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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Kings top Dogs 2-1 in hard fought game



Action was free-flowing and fast-paced in the early minutes, with the Bulldogs doing a good job of getting on the forecheck and causing some havoc, although being unable to generate anything on net. They would earn a power play six minutes in, and made quick work of it as Ryan Miotto started it with a faceoff win, before taking a pass on the right wing wall from Keaton Mastrodonato. He would simply fire a quick low shot on net, that Matteo Paler-Chow stopped, but deflected it straight up in the air where Jackson Doucet waited just long enough for it to fall below the crossbar to bat it in to make it 1-0 at 5:12 of the first with the Referee perfectly positioned behind the net signalling goal and there being no further discussion. The Bulldogs continued to press, but a tough break saw it tied 1-1 two minutes later as Isaac Tonkin-Palmer was drilled in open ice from behind in the Powell River zone with the puck no where near him. Play continued, and seconds later it was 1-1 as Rowan Miller deftly picked up a pass between his legs at the Bulldog line and skated in alone where he beat John Hawthorne with a perfectly placed shot high glove at 7:19 of the first, with Neal Samanski drawing the lone assist.  The remainder of the period was highly entertaining, with some rough stuff and two Bulldog power play chances that while not scoring were dangerous with a handful of chances around the net staying out. Shots in the first were 14-12 Kings.


The Bulldogs were penalized early in the second, but did a good job to not give up much to keep it tied. The Bulldogs had a fantastic chance to take the lead later in the period as Mitchel Deelstra was set up alone in front by Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, but Paler-Chow made a fantastic glove save to keep it 1-1 through the midway point of the period. The score stayed that way into the dying minutes of the period, where the Kings would put a hard press on in the Bulldog zone with a flurry of chances, but Hawthorne was solid to keep it 1-1 after 40 minutes, most notably getting his left toe out in tight on Josh Coblenz. Shots in the period were 10-8 Kings, for a two period total in their favour of 24-20.


The Kings began the third the way they ended the second, with a full on attack in the Dogs zone. It would end up in the back of the net after a series of pucks through the crease saw Hawthorne make the first save, but it popped out to the near post where Ryan Brushett fired it home with assists to Neal Samanski and Michael Abgrall at 1:11 of the third to make it 2-1 Kings. The Bulldogs didn't sit back, as they continued to push the pace and generate chances, but couldn't get a bounce. They would come up with another penalty kill to keep it a one-goal game, with Paler-Chow coming up with big saves during the penalty kill and immediately at it's conclusion on Austin Spiridakis and Sam Pouliot. The Bulldogs fought to the wire and had several instances of the puck rattling around the crease but just couldn't get a bounce as the Kings made the lead stand.


Third period shots were 9-8 Powell River, for a game total of 33-28 Kings, with John Hawthorne earning 2nd star honours with the loss while Matteo Paler-Chow earned 1st star honours with the win. The Bulldogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Kings were 0 for 2.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday when they visit the Capitals in Duncan.


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Bulldogs host Kings today *2:00 start*



It's just the second time this season that the Bulldogs (15-26-3-0, 4th Island) play host to the Powell River Kings (27-16-1-0, 2nd Island) as these two Island rivals meet for a matinee affair today at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs last played Friday night, when they snapped a three game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.  The Kings were at home Friday night, where they picked up a 5-1 win against the Victoria Grizzlies They also hosted the Grizzlies last night, winning their second in a row by a 6-1 score


These teams last met December 1st in Powell River, a 3-2 Bulldog win in overtime. The only previous meeting this season in Port Alberni was a 4-0 Bulldog win on November 10th. The Bulldogs are 2-2-0-0 head to head against the Kings this season, while the Kings are 2-1-1-0.




Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM goes live today at 1:45 for our pregame show, with the game action to follow at 2:00. I'll call the play-by-play while Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary.




Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Manny Gialedakis, now with the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals. Manny was part of the thrilling 2012-2013 Island Championship season, and it's a pretty cool picture above to see Manny with another member of that team Ryan Lough, playing at the professional level.




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Friday, January 18, 2019

Bulldogs top Silverbacks 6-3



Play was sloppy both ways early in the game, with neither side being especially crisp. The Silverbacks got going and run up a 5-0 lead in shots five minutes in. The Bulldogs responded a minute later with a Keaton Mastrodonato deflection that hit both legs of Ethan Langenegger and rattled around, but stayed out. The Bulldogs opened the scoring just short of nine minutes in on a pretty passing play on the rush as Jackson Doucet picked up an Aaron Bohlinger pass driving the net and returned it to him, where he put it across the crease for Keaton Mastrodonato who one-timed it home off the back post to make it 1-0 Bulldogs at 8:55 of the first. The Bulldogs looked to have a breakaway chance a few minutes later when a Silverback defender appeared to simply fall down as the last man back, but the Bulldogs were penalized instead. The Silverbacks came very close to tying it on the subsequent power play, with Hawthorne making a series of saves, and also getting some help on the goal line from Grayson Valente who batted the puck off the line with his glove. The Bulldogs earned a power play in the final minute of the first, but despite a couple looks around the net couldn't pad their lead before the buzzer. Shots in the first were 13-13.

The Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on the power play to start the second, and just a minute later it was 1-1  at Andy Stevens threw the puck at the net where it was blocked but ended up right onto the tape of Matthew Verboon to beat Hawthorne with a quick release at 2:24 of the second, with the lone assist to Justin Wilson. The Silverbacks pressed for the go-ahead marker, and came close, but Hawthorne made a fantastic left-toe save on a rink-wide set up for Olson Werenka to keep it tied. Soon afterwards it was 2-1 Bulldogs as Sam Pouliot one-timed a poor clearing attempt at the net where Mitchel Deelstra deflected it home five hole on Langenegger at 7:41 of the second. The Silverbacks would again respond, as they connected on the power play when Justin Wilson was allowed to walk in tight through the left circle where he hit the post short-side on Hawthorne, who couldn't find the rebound or get any assistance as it was thrown to the top of the crease where John Little hammered it home to make it 2-2 at 11:04 from Trevor Adams and Matthew Verboon. The score stayed that way until the final minute of the frame when Jackson Doucet chipped a Sam Pouliot rim up the left wing past a pinching Andy Stevens to create a 2 on 1 where Ryan Miotto carried the puck over the line up the left wing in tight where he beat Langenegger with a quick release, short-side past his blocker to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 19:19 of the second. Shots in the period were 15-12 Salmon Arm, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 28-25.

The Bulldogs killed off a penalty at the buzzer of the second to start the third, before earning an advantage of their own in the following minutes. Not only were they unable to find an insurance marker, but never threatened on it, if anything losing momentum. The Silverbacks would get the equalizer just short of the midway point of the third as they made a pretty passing play on the rush with the trailer Hudson Schandor beating his man to the net to put home the cross-crease feed from Noah Wakeford, with Nick Unruh also assisting at 9:22 of the third to make it 3-3.  The Bulldogs would go ahead with under five minutes to play as Marcus Walter put a pass up the middle of his own zone for Ryan Miotto, who put a perfect pass up the right wing for Keaton Mastrodonato in full flight where he walked in to the top of the circle where he put a perfectly placed shot far-side off the post and in for his second of the game to make it 4-3 at 15:11 of the third. The Silverbacks had a glorious chance on the following rush, as Hawthorne in desperation appeared to get something on a wide open net chance for Olson Werenka.  Less than a minute later it was 5-3 as Dawson Tritt banked the puck deep into the right corner where Michael Hodge put it on net where Langenegger couldn't cover it allowing Evan Googins to bank it in from below the goal line at 16:47 of the third.  The Bulldogs added a final tally in the dying seconds as Grayson Valente chipped the puck up the left wing of the Bulldog zone for Mitchel Deelstra, who put a perfect pass onto the tape of Stephen Castagna at centre where he was hauled down on an open net breakaway by Akito Hirose resulting in the automatic goal at 19:52 for the 6-3 final.

Third period shots were 9-8 Bulldogs , for a game total of 37-34 Salmon Arm, with John Hawthorne earning the win while Evan Langenegger took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while Salmon Arm went 1 for 3.


The Bulldogs are next in action Sunday afternoon when they host Powell River.


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Bulldogs back home tonight to host Silverbacks, Hawthorne to Northern Michigan...



It's the third meeting of the season between these teams, due to the BCHL Showcase, as the Bulldogs
(14-26-3-0, 4th Island) return to home ice to host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (20-17-4-1, 5th Interior) at the Dog Pound.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Coquitlam, where they dropped their third straight, 8-4 to the Coquitlam Express. The Silverbacks last played Sunday afternoon at home, where they snapped a three game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Nanaimo Clippers.


As mentioned above, this is the third meeting of the season between these Island and Interior teams, the first being a 4-1 Silverbacks win on September 22nd in Chilliwack.  The second and most recent meeting was a 5-3 Silverback win in Salmon Arm on October 19th.

It will be great to be back in the broadcast booth at home, and great to have Bruce MacDonald along side me to provide game analysis and colour commentary, and Dan Tisserand on hand to compile team and player stats while I call the play-by-play.

Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey will be on the air at 6:45 for our pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00pm, all on 93.3 The Peak FM.

Tune in during the second intermission for another edition of The Island Division This Week - a compilation of recaps, previews, highlights and more from all of the Island Division play-by-play voices. As always, it's courtesy of Dan Marshall of our sister station 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, the voice of the Nanaimo Clippers.

Fantastic news from the Bulldogs was released yesterday, as John Hawthorne has committed to attend Northern Michigan University next season to play for the Wildcats. He'll be the second Bulldog goalie to play there, after Brian Stewart (2005-2006)




(image: Garrett James)

ALBERNI VALLEY BULLDOGS' GOALTENDER SECURES COLLEGE HOCKEY FUTURE WITH  
WILDCATS

Port Alberni, BC - The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are thrilled to  
announce that 20-year old goaltender John Hawthorne has committed to  
attend Northern Michigan University and suit up for the NCAA Division  
I Wildcats for the 2019/20 season.

Hawthorne joined the Bulldogs prior to the start of the 2017/18  
campaign following an impressive rookie season with the VIJHL's  
Nanaimo Buccaneers and made an immediate impact both on and off the  
ice. He grabbed the reins as the Bulldogs' starting goaltender early  
in the year and was named the team's Most Valuable Player following  
the season.

This season, Hawthorne has continued his strong play with a 3.22  
goals-against average and .910 save percentage, which ranks sixth  
among BCHL netminders, in 34 appearances. His 1141 saves this season  
rank first in the league while his 1917 minutes in goal rank third.

"On behalf of the entire Bulldogs organization, I'd like to  
congratulate John on earning a scholarship to play NCAA hockey," says  
head coach Matt Hughes. "John is one of the most committed, hardest  
working young men you'll find at this level and he's put in a  
tremendous amount of work to earn this opportunity. He has been one of  
the best goaltenders in our league over the past two seasons and he's  
been a great representative of the Bulldogs in our community. We  
expect John to transition quickly to college hockey and have a great  
NCAA career."

Before coming to the Alberni Valley, Hawthorne spent a season with the  
Buccaneers and three campaigns with the B.C. Major Midget League's  
North Island Silvertips.

"I think Northern Michigan is a great fit both on the ice and  
academically, and I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to  
continue the program's tradition of strong goaltending," says  
Hawthorne. "The rapport their coaching staff developed with me made me  
very comfortable with the program and after discussions with the  
Bulldogs' coaches, my family and our educational adviser, Tom McEvay,  
it became clear that NMU was the right spot for me."

"My time with the Bulldogs has been instrumental in getting me to this  
point. The entire hockey operations staff has gone above and beyond  
for myself and the rest of our team, and I can't say enough good  
things about Tom McEvay, who is a true unsung hero of the  
organization. I'd like to thank the Bulldogs and the Nanaimo  
Buccaneers organizations, as well as coaches James Gaertner, Dan  
Lemmon and Jeff Carey, and of course my family for all their support.  
I'm also excited for the remainder of the season and my goal is to  
help bring as much exciting playoff hockey as possible to the Dog  
Pound."

Hawthorne is the fifth Bulldogs player on this season's roster to earn  
an NCAA scholarship. He joins forwards Keaton Mastrodonato (Canisius  
College - 2019/20), Ryan Miotto (Canisius College - 2019/20) and  
Austin Spiridakis (Quinnipiac University - 2020/21), and defenceman  
Marcus Walter (Bentley University - 2019/20).

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For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes



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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dogs drop third straight, 8-4 to Express


The Bulldogs were a step or two behind off the opening faceoff, and found themselves down 1-0 just half a minute into the game when the Express retrieved a draw in the Bulldogs zone, and Regan Kimens slid a pass across the crease to the back post where Pito Walton chipped it past the right pad of John Hawthorne. Ty Westgard also earned an assist at 30 seconds of the first. The Dogs continued to be a step behind, and took a penalty a minute later. They would kill it off to keep in the game, but they struggled to get going as the Express carried a 9-1 edge into the halfway point of the period. The Bulldogs would get the equalizer later in the frame on a good defensive play by Ryan Novecosky at his line poke-checking Ty Westgard. Evan Googins would hustle to the loose puck and poke it by an Express forward and onto the tape of Isaac Tonkin-Palmer who walked up the left wing into the top of the circle and beat Clay Stevenson far-side off his glove and in on the second Bulldog shot of the game at 15:49 of the first. The Bulldogs couldn't build off of it, as the Express went ahead again three minutes later off a draw in their end that saw Jordan Schulting put an outlet pass to centre ice up the right wing and then drive the Bulldog net where he wasn't picked up to tap in a backdoor pass into an open net from Ty Westgard. Jared Power also picked up an assist at 18:04 of the first. The Express looked to have a sure goal late in the period, but John Hawthorne made a jaw dropping desperation save on the goal line sticking his glove down behind him to rob Christian Sanda to keep it 2-1 after one. Shots were 15-4 Express.


The Bulldogs were much better through the early minutes of the second period. While they by no means were dominant, they weren't chasing the play. They earned a power play inside the five minute mark, and scored on it - or wait a minute, did they? A Jackson Doucet net drive was stopped Stevenson, but he couldn't cover it cleanly, allowing Dawson Tritt to dive and poke it home five-hole. The goal was allowed, and then after an extended discussion waved off due to "incidental contact on the goalie" of which there was none. Certainly a tough, tough call to explain, and to accept in what would've made the game 2-2. Instead, it was 3-1 Express at the 8:53 mark of the period as Regan Kimens found the net past the glove of Hawthorne from the slot, with assists to Westgard and Power at 8:53 of the period. The Bulldogs answered to make it a one-goal game, and this one counted, as Mitchel Deelstra picked off a pass in the Bulldog zone and then raced up ice up the left wing and around Jack Cameron to get in on goal where he slid a backhand home fivehole on Stevenson, un-assisted at 10:03 of the second. The Bulldogs would unfortunately give it right back, with a couple of turnovers resulting in a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Joshua Wildauer from Connor Gregga less than 30 seconds later finished short-side past the glove of Hawthorne to make it 4-2, with Christian Sanda also assisting at 10:32 of the second. The Bulldogs again didn't go away, making it 4-3 two minutes later as Mitchel Deelstra dumped the puck into the right corner of the Express zone where it was chased down by Aaron Bohlinger. He made a quick pass to the top of the left circle where Stephen Castagna found it, and snapped it home long-side off the post past the glove of Stevenson to make it 4-3 at 12:32 of the second. Again the Bulldogs couldn't build on it, as the Express went ahead 5-3 on the rush three minutes later when a pass off a leg was found by Regan Kimens, and immediately ripped high short side over Hawthorne to make it 5-3 at 15:58, with the lone assist to Ty Westgard. The Express had the Bulldogs running around in their zone for a minute on the following shift, and made them pay for it as Dallas Farrell was set up alllllll alone in front where he went post and in far-side on Hawthorne to make it 6-3 at 16:58 of the second, with assists to Danny Pearson and Alex Dipaolo. Shots were 10-9 Express, for a 25-13 Coquitlam after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs showed no signs of packing it in early in the third, but couldn't connect on an early power play before falling down 7-3 on another rush that saw no one pick up Danny Pearson who tapped it in off the back post, with assists going to Dallas Farrell and Aaron White at 4:58 of the third. Again the Bulldogs didn't quit, and made it 7-4 when Ryan Miotto played the puck from below the goal line for Jackson Doucet, who set up Ryan Novecosky at the right point, where he put a wrist shot past the glove of Stevenson at 7:38. The Express would complete the scoring five minutes later, on another shift where they had the Dogs running around their zone for an extended period before Jack Cameron put a pass from the left point off the back post where it was deflected into the open side by Alex DiPaolo, who beat his man to the net to make it 8-4 at 12:20 of the third. It could've been worse if not for Hawthorne, who made a highlight reel glove save diving across the crease on Regan Kimens later in the period, and several more from the slot.

Third period shots were 16-9 Bulldogs, for a game total of 34-28 Express, with Hawthorne and Stevenson being the goalies of record. Both sides went 0 for 2 on the power play.

The Bulldogs next see action Friday night when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

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Bulldogs conclude weekend today in Coquitlam against Express *3:00pm puck drop*




It's the end of a three game road trip for the Bulldogs (14-25-3-0, 4th Island) as they visit the Coquitlam Express (22-17-2-0, 3rd Mainland) at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre for a matinee affair this afternoon.

The Bulldogs were in West Kelowna last night, where they dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to the Warriors. This is the fourth game this week for the Express, who are in the midst of a six game home stand. They snapped a three game losing streak with an 8-1 thumping of West Kelowna on Monday night. Wednesday against the Centennials, they dropped a 5-4 overtime decision in a crazy game that saw the Express lead 2-0 in the first, only to have the Centennials tie it two minutes into the second. The Express restored their two-goal lead before the end of the period, and held it to the final three minutes of regulation, only to have the Centennials score twice - including the equalizer with 30 seconds to play, to force overtime where they got the win.  They were off last night, after playing host to the Chilliwack Chiefs Friday night, where they picked up a 4-3 win in overtime.

This is the second and final regular season meeting between the teams. The previous contest was one to forget for the Bulldogs, and one to remember for the Express, as they dug out of a 3-0 hole to pick up a 5-3 win a the Dog Pound on Sunday, December 2nd


Don't miss a minute of the action, by tuning in to Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. I'll be live starting at 2:45 for the pregame show, in advance of the puck dropping shortly after 3:00pm.




Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Christian Simeone - who, correct me if I'm wrong, is the first alum from last season that I've interviewed this year. He's currently in his Freshman season with the NCAA's Merrimack College Warriors.




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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bulldogs drop 6-5 heartbreaker in West Kelowna



Both goalies were fairly busy through the opening minutes of the game, with both sides getting pucks on goal in tight but Cole Demers and Brock Baier kept it scoreless. It wasn't that way for long, as the Warriors found the net on the rush as Willie Reim was found alone over the Bulldogs line at top speed cutting across the slot where he slid it home five hole on Demers. Calvin Tilsley and Anthony Bishop drew the assists at 4:43 of the first. The Bulldogs answered almost immediately, as Aaron Bohlinger blocked a shot in the hashmarks, and then put a perfect outlet pass up the right wing for Ryan Miotto, who raced away on a 2 on 1 where he carried the puck in tight before placing a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Jackson Doucet, who made no mistake in hammering it into the open net at 5:27 of the first to make it 1-1. The Bulldogs kept pushing the pace, and earned a power play chance that saw them create a plethora of great chances - Jackson Doucet was stopped in alone on a pretty move at the attacking line, Mitchel Deelstra hit a crossbar, and Ryan Moon saw a net drive that ended up on the goal line before Baier made a great save to drop his glove on it. The Dogs kept pushing, and went up 2-1 on another pretty goal as Hayden Hurst went D-to-D across the Bulldog line for Grayson Valente, who put a headman pass onto the tape of Mitchel Deelstra, who drove wide and beat his man before cutting across the crease and getting Baier down and out before lifting it home to make it 2-2 at 8:24 of the first. The Bulldogs had several great chances to build their lead, but couldn't beat Baier before the Warriors answered as Willie Reim took a pass at centre up the left wing with speed and beat two Bulldogs to cut in alone on Demers across the crease where he tucked it home five hole to make it 2-2 at 12:44 of the first with Lucas Bahn drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs again generated a handful of chances before the buzzerm, but it stayed 2-2 after 20 minutes Shots were 23-17 Bulldogs after one.


The Bulldogs killed off a Warrior carry-over power play to start the second, and got back on the attack, taking the lead back just 4:12 into the period as Evan Googins made a pretty pass in the slot to Mitchel Deelstra walking through the left circle, where he cut in alone on Baier. He would make the first save, but Aaron Bohlinger tapped it home on the goal line to make it 3-2. Both sides traded chances for the following few minutes, before the Dogs went up 4-2 as Ethan McLaughlin put an outlet pass to centre ice for Dawson Tritt, who sent Michael Hodge over the Warriors line where he cut to the middle with a pretty move before snapping one inside the post under the glove of Baier for his first as a Bulldog at 9:58 of the second. It was 5-2 three minutes later when McLaughlin chipped the puck high up the glass past a Warrior defender to create another odd-man rush that saw Michael Hodge gain the line up the left side before putting a pretty cross-ice feed onto the tape of Dawson Tritt, who picked the top corner, far-side at 12:55 of the second.  The Warriors would change goalies, and Connor Hopkins was imeediately tested as he stopped Aaron Bohlinger in alone, along with Stephen Castagna in tight. The Bulldogs would then spend a good 90 seconds on the attack in the Warriors zone, but would get caught on the ice too long and the Warriors countered with a shot initially hitting the post and staying out, before Wyatt Head just threw it at the net from the left circle where it found it's way through to make it 5-3 at 14:48 of the period, with assists going to Austin Chorney and Max Bulawka. Four minutes later, it was 5-4 as the Warriors pressed and got a bounce in the paint that saw a shot hit traffic and end up behind Demers where Mike Hardman tapped it in to make it 5-4 at 18:24 of the second. Assisting were Austin Chorney and Wyatt Head. Shots were 18-14 Warriors in the period, for a 37-35 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes.

The third period saw things tighten up considerably, with the chances low through the early minutes. The Warriors would tie the game on a stretch pass by Lucas Cullen from below the Warriors goal line onto the tape of Bennett Norlin, who had snuck behind the Bulldog defence. He would walk in alone and hit the crossbar, only to have it bounce off the back of Demers and in to make it 5-5 at 10:22 of the third. The Bulldogs didn't sag, responding with a couple good chances and a power play, but being unable to find the go-ahead goal. The Warriors would earn a power play with four minutes to play, and they made quick work on it for the eventual winner as Mike Hardman went rink wide to the left circle for Parm Dhaliwal who immediately found Lucas Cullen off the back post where he tapped it in to make it 6-5 at 15:40 of the third. The Bulldogs would pull Cole Demers with over two minutes to play, and had a couple fantastic looks around the net but couldn't get a bounce to beat Hopkins as the Warriors held on to the buzzer.

Third period shots were 14-10 Bulldogs, for a game total in their favour of 51-45 with Cole Demers taking the loss while Connor Hopkins earned the win being perfect in relief stopping all 16 shots he faced. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Warriors went 1 for 2.

The Bulldogs conclude their trip tomorrow afternoon in Coquitlam, a 3:00pm start against the Express.

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Bulldogs visit Warriors tonight in West Kelowna




It's back on Canadian soil tonight for the Bulldogs (14-24-3-0, 4th Island) as they visit the West Kelowna Warriors (23-19-0-1, 4th Interior) at Royal Lepage Place to continue their three game weekend road trip.

The Bulldogs were in Wenatchee last night, where they had their three game points streak snapped with a 3-0 loss to the Wild. The Warriors were in Merritt last night, where they snapped a five game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over the Centennials. In a somewhat odd scheduling quirk, the Warriors also played earlier this week - on Monday in Coquitlam, where they fell 8-1 to the Express.

This is the first meeting between the teams - the Warriors are last team the Bulldogs have yet to see
in the league this season.



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

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, the play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow afternoon to conclude this road trip.




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Friday, January 11, 2019

Bulldogs drop 3-0 decision to Wild


The Bulldogs got off to a great start, pushing the Wild into their zone on the opening shift. They would generate a fantastic chance a minute later on a give-and-go that saw Ryan Moon send Mitchel Deelstra in alone where he couldn't tuck it home as he was tripped up cutting across the crease by Wild goalie Austin Park. At the other end seconds later, the Wild had an in alone chance that saw Hawthorne ran over, resulting in a Bulldog power play. They would generate a couple good looks on it, but couldn't find the net. The Wild carried the play in the following minutes, with John Hawthorne making a jaw-dropping save on Josh Arnold who had a wide open net as Hawthorne was late finding the puck but still managed to get his glove out across the crease in desperation to keep it scoreless. The Wild would however find the net at the midway point of the period as Christophe Fillion beat his man to the net and deftly deflected a cross-crease feed past the outstretched toe of Hawthorne to make it 1-0 Wild, with Josh Arnold assisting at 9:47 of the first. The Bulldogs answered and pushed back to earn a power play chance of their own, but couldn't capitalize on it before taking not one, but two penalties on the same play - the first on a trip at the attacking line, the second on a one handed tap on a net drive on John Hawthorne at the other end. A very interesting scenario came out of this, as on the ensuing faceoff the Wild sent out FIVE players, while still having a man in the box. The four Officials would miss it and drop the puck. The Wild would have several great chances on the 5 on 3 but John Hawthorne was fantastic as were his penalty killers to keep it 1-0. It would certainly have been an even more interesting scenario if the Wild had scored with too-many-men on the ice. The Bulldogs would kill off the remainder of the legit 5 on 3 to keep it 1-0 after 20 minutes. Shots were 12-5 Wild after the first.

The Bulldogs again got off to a good start in the second, generating a couple good chances in tight, followed by forcing the Wild into a series of icings. They would win the following draw and work the puck around the Wild zone,  but couldn't get it on net before a turnover resulting in a rush the other way that saw Matt Dorsey cut in down the left wing where he lifted a backhand far-side top corner over the glove of Hawthorne to make it 2-0 at 3:48 of the second, with assists going to Trevor Griebel and and Murphy Stratton. The Wild would control the next couple of minutes, but the Bulldogs held on and Hawthorne again make a couple big stops. The Bulldogs weren't able to generate much through the period, with a couple of chances in the final seconds around the net looking threatening, but not ending up on goal. Shots in the period were 10-3 Wild, for a 22-8 Wild advantage after 40 minutes.

The score remained that way through to the midway point of the third, with the Bulldogs finally getting a couple of good opportunities on Park that he kept out to protect the lead.  The Bulldogs suddenly appeared to lose their push, and a weird series of events saw the Wild put the game away with five minutes to play as a dump in to the far corner saw Hawthorne catch and edge and take a tumble, and a Bulldog defender misplay the corner bounce before it ended on the stick of PJ Fletcher, who set up Marko Reifenberger in the slot where he beat Hawthorne high far-side to make it 3-0 at 15:01 of the third to complete the scoring.

Shots in the third were 14-7 Bulldogs, for a game total of 33-24 Wild with John Hawthorne taking the loss in net while Austin Park earned 2nd star honours with the win and shut out. Both sides went 0 for 3 on the power play.

The Bulldogs next see action tomorrow night in West Kelowna.





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Bulldogs begin three game weekend tonight in Wenatchee




It's the second meeting between these teams in less than a week, and the third and final regular season match up this season as the Bulldogs (14-23-3-0, 4th Island) head across the border to visit the defending Fred Page Cup Champion Wild (24-14-2-0, 3rd Interior) in Wenatchee, Washington.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, when they snapped a three game losing streak, while extending their points streak to three games, with a 4-2 win over the Langley Rivermen. The Wild also last played Sunday afternoon in Nanaimo, where they fell 4-1 to the Clippers

These teams met last Saturday at the Multiplex, a 3-2 Wild win in overtime.




I'll bring the game to you, on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. The pregame show is on the air at 6:50, with the puck set to drop after 7:05.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Chase Johnston, the play-by-play voice of the West Kelowna Warriors, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow for the first meeting of the season between the teams.



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

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




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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bulldogs make moves at deadline....


Good evening from Wenatchee - read below for details from the Bulldogs from today and yesterday as they finalized their roster before today's deadline.

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ALBERNI VALLEY SWAPS BLUELINERS IN DEADLINE DEAL WITH SILVERBACKS

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade  
with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, acquiring the CJHL playing rights of  
2000-born defenceman Ethan McLaughlin and future considerations in  
return for 1998-born defenceman Darren Rizzolo.

McLaughlin is in his first British Columbia Hockey League season and  
has three assists in 36 regular season appearances. He played his  
midget hockey with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, netting 37 points in  
36 games last season while making his Junior A debut as an affiliate  
player with the Penticton Vees.

"Ethan is a smart, two-way defenceman who moves the puck well and has  
the mobility to contribute in all three zones," says Bulldogs head  
coach Matt Hughes. "He's transitioned nicely to the level of play in  
the BCHL and we expect him to step right in and help our group now and  
in the future."

Veteran defenceman Darren Rizzolo has been moved to Salmon Arm in the  
deal. In his fourth BCHL season, Rizzolo had one goal and 10 assists  
in 26 games as well as 22 penalty minutes. In 176 career BCHL games  
split between Chilliwack, Vernon and Alberni Valley, the Mission, B.C.  
product has a combined for 10 goals and 38 assists.

"Darren has been a key member of our team over the past two and a half  
seasons and a well-liked individual in our room and in the community,"  
says Hughes. "We appreciate all his efforts in a Bulldogs uniform and  
wish him nothing but success in Salmon Arm."

McLaughlin is expected to join the Bulldogs in time for this weekend's  
three-game road trip to Wenatchee, West Kelowna and Coquitlam.

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For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM

VIJHL GOALS LEADER ADDED PRIOR TO BCHL ROSTER DEADLINE

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have made their final roster addition  
prior to the January 10th trade deadline with the signing of 2001-born  
forward Josh Zary.

Zary joins the Bulldogs from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey  
League's Nanaimo Buccaneers, where he led the team in scoring with 21  
goals and 17 assists in 28 regular season games. His  21 goals tie him  
for the league lead while his 38 points are tops amongst VIJHL rookies  
and rank fifth overall amongst all skaters.

"Josh is a highly skilled, intelligent offensive player who has made a  
seamless transition to junior hockey with the Buccaneers," says  
Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "We're excited to have him join us  
and continue his development in the BCHL, and we think he has a bright  
future ahead of him in a Bulldogs uniform."

With the Bulldogs, Zary will be reunited with former North Island  
Silvertips linemate Ethan Jones. The duo finished in the top-10 in  
B.C. Major Midget League scoring last season, combining for 111 points.

The Bulldogs made one other move prior to the trade deadline, dealing  
the Junior A rights to 1999-born defenceman Jonathan Smart to the  
Penticton Vees in return for future considerations. Smart had been  
listed by the Bulldogs earlier in the season while playing for the  
Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice.

Alberni Valley begins a three day, three game road trip tomorrow  
against the Wenatchee Wild, before visits to West Kelowna and  
Coquitlam on Saturday and Sunday.

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For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM