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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dogs drop second straight, 6-3 to Clippers



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






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.


The game began with a thud for the Bulldogs, but a bang for the Clippers as  dump in that went wide of the net was worked loose out of the corner by Charley Borek, who set up Devin Brosseau inside the right circle where he ripped a quick release low, far-side past the blocker of Brody Claeys to make it 1-0 just 11 seconds into the game. Despite the disheartening start, the Bulldogs responded well as they got right on the attack and had several good looks to run up a 6-1 lead in shots, but Evan Johnson was equal to the task in the Nanaimo net to protect the lead. The Clippers would certainly suck the life out of the building and the Bulldogs when they went up 2-0 on their second shot just short of four minutes in when Spencer Hewson put a wrist shot on net along the ice from a sharp angle from the bottom of the left circle that eluded Brody Claeys. Assists on the play went to Devin Brosseau and Charley Borek at 3:25 of the first. A bad turnover on the next sequence saw Claeys made a great save on a cross-ice one-timer by Nolan Aibel ,but the Clippers drew a power play chance just seconds later, and avoided what might have been a too-many-men penalty at the bench. They made quick work of it to go up 3-0 on a pretty cross-ice set up by Kale Bennett who set up Gavin Gould who one-timed it high into the open net before Claeys could get over at 5:52 as Carson Schamerhorn entered the game in relief. The Clippers would carry the play for a spell, with Schamerhorn coming up with a couple good stops to keep it close. The Dogs would get some momentum later in the period and generate a couple of looks, but couldn't find the net as the period expired. Shots favoured Nanaimo 14-13 after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs took a half-minute power play chance into the second, and while they failed to score on it they generated some momentum and got on the board soon after as Troy Dobbs made a great heads-up pass from the left point to Jordan Sandhu at the bottom of the right circle. He would one-touch it to the top of the crease for Tristan Bukovec, who deflected it home through Evan Johnson to make it 3-1 at 2:22 of period two. The Bulldogs would give it right back however, as an ill-timed change resulted in a clear-cut breakaway for Gavin Gould on a nice stretch pass on the tape from Nolan Aibel. When it's going good, it's going good, and when it's going bad, it seems to go bad and this play might have been a perfect example of it as Gould walked in on net, mostly whiffed on the shot, but ended up beating Schamerhorn on a wounded duck knuckling wrist shot to make it 4-1 at 5:48 of the second. The Dogs would earn a power play pushing right back to get back in it, but they would concede a short handed goal on a very similar play to the previous goal against as a flipped puck was missed by a Bulldog defender at centre, as Gavin Gould again raced in on a breakaway, and again appeared to partially misfire on the puck yet still find the back of the net five-hole on Schamerhorn. Spencer Hewson drew the only assist on the play, that came with a single second left on a Bulldog power play to make it 5-1 at 9:16 of the second. The Dogs got back on the board less than a minute later when Paul Meyer was tripped up at centre, but Cayden Kraus found the puck and brought it over the Clipper line. He made a nice move to make a defender miss before walking in tight and ripping a shot of the post. Chris Schutz would pounce on the rebound though, drilling it into the open side to make it a 5-2 game at 10:04 of the second. The Dogs weren't able to generate much after that though, as the Clippers pushed back and had another great chance on another breakaway with less than six minutes to play in the period, but Carson Schamerhorn came up with a big glove save on Devin Brosseau to keep it a three-goal spread after 40 minutes. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 18-13 for a two period advantage of 31-27.

The Dogs weren't able to get the jump early in the third that they needed, as the Clippers didn't give up much in holding their three-goal advantage through the midway mark of the period. The Bulldogs drew a penalty with just under seven minutes to play, and gambled on the power play by pulling the goalie to make it a 6 on 4 situation. The Clippers did a solid job killing it off though, as the Dogs didn't generate much in the way of good looks on it. The Dogs again gambled with just under three minutes to play and found the net to restore some hope with just over two minutes to play when Nathan Dingmann jammed in a rebound on the goal line at the end of a scramble to make it 5-3 with Ryan Finnegan and Paul Meyer drawing the assists at 17:47 of the third. Seconds later the Dogs drew another penalty to again make it a 6 on 4 with a chance to pull within one, but that situation was quickly erased when Spencer Hewson found a loose puck off the draw in the Clipper end and spun and fired and hit the empty net dead centre to make it a 6-3 Clipper lead with 1:26 to play. Yanni Kaldis drew the only assist on the short handed empty netter at 18:34 of the third.

Shots in the third favoured the Bulldogs 15-4, for a game total favouring the Dogs 46-31. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss in net giving up three goals in relief of Brody Claeys while Evan Johnson picked up the win. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play, while the Clippers went 1 for 1 while also scoring twice while shorthanded.

The Dogs will attend the Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society Fundraising dinner Friday night, before hosting Salmon Arm Saturday night and the Merritt Centennials Sunday afternoon.

Hammer


Bulldogs host Clippers tonight

It's the final regular season meeting between the teams tonight as the Bulldogs (19-25-3-3, 5th Island) host the Clippers (34-17-1-1, 1st Island) at the Dog Pound.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home where they had their winning streak halted at three with a tough-luck 3-2 loss to the Penticton Vees. The Clippers meanwhile were at home last night where they picked up a 7-4 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. It's certainly a unique schedule for the Clippers, as they play back-to-back midweek games before then having the entire weekend off from game action.

These teams last met Wednesday, January 27th at the Dog Pound, a 5-3 Nanaimo win in a wild game that saw the Clippers race out to an early 4-0 lead in the second, only to have the Dogs roar back and score three straight to get back into it, before having what looked like the tying goal waved off by the Referee with less than six to play in the third period, with the Clippers then going up by two goals just seconds later to seal the victory.

The Clippers should be without the league's leading scorer in Sheldon Rempal tonight, as he picked up a five minute major for a blow to the head last night, which carries with it a minimum and automatic two game suspension. I was watched the incident Fast Hockey what I saw was: Rempal holding the puck for a considerable length of time in open ice in the neutral zone and drawing the opposition and contact to him before passing the puck and then cross-checking the attempted checker in the head. There's two sides to every puck of course.



Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM will have all the action covered for you, with Dan Tisserand compiling and providing team and player statistics while Bruce MacDonald adds colour and analysis while I bring the play-by-play. The broadcast commences at 6:45 with the pregame show, with the puck drop and all the game action to follow at 7:00pm.

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

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Ian Douglas, play-by-play voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who make a visit to the Dog Pound Saturday night for the third meeting between the teams this season. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

Schutz commits to Robert Morris, Bulldogs invite community for team picture

Fantastic news off the top - congrats to Chris Schutz for securing an NCAA scholarship at Robert Morris University! 



(image:Kaicee Trott)

CHRIS SCHUTZ COMMITS TO ROBERT MORRIS (NCAA D1)  

PRESS RELEASE February 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce Chris Schutz has committed to the NCAA Division 1 program at Robert Morris University.

Schutz joined the Bulldogs part-way through the exhibition round at the start of the 2014/15 season for a one-game tryout after Bulldogs head coach and general manager Kevin Willison scouted him in a prospect camp earlier that summer.

Schutz, coming off a 76-point season (in 46 games) with the Dallas Ice Jets of the WSHL in 2013/14, immediately made an impact with the Bulldogs. In his rookie campaign last season, Schutz contributed with 25 goals and 22 assists (47 points) and appeared in all 58 regular season games.Schutz immediately developed a reputation for having one of the hardest shots in the BCHL.

The start to the 2015/16 season was delayed for Schutz due to a injury sustained in the pre-season. However, once back in the line up, Schutz began where he left off, putting up 24 points in his first 17 games.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud of Chris for fulfilling his goal of committing to a great NCAA D1 program. He's a great example of what happens when skill is complimented with hard work and a positive attitude.  

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

This sure is a neat idea - it reminds me of the Hockeyville 2006 picture above. Read more below!

Hammer

BULLDOGS AND SCOTIABANK TEAM UP TO INVITE FANS TO BE IN THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL TEAM PHOTO  

PRESS RELEASE February 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs may very well be the first team in hockey history to invite their fans, season ticket holders, minor hockey players, volunteers, billets, sponsors, and supporters to be in the team’s annual team photo.

This year’s team photo will be taken following the game this Sunday, February 14, 2016, on Fan Appreciation Day, when the Alberni Valley Bulldogs host the Merritt Centennials at 2pm. Tickets to the game are offered at a Fan Appreciation price of only $5.

Upon the conclusion of the game, there will be a flood and then the team will come back out to stage this year’s team photo.

“As far as we can tell, we are the first hockey team in history to invite our fans and supporters to be a part of the annual team photo,” said Bulldogs Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager Adam Hayduk. “After all, the Bulldogs are a true community-owned team with a thousands of phenomenal supporters. This is just another great way to acknowledge everyone’s support and allow another way for our fans to be a closer part of our team,” added Hayduk.

 During the game, fans will be able to reserve a copy of the team photo by making a donation to the Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society. A team of volunteers from Scotiabank will be on hand, wearing their Scotiabank red, collecting donations before, during, and after the game.

Furthermore, Scotiabank has confirmed that they will match all donations collected at the game this Sunday in support of the community-owned Alberni Valley Bulldogs of up to $5,000

Instead of having empty blue seats behind the players in the photo, the organization wants to fill the seats with the team’s supporters. Following the team photo, the Bulldogs players will stay on the ice and invite the public to a “Skate With The Bulldogs” to wind-up Fan Appreciation Day.

The Bulldogs are anticipating a big turnout for this event, marking the first time fans, season ticket holders, minor hockey players, volunteers, billets, sponsors, and supporters are a part of a team’s annual hockey photo.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ assistant coach and assistant general manager Adam Hayduk


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Vees comeback to stun Dogs 3-2


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






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 fast start saw the Bulldogs penalized just a minute into the game on a Scott Conway net drive as Brody Claeys made a good save with Conway getting a shot off while being tripped. Just 19 seconds later Tristan Bukovec was tripped and it went to four-aside hockey. Each team had their chances, with the Vees taking an early lead in shots before the Bulldogs pushed back. Marshall Skapski would make a good defensive play on a 1-on-1, before then drawing a penalty. The Dogs would connect on the power play as Paul Meyer was sent in alone by a Ryan Finnegan pass off the wall. Zach Driscoll would do a good job to out-wait Meyer and force the chance wide, but Meyer did a better job to stay with the play and throw it out front from behind the net with Driscoll out of position. Nathan Dingmann appeared to take a swing and a miss at it initially on the open net, before then jamming it loose for Ryan Finnegan who spun and fired it home low, long-side through a maze of bodies in the crease to make it 1-0 at 9:51 of the first, on the power play. The Dogs did a solid job soon afterwards to kill off a Penticton power play, with Brody Claeys making a great save in the dying seconds of it on Luke Voltin. The Dogs drew a power play late in the period, with Zach Driscoll coming up with a couple saves to keep it 1-0 after 20 minutes, with the shots favouring the Vees 12-11.

The pace slowed somewhat in the early stages of the second, but it picked up when the Vees drew a power play. Again the Dogs were solid in killing it off, with Brody Claeys being good but not having to be spectacular. The teams would trade power play chances through the back half of the period, with again neither team finding the net with the Bulldogs having several glorious in tight looks on the Vees net that stayed out. Late in the period Eric Margo threw a big check to knock Seamus Donohue down to the ice and off the puck. As Quinn Syrydiuk danced by him to pick it up, Donohue would throw out a hand in desperation and trip him up. The Dogs would connect on the power play as the Vees came up with a couple fearless blocks early, but the Dogs stuck with it, as Paul Meyer fed Jordan Sandhu at the right side of the net where he put a perfect touch pass back to the deep slot where Chris Schutz one-timed it on goal where Nathan Dingmann tipped it home past Driscoll to make it 2-0 at 18:27 of the period for a 2-0 Dogs lead after two. Shots favoured the Vees 10-9 for a 40 minute advantage of 22-20.

The Vees pushed hard and drew a penalty early in the third, but again the Dogs came up with another solid kill to protect the lead. It stayed 2-0 until the back half of the third when the Vees got on the board as a long pass was initially broken up by a Bulldog defender at the line, but it took a Vees bounce and went off his skates and directly onto the stick of Tyson Jost, who skated in alone and tucked it home low, far-side through the legs of Claeys to make it a 2-1 game at 11:24 of the third. Scott Conway was given the only assist on the play, but it appeared to be either Colton Poolman or Nicholas Jones who made the pass. Just a minute and change later the score was tied, as the Dogs took an offensive zone penalty and the Vees made them pay for it just 19 seconds into the advantage as Tyson Jost took a pass from Dante Fabbro and walked across the right circle and into the slot before dishing it back off to Fabbro in the right circle where he walked in and snapped one home top corner, short-side past the blocker of Claeys to make it 2-2 at 13:35 of the third. The Dogs would immediately call time out to try and get back on the right side of the puck, and initially they came out with a good jump but it was immediately halted on another terrible bounce as a Tyson Jost wrist shot from the right point hit a Bulldog defender up high in front and went straight down onto the ice and between the legs of Claeys to just squeak over the line to make it 3-2 with Demico Hannoun and Nicholas Jones drawing the assist at 14:46 of the third. The Vees wouldn't give up much the rest of the way as they protected the lead until the final buzzer.

Third period shots favoured the Vees 12-5 for a game total of 34-25. Brody Claeys took the loss, but earned first star honours while Zach Driscoll picked up the win. The Dogs went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Vees went 1 for 6.

With the loss, the Dogs win streak is snapped at three, while the Vees stretch their streak to four.

Hammer




Bulldogs host league leading Vees tonight, Billy Christopoulos interview


It's a big test tonight for the Bulldogs (19-24-3-3, 5th Island) as they host the defending Fred Page Cup champions and current league leading Penticton Vees (43-6-0-1, 1st Interior) for the third and final regular season meeting between the teams.

The Dogs were in action last night at home where they won their third in a row, 4-2 over the Victoria Grizzlies. The Vees are concluding a three-in-three weekend tonight. They were in Victoria on Thursday night where they erased a 5-1 deficit in the last 21 minutes of the game to top the Grizzlies 7-5. and visited Nanaimo last night where they topped the Clippers 6-1 for their fourth straight win.

These teams last met December 5th in Penticton when they played to a 4-4 tie, as the Dogs snapped the Vees season long home winning streak at 16 games. They first met on September 24th at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, a 4-1 Vees win.

The Bulldogs should certainly feel confident with how they have played lately, and how it's translated to results at the end of the night. At the same time, it's been a desperate consistent work ethic and a focused level of preparation that has put them in position and they quite simply must continue with what has brought them success. The Vees are also certainly not a team to take lightly - I don't think anyone in the league goes into a contest against them without knowing that they must bring their absolute best. The Dogs need to respect them, but leave it at that. It's going to be a different Vees team this go around as they were without Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro during the last meeting due to the World Junior A Challenge - two players ranked to go in the 1st round of the upcoming NHL draft.   




If you can't make it to the rink - or if you are taking in the game, bring your radio as we will bring it all to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. The broadcast kicks off with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck dropping just after 7:00 with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand supplying the play-by-play, colour and analysis and team and player statistics.
If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen to/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 




Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Billy Christopoulos, who is playing in his Freshman season with the NCAA's Air Force Falcons.  At last season's year end awards banquet he was named the Bulldogs Most Valuable Player of 2014-2015.

Hammer


Video Highlights - Bulldogs 4 Grizzlies 2

Enjoy.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Dogs win third straight, 4-2 over Grizzlies



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






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.




The game was fast-paced from the opening puck drop with the Grizzlies getting the best early chance just over two minutes into the game, but Carson Schamerhorn got something on it to make a desperation save on a cross-crease set up. A good back-check by Chris Schutz a minute later broke up another cross-ice pass. The Dogs would open the scoring just over four minutes into the game when Jordan Sandhu made a nifty play to keep the puck in as he covered the right point, bunting it out of mid air waist-high. Garrett Halls would find it, and walk into the deep slot where he buried a snap shot low, far side past the blocker of Mitchell Benson at 4:04 of the first. The Dogs would have several great looks in tight throughout the period to build the lead but they couldn't capitalize as it remained 1-0 after 20 minutes with shots favouring the Bulldogs 15-8.

The Bulldogs quickly built their lead just over two minutes into the second, as Garrett Halls threw a aerial to centre ice out of his own zone. Drayson Pears went down to one knee at his own line to block it, but he couldn't get possession on it as Nathan Dingmann picked it up and sent Ryan Finnegan over the Victoria line up the right wing where he walked in tight and fired a wrister high, short-side past Benson to make it 2-0 at 2:03 of the second. The Dogs weren't able to build on it, as the paced slowed through the middle of the period. The pace picked up soon afterwards when the Grizzlies got on the board as Alex Peck threw a puck at the net from the right circle to the top of the crease where it appeared to carom off a Bulldog defender and deflect in through the legs of Schamerhorn. Cody Van Lierop drew the only assist at 10:18 of the second. The goal went to the Grizzlies legs, as they carried the play over the next couple of minutes and had a couple good looks from the slot that they couldn't convert on. Through the latter parts of the period the Bulldogs pushed back and had the territorial advantage but couldn't find the net as it stayed 2-1 Bulldogs into the third. Shots favoured the Dogs 10-6 in the period for a 40 minute total of 25-14.

As they did in the first and second, the Dogs scored early in the third as just over two minutes into it the Dogs raced out of their zone off a contested icing call with Tristan Bukovec chipping it up the middle for Chris Schutz. He was initially poke checked, but fought the puck ahead past a pinching defender at centre ice resulting in a breakaway for Jordan Sandhu that he made no mistake on with a silky five-hole deke on Benson to make it 3-1 at 2:18 of the third. What looked like could have been a penalty at the side of the Victoria net went un-called as Ryan Finnegan was tripped up as he had a step and was heading out front. As the play went up Garrett Halls was whistled on what looked like good defence but a crafty play by Braden Gelsinger to chicken wing his stick under his arm and fall down to draw a call - that would end up being the only penalty of the game. It would be guess who - Gelsinger, who found the net on the man advantage as a Cody Van Lierop pass from the left point deflected off a pair of sticks before ending up on the tape of Gelsinger at the back post where he lifted it high, short-side past a valiant attempt by Schamerhorn to keep it out. Van Lierop drew the only assist at 8:27 of the third to make it 3-2. The Dogs would answer back quickly to halt any Victoria momentum as Carson Schamerhorn stopped a dump in back of his goal before rimming it high off the glass up the left wing where Eric Margo chipped it through his own legs to the middle for Quinn Syrydiuk. He would go end-to-end and over the Grizzlies line before walking in tight and ripping a shot on goal that was stopped by the blocker of Benson, but right onto the tape of Eric Margo who drilled it into the open side to make it 4-2 at 10:21 of the third. The Grizzlies would push with the goalie out with two minutes to go and had a couple good looks - most notably an open net for Braden Gelsinger at the side of the net that hit the post and stayed out. Schamerhorn would make a couple good saves in tight on PJ Conlon across the crease, and on a Cole Pickup deflection in tight to preserve the lead. He also got some help on a gorgeous desperation effort by Jordan Sandhu to dive head first in front of a shot in tight.

Third period shots were even at 10-10, with the game total favouring the Bulldogs 35-24. Carson Schamerhorn picked up the win while Mitchell Benson took the loss. The Dogs didn't get a power play, while the Grizzlies went 1 for 1.

With the win the Dogs have won three in a row while the Grizzlies have lost four in a row. The Dogs now trail the Grizzlies by two points for 4th place in the Island. The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the league leading Penticton Vees.

Hammer

Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight in another huge four-point tilt



It's the second of a six game home stand tonight for the Bulldogs (18-24-3-3, 5th Island) as they host the Victoria Grizzlies (21-23-4-0, 4th Island) for the final regular season meeting between the teams.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, where they won their second in a row 7-3 over the Coquitlam Express. The Grizzlies were at home last night where they lost their third in a row 7-5 to the Penticton Vees. The Grizzlies had a 5-1 lead late in the second, before the Vees scored six unanswered through the last minute of the second and into the third.

These teams met last Saturday in Victoria, with the Bulldogs picking up a 6-3 win to take a 4-3 lead in the season series.

It goes without saying that this is a critical game for both teams - the Dogs are four points back of the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Island Division. You can bet that the Grizzlies will come out with a desperate effort with something to prove, and the Dogs need to match and exceed that effort if they hope to come out on top.
Tune in to Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM for all the action, with Bruce MacDonaldand myself bringing you the colour commentary/analysis and play-by-play. The pregame show starts things off at 6:45, with the game action to follow at 7:00.

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

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Fraser Rodgersplay-by-play voice of the Penticton Vees, who visit the Dog Pound tomorrow night for a 7:00pm puck drop. 


Hammer

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Alberni Invitational, Bryan Mason Memorial tourney, Super Bowl Golf!




Alberni Wrestling hosts their 33rd Alberni Armada Invitational today, tomorrow and Saturday at ADSS. Clinics and set up get under way later today through tonight, with action getting kicking off tomorrow with the opening ceremonies scheduled to commence at 1:15 in the ADSS Gym.

For further details, check out the tournament website here


Alberni Valley Minor Hockey hosts the Bryan Mason Memorial Tournament - a Peewee / Bantam recreational tournament - tomorrow through Monday at the Multiplex. For further information and updates, visit the tournament website here



The always awesome Super Bowl Golf Classic goes Sunday at the Alberni Golf Club. Don't forget to call the Pro Shop at the Alberni Golf Club ASAP today at 250-723-5422 to get a team or just yourself signed up.

Ever since I have moved here I have played almost every year in the Grey Cup and Super Bowl scrambles...a great time, a nice break away from the game and work and life to have some fun!



Super Bowl Scramble

This Sunday February 7th is the annual Super Bowl Scramble and party.
Please register in the Pro. Shop, or you can phone 724-5422 with your 4,5, or 6 person teams or as a single.  The teams can consist of all Men all Ladies or a mixed team. There will be very few rules, just a fun day. Both golfers and non golfers are welcome to join in the activities. If you prefer not to golf come out for the lunch and watch the game the big screen TV in the Clubhouse.

There will be 9 holes of golf with many on course obstacles to overcome. It all begins with a shotgun start at 12 noon. The kick off is scheduled for 3PM between the Carolina Panther and the Denver Broncos. After golf come into the lounge relax, enjoy the lunch and the game, while you sip on a beverage or two.

The price for this fun filled day is $30 for members and $40 for guests. This entry fee includes Golf, Lunch and lots of prizes. 


Hammer

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dogs top Express 7-3 for second straight win


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






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 fairly quick pace through the early minutes of the game, as both Brody Claeys and Tyger Howat facing some chances early. At a whistle just 3:09 into the game, Howat would come out of the game after apparently tweaking something in his lower body. Lawson Fenton would enter the game in relief. Just two and a half minutes later the Bulldogs opened the scoring as Marshall Skapski made a great one-on-one defensive play on an Owen Stout rush. Troy Dobbs would then sent Liam Conrad up ice, where he carried it over the Express line before setting up Cayden Kraus in the slot. Kraus would make no mistake, snapping a perfect shot top corner over the blocker of Fenton at 5:35 of the first. The Dogs would end up in the penalty box two minutes later, but they would build their lead while shorthanded as Chris Sarault fought the puck out of his own zone and carried it up the right side over the Coquitlam line. He would then go to the net and accept a pass from Liam Conrad to skate in alone where he also lifted a shot high, blocker side to make it 2-0 while shorthanded at 8:20 of the first. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 10-8 after 20 minutes.

The Express started the second period with a push as they tried to get back into it, but the Dogs pushed back and generated some offense of their own before going up 3-0 on Chris Sarault's second of the game as Owen Johnson won a battle on the boards at centre as the puck went to the middle of the ice. Chris Sarault would find it, and quickly head-man it for Liam Conrad up the right side and drive the net. Conrad put a perfect fed in tight that Sarault deflected home just inside the far post at 6:52 of the second. The Dogs built the lead to 4-0 later in the period after holding off some Express pressure as Chris Schutz knocked the puck loose in the left corner on the forecheck. Garrett Halls would keep it in at the left point where he put a quick shot low on net that eluded Fenton low, short-side at 13:34 of the second. Just two minutes later the Dogs drew a power play on what appeared to be a legit, put possibly somewhat of a soft call. They would make quick work of it, as Jordan Sandhu set up Chris Schutz on the left half-boards, where he fed Ryan Finnegan in the slot. He put a perfect back-pass onto the tape of Paul Meyer in the left circle, where he put a hard one-timer low and on net. Fenton would make the first save, but the rebound went cross-ice and onto the tape of Chris Schutz who made no mistake one-timing it home into the open side to build the lead to 5-0 at 15:53 of the second. The Dogs out shot the Express 22-11 in the period, for a 40 minute advantage of 32-19.

The Express pushed hard to start the third, and immediately got on the board to snap Claeys' shut out bid as Mitch Newsome was set up in front by Colton Kerfoot where he snapped one home high, short-side before Claeys could get set at 46 seconds of the third. An odd one made it a 5-2 game just three minutes later when the Dogs won a draw in their end and a defenseman tried to cut through the crease, only to fan on a pass and have Cameron Bertsch follow him and chop it off his stick and up and over Claeys from in tight. The goal was unassisted at 3:47 of the third. Just a minute prior Claeys came up with a big breakaway save on Bertsch. Bertsch would have another breakaway to get the Express within two, but Claeys kept it out. That would prove huge, as just a minute later it was a 6-2 game when Tristan Bukovec chipped the puck below the goal line for Jordan Sandhu, who out-worked an Express defender and threw a perfect pass to the slot for Chris Schutz who one-timed it home past the blocker of Fenton at 5:11 of the third. The Dogs further built their lead to 7-2 just short of the midway mark of the period as Eric Margo made a good play to block and point shot and throw a check, allowing Owen Johnson to send Nathan Dingmann on an odd-man rush up the left wing. He would fight off a defender and then set up Quinn Syrydiuk in the slot where he snapped it home far-side past the blocker of Fenton at 9:49 of the third. Just 1:02 later the Dogs caught got napping and Charlie Barrow raced the puck up the left wing and drove the net. The first attempt stayed out, but Colton Kerfoot found the loose puck below the goal line and banked it in from a sharp angle to make it 7-3 at 10:51 of the third. There would be plenty of opportunities for both sides the rest of the way, but that would complete the scoring.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 42-35, with Brody Claeys picking up the win while Lawson Fenton took the loss in a relief effort. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Express went 0 for 3.

With the win the Dogs have won two in a row, and are within four points of the Grizzlies for 4th place in the Island Division. The Dogs are next in action Friday when they host Victoria. They host Penticton on Saturday night.  

Dogs back home today for matinee against Express, Josh Bonar interview

It's the second and final regular season meeting between the teams today as the Bulldogs (17-24-3-3, 5th Island) host the Coquitlam Express (20-22-4-1, 4th Mainland) for a 2pm puck drop at the Multiplex.

The Dogs were in Victoria last night where they picked up a huge 6-3 win. The Express were in Duncan last night, where lost their third straight, 5-0 to the Capitals. They have had a busy week, as they hosted Wenatchee on Wednesday night where they lost 4-2 and were in Powell River on Friday night where they were on the wrong end of a 5-2 score.

These teams last met December 6th in Coquitlam, a 5-4 Bulldog win in double overtime. Prior to last night's win in Victoria, that was their last win on the road.



If you can't make it to the game, we will bring the game to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. The puck drop is at 2:00pm, with the pregame show on the air starting at 1:45 with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand comprising the crew in the booth bringing you the play-by-play, colour and analysis and team and player statistics.

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

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 





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.

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!

Hammer


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dogs top Grizzlies 6-3





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






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.





The first minute or two was somewhat tentative, but the Bulldogs soon took control of the play by a considerable margin. They would take a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game when Liam Conrad forced a turnover in the right corner and put a perfect pass to the slot for Chris Sarault, who one-timed it home low through Matt Galajda to make it 1-0 at the 3:00 mark of the first. The Dogs kept up the pressure, building a 10-1 lead in shots by the ten minute mark of the first. Less than two minutes later they doubled their lead when Troy Dobbs put a nice pass to the side of the net for Rhett Willcox, who put a perfect feed cross-crease onto the tape of Quinn Syrydiuk who one-timed it home from the lip of the crease to make it 2-0 at 11:08. The Dogs would get in penalty trouble immediately afterwards, killing off a minor penalty to protect their lead. A minute later they picked up another penalty, followed by another a minute after that which awarded the Grizzlies a 5 on 3 power play for 59 seconds. The Dogs would see the light at the end of the tunnel of the two man advantage, but a poor clearing attempt saw the Grizzlies capitalize as PJ Conlon lifted a loose puck home at the side of the crease above a sliding Carson Schamerhorn to make it 2-1 at 15:52 of the first. Assists on the play went to Cody Van Lierop and Cole Pickup. The Dogs were not surprisingly awarded a power play before the period was out, but they couldn't find the net before the period ended. Shots in the first favoured the Bulldogs 15-7.

The Bulldogs made good use of the power play time that carried over to start the second, building their lead to 3-1 just 21 seconds into it as a Paul Meyer shot from the right point was deflected wide of the net by Nathan Dingmann. It hit the end boards and caromed out to the opposite post where it was found by Chris Schutz in tight where he lifted it home on the scramble. Just two minutes later the Dogs went up 4-1 when Schutz found the net again, as Owen Johnson put a shot on net from the right point that appeared to be deflected by Tristan Bukovec. Matt Galajda would make the first save, but it rattled around in his pads and dribbled out onto the right side of the crease where Schutz again lifted it home at 2:45 of the second. The Grizzlies would answer back just two minutes later as they caught the Dogs up ice on a long pass that resulted in a breakaway chance for PJ Conlon that he finished top corner over the glove of Schamerhorn at 4:14 of the second with Cody Van Lierop drawing the only assist. The score stayed that way with a good Bulldog penalty kill protecting the lead, before a power play chance saw them open up a 5-2 lead when they connected just 9 seconds into the advantage as Eric Margo made a nice play to work the puck under pressure into the right circle for Tristan Bukovec. He would snap a quick cross-ice pass to the top of the crease where Adam Donnelly deflected it home five hole at 12:32 of the second. The Dogs out shot the Grizzlies 9-5 in the period, for a 40 minute advantage of 24-12.

The Dogs protected the lead through the early moments of the third, with the Grizzlies pressing hard to get back into it. A Victoria power play chance would be taken away by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the bench with 35 seconds left in the advantage. Just seconds after Nathan Dingmann stepped out of the Dogs penalty box it was a 6-2 lead as affiliate player Marc-Antoine Gagnon rimmed the puck from behind the Dogs net and up the right wing where Ryan Finnegan found it and raced past a fallen Cody Van Lierop. He walked all the way to the net in tight down the right wing before he snapped one home high short-side past the glove of Galajda at 6:16 of the third with Gagnon drawing the only assist, his first BCHL point in his first game. The Grizzlies would answer just 59 seconds later when Nick Guiney deflected a Nico Sommerville point shot through the legs of Schamerhorn with Brett Stirling drawing the other assist at 7:15 of the third to make it 6-3. The Grizzlies pushed to get back in the back half of the period, but Schamerhorn was solid when tested to preserve the lead as the Dogs killed the clock to make the lead stand.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 35-26 with Carson Schamerhorn picking up the win in net while Matt Galajda took the loss. The Dogs went 3 for 4 while the Grizzlies went 1 for 5.

The Bulldogs are  back home tomorrow night at 2:00pm when they host the Coquitlam Express.

Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight in HUGE four point tilt

It's a game with gigantic implications in the standings as the Bulldogs (16-24-3-3, 5th Island) visit the Grizzlies (21-20-4-0, 4th Island) tonight at the Q Centre

The Bulldogs were last in action Wednesday night at home where they fell 5-3 to the Clippers in controversial fashion. The Grizzlies were in Nanaimo last night, where they won their seventh in a row 6-3 over the Clippers.

It goes without saying that if the Bulldogs have aspirations on making the post season that this is as close to a must-win as it gets. All isn't of course lost if a loss is the end result tonight -  they can go on a solid run the rest of the way, beat the Grizzlies in the next head-to-head meeting and get some help on the out of town scoreboard. They can't look at it that way though, it needs to be a desperate effort leaving everything on the ice, playing it like it might be their last. This is one of only two opportunities to play the Grizzlies in a four point game the rest of the season and they can't let the opportunity pass them by.

The season series has been an odd one - the teams met three times in a three week span early in the season from the end of September to early October, all Bulldog wins. The teams then met three times in a three week span from the end of November to mid December, all Grizzlies wins. The most recent meeting was at the Dog Pound on December 17th, a 7-0 Victoria win. The season series has been a tight one, with that game being an anomaly with the previous scores in order being 3-2, 4-2, 4-2, 4-2, and 4-2. Further stats from the season series -  the Grizzlies have out scored the Dogs 21-15, and the Dogs have out shot the Grizzlies 186-171. The Bulldogs have gone 1 for 17 on the power play in the season series, while also scoring twice while shorthanded. The Grizzlies have gone 8 for 31.

We'll bring all the action to you on Van Isle Ford's Bulldogs Hockey Broadcasts on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show starting the proceedings at 6:45 with all the game action to follow at 7:00. I will call the play-by-play while Dan Tisserand will compile team and player statistics.

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

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who make a visit to the Dog Pound tomorrow for a 2pm puck drop. 

Hammer