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Saturday, October 12, 2019

*UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs with fourth straight, sixth straight at home, snap Vees perfect record with 4-0 win


That was fun..... enjoy! 

Hammer






The energy was high from the opening puck drop, with the Vees putting a couple of pucks on net in the early minutes but Luke Pearson was solid. Neither team had much in the way of control of the game, but the Bulldogs started to push the pace and earned a power play opportunity. Luke Pearson would make the biggest save on it, stopping Jackson Neidermayer on a breakaway off a Bulldog turnover in their zone to keep it scoreless. The Vees went to the power play next, but it was the Bulldogs who opened the scoring as Tim Gould knocked the puck out of the zone at the Bulldog line up the right wing for Dawson Tritt. He would race in alone and make no mistake on the breakaway, going high glove side, bar and in for his second shorthanded goal in as many games to make it 1-0 Bulldogs at 8:38 of the first. Four minutes later, it was Tritt again as he made a silky stickhandling move to make a defender miss at the Bulldog blue line. He then carried the puck over the Vees line up the right side before rimming it to the left half-wall. Moe Acee flew off the bench to win a race and take a hit to keep the play alive, allowing Caige Sterzer to carry it behind the net and out the near side before throwing a spinning backhand pass across the crease that was tipped to the far post by Jackson Doucet, onto the tape of Tritt who made no mistake in hitting the open side to make it 2-0 at 12:56 of the first. The Bulldogs would earn back-to-back power play chances later in the period, but sputtered on them and lost momentum, before Penticton earned a power play  of their own late in the frame. Shots in the period were 11-9 Vees.

The Bulldogs killed off a Vees power play to start the second, with Pearson making two great saves in front, first of Jay O'Brien, and then a follow up rebound for David Silye at the side of the net. The Bulldogs pushed back, and drew power play after power play opportunity, and looked progressively better on each one, but it remained 2-0 into the back half of the period. The final opportunity was drawn after another extended shift in the attacking zone by the line of Zary, Sterzer and Fizet that was followed up by fresh legs off the bench. They would finally break through, with Carson Hemenway making a nice look to the middle before finding Jackson Doucet at the bottom of the right circle. He showed good patience before throwing a quick cross-crease feed  that was one-timed home  inside the near post by Tyler Kostelecky  to make it 3-0 at 11:27 of the second. The Vees would earn their opportunities in the following minutes, and went to a 5 on 3 power play of half a minute in duration, and threatened on it with a couple good looks but Luke Pearson was again razor sharp to protect the lead  coming up with two or three solid saves from in tight. Yaniv Perets - who came on in relief  after the second Bulldog goal - made a  couple fantastic saves on the doorstep  in the late minutes of the period, including on a late power play goalmouth scramble to  keep it a 3-0 game after two periods. Shots in the second were 15-10 Vees, for a 26-19 Penticton advantage into the third.


The first four minutes of the third period flew by, with the Bulldogs continuously putting the puck deep in the Vees zone and salting away time by keeping it there. They earned a power play just short of the midway point of the period due to an extended shift in the attacking zone, again by Zary-Sterzer and Fizet. While they didn't score on it, they came close with Yaniv Perets making a diving save on the goal line on Stephen Castagna to  keep it 3-0. The Vees would earn a power play in the back half of the period and would gamble and make it a 6 on 4 with their goalie out for the extra attacker, but the Bulldogs  defended fearlessly with a series of big shot blocks and saves by Pearson resulting in a bouncer to the blue line that saw Dawson Tritt deflect it past a Vees defender to skate in on a shorthanded breakaway to complete the hat trick with his third of the night and his second of the night short-handed to complete the scoring at 15:49 of the third. The goal  was unassisted - but certainly a couple of assists were earned with shot  blocks in front. A Bulldog penalty followed on the next shift, and the Vees again  pulled their goalie to make it a 6 on 3 scenario, but they couldn't beat Pearson with the killers standing tall to protect the lead.

Third period shots were 9-6 Bulldogs, for a game total of  32-28 Vees, with Luke Pearson earning 2nd star honours with the win and his first career shut out while Derek Krall took the loss giving up two goals before being relived by Yaniv Perets. The Bulldogs went 1 for 10 on the power play and also scored twice while shorthanded while the Vees went 0 for 6.

With the win, the Bulldogs ran their winning streak to four and their season-long home ice winning streak to six games.

They're next in action  Friday night when they host the Wenatchee Wild.

Hammer


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Bulldogs host league leading Vees tonight


It's the third of a four game home stand tonight, as the Bulldogs (6-8-0-0, 4th Island) host the Penticton Vees (11-0-0-0, 1st Interior, 1st Overall) to conclude their weekend schedule.

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they won their third straight, while running their season long unbeaten streak on home ice to five in a row with a 5-3 win over the Victoria Grizzlies.

The Vees meanwhile began a two-game road trip to the Island Division last night in Powell River, where they won their 11th straight to open the season, 6-2 over the Kings.


If you can't make the game, we'll bring it to you live from the Multiplex on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Our pregame show goes live at 6:45, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00. 

Bruce MacDonald is responsible for game analysis and colour commentary, while I'll cover the hosting duties along with providing the play-by-play. 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature, is this week's edition of the Island Division This Week, a compliation of highlights, recaps, previews, news/notes and stats from the broadcast voices of the Island Division teams. It's courtesy of Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers on our sister station 106.9 The Wolf FM in Nanaimo.




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Friday, October 11, 2019

*UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs remain unbeaten at home, win third straight 5-3 over Grizzlies






The Bulldogs had a great chance in the opening seconds of the game, as Mitchel Deelstra walked  in on Joe Howe, who got a shoulder save from in tight to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs were penalized seconds later, as the Grizzlies went to work on the man advantage 43 seconds into the game. Jackson Glassford was tested a couple times on it, and looked sharp, with the Bulldogs then having a great chance on a rush shorthanded in the dying seconds of the advantage. The Bulldogs earned a power play of their own two minutes later that they failed to threaten on. The period wore on with for the most part sloppy play both ways, with another Bulldog powerplay later in the period failing to  generate a goal or momentum. The Bulldogs would open the scoring with just under two minutes to play in the period as Jackson  Munro blocked a shot in the Bulldog end that caromed off Tommy Bannister and onto  the tape of Austin Spiridakis up the left wing for a 4 on 2 rush. Spiridakis would keep the puck and drive hard  down  the wing and right in on goal where he went high  short-side over the blocker of Howe to make it 1-0 at 18:02 of the first. The Bulldogs came close to padding the lead  several  times in the final two minutes, the most notable chance seeing Ryan Doolin set up Mitchel Deelstra across the slot, only to have his shot hit the crossbar and stay out. The Grizzlies also tested Glassford before the period  was out, with a nice Nico Somerville cross-ice set up for James Davenport seeing Glassford kick out his right pad to keep  it 1-0 after 20 minutes. Shots were 9-8 Grizzlies. 

The second period, at least through the early stages of it had much of the same somewhat disjointed play as the first. The Bulldogs again earned a power play, but again failed to generate a shot on it. The Grizzlies would test Glassford following it, but he was again solid to protect the lead through the midpoint of regulation. The Bulldogs doubled their lead with under eight minutes to play in the period as Stephen Castagna made a beautiful outlet pass rink-wide from the right side of the Bulldog zone to the left side of centre for Ryan Doolin. He would keep the puck on a 2 on 1 up the left wing and in to the slot where he snapped it home far-side low past the glove of Howe to make it 2-0 12:34 of the second. Less than two minutes later it was 3-0, on a gorgeous shorthanded effort from  end to  end by Dawson Tritt, who first fought the puck out of the Bulldogs zone up  the right  wing through two defenders, before  driving into the Grizzlies end and making a defender miss before cutting across the slot  and going top  corner, glove side on Howe. Assisting was Moe Acee, at  14:20 of the second. The Bulldogs were sent to the penalty box seconds later, bringing about a 15 second 5 on 3 power play for the Grizzlies. They would make it count, with a single second remaining in the first penalty as Henri Schreifels snapped one high short-side from the right circle over the blocker of Glassford to make it 3-1, with Nico Sommerville and Cody Monds drawing the assists at 14:50 of the second.  The Bulldogs almost struck again short-handed, with Dawson Tritt again in alone on a breakaway, but Howe got his stick on it to keep it out. Moments later, a net drive by Henri Schreifels saw Grayson Valente finish him with appeared to be a shoulder-on-shoulder hit. The back Referee on the other side of centre ice indicated a penalty on the play - a long discussion would result in Valente given a 5 minute major for a blow to the head, as the Grizzlies went right back to a 5 on 3 power play. They would score seconds into it, as Edward Yan walked untouched off the goal line where Glassford made the first save, but Yan tucked in his rebound to make it 3-2 at 18:12 of the second, with Somerville again assisting. Shots in the period were 19-8 Grizzlies, for a 40 minute advantage of 29-16 Grizzlies.

The third period began with four-aside hockey, after a late even up call in the second period. The Bulldogs killed off the subsequent remaining 90 seconds of the Major Penalty, but were promptly again sent back to the penalty box. Just seven seconds into the advantage, it was 3-3 as Jackson Glassford made the first save,  but Bryce Anderson potted the rebound at the side of the net. Darwin Lakoduk drew the lone assist at 4:14 of the third. The Bulldogs went right back to the box in short order  - twice.  Tim Gould got sent first,  and Mitchel Deelstra was sent  40  seconds later on an interesting scenario that saw him and James  Davenport exchanging after the whistle punches. Deelstra was sent to the box, and on the way there the Official signalled an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, followed by a ten minute misconduct, and finally a game misconduct. In the end, he would only receive a roughing call, and the minor for unsportsmanlike was forgotten. The Bulldogs would come up with a big kill to keep the game tied, and get the crowd into it. They would carry the better of the play when it finally  got to five-aside hockey through the third, and took the lead back with under five minutes to play when Caige Sterzer chased down Reid Lindsay and shouldered him off the puck and found Josh Zary in tight where he went straight  upstairs short-side on Howe to make it 4-3 at 15:04 of the third, with Moe Acee also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs earned a power play on a neutral zone hook  45 seconds  later, and put the game away on the power play  as Carson Hemenway blocked a shot that was found by Jackson Munro. He would set up behind the  net  before finding Jacob Bosse in full flight up the right wing through  centre. He fought hard to get by a defender, and drove in on net where he bounced one on Howe that went off his stick and  up through his blocker arm and over the line to make it 5-3 at  16:18 of the third. One more Victoria power play with over two minutes to play saw the Bulldogs defend well and not give  up much to  make the lead stand. 

Third period shots were 11-11, for a game total of 39-27 Grizzlies, with  Jackson Glassford  earning the win while Joe Howe took the loss.  The Bulldogs  went 1 for 5 on the power play and also scored once while shorthanded, while the Grizzlies went 3 for 9. 

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the unbeaten Penticton Vees. 

Hammer

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Bulldogs, Grizzlies meet for first time this season tonight



It's the second game of a four game home stand, as the Bulldogs (5-8-0-0, 4th Island) host the Victoria Grizzlies (4-7-0-0, 5th Island) for the first meeting of the season between these Island Division rivals.

It's certainly.... odd? that these teams haven't seen each other yet this season. The Bulldogs have played thirteen games so far this season, with six of those against out-of-division teams. The Grizzlies have played eleven games, with five of those again outside of the Island Division. The oddity is that they've played Powell River in three of their last four games, and had seven straight road games to open the year.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they won their second straight, 3-1 over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.  The Grizzlies last played Sunday afternoon at home, where they snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Powell River Kings.



We'll bring all the action to you, if you can't make it to the game, on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Bruce MacDonald is on hand to take care of game analysis while adding colour commentary, Dan Tisserand tabulates team and individual statistics, and I call the play-by-play. The pregame show is on the air at 6:45, with the game action underway after 7:00pm. 

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Trevor Miller, the Director of Broadcasting and Communications of the Penticton Vees, who visit the Bulldogs tomorrow night at the Multiplex. 





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Saturday, October 05, 2019

UPDATED with Highlights... Bulldogs remain unbeaten at home, top Capitals 3-1








The pace was frantic in the opening five minutes,  with two whistles at the most as both teams got everyone into it early. The Capitals had an early 5-0 edge in shots, with Jackson Glassford being good early. The Bulldogs quickly took the lead a minute and change later when Jackson Glassford left a dump in back of his net for Tim Newson. He quickly reversed it for Moe Acee, who put a long pass up the right wing to centre ice for Caige Sterzer. He would carry it over the line, and cut  across the slot, all  the way  to  the left circle where he snapped a perfect shot, high far-side over the glove of  Zach Borgel to make it 1-0 at 5:31 of the first. The Bulldogs had a fantastic chance  on the next shift to add  to the lead, as Olivier Fizet drove down the right wing and then stuck a leg  out and drove hard and in on Borgeil, who made a   great save as the net was dislodged to keep it 1-0. It was Jackson Glassford's turn a minute later, as a perfect backdoor set up for Will Arquiett saw Glassford dive across to somehow get something on it to keep it out. The rest of the period saw the Bulldogs have the better of the chances, both on the rush, and on an extended attacking zone shift by Tyler Kostelecky, Dawson Tritt and Jackson Doucet, but Borgeil made a couple good saves on scrambles on the doorstep to keep it a 1-0 game after 20 minutes. Shots were 10-7 Capitals.

The second period saw much of the game fast-paced action with chances both ways. The Bulldogs capitalized on a long attacking zone shift with the Zary-Sterzer-Fizet line starting it, followed by fresh legs from the bench, resulting in Tommy Bannister finding Tim Gould, who put a shot on net after a spin move in the right circle that was deflected home in front by Austin Spiridakis in front of the crease at 3:57 of the second to make it 2-0 Bulldogs. That  lead would stand into the late stages of the period, with Jackson  Glassford again coming up with a couple big saves in tight to protect it. The Bulldogs finally earned their first power play of the game with under  four minutes to play in the period. Not only did they not look especially good on  it, they also took themselves off of it with a too-many-men penalty. The Capitals would make them pay for it, as Luc Wilson put a perfectly placed shot short-side high  past the blocker of Glassford  who couldn't see it due to a screen in front. Assists went to  Dimitri Mikrogiannakis and Primo Self at 18:36 of the second to make it 2-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period  were 19-7 Capitals, for a 29-14 edge into period three.


The  third period saw Jackson Glassford make a great two or three saves in the early moments of the period, both on the rush and on a rebound at the side of the net. Short of the midway point of the period, the trio of Zary-Sterzer-Fizet again went to work, and spent close to two minutes in the attacking zone to gain momentum. A couple minutes later, it was a 3-1 game when Jackson Glassford stopped a sharp angle bid to deflect the puck back of the net. Jackson Munro would come out with it, and skate it up the left wing before putting a pass onto  the tape of Mitchel Deelstra at centre ice. He walked over the blue line up the left side before cutting across the zone to the right point  where he simply wristed  one on goal that beat Zach Borgeil, who was screened by Ryan Doolin  at  the top of the paint to make it 3-1 at  11:03 of the third. There would be no further scoring, in large part due to  Jackson  Glassford, as the Capitals put anything  and everything on net, while the Bulldogs did a good job of not allowing secondary chances after the first save was made. The Bulldogs were penalized late with 1:05 to play, but did a good job of defending to not allow the Capitals to get back into it.


Third period shots were  19-8 Capitals, for a 48-22 total in the Capitals favour. Jackson Glassford earned 1st star honours with the win in net, while Zach Borgeil took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Capitals went 1 for 3.


The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night when they host the Victoria Grizzlies.


Hammer





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Thursday, October 03, 2019

Bulldogs finally back home, host Capitals tonight




After back to back road trips, and five straight games over the last two weeks away from home, the Bulldogs (4-8-0-0, 4th Island) return to Multiplex ice tonight to host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (9-3-0-0, 1st Island) for the first time this season.


The Bulldogs last played Thursday afternoon/evening at the Showcase in Chilliwack, where they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Merritt Centennials.

The Capitals were also playing at the same time in Chilliwack, where they topped the Surrey Eagles by a 4-2 score.


It'll be fun to get back within the friendly confines of the Multiplex, and to have some company in the booth as well. Bruce MacDonald takes care of game analysis and adds colour commentary, while I provide the play-by-play. The pregame show begins the broadcast at 6:45, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00pm on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet. 

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is this week's edition of The  Island Division This Week, courtesy of Dan Marshall at 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, and the Island Division broadcasters for their submissions. 




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Bulldogs top Centennials 4-1



The Bulldogs began the game inspired, attacking early and testing Ryan Winter in the Centennial net. They kept the pressure up, and a shift later made it 1-0 when Dawson Tritt won an attacking zone faceoff back to the right point for Tim Gould. He would simply take a couple of strides and step into it, blowing a slapper short-side past the glove of Winter at 1:21 of the first. The Bulldogs kept pushing the pace, and forced the Centennials into a trio of icings in the minutes that followed, but it was Merritt who got on the board when they raced up ice off the draw and beat the Bulldogs to their net as Brett Roloson skated onto it and in on goal where he beat Luke Pearson high far-side to make it 1-1 at 3:46 of the first. Shots  in the period were 13-10 Centennials.

The second began with four aside hockey for over a minute, and through the bulk of the opening 10 minutes it wasn't played especially sharp by either side of the puck with passes more often than not being off the mark. As the period wore on, the Bulldogs level of desperation increased, and they took a lead as a result of it when Austin Spiridakis fought a loose puck off a draw at centre ice for Jacob Bosse. He would slide it around a man for Tommy Bannister, who flew in alone where he put a deke to his backhand inside the near post to make it 2-1 at 13:46 of the second. The Bulldogs came close on the next shift to padding the lead, but couldn't convert on an odd-man rush. The Centennials countered with a couple good chances of their own, but Luke Pearson made a  couple great saves, the one that stands out the most being off a partial breakaway for Payton Matsui. The Bulldogs answered back, and a long hard-working shift in the attacking zone by the trio of Caige Sterzer, Josh Zary and Olivier Fizet resulting in a penalty drawn. The Bulldogs wouldn't let the Centennials out of their zone once over 1:06 of attack time before they made it 3-1 as Jimmy Rayhill took a Jacob Bosse pass and fed it rink-wide for Jackson Munro at the top of the left circle. The former Centennial would step into one, hammering it long-side past the glove of Winter at 17:01 of the period. Shots in the period were 16-14 Merritt, for a 29-24 edge after 40 minutes.

The Centennials looked desperate to start the third, and for the first five minutes and change of the frame had the edge in the play, but couldn't trim the deficit. Over the following minutes, the Bulldogs upped their game and didn't show any signs of sitting on their lead. They created chances, but Winter was solid to give the Centennials a chance. A 5 on 3 power play for the Bulldogs of 98 seconds saw them move the puck around well, but they couldn't create a Grade A chance to pad their lead. A penalty went against them at the  end of it, but Tim Gould drew  one  back with a solid effort to carry the puck out of the defensive  zone, resulting in  a long sequence of  four-aside hockey. In the end, the Dogs didn't give up much, before  sealing the deal into an empty net as Mitchel Deelstra out-raced  Olson Werenka on a pending icing after an  empty net bid went wide, resulting in an automatic goal awarded when Werenka threw his stick, making it 4-1 at 19:20 of the third.

Shots in period three were 17-5 Bulldogs, for a game total in their favour of 42-32 - a season high in shots on goal. Luke Pearson  earned 1st star honours with  the win, while Ryan Winter took the loss. The Bulldogs  went 1  for 7 on the power play, while the Centennials went 0 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday at home, when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Hammer



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Bulldogs face Centennials today at Showcase *4:30 start*





It's the second and final appearance for the Bulldogs (3-8-0-0, T-4th Island) today, as they take on the Merritt Centennials (2-5-0-0, T-6th Interior) at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. 

The Bulldogs opened their Showcase experience last night, as they dropped their fourth in a row, 5-2 to the host Chiefs. The Centennials meanwhile haven't played since last Saturday night at home, when they defeated the Wenatchee Wild 2-1 in overtime. 

This  game will certainly be "more than just another game" for more than a few people on both sides of the puck today. The Bulldog Coaching Staff were formerly with the Merritt Centennials - Joe Martin was on the bench for eight years while Brandon Shaw was an Assistant Coach there the last two years while Bulldogs Assistant Captain Jackson Munro played 107 games in a Centennials uniform.   

Catch all the action on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford. The pregame show commences the proceedings at 4:15, with the play-by-play to follow the 4:30 puck drop. 

Today's 2nd Intermission guest is BCHL’s Coordinator of Content Services Jesse Adamson, talking about all things BCHL and Showcase related. 



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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Bulldogs drop fourth straight, 5-2 to Chiefs


The game started in as close to the weirdest way as possible, resulting in a 1-0 lead as a Mitchel Deelstra dump in was blocked at the Chilliwack line on the left side. Jackson Munro found the loose puck, and slapped it down the left wing. Kolby Thornton would leave the Chiefs net and stop the dump in for his defence and retreat to his crease. As he was in the process of doing so, Xavier Henry picked up the dump in, proceeded to mishandle the puck, and inadvertenly slide it into the left heel of Thornton, and over the goal line. Jackson Munro was credited with it as the last Bulldog to touch the puck, at 19 seconds of period one. As the minutes wore on, the Chiefs carried more and more of the play, with Jackson Glassford coming up with a plethora of solid saves from all areas to protect the lead. It would take an almost equally weird one to tie the game, as a dump in by the Chiefs down the left wing from centre ice appeared to hit a Linesman before going skyward and cross-ice to the slot to result in a 2 on 1 rush that saw Ethan Bowen put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Tyler Christall who made no mistake in one-timing it high over a desperation dive by Jackson Glassford to make it 1-1 at 12:59 of period one. Nikita Nesterenko was awarded the second assist, but it appeared like it should've been given to Nathan Kelly. The Chiefs earned a power play on the next shift, and the Bulldogs killed it off, with Glassford being lights out to keep it 1-1 after 20 minutes. Shots in the first were 24-8 Chiefs.

The Chiefs again came out with an edge in the play to open the second in the opening minutes, but the Bulldogs pushed back to create a couple of chances, and some momentum to even the game. They would take a 2-1 lead just short of seven minutes into the period when Jackson Munro retrieved a dump in with purpose in the far corner of the Bulldog zone, and put a head-man pass up the left wing for Caige Sterzer. He put a hard spinning backhand rink-wide through the Bulldogs zone to the right side of centre ice, where Austin Spiridakis won a stick battle to get possession in full flight up the right wing, where he walked into the faceoff circle and put a quick release long-side past the blocker of Thornton to make it 2-1 Bulldogs at 6:41 of the second. The Bulldogs had a couple promising rushes and pucks around the net in the ensuing minutes, but couldn't pad their lead. They would end up back in the penalty box a few minutes later, with Jackson Glassford again making a  fantastic save with his right toe as he  was being slid into by a Chief  forward to rob Garrett Valk on the goal line. The Chiefs would connect on the power play, with Cooper Moore  putting a long range wrister on net from the left point that somehow beat all the traffic to sneak long-side under the glove of Glassford to make it 2-2 at 12:53 of the  second to make it 2-2 after period two. Shots in the frame were 15-6 Chilliwack for a 39-14 Chiefs advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs came out inspired to start the third period, and drew a penalty on the first shift. They couldn't make the power play count though, as the Chiefs killed it off. The Bulldogs kept pressing over the opening minutes of the period, and had a couple great chances as a result, but couldn't find the go-ahead marker. The most notable  chance saw Caige Sterzer skate in alone,  but Thornton made a good save with his right toe to keep it out. The Bulldogs kept pushing, but were penalized while in the attacking zone. The Chiefs made them pay just seconds into the power play, as a rink-wide set up saw Nikita Nesterenko put a perfect pass through the seam to the left faceoff dot where Peter Reynolds made no mistake in going roof, short-side over the blocker of Glassford to make it 3-2 at 7:14 of the third, with Ethan Bowen also assisting. The Bulldogs would earn another power play with eight and a half minutes to play, but again couldn't make it count to tie the game. Less than two minutes later the Chiefs padded their lead, as after a continuous  sequence of the teams fighting a bouncing puck back and forth between the blue lines finally ended with Cooper Moore walking into the deep slot where he beat Glassford with a wrist shot blocker side to make it 4-2 at 15:19 of the third, with Jake Veri drawing the lone assist. Seconds later, the Bulldog power play was again given an opportunity to get back in it and make it a  one-goal game despite showing an increased  urgency of putting the puck on net and creating several  scrambles. The Chiefs would rub some further salt in the wound to complete the scoring just 46 seconds after the power play elapsed, as Kyle Penney walked off the wall into the top of the right circle where he put a quick release high, short-side over the glove of Glassford to make it 5-2 at 18:46 of the third, with Ethan Bowen and Xavier Henry assisting.

Third period shots were 17-10 Bulldogs, for a game total of 49-33 Chiefs. Jackson Glassford earned 3rd star honours while taking the loss, while Kolby Thornton earned the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Chiefs went 2 for 4.

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Bulldogs visit Chiefs tonight to open Showcase appearance




It's the second meeting between these teams in five days, as the Bulldogs (3-7-0-0, T-4th Island) begin their BCHL Showcase appearance by taking on the host Chiefs (4-4-0-0, T-2nd Mainland) at the Chilliwack Coliseum.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Coquitlam, where they dropped their third in a row, 4-2 to the Express. 


The Chiefs last played Saturday night at home, in an odd scheduling quirk, it was against the Bulldogs, where they won their second straight, 5-2


The Showcase is a great event and it's a unique experience to be a part of. It's a cool atmosphere when you walk into the rink, with league games already underway when you show up at the rink to prepare for yours. You can't turn your head without seeing a scout from the professional or collegiate hockey ranks, Every year I've attended it I always feel privileged to be able to work in conjunction with this great league. Now about tomorrow, when I'm broadcasting standing on a chair backwards against the glass in the small rink....well that's a topic for tomorrow.

For the players -  I can't imagine how exciting and motivating  it must be to  have this opportunity. The only caveat - don't play as an individual, don't play to impress. That just takes away from getting noticed for the right reasons, in my opinion. Do what you do, and what got you here.




Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials, who the Bulldogs faceoff against tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 to conclude their Showcase appearance.




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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bulldogs drop third straight, 4-2 to Express in Coquitlam.


The Bulldogs had a good chance on the opening rush of the game, but were promptly penalized on the backcheck  inside the first minute. Luke Pearson  made a couple good saves around the paint  to  keep it tied. The Bulldogs had  two further good chances on breakways in the following minutes, with both Josh Zary and Tommy Bannister stopped by Clay Stevenson. The Bulldogs went again to  the penalty box, and again killed it off, but couldn't draw a penalty of their own when Bannister seeminlgy should have drawn something on a would-be breakaway chance taken away with any number of infractions possible, but play continued on. It would be stopped by a third straight Express power play to open the game, and they would open the scoring on it as a perfect cross-ice set up by Nicholas Carabin  to the left circle was one-timed home short-side by Cooper Connell to make it 1-0, with Drew Cooper also assisting at 13:30 of the first.

Now... when you think you've seen it all. Try to follow along here. With three minutes to play in the period, a Bulldog player was  tripped up by a diving Express defender. The back Referee put his arm up to signal a delayed penalty. Susequently, Luke Pearson raced to the bench for the extra attacker. HOWEVER, the Referee decided to "un-call" the penalty? And lowered his arm. The Bulldogs were left with no goalie, so Luke Pearson raced back to the net. The Bulldogs would have one-too-many men on the ice  - I'm not sure  there's a  way to react to  a scenario such as this. The Express would understandably scream from their bench that they had six skaters. The Officials would initially  call the Bulldogs for too-many-men and move the faceoff to their end. A long passionate discussion from the Bulldog staff would inform the second Referee of the first Referee's actions. Credit to the Officials, halfway I guess for not penalizing the Bulldogs? However, they never earned their power play chance either. Less than a minute later the damage was magified, as it was 2-0 when Drew  Cooper  one-timed home a centering pass  from the slot high past the blocker of Pearson, with assists to Ryan Tattle and Tyler Schleppe at 18:08 of the  first. Shots in the period were 9-7 Express.

The second period began with the Bulldogs making an immediate statement to make it 2-1 as Ryan Doolin fed the puck with help by Mitchel Deelstra from the left corner behind the net for Jacob Bosse. He would put a perfect pass to a wide open Tim Gould in the slot, where he ripped a quick release  five-hole on Stevenson to make it 2-1  at 49 seconds of period two. The Bulldogs  would tie it up, after a fourth straight penalty kill to open the game, when Ryan Doolin again fought the puck out of the Bulldog zone up the right wing for Jacob Bosse for a 2 on 1 rush that saw him make a second effort to find Mitchel Deelstra flying in alone where he went to his backhand and put the puck into the net - where it was caught by Stevenson, but from my vantage point, at  least a foot over the goal line. The Referee would be  perfectly positioned, and signalled goal. The Express would argue, but the initial call stayed and it was 2-2 at  7:12 of  the second. The Bulldogs  earned a power play at the middle of the period, but couldn't generate much on it. At it's conclusion, Isaac Pascoal drove by the defence and in alone, but took a stick and arm across his body and couldn't get a shot on net, nor could he draw a call. Less than a minute later, it was 3-2 Coquitlam, when Joseph Borthwick picked off a pass at centre ice and skated over the left wing where he put a quick release long-side under the glove of Pearson - perhaps off a defender's stick. The goal was unassisted. In the late stages of the period Tommy Bannister made a spin move to make two defenders  miss to skate in alone, where  he appeared to lose the handle, but managed to  draw a penalty. The Bulldogs were unable to tie the game before the period ended. Shots in the second were nine-aside, for a 18-16 Express advantage into  the third.

The third period saw the Express come out with a slight edge as the Bulldogs were somewhat sloppy, repeatedly turning the puck over through the opening four minutes, but getting out of it unscathed. It would be one-turnover-too-many on the next  sequence,  as an attempted pass up the middle  by a Bulldog went right onto the stick of Tyler Schleppe in the slot, who made no mistake in ripping a perfect shot off the bottom of the crossbar over the glove of Pearson to make it 4-2 at 4:04 of period three. Assists were given on the play, but were un-earned. That would do it for the scoring, but not for a lack of chances,  as the Bulldogs fought hard to the end,  and had  in-alone looks for Mitchel Deelstra, and several times for Tommy Bannister, but Clay Stevenson was fantastic to protect the lead including making two  good saves in the final  90 seconds when the Bulldogs pushed with the extra attacker.

Shots in the third were 7-7, for a game total of 25-23 Express, with Clay  Stevenson earning the win and Luke Pearson took the loss. The Express went 1 for 5 on the power play while  the Bulldogs  went 0  for 3.

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night in Chilliwack when they face the  host Chiefs at the BCHL Showcase.

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Bulldogs wrap up weekend roadie this afternoon in Coquitlam



It's the final game of this three-in-three road trip today for the Bulldogs (3-6-0-0) as they visit the Coquitlam Express (6-1-0-0, 1st Mainland) at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. 

The Bulldogs were in Chilliwack last night, where they dropped their second in a row, 5-2 to the Chiefs.

The Express began their week at home on Wednesday night, where they topped the Merritt Centennials 6-3. They had Friday night off, and last night they hosted the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, where they won their fourth in a row, 3-2 in overtime.

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






Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey will be on 93.3 The Peak FM takes to the airwaves at 2:45 for the pregame show, with play-by-play to follow at 3:00pm.



Today's 2nd Intermission feature is this week's edition of  Island Division This Week courtesy of Dan Marshall at 106.9 the Wolf in Nanaimo. It's a compilation of previews, recaps and highlights from the Island Division play-by-play voices.



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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bulldogs drop second straight, 5-2 to Chiefs




The Bulldogs looked everything like a team that travelled overnight and arrived in Chilliwack around the crack of dawn in the early minutes of the game, as the Chiefs ran roughshod over them in running up an 8-0 lead in shots. They didn't get on  the scoreboard, with Luke Pearson  looking rock solid in net to keep it a scoreless game. The most notable series of saves saw Pearson make an initial stop, before flashing out his left toe to rob Arlo Merritt to preserve the scoreless tie. The Bulldogs got their legs under them in the ensuing minutes, and had a couple of promising looking odd-man rushes frustratingly not end up on net with attempted passes failing to connect. As the period wore on, the play evened out with the Bulldogs testing Kolby Thornton on a couple of instances, the most notable seeing Dawson Tritt sent in alone from in tight by Jackson Doucet, but Thornton got his left toe across the crease to make a big save. The Bulldogs earned a power play a minute and change later and it failed to impress or generate much, if anything losing momentum. A minute  later, the Chiefs earned a power play of their own and made quick work of it  to  open  the scoring as Nikita Nesterenko set up Cooper Moore at the right point. He would walk in to the right faceoff  dot and put a next-level slapper high short-side over the glove of Pearson and under the crossbar to make it 1-0 at 18:39 of the first, with Joey Larson also drawing an assist. Pearson would make a highlight reel save less than a minute later, diving across the crease to keep a Brody Gagno open net chance out with his glove, after stopping Clark Nelson on a net drive before it. Shots in the first were 14-6 Chilliwack.

The Bulldogs came out with a noticable urgency to their game to start the second, and it immediately paid divedends, as they earned a power play early in the period, and made good on it as Jimmy Rayhill put a cross-ice pass up the left wing for Jackson Munro at centre ice. He found Jackson Doucet in the slot over the Chilliwack line, where he put a quick release high far-side over the glove of Thornton to make it 1-1 at 2:57 of the period, on the power play. A minute later the Bulldogs took the lead, as Stephen Castagna won a faceoff in the attacking zone back to the right point for Carson Hemenway. He would one-time it on net and Thornton would make the save, but kick a rebound out to the slot where Mitchel Deelstra out fought his defender to lift the rebound home to make it 2-1 at 3:57 of the second. The Bulldogs kept the push on, and came painfully close to blowing it open, as in the following minutes Mitchel Deelstra hit both a post and a cross bar but couldn't get a bounce. The Chiefs would get back into the game twelve minutes into the period on a penalty shot awarded when Nikita Nesterenko picked up a stretch pass behind the Bulldog defence to skate in alone. He would be caught, and barely pushed from behind before barrelling into Luke Pearson. The game officials would pause for a 60 second media time out before the shot, that Nesterenko made good on with a forehand deke that he just snuck past the right toe of Pearson at 12:07 of the second. A minute and change later, it was 3-2 as the Bulldogs got caught on an offensive zone draw back to their end in under 10 seconds on a rush that saw Brett Rylance deflect a centering pass through Person. Assisting on the play was Ethan Bowen. The Bulldogs couldn't find the equalizer before the Chiefs padded their lead with under two minutes to play in the period, as Pearson made two  saves in tight, but couldn't get help as Rylance  slid it home in the paint. Carter Wilkie and Jake Veri at 18:34 of the second. Shots in the  period were 13-12 Chiefs, for a 27-18 advantage into period three.

The Bulldogs came out again  inspired to start the third, and had a couple good chances early to  get back in it, the most notable being a Stephen Castagna breakaway that saw him steal the puck at the line and skate in alone and beat Thornton, but hit the post and again have it stay out. That would be huge, as a minute later it was a 5-2 game as the Bulldogs got caught pressing and gave up a 2 on 1 rush that saw Joey Larson keep the puck up the left wing and beat Pearson with a quick release five-hole to complete the scoring, unassisted at 4:08 of the third. The Bulldogs weren't able to muster much of an attack to get back into it through the remainder of the third,  but did kill off three penalties to keep it respectable, with Luke Pearson coming up big time and time again  to keep it respectable.

Third period shots were 19-5 Chiefs, for a game total in their favour of 46-23 with Kolby Thornton earning the win, while Luke Pearson took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 2 on the power play, while the Chiefs went 1 for 5, while also scoring on a penalty shot.

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon in Coquitlam, a 3:00pm puck drop.

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Bulldogs visit Chiefs tonight at the CHILLIWACK COLISEUM


After an overnight trip down from Prince George, the Bulldogs (3-5-0-0, T-3rd Island) will take on the  Chiefs (3-4-0-0, Mainland) at the newly rechristened Chilliwack Coliseum.

The Bulldogs were in  Prince George  last night, where they were thumped 8-2 by the Spruce Kings. The Chiefs meanwhile were in action at home last night, where they earned a 6-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild.

As I write this, we're sitting on the bus and I'm looking for counsel in regards to whether or not rechristening is a word....and it turns out that it is. However, it's defined as "giving a new name to"

In this scenario, it's giving an old name back - or I guess if we're really jumping through these loopholes, it's an old name from an old rink that's been part of a future considerations transaction to a new-ish rink.


The Chilliwack Coliseum was the name of the original (or at least BCHL Chiefs original barn) before it was replaced by the 5,000 seat Prospera Centre. The Old Barn on Corbould” was an awesome, unique rink that I feel fortunate enough to  have had the opportunity  to broadcast a game from.

The relentless march of time, and the power of the almighty dollar saw the new rink take the name of Prospera Place - I  don't begrudge the necessity of this of course..... I just think it's pretty cool to take a corporate name, and THEN go back to an old  original  name. I'm  sure  it  won't last, but I haven't heard of it happening before as it has here, as the Prospera Centre is now known as the Chilliwack Coliseum. 

I know somewhere my friend JB is smiling. I think a lot of people are actually. We need more Coliseums and Memorials  and Arenas than we do [  insert corporate  entity here ] named buildings. 


I'll be on the air tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM to bring all  the action to you - Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on  the air starting with our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop to follow after 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 at 3:00 to conclude their weekend.





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