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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dogs weekend concludes in Coquitlam this afternoon

The non-regulation ice surface roadie wraps up this afternoon as the Bulldogs (13-7-1-2, 2nd Island) visiting the defending Fred Page Cup Champion Coquitlam Express (9-12-1-4, 4th Mainland) at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam.

If the rink looks a little small in the above picture, your eyes are not deceiving you - it's 80 X 200, so a little smaller than regulation - maybe it's better to play in a smaller rink at the end of a three-in-three weekend, as there is less ground to cover? Another way to look at it would be that things happen faster, and it's more physical and there is less room, so that's a challenge.

It's the second and final meeting between the teams this season - the Bulldogs won the previous match up 3-2 at the Dog Pound on October 10th.

The Bulldogs won their third in a row last night, 6-2 over the Eagles in Surrey while the Express fell 2-1 to the Chiefs in Chilliwack.

Don't miss a second of the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show kicking things off a 1:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 2pm.
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 Today's 2nd Intermission feature guest is former Bulldog Frank Riddle, who is currently playing with the CIS's Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dogs win third straight, top Eagles 6-2.

A dreadful start for the Bulldogs, as they took a penalty on the opening shift, and gave up a goal on the power play as Billy Christopolous made the first save on a rink-wide pass that was one-timed on goal by Cole Plotnikoff. He couldn't find the rebound though, as Ben Vikitch slid it into the open side to make it 1-0 at the 1:44 mark of the first, with Latrell Charleson also drawing an assist on the play. The Eagles would have several good chances to build on their lead, but Christopolous made a couple of good stops on the goal line to keep it 1-0. The Dogs would get their feet under them on the power play in the late stages of the period as Chris Schutz held the puck in at the left point and played it down the boards for Mitch Makin who set up Kurt Gosselin in the deep slot where he absolutely ripped a one-timer top corner, far side over the glove of Reid to make it 1-1 at 16:24 of the first. The Dogs kept the pressure up and almost scored on the net shift as Zak Bowles set up Justin Marreck with a cross-ice pass on a 2 on 1 rush, but Eagles AP goalie Tyler Read made a fantastic save to keep it tied. The Dogs continued to push and show some urgency, and it paid off as Kurt Gosselin set up Brett Stewart at the top of the crease where he put a quick shot on goal that was deflected in by Garrett Halls at the top of the crease to make it 2-1 Dogs at 18:18 of the first. The Dogs led the shots 19-12 after 20 minutes.

The second period saw the Bulldogs come out with the better of the play early, but they couldn't capitalize on their chances. The Eagles would push back and have several great chances, and Billy Christopolous was rock solid going post to post to rob Darius Davidson to keep it 2-1. Mitch Makin would be denied on a breakaway immediately at the other end of the ice. Drew Weich would also make a fantastic save on an open net as he blocked a shot to keep it 2-1 Dogs shortly afterwards. The Eagles would take an undisciplined penalty after the whistle, and the Dogs made them pay as Brett Stewart made a nice move to make the first defender miss. He would then fan on a shot attempt, before putting an off-speed shot on goal that was tipped in through the five-hole of Read by Drew Blackmun. Stewart and Gosselin would draw the assists at 11:29 of the second. Less than two minutes later it was 4-1 as Kurt Gosselin found Drew Weich at the right point where he put a shot on net that was stopped by Read, but he again couldn't control the rebound as Dylan Haugen fired it home from the crease at the 13:25 mark. The Dogs added one more before the period was out as Mitch Makin banged a rebound home - seconds after appearing to score a beautiful top corner goal that was waved off by the Referee, as he went to the net and jammed home a loose puck off a Kurt Gosselin shot. Chris Schutz also picked up an assist at 18:25 of the second for a 5-1 Dogs lead after two periods, with the Dogs out-shooting the Eagles 20-17 in the period for a 39-29 advantage after 40 minutes.

The Dogs built the lead to 6-1 in the third period on an absolutely gorgeous goal by Scottie Clark who took a head man pass and made a nifty move to make a defender miss before then cutting across the crease and out-waiting the goaltender before lifting a backhand home at the 5:18 mark of the third to make it 6-1. The game turned silly near the back-half of the third period with the Eagles first seeing the book thrown at them on back-to-back slashing calls that I didn't think were much of anything. More penalties to the Eagles saw the Bulldogs go to back-to-back 5 on 3's. The Dogs didn't look especially good on them, as they failed to click to generate much in the way of chances. The Eagles would then get a series of 5 on 3's after Scott Clark, Marcus Russell, and finally Eric Margo - who threw a clean check, got jumped and somehow drew four minutes. The Eagles wouldn't score on the back-to-back two man advantages, but they did connect on the final penalty to make it a 6-2 game when a blocked shot ended up on the stick of Cole Plotikoff who one-timed it home before Christopolous could get over. Brian Drapluk drew the only assist on the play.

Final shots favoured the Dogs 47-36 with Billy Christoplous picking up 2nd star honours with the win while Tyler Read took the loss. Unofficial special teams numbers, as it got a little silly there for a while - I had the Dogs went 3 for 7 on the power play while the Eagles went 2 for 9.

With the win the Dogs have won three in a row. They finish their trip tomorrow afternoon in Coquitlam for a 2pm start against the Express.

Here's some addition pictures from tonight, courtesy Damon James.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dogs top Spruce Kings 4-3 with late winner


There was a bit of a slow start to this one with neither team appearing to be especially sharp in the opening minutes. The Spruce Kings would get the opening powerplay just short of the midway point, but it was the Bulldogs who had the best chances as both Mitch Makin and Zak Bowles couldn't cash in on a Spruce Kings turn over as the game stayed 0-0 into the Media Timeout with 9:38 left in the first period and the shots just 4-4. The Spruce Kings would open the scoring shortly afterwards on a play that didn't look like much, as the puck was fought back to the right point where Adam Clements moved in and put a quick wrister on goal that was perfectly placed, just under the cross-bar top corner short-side over the glove of Warren. Assists on the play went to Braiden Epp and Rider Stoglin at 12:10 of the first for a 1-0 Spruce Kings lead after one period, with Prince George up 7-6 in shots.

The Dogs got an early power play in the second but again failed to capitalize. They received a second powerplay shortly afterwards, and this would seethe game change dramatically as Mitch Makin drove the net and missed a pass and contacted the Spruce Kings goalie. He would be immediately challenged by Ryan Fritz, and Makin answered the call and dropped his gloves, with the fight (if you could call it that) ending relatively quickly. It was too quick for Fritz's liking, as he threw a punch at a defenceless Makin who was on his back on the ice. The referee would detect it, and give both players 5 for fighting and a match penalty to Fritz for the late cheap one. The Bulldogs would connect on the ensuing 4 on 3 power play when Josh Adkins found Kurt Gosselin at the top of the point where he walked in and blew a low slapper past the stick side of Brooks-Potts to make it 1-1 at 6:48 of the second. The Dogs kept up the pressure and took a 2-1 lead on the Major Penalty when a crazy scramble saw the puck come back to the left circle to Brett Stewart, who out-waited the goalie before putting a wrister glove side off the post and in to make it 1-1 at 9:57 with Drew Blackmun drawing the only assist. It was 3-1 Dogs two minutes and change later after two highlight reel saves by Brooks-Potts saw the puck kept in at the right point by Drew Weich. He went D-to-D to Jeff Rose who put a quick shot on goal that was stopped. Dylan Haugen would put the rebound on net out of mid-air, which was again stopped, but it came back and hit Haugen and bounced just over the line to make it 3-1 Dogs at 12:25 with Everett Putz picking up the only assist. Shots favoured the Dogs 13-8 in the period, for a 19-15 advantage after two. 

The Bulldogs would really push the pace in the third period, not sitting back on the lead as they continued to show great urgency as they out shot the Spruce Kings 7-1 in the early stages of the period, and continued to hold a 10-4 lead in shots in the period when the game was stopped for a long delay due to a glass problem with 8:25 left in the period with the Dogs still up 3-1. The dogs came out of the delay and continued to carry the better of the play, but the Spruce Kings pushed and made it 3-2 with 2:56 to play when Cooper Leich roofed a loose puck in the slot  with Brogan O'Brien drawing the assist. In the final minute the Dogs got dinged for icing and were unable to clear the puck and it came back to bite them as Rider Stoglin fired a wrister past the blocker of Warren from the slot to make it 3-3 with 56 seconds to play with Jale LeBrun drawing the only assist. Instead of getting it to overtime, the Dogs would win it outright when Everett Putz roofed a centering pass from the crease with 22 seconds to play for the 4-3 final. No assist was given on the play but I thought it might have been Justin Marreck who put it out front.

Final shots favoured the Dogs 37-26 with Nathan Warren picking up the win whole Alex Brooks-Potts took the loss. The Dogs went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Spruce Kings went 0 for 4.

The Dogs travel overnight to the Lower Mainland to visit the Eagles in Surrey tomorrow night.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bulldogs visit Spruce Kings tonight to kick off three-in-three weekend

It's the start of a busy and long three game in three day weekend for the Bulldogs (11-7-1-2, 2nd Island) as they kick things off tonight from the Coliseum in Prince George, also known as the "Castle" where they face the Spruce Kings (14-9-0-2, 1st Mainland) for the third meeting between the teams this season.

It's a grand ole barn - and I say that with the utmost sincerity - if I'm not mistaken once an old aircraft hanger....or so the legend goes from what I remember... that was converted to a rink, with smaller than regulation dimensions, different corners and crazy boards and overall tight confines with a great atmosphere when a good crowd shows up. Due to the Spruce Kings consistent success over the last couple of years, that's more often than not as the last three home games for the Kings have brought in crowds of 982, 1082 and 1054. Not bad at all.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they picked up a 4-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs, while the Spruce Kings were in Chilliwack Wednesday night where they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Chiefs. 

Here's a glance at how close the Bulldog's bench is to the broadcast booth - if the visitors are in control and the rink is quiet, I'm feel like I'm pretty much broadcasting to the bench!

As previously mentioned, it's the third meeting of the season between the teams after a 6-5 Prince George win at the season-opening Showcase and a 5-4 Spruce Kings win on Sunday, October 19th when they showed considerable grit in playing their fourth game in five days, snapping the Dogs winning streak at four games, still a season high.

Tonight's broadcast kicks off with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM
If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer:
Listening Live on your SmartPhone :
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Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Justin Morissette, play-by-play voice of the Surrey Eagles , who the Dogs visit tomorrow night.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bulldogs face Eagles tonight in Surrey

One night after playing up in Prince George in the smaller-than-regulation ice surface at the Coliseum, the Bulldogs (12-7-1-2, 2nd Island)  face the Eagles (3-16-0-3, 5th Mainland) on the International/Olympic sized ice sheet at the South Surrey Arena.

There will be no time for bus legs in this one, as you have to be ready to skate on the 200 x 100 rink. It's a game where the Dogs need to show their commitment and maturity, and play the game - not the opposition. I don't say that with any offense intended to the Eagles - losers of 11 in a row, and outscored 72-22 in the process. It's obvious that they are struggling, and everyone knows it. However, preparing to play a team and preparing for anything less than your best usually ends up seeing you bring exactly that - less than your best.

An example that comes to mind from this season might be the 3-2 last-minute Bulldog win over a struggling Capitals team a week after they beat them 7-3 and 8-1. The Dogs fell into a 1-0 hole before the game was 30 seconds old, and didn't look ready to play compared to their opposition and it took until the final minute of the game to finally get a lead.

If you aren't ready to play - it's not going to be a fun night, and more often than not the night ends in a loss.

The Bulldogs enter play winners of two in a row after a 4-3 last-second win last night in Prince George, while the Eagles lost their 11th in a row 5-2 last night in Langley.

I will have the call for you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show getting underway at 6:55, with the puck dropping at 7:11pm and the play-by-play to follow.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who the Dogs face tomorrow afternoon to finish their weekend off. Check out his great blog HERE


Monday, November 17, 2014

Cooke retires, Harvey to VIJHL, Bulldogs in Schools program

Scott Cooke Retires, Harvey Reassigned to Oceanside

November 15, 2014

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very sad to announce that 1994-born veteran forward Scott Cooke has retired from the game of hockey due to medical reasons.

Cooke joined the Bulldogs in October after having played three full seasons in the WHL split between the Vancouver Giants and the Moose Jaw Warriors. In the first game with the Bulldogs, Cooke suffered a concussion and has experienced reoccurring symptoms ever since. Cooke remained with the team hoping to get back on the ice but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

“It’s with great sadness that my hockey career is over,” said Cooke in a statement. “I have played hockey since I was three years old. Although my time with the Bulldogs was brief, I loved playing here and will miss the players, organization, fans, and especially the game,” added Cooke.

Cooke signed off with one final message to his teammates by saying, “Bring home a championship.”

Cooke’s jersey will be hung in the Bulldogs dressing room for the remainder of the season as he begins the next phase of his life by attending school in Kelowna in the New Year.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to thank Scott for wanting to be a part of our family in the last year of his junior career and wish him all the success in the world in a healthy transition to life after junior hockey. His character and cheerful personality will be missed around the rink.

In another move this week, the Bulldogs have reassigned 1997-born defenseman Josh Harvey to the Oceanside Generals of the VIJHL. Harvey, from Port Alberni, BC, was with the team since opening day as the team wanted to provide him with every opportunity to close the skill gap en route to becoming a full-time BCHL player. Harvey will continue to be in the Bulldogs plans and will continue to practice with the team. With the acquisition of two veteran defensemen this past week, it became harder to get Harvey in the line up and he needs to play in order to continue his development.

In Harvey’s first game with the Oceanside Generals on Thursday, he factored in on all the Generals’ goals (one goal, one assist) in a 8-2 loss to the Nanaimo Buccaneers.

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


Here's some recent feedback regarding the Bulldogs in Schools program - such a cool thing to have the guys in local schools making a difference. 


We would like to have the presentation from the Bulldogs on Thursday, November 27th. It is the day that really works best for us. Will we be getting the 2 Bulldogs Eric & Everett that have been at our school? Will we get them for the full day? In order for us to have all 12 classes get the presentation we would need the full day.

Eric & Everett have been amazing!! They have attended every single day. They are always on time and sometimes even stay later when the kids ask them to. They are both outgoing, take initiative and so helpful to have in the classroom. Nothing but positives are coming from our teachers about these 2 boys. Many of our French Immersion teachers are especially happy to have Eric in their classes as he speaks some French and that is sooo helpful and something that hasn't happened in the past.

I love seeing that the program is working with the community in the schools. Also, I am very pleased with how the program is giving tickets not only to the students but also to their parent so they can go with their child for free too. What an amazing way to promote family activities and bring our community together.

Thank you,
Lindsay McIvor
Alberni Elementary