs come out with a good jump early, with Alex MacDonald hitting the post at one end after Chong Lee had hit the bar on the power play at the other end. The period was fairly flat, and the Bulldog fans were left fairly unimpressed and equally vocal by a series of what - from the Bulldog perspective looked like obviously missed calls seemed to end up in the Dogs ending up in the penalty box on the next play. The period continued on, and the penalties continued back and forth, with most if not all of the flow gone from the game and the energy gone from the building. A very odd occurrence played out after the midway point of the period as Cayden Kraus was high-sticked by Connor Russell resulting in a a penalty. Not so fast though, as earlier in the play Hunter Luhmann took a run at Kraus at the Spruce Kings bench after he had dumped the puck into the zone, resulting in Luhmann going down with contact from Kraus defending himself. A Linesman would rule it was high sticking against Kraus - although I thought he might have hit the helmet of Kraus. In the end, the Dogs went from being on the power play, to killing a penalty. They would indeed kill it, with Brody Claeys making a huge goal line save on a rebound off a deflected by by Ben Poisson to preserve the two goal lead. The Dogs were again penalized with three minutes and change to play, but again killed it to protect their lead. The Spruce Kings would pull their goalie for the extra attacker with two minutes to go, but the Dogs held them off until the final 10 seconds when they sealed it into an empty net when Trevor Cosgrove found the middle of the empty net on a 200 footer off a blocked shot from the far corner of the Dogs zone at 19:50 for the 4-1 final un-assisted.


Third period shots favoured the Spruce Kings 10-5 for a game total in the Dogs favour of 33-21 with Brody Claeys picking up the win while Tavin Grant earned third star honours with the loss. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Spruce Kings went 0 for 5.

The Dogs are next in action Tuesday night in Powell River.

Hammer

 

Bulldogs host Spruce Kings tonight



It's the second and final regular season meeting between these teams tonight, as the Bulldogs (12-18-5-2, 5th Island) host the Mainland Division's Prince George Spruce Kings (18-15-2-2, 4th Mainland) tonight at the Dog Pound.

The Bulldogs were last in action Wednesday night at home, where they picked up a 5-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Spruce Kings were in Powell River last night, where they kicked off a three-in-three weekend swing where they had a two game winning streak halted with a 10-4 loss to the Kings.

These teams last met on October 14th in Prince George, the low point and largest margain of defeat for the Dogs this season as they were nearly run out of the rink 8-0 by the Spruce Kings.


Don't miss a minute of the action on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM - the pregame show gets the broadcast going at 6:45, with the puck drop following it at 7:00 with myself and Bruce MacDonald bringing you the play-by-play, colour commentary and analysis.






Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Jay Deo , with another big example of how time flies, as he's playing his Senior season with the NCAA's University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Bluegolds.



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

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


Hammer