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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dogs drop second straight, 4-0 to Capitals




The Bulldogs came out an inspired bunch, with an obvious burr under their saddle. The game had great pace, with no whistles through the first 2:26 from the opening faceoff. While their wasn't much in the way of offensive opportunities either way, the pace was high and fun to watch. The Bulldogs earned the first power play of the game past the midway mark of the first, but didn't look good on it as the Capitals had the best scoring chance when Olivier Gauthier stole the puck in the Dogs zone for a shorthanded breakaway that was stopped by Cole Demers. The Bulldogs earned another power play shortly afterwards, and while they looked better on it, they couldn't cash in. The Capitals found the net on a poor change by the Bulldogs when they had the puck in their zone but got out-manned as Jordan Robert put a good pass to the front of the net for Ryan Moon who cut in front and lifted a backhand high under the cross bar over Demers to make it 1-0 at 17:50 of the first. The Bulldogs responded with a solid shift after the goal, but Jack Grant made a good save on a scramble on the door step to keep it 1-0 after 20 minutes. Shots were 12-5 Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs were penalized in the early moments of the second period, on a boarding call stemming from a footrace on a pending icing. They would kill it off, with Cole Demers coming up with a couple solid saves. The Bulldogs were again penalized soon afterwards on a retaliation at centre ice. They would again kill it off. The Bulldogs tried to push back through the period to get back on the attack, and drew a power play chance at the midway point of the period. For the most part, they again didn't look good on it and certainly didn't earn any momentum. The Bulldogs found themselves in a 2-0 hole a couple minutes later after a sloppy turnover in their zone as Caleb Franklin stole the puck below the goal line and put a perfect pass to the front of the net for Dan MacIntyre, who one-tied it up and over Demers at 13:20 of the second. The Bulldogs again responded well to the goal against, and had a fantastic chance to get on the board on an attacking shift in the Capitals zone but Jack Grant made a fantastic highlight reel save on Jackson Doucet in the slot on a Michael Sacco set up. In the late minutes of the period the Bulldogs went to the penalty box on a big hit by Spencer Hora that was ruled to be interference. The Caps made quick work of the power play, with a perfect set up down low for Preston Brodziak that he slid across the crease for Dimitri Mikrogiannakis who made no mistake one-timing it into the open side. Olivier Gauthier drew the second assist at 18:20 of the second for a 3-0 Capitals lead after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 13-10 Capitals for a 40 minute total of 22-18 Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs pushed early in the third, again drawing a penalty but again failing to capitalize on it, or gain any momentum from threatening on it. The Capitals didn't give up much through the midway point of the period, with the Dogs unable to generate any sustained attack. One final exclamation point from the Capitals came with just under five minutes to play as a dump in was misplayed by a Bulldog defender resulting in a bounce to the slot that was put on net with a great first save made by Cole Demers, but the second rebound ending up finding the back of the net to make it 4-0. Ryan Moon got credit for it for his second of the game, with assists going to Lucas Vanroboys and Kolton Cousins at 15:10 of the third to complete the scoring.


Third period shots were 7-5 Bulldogs, for a game total of 29-23 Bulldogs with Cole Demers taking the loss while Jack Grant earned 1st star honours with the win and the shut out. The Bulldogs went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Capitals went 1 for 4.


With the loss, the Bulldogs have lost two in a row. They are next in action Friday at 1:30 at the BCHL Showcase when they take on the Wenatchee Wild.


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Bulldogs host Capitals tonight, 34th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run today!




It's right back at it on home ice tonight for the Bulldogs (2-1-0-0, T-1st Island) as they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals 0-2-0-1, 5th Island) at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they lost their first game of the season, 5-1 to the Victoria Grizzlies. The Capitals were also on home ice last night, dropping their third in a row to open the campaign, 4-2 to the Penticton Vees.

These teams met last Friday night in Duncan in the season opener for both teams, a 3-2 shoot out win for the Bulldogs.


Catch all the action Live on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Van Isle Ford. Our pregame show commences at 6:45, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00pm. I'll provide the play-by-play with Bruce MacDonald taking care of the colour commentary and analysis.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Arch Ecker, the play-by-play voice of the defending BCHL Fred Page Cup Champion Wenatchee Wild, who the Bulldogs face Friday at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.



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Don't forget that the 34th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run thunders into town today shortly after 12 noon! The Bikes will leave Little Qualicum Falls at noon sharp and usually roll into town around 12:20-12:30ish. If you have somewhere you need to be in town around that time, get there early as you're likely to be delayed. A little delay, is a very small price to pay in my opinion, for everything the Toy Run does for Kids and the community all year long.

Get more details on the Toy Run website HERE

It's a busy day for me, as I won't only be broadcasting the game tonight, but I'll be live up at the entrance to the city and down at Glenwood centre broadcasting from the Toy Run festivities, so you can listen on your radio or online at www.933thepeak.com


Hammer



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bulldogs drop Home Opener, 5-1 to the Grizzlies





The Bulldogs got off to a solid opening shift with a couple pucks at the net and a solid hit thrown by Spencer Hora. They would soon afterwards end up in the penalty box - and then spend the better part of the period in it. You could argue a couple were borderline, and that a couple were needless, and that a couple were perhaps missed on the other side of the puck. The bottom line is control what you can control, and for the most part the Bulldogs did that as they killed off the initial penalty two minutes in without giving up much. They took a subsequent minor that I didn't see five minutes later, with Grizzlies netminder Kurtis Chapman drawing contact on a Bulldog forward and going down. The Bulldogs were then once again penalized just 27 seconds into the kill when Issac Tonkin-Palmer and Alex Newhook got tied up with each other off a draw and both went down and Tonkin-Palmer was deemed to be the guilty party. The Bulldogs killed off the 93 second two-man advantage for the Grizzlies, with a couple solid saves by Hawthorne, but seconds after the penalty elapsed the Grizzlies found the net as a Nico Somerville wrist shot from the deep slot appeared to change direction before beating Hawthorne past his glove. Assists on the play went to Alex Campbell and Marty Westhaver at 9:45 of the first. The Bulldogs took another penalty late in the period, before finally drawing one. They wouldn't earn a power play chance though, as a late arm went up for an excuse-me-trip as the Grizzlies went to a 4 on 3 power play with Hawthorne again making a series of good saves to keep it a 1-0 score after 20 minutes. Shots in the first were 15-4 Grizzlies.


The Bulldogs got off to an inspired start in the second, finally getting a chance to play some five-on-five hockey. They would find themselves in a 2-0 hole before they could build on any momentum, as a giveaway up the wall was thrown at the net off a stick and retrieved off the goal line by Alex Campbell, who just managed to tuck it in before Hawthorne could get back to the goal line. Assists on the play went to Cole Noble and Brady MacDonald at 2:23 of the second. The Bulldogs showed some moments of pushing to get back into it over the next ten minutes, with a dangerous looking scramble around Chapman failing to find the net. The Bulldogs were whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking in the back-half of the period, and they made it count as Alex Campbell put a perfectly placed shot past a defender from inside the right circle top corner, short-side on Hawthorne to make it 3-0 at 14:30 of the second, from Jordan Guiney and Charlie Campbell. A minute and twenty-seven seconds later, and still on the power play, it was 4-0 as Alex Campbell completed the natural hat trick on a scramble as a shot was blocked and went skyward were Charlie Campbell gloved it down and threw it to the crease where Alex Campbell jammed it home at 15:57 of the second. Shots in the period were 13-11 Victoria, for a 28-15 Grizzlies lead after 40 minutes.


The third period saw the Bulldogs promptly fall into a deeper hole, as just 1:33 into it an errant pass off a Bulldog stick ended up on the tape of Brady MacDonald at the right point. He would simply throw a high shot at goal through traffic, that beat Hawthorne high short-side. The goal appeared to be un-assisted, but both Nico Somerville and Darwin Lakokuk were awarded helpers on it. The Bulldogs took a penalty just a minute later, with the teams trading minors up to the midway point of the period. The Bulldogs finally gave the fans something to cheer about with seven minutes to play as Tyler Vanuden took a Keaton Mastrodonato pass at centre and pushed the pace over the Victoria line before finding Julian Benner going to the net with a cross-ice pass up the left side where he put a shot on net that hit either Chapman or a defender before finding the back of the net to make it 5-1 at 12:17 of the third. The Bulldogs were unable to build on it, with more penalties both ways in the final five minutes slowing the pace as tempers flared. The Bulldogs earned a 28 second 5 on 3 power play with just half a minute to play, but were unable to beat Chapman as time expired, with more rough stuff breaking out at the buzzer.


Third period shots were 21-10 Grizzlies, for a game total in their favour of 49-25, with John Hawthorne taking the loss while Kurtis Chapman earned the win. Special teams were.....prevalent. Unofficially, I had the Bulldogs at 0 for 4 and the Grizzlies at 2 for 10.


The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


Hammer
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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight for Home Opener




Hockey is finally back at the Dog Pound, as the Bulldogs (2-0-0-0, 1st Island) host the Victoria Grizzlies (0-1-0-0, 5th Island) at the Alberni Valley Multiplex for their 2018 Home Opener.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Nanaimo, when they won their second straight to open the season, 2-1 over the Clippers.  The Grizzlies have played just once so far in this young season, last Saturday night when they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Kings in Powell River.

This is the first meeting of the season between these teams, but each side of the puck has a fair amount of returnees that took part in last year's Island Division Semi Final series won by the Grizzlies in Game Seven. One one hand, it's ancient history. On the other, I'm sure it's crossed the minds of the returnees on both sides of the puck a time or two.

Get to the rink early tonight, as there will be a Tail Gate Party/BBQ by donation, and the Alberni Teens Can Rock will perform outside as well.



I can't wait to get back on the air from inside the friendly confines of the Dog Pound. It's been wayyyy too long. Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM goes live at 6:45 for our pregame show, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow the pregame festivities at 7:00. Bruce MacDonald will take care of the colour commentary and analysis, Dan Tisserand covers team and individual statistics and I call the play-by-play.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Justis Doucet, who's not only the play-by-play voice of the Cowichan Valley Capitals, but brother to Bulldog Forward Jackson Doucet, which is certainly something we'll talk about in the interview along with last week's game, tomorrow's rematch at the Dog Pound, and the off-season change in Duncan.




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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Multiplex Moments, Dog Pound Memories 2003-2018

Hello, Happy Thursday and thanks for checking out the blog.....

I have posted this last three or four  years in advance of the Home Opener and it has drawn rave reviews, so I'm doing it again this year, with some updates added from last year. Here's to hoping for many more to add next year - enjoy! 

Hammer

Well this was supposed to be my "game day" post for Friday, as I was working on the blog yesterday for the weekend. With work and family and everything else I find I have to be a bit ahead of the game, so to speak, or it just gets to be too much! Well I ran into a bit of a problem, as I was looking through pictures to find my favorite to include in the Game Day post Friday. I succeeded in narrowing it down to about 20 haha! 

So, this has now become a little pump-up / primer blog post to get you through to Friday. My favorite moments from all my years of calling games at the Dog Pound. There's lots of pictures and video links so be patient and give this at least a two-minute minor to load. Maybe even a 10 minute misconduct depending on your internet connection!

Hope you enjoy and it gives you some memories, and if you are a player, some motivation. Pack the shack, spread the word, tell the family your friends the inlaws the outlaws, heck even your enemies!

No better place to watch/play/broadcast a game!
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Sunday, September 09, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs win second straight to open season, 2-1 over Clippers

Here's some video highlights from today.

Enjoy.

Hammer

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The first few minutes were rather tame, with neither team looking especially sharp. The Bulldogs had the best early chance, as Keaton Mastrodonato took a hit to create a 2 on 1 that saw Julian Benner skate in alone but be unable to beat Jordan Naylor. The Bulldogs would give up a chance with sloppy control of the puck in neutral ice that saw John Hawthorne come up with a solid save on Nicholas Wilson on a partial breakaway. The Bulldogs would then proceed to dominate the remainder of the period, creating Grade A chances both on the rush and during extended periods of attack in the Nanaimo zone. Jordan Naylor would look sharp on several instances to keep the game scoreless. The Bulldogs earned a power play chance late in the period, but couldn't cash in on it. Shortly afterwards, they finally found the net as Ryan Novecosky made a good defensive play one-on-one to stop a rush before putting the puck off the glass and out of the zone while taking a hit in the process. Michael Sacco and Nicholas Seitz would play catch through centre before Sacco walked up the middle over the Nanaimo line and tried a shot that was blocked. It ended up right on the tape of Seitz who was following the play, and he made no mistake one-timing it home five-hole for his first career goal and a 1-0 Bulldog lead after 20 minutes. Shots were 14-2 Bulldogs.


The trend continued throughout the early moments of the second, as the Bulldogs continued to push the pace and generate offensive chances. They were unable to connect on back to back power play chances though as it remained a one-goal game. The Bulldogs would build their lead just past the midway point of the period on the rush with quick transition, as Ryan Novecosky stood up at his blue line to break up a pass and one-touch it ahead for Tyler Vanuden. He would feed Keaton Mastrodonato over the Nanaimo line up the right wide, where he used speed to get deep before putting a perfect cross-crease pass onto the tape of Vanuden at the back post, where he one-timed it home before Naylor could get over to make it 2-0 at 10:52 of the second. The Bulldogs couldn't build on the momentum, as the Clippers got on the board with under four minutes to play in the frame as a battle out of the corner ended up back at the line. A shot that was deflected was initially stopped by John Hawthorne, and he also came up with a rebound save. The second rebound found it's way home though, as Matthew Moser just managed to squeak it through. Assists on the play went to Marcus Mitchell and Brady Lynn at 16:03 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play a minute later with a chance to restore their lead, but again couldn't threaten to cash in as it stayed 2-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 9-6 Clippers, for a 20-11 Bulldog advantage.


The third period began with the Clippers going to back to back power play opportunities inside the first ten minutes, but the Bulldogs did a good job to kill them off and not give up much in protecting their lead, with both Isaac-Tonkin Palmer and Stephen Castagna being noticable for both blocking shots and getting sticks on pucks. With five minutes to play, the Bulldogs put on an offensive push and had a couple near misses around the Clipper net. Nanaimo would counter on the following shift, with John Hawthorne coming up with a solid save on Matthew Moser at the side of the net through a scramble to protect the lead. The Bulldogs did a good job through the final four minutes to not give up much into the final minute of regulation. The Bulldogs couldn't get a crucial clear, with the Clippers pressing into the final seconds where a puck bounced cross-crease and onto the stick of Ethan Scardina, with what looked like an open net. John Hawthorne would come up with a game-saver on the goal line with his right toe to keep it 2-1 as the buzzer sounded two seconds later.


Third period shots were 8-5 Clippers, for a game total of 25-19 Bulldogs. John Hawthorne picked up the win in net, while Jordan Naylor took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 2.


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

I'm dying for someone to correct me on this - but as far as I'm aware, this is the first ever 2 and 0 start in franchise history.*UPDATE* I’m reluctant to report I must correct myself...and I have also been corrected by statistician Dan Tisserand. The Bulldogs have twice started a season 2-0. First in 2004-2005. My excuse for missing this one is that I gave up looking farther back on the BCHL website for Bulldog history as three seasons (2006-2009) for some reason don’t exist on the league site. The one Dan found was from 2011-2012. I can’t fathom an excuse for this one, but I have to wonder what the season was doing starting September 24th! I’ll head to he box now and feel shame!


Hammer

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Bulldogs visit Clippers this afternoon *2:00pm start*


It's the first meeting of the season between these two rivals as the Bulldogs (1-0-0-0, T-1st Island) head over the hump to visit the Clippers (1-2-0-0, T-1st Island) at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo.

The Bulldogs were last in action Friday night in Duncan, where they opened their season with a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win over the Capitals. The Clippers had their season opener last night at home, picking up a resounding 6-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air starting at 1:45 for our pregame show, with the puck dropping at 2:00pm.

Today's 2nd Intermission guest is the BCHL's Director of Communications Brent Mutis, taking about all things BCHL. Take a listen to Brent's BCHL Podcast by CLICKING HERE




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Friday, September 07, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs rally to top Capitals 3-2 in a shoot out


Great win tonight.... big fan of the shoot out here....ha! 

It's late...or early, so I'm hitting the hay. I did manage throughout the bus ride home to get a jump on providing some highlights and I stayed up to get it done before I call it a night. Enjoy. 

Don't forget that the Bulldogs are in the Fall Fair Parade tomorrow starting at 11:00am sharp. 


Hammer 










The game started with an immediate push by the Bulldogs, as they had a couple net drives that ended up in chances with pucks thrown on goal from a sharp angle that were kept out by Jack Grant. The Bulldogs appeared to have momentum as they pushed in the attacking zone, but that was halted when they were whistled for a boarding penalty. The Bulldogs successfully killed it off and didn't give up much, with John Hawthorne tested once but looking sharp to make a good save on a cross-ice set up for Luc Wilson. The Bulldogs were immediately again penalized, and again successfully killed it off to keep the game scoreless. The Bulldogs had again a couple dangerous looks in the attacking zone, the most notable being when Michael Sacco put his own rebound off the post behind Grant but it failed to find the net. A late Bulldog power play saw a good initial set up for Keaton Mastrodonato in the slot that was blockered away by Grant, with the Capitals doing a good job to kill off the remainder of the minor. Shots were 13-10 Capitals.


The second period again started with good pace, and again an early Bulldog penalty. They would successfully kill it, with the Caps looking dangerous at times and John Hawthorne looking sharp. Shortly afterwards it was 1-0 Bulldogs as Dawson Tritt finished off a fantastic effort to open the scoring as he stole the puck from Vincent Millette and then knocked it off the stick of Boo Grist to walk in on goal. He would pull the puck behind the net and get Grant out of position, before using his reach to tuck a wrap around home five-hole. The goal was un-assisted at 7:52 of the second. The Bulldogs subsequently earned an immediate power play chance, but couldn't cash in on it. They would then be penalized themselves, but once again killed it off with Hawthorne looking sharp to protect their lead. Shots in the period were 17-10 Capitals, for a 30-20 advantage after 40 minutes.


The Capitals would get the equalizer five minutes into the third, on a turnover by the Bulldogs in the attacking zone that led to an odd-man rush counter that saw Paul Selleck feed Vincent Millette over the Bulldogs line up the right side. He would delay and use a defenceman as a screen to fire a quick wrister long-side past the blocker of Hawthorne, making it 1-1 at 5:01 of the third. The Capitals would take their first lead of the game in the back half of the third as Luc Wilson gained the zone up the right side and threw a rink-wide pass to Adam Conquest. He would in turn dish off back to the right side to find a wide-open Boo Grist, who in full flight walked into the right circle where he blew a slapper far-side past the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 2-1 Capitals at 11:26 of the third. The Bulldogs responded immediately off the following draw, generating a scramble around the Caps net that failed to go in. They would continue to push, and tied the game on a gorgeous end to end rush by Evan Googins, who picked up a Jackson Doucet chip from Camron Cervone in full flight up the left wing. He would blow past a Capital defender and into the left faceoff dot where he ripped a perfectly placed shot top corner, far-side high off the bar and in for his first career goal to tie it at 2-2 with 5:52 to play in the third to force overtime. Shots in the third were 11-6 Capitals, for a 60 minute total in their favour of 41-26.

The Bulldogs were dominant to start overtime, winning a series of faceoffs to control possession and create chances as a result. Jack Grant was fantastic, coming up with a series of highlight reel saves to keep the game going. The Capitals later had a dangerous looking rush that turned into a partial breakaway, but Michael Sacco dug in on the backcheck to dive and block the shot out of play as the game went to a shoot out. Shots in overtime were 5-3 Bulldogs, for a game total of 44-31 Capitals.

The Capitals deferred the opportunity to shoot first, and the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead when Jackson Doucet just managed to sneak it home five-hole on Grant. Adam Conquest would subsequently be stopped by John Hawthorne, before Dawson Tritt was stopped by Grant. Hawthorne would again come up with a save on Luc Wilson, forcing Grant to come up with a game saver on Julian Benner. The Capitals would need to score on their third attempt to keep the game alive, but John Hawthorne came up with a game winning save on Vincent Millette for the 3-2 final score.

Shots were 44-31 Capitals, with John Hawthorne picking up the win in net with 2nd star honours, with Grant earned 3rd star honours with the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Capitals went 0 for 5.

The Bulldogs are next in action Sunday afternoon when they visit the Clippers in Nanaimo.

Hammer
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