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Friday, February 24, 2017

Bulldogs face Capitals tonight in Duncan


It's the final road game of the season tonight, as the Bulldogs (16-31-7-2, 5th Island) visit the Capitals (23-28-3-2, 3rd Island) tonight at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Coquitlam, where they lost their eighth straight game, 3-0 to the Express. The Capitals were in action Wednesday night at home, as they hosted the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the make up game originally slated to be played on February 10th. The Capitals lost their second in a row with a 3-1 loss to the 'Backs.

These teams last met on February 14th, a 5-1 Capitals win at the Dog Pound.

 93.3 The Peak FM will bring all the action to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey, with the broadcast beginning with the pregame shows at 6:45 in advance of the 7:00pm puck drop with Dan Tisserand on hand to compile team and player stats while I provide the play-by-play.




Today's 2nd Intermission guest is Port Alberni Native and former Bulldog Josh Bonar - who has now come full circle from a player as he is now on the Bulldog Scouting Staff. Josh is a pretty neat story, as he is a local player from the a different era, growing up when there was no Multiplex and no Bulldog franchise. 

As we talk about during the interview, he's been involved in hockey as both a player and now a coach, for almost half of his life. He returned from the WHL to play for the Bulldogs from the 2003-2004 through 2004-2005 seasons before playing two years of CIS Hockey. He then turned pro and has seen the world while doing it, playing in the Central Hockey League and the Southern Professional Hockey League along with stops overseas in Norway, Hungary, Romania and Kazakhstan. The picture above is a piece of fan art from his time in Europe. 

Along with helping the Bulldogs on the scouting side of things, he's also working as a coach with the Burnaby Winter Club AND has his foot in the door with the Vancouver Canucks, working as an assistant to their coach in their video department, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me!







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The Bulldogs will be without Keith Anderson and Mackenzie Wight tonight and tomorrow - read below for more details.... 


BULLDOGS PLAYERS MAKE RETURN TO WHL

PRESS RELEASE
February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs will be short two forwards the remaining two regular season games. Keith Anderson (Hermiston, OR) and Mackenzie Wight (Chilliwack, BC) have been recalled by their respective Western Hockey League teams.

Anderson will be joining the Everett Silvertips and has previously spent time with the Victoria Royals in the 2015-16 season. He has played in 39 WHL games. As a Bulldog, Anderson scored 8 Points (4 Goals, 4 Assists) and registered 76 Penalty Minutes in 29 Games.

Wight will be joining the Swift Current Broncos and has previously spent time with the Seattle Thunderbirds. He has played 6 WHL games. As a Bulldog, Wight scored 12 Points (6 Goals, 6 Assists) in 27 Games.

The Bulldogs did not qualify for the post-season for the first time since 2011-12 but would like to wish Keith and Mackenzie all the best as they continue their hockey opportunities.

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


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dogs drop eighth straight game, 3-0 in Coquitlam



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A high pace early to this game, with Brody Claeys being forced to make a big save on the doorstep in the first minute on a rebound off of William Lawrence in the paint to keep it scoreless. The Dogs pushed back and generated a couple good chances of their own, with Mackenzie Wight stealing the puck at the Express line and sending Jake Witkowski on a partial breakaway into the right circle where he was stopped by Reid Cooper. Another good chance for the Dogs appeared headed to the top corner, but hit the head of Cooper and stayed out. The Express would open the scoring - with the Dogs trailing for the seventh straight game - just over eight minutes into the game on a nice pass through centre ice springing Christian Bosa over the Bulldogs line up the left wing where he walked into the top of the left circle and put a perfect top corner wrist shot long-side over the glove of Brody Claeys. Assists on the play went to Noah Turanski and Cal Babych at 8:29 of the first. The Express appeared immediately inspired by the goal, while the Dogs noticably sagged, and it was 2-0 as a result less than two minutes later as a shot from the right point by David Guinta was deflected home in the paint by Christian Bosa top corner, over the shoulder of Claeys. The Bulldogs would protest that it was a high stick, and the Officials talked about it before deciding the goal stood. Assists on the play went to David Guinta and Keegan Jones at 10:03 of the first. The Bulldogs responded well to the two quick ones against, pushing back to create some good chances of their own, but being unable to cash in on them to trim the deficit. The Express would earn a power play later in the period, and a puck appeared to be headed mid air into the back of the net but it somehow stayed out. The Dogs earned a power play in the final minute of the period, but couldn't capitalize. The Express out shot the Dogs 18-11 in the first.


The Bulldogs failed to capitalize on the power play to start the second, but earned one almost immediately afterwards as Tristan Bukovec was slashed behind the Express net. A painfully weak even up call at the bench on the delay against the Bulldogs saw them never get the power play chance, and on the ensuing puck drop it was a 3-0 game as Blake Hayward walked in alone on Brody Claeys and converted the chance with a backhand deke that he tucked in on the forehand inside the far post. The lone assist on the play went to William Lawrence at 1:23 of the first. As the next couple of minutes played out, the Dogs were caught on several instances up ice and watching, resulting in the Express getting a handful of odd man rushes and partial breakaways that Claeys was good on to keep out to keep them in the game. The Dogs didn't generate much throughout the period in the way of offense, but did have a couple positive shifts of containment in the attacking zone, but were held off the scoreboard through 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 12-9 Coquitlam, for a 30-20 advantage after two periods.


The Dogs came out a team possessed through the first minute of the third and threw three big hits in succession in succeeding in killing the penalty off that carried over to start the period. The hitting wasn't as infectious as I hoped it might have been, as that element was gone from the game soon afterwards. As the period wore on, the Dogs failed to generate many chances, credited with just five shots on net through 10 minutes of the third. The Bulldogs showed some signs of good character through the back half of the period, generating a couple good chances around the Express net and digging hard to break the shut out bid all the way until the dying seconds of the game when they had back to back to back opportunities around the Express net that failed to find the back of it.


Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 15-9, for a game total of 39-35 Express. Brody Claeys earned 3rd star honours while taking the loss, while Reid Cooper earned 1st star honours with the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while Express 0 for 2.


With the loss, the Dogs have now dropped eight straight games, scoring six goals in the process, including three in one game. They have been shut out four of their last seven games, and twelve times this season. They have two games left to play, in Duncan on Friday and home against Powell River on Saturday.


Hammer

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bulldogs wrap up weekend by visiting Express in Coquitlam today



It's the end to a three-in-three weekend for the Bulldogs (16-30-7-2, 5th Island) as they visit the Express (10-43-1-2, 6th Mainland) inside the cozy confines of the Porier Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam.

The Bulldogs were in Vernon last night, where they dropped their seventh straight contest, 4-1 to the Vipers. The Express were last in action Wednesday night at home, where they lost their sixth in a row, 9-0 to the Wenatchee Wild. 

These teams have met twice already this season - the most recent head-to-head match up saw the Express pick up a 2-1 win at the Dog Pound on October 2nd . Usually Island and Mainland teams play just twice throughout the Regular Season, but due to the Showcase meeting (a 2-1 Bulldog win on September 24th in Chilliwack) they will face each other a third time today.



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


Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Hunter Stewart, currently playing his Junior Season with the NCAA's Marian University Sabres.



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Hammer



Dogs drop seventh straight, 4-1 in Vernon




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The Bulldogs looked like a loose team with all the pressure of them from the opening faceoff, with a jump to their step that led to a breakaway just 15 seconds in for former Viper Nicholas Rasovic. He would beat Viper netminder Darion Hanson, but not the goal post, as it stayed out and stayed 0-0. The Dogs remained inspired as the period wore on, earning a series of glorious chances - Ryan Steele was stopped on a breakaway, as was Keith Anderson on an in-alone net drive set up by Cayden Kraus. Near the midway point of the period, both Kraus and Mackenzie Wight were stopped on wide open looks from the slot as it was scoreless through the first half of the game, with the Dogs up 11-2 in shots. The Vipers would no doubt get a talking to coming out of the media time out, and picked up their game and in the process started to even the shots on goal, although the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of scoring chances. The Bulldogs would earn a power play chance, but couldn't get much going on it. A minute later, Paul Savage was given the only penalty for responding to a Viper slashing at the glove of Carson Schamerhorn who had covered the puck. Vernon would take advantage of the opportunity, opening the scoring on a set up to the slot that saw Riley Brandt one-time a shot off the blocker of Schamerhorn and in at 17:31 of the first, with assists to Jagger Williamson and Chris Jandric. The Dogs were penalized again seconds later, and the Vipers would again cash in on it as Schamerhorn left his net to play a dump in behind the goal, but didn't end up playing it. The Vipers would steal it and Jagger Williamson sent a pass to the top of the point for Chris Jandric, who one-timed it on goal where it was tipped in by Riley Brandt just under the crossbar and over the shoulder of Schamerhorn at 19:44 of the first. The Vipers would win the ensuing faceoff at centre ice and dump it into the Bulldogs zone. Schamerhorn would vacate his net to play it, but again didn't move it as both defenceman awaited his pass. Luke Gingras would pick it up behind the net, and wrap it home just before the buzzer for a 3-0 Viper lead after one, unassisted. Shots were even at 13 aside through 20 minutes.

Despite the incredibly disheartening circumstances through the first period, the Dogs showed no quit to start the second. They would finally find the net just short of five minutes into the period as Kyle Kaufmann threw a puck through the top of the crease where it bounced back to the left point for Cole Slaney. He would simply throw a quick shot on net, that was stopped by Hanson, but the rebound was found and one-timed home on the backhand by Alex MacDonald from the top of the crease to make it a 3-1 game at 4:09 of the second. The Bulldogs would earn a power power play as they continued to push the pace, and then saw a a short 5 on 3 opportunity come their way when Cayden Kraus was high sticked which drew blood. An immediate even up call on the attacking zone faceoff would take away the Dogs chances, as the teams played four-aside for two minutes before the Dogs went back to the power play. They couldn't cash in on it to get back into the game, with Darion Hanson making a couple of stops but not forced to come up with any jaw droppers as the Dogs couldn't generate a good chance. The Vipers would earn a power play late in the period and generated a couple great looks, with Carson Schamerhorn coming up with a series of good saves, most notably with his right pad on a cross-ice pass on Brett Stapley. Shots in the period were 12-11 Dogs, for a 40 minute advantage of 25-24.

The Bulldogs once again had a nice jump to begin the third, creating a 3 on 1 rush on a neutral zone turnover that saw one pass too many result in not a good opportunity on net. They would earn a power play soon afterwards, but for whatever reason looked flat on it and didn't generate much on it. The Vipers would restore their three goal lead just short of seven minutes into the period, as a puck to the slot was mishandled by Jimmy Lambert, but it worked out as Connor Clouston stepped into it and blew a slap shot top corner, short-side over the blocker of Schamerhorn to make it 4-1 at 6:48 of the third, with Lambert and Jagger Williamson also drawing an assist. There was no scoring the rest of the way, with the Dogs having a couple opportunities around the Viper net but failing to get a bounce, while Carson Schamerhorn was solid when tested in the Dogs net.

Shots in the third were 12-5 Vipers, for a game total of 36-30 in their favour. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss in net, while Darion Hanson picked up the win. The Dogs went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Vipers went 2 for 4.

With the loss, the Dogs have dropped seven straight games. They try to snap the streak and end their weekend on a high note when they visit the Express in Coquitlam for a 2:00pm puck drop against the Express.

Hammer    

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bulldogs visit Vipers tonight in Vernon *6pm puck drop*




It's the second and final regular season meeting between the Bulldogs (16-29-7-2, 5th Island) and the Vipers (28-18-5-4, 2nd Interior) tonight at Kal Tire Place in Vernon for a 6pm puck drop. 

The Bulldogs were in Salmon Arm last night, where they were eliminated from Playoff contention with their sixth straight loss, 4-0 to the Silverbacks.  The Vipers meanwhile were in action last night at home, falling 4-2 to the Victoria Grizzlies.

The last meeting between the teams feels like it was a season ago already, a 3-2 Bulldog win in double overtime on October 1st

It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs react as a group tonight, now being Officially out of playoff contention. While it's not the situation any player hopes to be in, it's my hope that with the pressure lifted that they can come out loose and find a way to have some fun, because that's been certainly lacking for a while now. It's also my hope that they can find a way to not pack it in, and play for the future, for each other, and for the logo on their chest and their fans and community that supports them so ardently through thick and thin.

It's a 6:00pm game time tonight, so our broadcast begins with the pregame show at 5:45 on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, the play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who the Dogs visit tomorrow to wrap up their weekend for a 2:00pm puck drop.


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Thanks for checking the blog! 

Hammer

Dogs eliminated with sixth straight loss, 4-0 in Salmon Arm




The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer, Wine Store and liquor store or retreat to our Stamps Cafe or Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.






A great start through the first 45 seconds for the Bulldogs, as they forced the Silverbacks into back to back turnovers in their zone that resulted in good chances on net that Nic Tallarico kept out. Seconds later they would take a penalty though, to halt and early momentum earned. The kill was solid in not giving up much, as the game remained scoreless through the midway point of the first with both sides getting a couple good looks on net but not much in the way of wide open chances given up by each side. The Bulldogs would generate a couple great chances in the latter stages of the period, with Kyle Kaufmann setting up Affiate Player Rayman Bassi on the doorstep for a tip in attempt that was stopped by Tallarico. He would then make a desperation highlight reel save on a Keith Anderson rebound in the paint, just getting his glove up to get enough on it to keep it out. The Bulldogs would draw their first power play chance of the game with just over 20 seconds remaining in the period, and had a couple of good looks but couldn't find the net before the buzzer sounded. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 13-8.

The second period saw the Dogs start with the carry over power play, but they couldn't cash in on it. The Dogs continued to push to get on the board, just missing a great set up at the It remained scoreless until the Silverbacks capitalized on a bounce at the Bulldog line as Mackenzie Wight put the puck hard off the glass in an attempt to chip it out, but it hit the partition and went to the middle of the blue line when Carson Bolduc kept it in. He would walk through the left circle and put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Elijiah Barrigia, who walked in tight and to the outside with a deke that had Brody Claeys down and out before he put a centering pass through traffic to the top of the crease where Akito Hirose dove to poke it home to make it 1-0 at 7:22 of the second. The Bulldogs pushed back to continue to generate chances and pucks on net, but remained stymied by Tallarico and the hockey gods as he made a series of good saves with several deflection attempts hitting him and staying out. Later in the period Cayden Kraus stole the puck and skated in on a shorthanded breakaway, but couldn't get a shot away as he was hooked/slashed by the trailing defenceman. In what has seemed like a default penalty shot for some Officials, and at the very least a penalty call from most, the Dogs earned neither as play continued and Brody Claeys was forced to make a good save at the other end to keep it a one-goal game through 40 minutes. Shots were 12-11 Silverbacks in the period, and 24-20 Bulldogs after 40 minutes.

Despite the magnitude of the situation, the Bulldogs were unable to generate much of a push to start the third period, with Brody Claeys being busy in the early minutes to keep the Dogs in it. The Dogs were penalized just over four minutes into the period, but once again came up with a big kill to stay alive. They would have a great chance to tie it almost immediately afterwards, when Jake Witkowski was set up wide open in the hashmarks, but Tallarico again stood tall to keep it out and keep it 1-0. The Silverbacks would get the dagger to double their lead on the rush with 11 minutes to play as they went end-to-end on a partially broken play as a defender stepped up at the Bulldog line and missed, resulting in a partial breakaway for Nathan Iannone, that he capitalized on with a far-side wrist shot past the blocker of Claeys just inside the post to make it 2-0 at 9:00 of the third with Ryan Hogg and Grayson Constable assisting. The Dogs failed to get going to threaten to get on the board throughout the remainder of the third, and were forced to gamble with 3:58 remaining and an attacking zone faceoff as they called their time out and pulled Brody Claeys for the extra attacker. They would unfortunately lose the draw, but still found the puck on the left wing wall. A pass to the middle was immediately intercepted and then given away by the Silverbacks. Two Bulldogs would collide at the blue line, allowing the Silverbacks to skate it out for a 1 on 1 on the open net that went off the skate of Jordan Sandhu and in, who was back playing goalie. Justin Wilson got credit for it, with assists going to Trevor Ayre and Riley Booth at 16:15 of the third to make it 3-0. The Dogs would earn a power play with just under three minutes to play, and won a neutral zone faceoff but three Bulldogs were beaten to it by Connor Sundquist who hit the empty net while shorthanded to complete the scoring for the 4-0 final at 18:15 of the third, unassisted.

Final shots favoured the Silverbacks 37-27, with Brody Claeys taking the loss while Nic Tallarico picked up 1st star honours with the win and his second straight shut out against the Bulldogs. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Silverbacks went 0 for 5 while also scoring a shorthanded empty netter.

A crazy stat, courtesy of Dan Tisserand - the Dogs have scored 1 goal in their last 4 games against Salmon Arm, and have been shut out in three straight going back to last February

With the loss, the Dogs have lost six straight, and are eliminated from post season contention. They are in Vernon tomorrow to face the Vipers for a 6:00pm puck drop.

Hammer

Bulldogs visit Silverbacks tonight to kick off three game Interior swing


It's the second meeting between these teams in just six days, as the Bulldogs (16-28-7-2, 5th Island) kick off a three game weekend swing through the Interior by visiting the Silverbacks (19-27-3-3, 6th Interior) tonight at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.


Both sides of the puck have already seen action this week - the Dogs dropped their fifth straight, 5-1 at home on Tuesday to the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Silverbacks were last in action Wednesday night at home, where they lost their second in a row, 4-3 to the West Kelowna Warriors


These teams of course met just last Saturday night, a 3-0 Silverback win at the Dog Pound.


After a series of "almost" must-win games, and as "close to must win as it can get" games - well this one is, officially a MUST WIN for the Bulldogs to keep their playoff hopes alive. It could not even matter, with the out of town scoreboard also playing a factor. The Dogs didn't get help out of town on Wednesday, as the Clippers beat the Capitals. The Bulldogs are nine points back of the Clippers - they have 10 points left on the table going into play tonight. They need to win ALL of their remaining games, and get a lot of help out of town. The Dogs can't control the out of town scoreboard, and they can't win five games tonight. They can only control what they can control, and that's finding a way to win tonight.

I'll have the call for you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM - the pregame show is on the air at approximately 6:45, with the game action to follow at 7:00.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Graham Turnbull, play-by-play voice of the Vernon Vipers, who the Dogs visit tomorrow night for a 6:00pm puck drop.



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Hammer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dogs drop fifth straight, 5-1 to Capitals





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A frantic start to the game for the Dogs, as they generated an extended goal mouth scramble just a minute into the game that somehow stayed out despite about four or five good looks in the paint. The Bulldogs would draw back to back penalties within the first five minutes, but as has been the prevailing theme, they couldn't buy a goal despite several good chances around the net. Shots through the midway point favoured the Bulldogs 12-1, but the game remained scoreless. The Capitals would take the lead in short order, on a turnover in the defensive zone that saw Alec Zawatsky poke the puck loose to Cory Hatcher, who slid it past the defence and onto the tape of Nick Wilson, who skated in alone on Brody Claeys from the hashmarks where he went top corner, long-side on a nice backhand over the shoulder of Claeys to make it 1-0 at 16:38 of the first. The Bulldogs didn't let the deficit deflate them, as they pushed right back on the next shift and again peppered Lane Michsiw, who stood tall, while the Dogs remained snake bitten, hitting a post on an open net on a rebound, and having every single bounce around the net somehow go anyway but over the line, as they trailed 1-0 after one, but led in the shots on goal department 18-3.

The second period started somewhat like the first, with the Dogs again having a couple good looks on net but being unable to bury a chance or get a bounce. As they continued to fight the puck, the Caps caught them pressing too hard to score, and created a 2 on 1 rush that they capitalized on as Rhett Kingston carried the puck over the line up the left wing and made a perfect cross-ice pass to Chris Harpur that he one-timed home short-side before Claeys could get over as it just beat him glove side to make it 2-0 at 6:09 of the second. The Dogs would earn a power play chance less than two minutes later, but couldn't capitalize on it, with Brody Claeys forced to come up with a big rebound save on Ayden MacDonald while shorthanded to keep it a two-goal game. Late in the frame, but Bulldogs FINALLY found a way to get the monkey off their backs, on a goal that was one of the bounces that has so repeatedly eluded them around the attacking net over their recent games. Mackenzie Wight would backcheck from the Caps zone all the way below the Bulldogs goal line to knock Chris Harpur off the puck. Trevor Cosgrove would chip it ahead up the right wing for Tristan Bukovec, who used great speed to beat the last man back and drive in on net where his backhand was stopped by Michasiw, but appeared to hit Jordan Sandhu in the paint and find the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game at 17:26 of the second. The goal snapped a shut out streak of an even 106:00 on home ice, and 131:37 overall. The elation was short-lived, as the Capitals restored the two goal lead just 1:02 later off a faceoff win in the Dogs end. Mackenzie Wight was interfered with as he tried to get to the point, allowing Ben Verrall to keep the puck in and feed it down the right wing. George Sennott would put a perfect pass onto the tape of Ty Pochipinksi, catching the Bulldogs on the wrong side of the puck, somewhat similar to the first goal, as he walked in alone on Claeys and picked the top corner, far-side over his glove to make it 3-1 at 17:28 of the second. Shots in the period were even at 11-11 for a Bulldog advantage of 29-14 after two.

The Bulldogs earned a power play early in the third, but despite four shots they couldn't cash in on it to make it a one-goal game. The Caps would do a good job to limit the chances against through the period, with the best Bulldog chance coming from Mackenzie Wight stopped three times point blank by Lane Michasiw to protect the lead. The Caps would push for further insurance late in the frame, with Brody Claeys coming up with a highlight reel save going post to post to rob Ayden MacDonald at the back post on a cross-ice set up. The Bulldogs would after a long spell get the puck out of their zone, but promptly turned it over at the attacking line. The Caps would come right back in and make it a 4-1 game, with MacDonald getting his own rebound after another huge in alone save by Claeys. The only assist on the play went to Nick Wilson at 13:42 of the third. The Capitals would complete the scoring less than a minute later on another turnover at the attacking line that resulted in Chris Harpur skating in on a partial breakaway down the left wing in tight where he went top corner, far-side over the glove of Claeys to make it 5-1, un-assisted at 14:17 of the third.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 14-12, for a game total of 43-26 with Brody Claeys taking the loss while Lane Michasiw earned 1st star honours with the win. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Capitals went 0 for 1.

With the loss, the Dogs have lost five in a row. They are 7 points back of the Nanaimo Clippers. The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night in Salmon Arm.

Hammer


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bulldogs host Capitals tonight





It's down to now or never for the Bulldogs (16-27-7-2, 5th Island) as they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (22-26-3-2, 3rd Island) tonight at the Dog Pound for the second-to-last regular season meeting between the teams.


The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they dropped their fourth straight, 3-0 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Capitals last played on Sunday afternoon at home, where they topped the Merritt Centennials 4-3.


These teams last met February 1st in Duncan, a 6-2 Bulldog win. You just never know what this game is going to do next - the Bulldogs scored a season high six goals in that game, and have scored just four goals in their four games that followed, including three in one of them - the next game in fact. They have been shut out in two of their last three games, and scored once in Nanaimo. It all sounds hollow, but they have most certainly had their chances - plenty of them in fact. Here's hoping the law of averages works out, and they can create enough opportunities to get some bounces.


The Bulldogs lead the head to head series against the Capitals with a 3-1-1-1 record, good for 8 points. The Caps are 2-3-0-1, for 5 points. The Bulldogs have out scored the Capitals 23-16 and have out shot them 235-187 in going 5 for 23 on the power play while the Capitals are 4 for 29. The Bulldogs have scored four shorthanded goals against the Capitals.

After a stretch of four straight disheartening losses, at the worst possible time - the Bulldogs can ill afford to be just that - disheartened. Those points are gone, and the damage is done. Now they need to reverse the trend, and win four in a row. Or six. The Dogs are eight points back of the Capitals. That's not good, of course. However some simple math says if the Dogs win their two head to head games against the Capitals, that deficit is just four points. If they win their game in hand, that deficit is just two points. Then it's down to being better in their remaining games, and getting some out of town scoreboard assistance. Simple, right? It's never simple, or easy, but the point I'm trying to make is - it's not over. Unless anyone starts to think it is.


We'll have it all covered for you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, with our broadcast taking to the airwaves with the pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop to follow just after 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides the colour commentary and analysis, Dan Tisserand compiles team and player statistics and I call the play-by-play.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Ian Douglas, the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Dogs visit Friday night.




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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dogs drop fourth straight, 3-0 to Silverbacks


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The Bulldogs jumped out to a good start, with a 2 on 1 rush created by Tristan Bukovec with speed down the left wing just a dozen seconds into the game. Unfortunately his pass just sailed over the stick of Keith Anderson wide open at the back post. The Silverbacks would push right back and get two chances around Claeys that he kept out. The Silverbacks would have the edge in territorial play early in the game, but the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of chances. The Silverbacks would earn the game's first power play chance, but took a penalty half a minute into it to take themselves off of it. The Dogs were unable to capitalize on their advantage, as the game remained scoreless through the early minutes. The Silverbacks would open the scoring at the midway point of the frame, on a play we thought looked offside from the broadcast booth but the Linesman standing no less than 5 feet directly in front of the line made no call either way good or no good as play continued. A shot from the right point would be stopped by Claeys, but the rebound kicked back to the slot and went rink-wide where it was found by Carson Bolduc who slid it home five hole as Claeys went side to side. Carter Stephenson and Elijiah Barriga drew assists on the play at 10:10 of the first. The Bulldogs were penalized immediately following the goal, but were able to kill it off to keep it a one-goal game after one, with shots being 9-8 Silverbacks.


The second period was played at a high pace, but through the midway point the score stayed the same. The Dogs weren't able to generate much in the way of scoring chances, with the Silverbacks having the edge on a early net drive by Ryan Hogg, and back-to-back odd man rushes near the midway mark of the period where Brody Claeys came up with big saves on both Nathan Ianonne and Ryley Booth to keep the Dogs in it. The Bulldogs would earn a power play in the back half of the period, but it was Caleys again forced to come up with a circus save to keep it a one-goal game as a shot block resulted in a 2 on 0 shorthanded breakaway. Claeys didn't challenge on a race to it as I would have expected, as Justin Wilson skated in alone. He didn't make much of a move as Claeys waited him out to make a save. The follow up stop was nothing short of spectacular, as from his stomach he managed in desperation to get his glove hand up to rob Josh Latta to keep the Dogs in it through 40 minutes. Shots in the period favoured the Silverbacks 12-10 for a 40 minute advantage of 21-18.


The Dogs came painfully close to tying it in the early seconds of the third, as a puck came to the front of the net and grazed off the post on what looked like an open net. The Dogs pushed, but the Silverbacks built their lead on a tough bounce as a Silverback faceoff win in their zone saw a clear up the boards hit a seam in the glass to create a 2 on 1 rush. Marcus Mitchell would walk in tight on Claeys to the bottom of the left circle and put a perfectly placed shot under the bar short-side high to make it 2-0, from Josh Latta and Justin Wilson at 4:47 of the third. The Bulldogs couldn't generate a chance to make it a one goal game before the Silverbacks built their lead as the Bulldogs were caught pressing as a turnover at steal at centre ice by Elijiah Barriga caught a Bulldog defenceman on the wrong side of the puck to create a 2 on 1 rush where he made a perfect pass to send Carson Bolduc in alone on Claeys were he scored on a quick shot five-hole to make it 3-0 at 11:34 of the third. As deep as the hole was, the Dogs failed to quit and generated a couple Grade A chances, but again failed to find a way to make one count - Jordan Sandhu had a breakaway he created by going forward on a draw in the Salmon Arm end but Nic Tallarico came up with the initial save and at least two on the scramble that followed. The Dogs had another crazy shift later in the period and a mad scramble at the Silverback net but couldn't make a game of it, with Jordan Sandhu soon afterwards also ringing one off the post that stayed out as the Silverbacks protected the lead to the final buzzer.


Third period shots were 16-10 Bulldogs, for a game total of 34-31 Bulldogs with Brody Claeys taking the loss while Nic Tallarico earned second star honours with the win and shut out. Both teams went 0 for 3 on the power play.


With the loss, the Dogs have lost four straight while the Silverbacks snapped a three game winless slide with the victory. The Bulldogs are next in action Tuesday when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals for yet another must win game.


Hammer




Bulldogs host Silverbacks, honour Emergency Responders



It's down to the final three regular season home games, as the Bulldogs (16-26-7-2, 5th Island) host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (18-26-3-3, 6th Interior) for the first meeting between the teams this season.

The Bulldogs were in Nanaimo last night, where they lost a 3-1 decision to the Clippers.

The Silverbacks meanwhile were supposed to play in Duncan last night, but that game had to be postponed as the Silverbacks were unable to make the Island due to road closures in the Interior. They last played on Tuesday night at home, where they snapped a two game losing streak, but saw their winless streak reach three as they played to a 1-1 tie with the Trail Smoke Eaters.

After a disheartening loss in what was a "must win" game last night, the Bulldogs can ill afford to be just that - disheartened. As much as they failed to help their chances of moving up in the standings and securing a playoff spot, they most certainly aren't out of it yet. Having said that, their margin of error is becoming smaller and smaller. They have seven games left, that's 14 possible points. They are both 6 and 7 points back of the teams they are chasing and they have games in hand on both of them and two absolutely HUGE head to head meetings with the Capitals remaining. They failed to get it done last night, and that hurts, without question. Dwelling serves no other purpose other than taking away from the task at hand, and that's winning games to extend their season. They have nothing to hang their head about in regards to their effort last night. They played hard, they had umpteen chances to score - the breaks don't go your way sometimes, as unfair and as hollow as that sounds. Just keep working to earn them, is all you can do.
The Bulldogs will be donning special one-night-only jerseys tonight to honour the Alberni Valley's Emergency Responders - real life heroes, if you ask me - that they will be auctioning off immediately following the game. Pretty sharp if you ask me!


Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey goes live from the Multiplex on 93.3 The Peak FM for the pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00. I will handle the hosting and play-by-play duties, while Bruce MacDonald provides the colour commentary and analysis and Dan Tisserand covers team and player stats.




Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Captain Ryan Lough, now playing his Junior Season with the NCAA's St. Lawrence Saints

Along with scoring the game winning goal in the first round of the 2012-2013 playoffs against the Nanaimo Clippers in the fifth and deciding game of the series, Ryan also assisted on the overtime game winner in the fifth and deciding game of the Island Championship series over the Grizzlies. 



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Thanks as always for checking the blog! 

Hammer