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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Caps top Dogs 6-2



A very energetic start for the Bulldogs, as they had a great jump in the opening minutes and earned a few good chances as a result. They earned a power play a minute later, and looked very dangerous on it but couldn't beat Michael Corson. The Caps earned a power play almost immediately afterwards, but the Bulldogs came up with a solid penalty kill and didn't concede a shot. Another Bulldog power play later in the period didn't look as good, and another immediate penalty call the other way put the Capitals on the power play. The Caps would open the scoring - not really, but in the Referee's eyes they did, and that's all that matters, as Nicholas Wilson walked out from behind the goal line from the left side and attempted to go high, short-side. He would beat John Hawthorne, but hit the crossbar. The Referee at the side of the net instantly sounded his whistle, and said it was a goal. A discussion would ensue with all four Officials, and the call stood. No assists were given on the play, at 15:36 of the first. The Bulldogs earned another immediate power play, but while they again threatened they couldn't cash in. Shots in the first were 13-9 Bulldogs.


A high paced start to the second again by the Bulldogs failed to yield a goal, as Corson came up with a big save on Paul Selleck on the door step, and a shot a second later hit the bar on a deflection at the side of the net. The Dogs kept pushing, and tied the game before the period was four minutes old as Paul Selleck hustled on the forecheck to throw a hit and force a bad pass. Cole Poliziani would pick it off on the left wing wall, and throw a cross ice pass to the middle for Luc Salem. He slid across the slot, and fired a low shot that appeared to change direction before beating Corson five-hole for his first career goal to make it 1-1 at 4:24 of the second. Frantic action played out throughout the next few minutes, with each team having chances. The Capitals would earn a power play after a long shift on the defence in their zone, and while the Bulldogs killed it off they couldn't clear the zone, and it ended up in the back of their net as Andrew McCann found an errant pass off the side-board bounce and walked into the top of the left circle where he walked in and put a wrist shot under the glove and over the pad of Hawthorne, long-side. Tate Coughlin drew the only assist on the play at 13:46 of the second. The Bulldogs pushed back, and had a couple great shifts and good chances - the best of which saw Mitch Oliver set up Tyler Vanuden at the side of the net, where he beat Corson but hit the post and crossbar and it stayed out. The Capitals would get a big insurance goal late in the period as Tate Coughlin protected the puck across the blue line before dropping it for Marshall Skapski. He put a puck on net and found a wide-open Ty Pochipinski, who stopped the shot and had no one around him and Hawthorne down and out as he pulled it around him and lifted it home to make it 3-1 at 18:48 of the second. Shots in the period were 11-8 Capitals, for a 21-20 Dogs edge after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs earned a power play a minute into the third, but weren't able to generate much on it. They earned yet another call at it's conclusion on a great steal and net drive by Jackson Doucet. Instead of pulling within a goal, the Dogs fell into a deeper hole as Ethan Scardina got a step on the Dogs defence and chased down a clear into the Dogs zone and tight to the goal where he snapped a shot off a defender's stick and in through the legs of Hawthorne to make it 4-1, shorthanded. Assists on the play went to Tate Coughlin and Simon Chen at 5:17 of the third. The Bulldogs were again penalized a minute later, and much like the 2-1 goal they killed the penalty off but couldn't clear the zone. John Hawthorne would make at least two saves in tight, and appeared to maybe have it covered for a fleeting second before taking contact. The puck would bounce to the hashmarks where Ty Pochipinski spun and fired one home long side. Ethan Scardina drew the lone assist at 8:18 of the third. The Dogs didn't quit, and got back within three just 90 seconds later as Julian Benner drove down the left wing with speed and dropped to Michael Sacco. His shot was blocked, but Benner found it behind the goal line and put it out to the slot where Keaton Mastrodonato one-timed it home to make it 5-2 at 9:48 of the third. The Dogs did earn a short 5 on 3 late in the third, but took a penalty before they could try to make it count. The Capitals would add one more late in the third with a single second remaining on the power play as Andrew Mccann kept a clearing attempt in at the line at the right point, and snapped a wrister home short-side past the glove of Brock Lefevbre - who entered the game in relief after the fifth Capital goal. The time of the goal was 18:24 of the third.

Shots in the third were 14-12 Capitals, for a game total in their favour of 34-33, as Michael Corson picked up 2nd star honours with the win while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 7 on the power play, while the Capitals went 2 for 6 while also scoring once while shorthanded.

The teams meet again Friday night at the Dog Pound.

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Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight to kick off three game series


It's the first of three meetings between these Island Division rivals in just a four day span, as the Bulldogs (12-23-3-4, 4th Island) visit the Capitals (8-30-3-2, 5th Island) tonight at the Island Savings Centre. The Capitals will return the favour and visit the Dog Pound on Friday night, before both teams turn around and get back to Duncan for the rubber match Saturday night.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night, when they snapped a four game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Capitals were in Surrey Sunday, where they concluded a three game road trip with their second straight loss, 7-0 to the Surrey Eagles. 

It goes without saying that this three game series is monumental when it comes to the Island Division standings. The Bulldogs are ten games points up on the Capitals, and there's a trio of four point games between the teams. Perhaps the best approach is not to look at it as a three game series, but just one game at a time. You can bet that the Bulldogs will need to up their desperation and intensity level, as I'm sure the Capitals will be treating these as must-win, Game 7 type contests.

The last meeting between the teams was a 4-2 Bulldog win at the Dog Pound on December 16th. The last meeting in Duncan was a 4-4 tie on November 22nd. The Bulldogs have a record of 4-0-0-1 in the season series.


The puck drops shortly after 7:00 - which means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak goes live at 6:45 for our pregame show. I'll call the play-by-play, Dan Tisserand will tabulate team and individual statistics.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Justis Doucet, the play-by-play voice of the Cowichan Valley Capitals - yes, he's also the brother of Bulldog Forward Jackson.



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The Bulldogs also announced another commit for next season last night - welcome Ethan Jang! Read more below. 


FERNIE GHOSTRIDERS' LEFT WINGER ANNOUNCED AS THIRD COMMIT FOR 2018/19 SEASON

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce  
that 2001-born forward Ethan Jang has committed to join the team for  
the 2018/19 British Columbia Hockey League season.

Jang is currently playing in his rookie season with the Fernie  
Ghostriders of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, where  
he has scored seven goals and added three assists in 30 regular season  
games. He recently represented the league's Kootenay Conference in the  
2018 KIJHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna.

"Ethan plays an aggressive, in-your-face style and skates very well  
for his age," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He stepped into  
our lineup back in October as an affiliate player against a good  
Wenatchee team and his speed and compete level stood out immediately.  
He plays with intensity, finishes checks and has a ton of potential to  
be a contributor in all facets of the game. We're excited to see Ethan  
continue his development in a Bulldogs uniform."

The 16-year old spent the 2016/17 season with the BC Major Midget  
League's Kootenay Ice, where he scored 14 goals and finished with 29  
points in 39 regular season games. His goals total ranked sixth among  
all 2001-born players in the league, while his points total ranked  
fifth.

"Committing to the Bulldogs is a great feeling for sure," says Jang,  
who describes himself as a quick North-South skater known for taking  
the body and providing energy for his teammates. "My family and I  
believe that the Alberni Valley is the right place for me to play and  
develop as a player. Living on Vancouver Island and meeting new people  
will also be a great experience."

Jang enjoyed his first taste of BCHL action against the Wild and is  
looking forward to making the jump full-time: "Stepping on the ice and  
playing in a faster-paced game was a great feeling," he says. "I felt  
comfortable out there, and just being with the guys joking around was  
a experience I will not forget."

"We'd like to congratulate Ethan on his commitment to the Bulldogs,"  
says Ghostriders head coach Craig Mohr. "Alberni Valley will be  
getting a fast skating, hard hitting left winger. Ethan leads our team  
in shorthanded goals and is consistently our leading hitter in most  
games. Not only are the Bulldogs getting a great player, they’re also  
getting a great person."

Jang will continue to play for the Ghostriders and be available to  
play BCHL games as an affiliate player this season before joining the  
Bulldogs full-time next year.

***

For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes





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Saturday, January 13, 2018

UPDATED with VIDEO - Bulldogs top Silverbacks 5-4





The start to the game wasn't especially crisp for the Bulldogs, as they spent the first minute in their zone before being called for icing. They would get their legs going and start to push the pace and earned some momentum from it, and looked like they were about to open the scoring but Carter Harris was stopped on the goal line at the side of the net. They kept pushing, and shortly afterwards made it 1-0 as Luc Salem put a shot off the crossbar from the right circle that was found behind the net by Cole Poliziani. He would put it right to the top of the crease where Paul Selleck misfired on it but managed to slide the off speed shot through the legs of Reid Cooper at 6:55 of the first. The Silverbacks would have a great chance late to tie it, but John Hawthorne made a great save on a wide open Rhett Kingston in the deep slot. The Silverbacks would earn a power play at the end of the goal mouth scramble, but the Dogs killed it off to hold their lead into the second. Shots in the first were 9-8 Salmon Arm.


The Bulldogs earned a penalty from the back Referee to open the second, and made quick work of it with a pretty set up to open up a 2-0 lead as Tyler Vanuden fed Michael Sacco on the goal line at the right side of the net. He put a perfect backdoor pass to a moving in Mitch Oliver, who one-timed it in off of Reid Cooper at 2:58 of the second.  The Bulldogs made it 3-0 just under three minutes later on a pretty play on the rush as Jackson Doucet flipped the puck to centre, where Cole Poliziani showed great skill to knock it down out of midair. He then dished off to Paul Selleck, who skated in alone and beat Cooper with a quick release, far-side past his blocker at 5:55 of the second. The Silverbacks responded before the celebration died, as Sol Seibel drove the Dogs net and put it at the goal where it hit traffic and then went in off of Hudson Schandor to make it a 3-1 game at 6:23 of the second. The Silverbacks would then proceed to control the bulk of the next chunk of the period, getting a bunch of pucks on net and spending a large amount of time in the Bulldog end, but being unable to beat Hawthorne to trim the deficit. The Bulldogs would earn a power play, and once again made good on it as Sami Pharaon threw a puck at the net from the top of the point that missed the goal, hit the end boards, and bounced right back to the top of the crease. Cole Poliziani would find it, and jam it cross-crease where Paul Selleck roofed it short-side under the bar for his first career hat trick to make it 4-1 at 17:34 of the second. On the following shift, Carter Harris would somehow get away with a hard slash across Rhett Kingston in the middle of the ice and at the end of the shift be called for a Major Penalty for Cross Checking on Trey Thomas. The Silverbacks would connect just 11 seconds into the power play as Joeph Leahy blasted a slapper home from the top of the point past the glove of Hawthorne to make it 4-2 at 18:48 of the second, with assists to Tanner Campbell and Nick Unruh. Shots in the period were 14-10 Salmon Arm, for a 23-18 edge in their favour after 40 minutes.


The Silverbacks threatened often to begin the third on the major power play, but John Hawthorne came up with a couple big saves in tight to protect the lead. Salmon Arm continued to push, and with half a minute remaining on the power play made it a one-goal game on a perfect cross-ice set up that was one-timed home short-side by Rhett Kingston to make it 4-3 at 3:02 of the third, with assists going to Akito Hirose and Riley Hayles. It wasn't a one-goal game for long, as the Bulldogs killed off the remaining time on the major and then made it 5-3 as Tyler Vanuden flipped the puck out of the zone and over the stick of Sol Seibel at the Bulldog line. Keaton Mastrodonato would race up the right wing on a 2 on 1 rush where he made a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Michael Sacco, who one-timed it home at 4:19 of the third. The Bulldogs would continue to push, but couldn't build their lead. The Silverbacks would then earn a power play chance, and while the Dogs killed it off they couldn't clear the zone as Akito Hirose did a fantastic job to protect the puck across the zone before dishing off to Rhett Kingston, who one-time a shot at the net that was deflected in by Justin Wilson on the door step to make it 5-4 at 12:37 of the third. That would do it for the scoring, but not for the action as a couple interesting scenarios played out as Austin Chorney hit Keaton Mastrodonato and was penalized on a delayed call. Michael Sacco would retaliate in his defence and jump Chorney. When all the dust settled, the Officials.... forgot... I guess, that they had called a penalty on the hit as he received just a misconduct and nothing more. The Bulldog would earn a power play with two and a half minutes to play, and while they didn't score, they killed critical time off the clock. The Officials would then stop play and give Salmon Arm a too-many-men penalty. However, they had missed that Salmon Arm had pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. The penalty obviously couldn't be called, and the decision was made to drop the puck outside the Bulldog blue line. In the Officials defence, the way the crowd was up in arms had me biting at it too. In the end, the Dogs did a good job to not give the 'Backs a chance to tie the game before time ran out.


Third period shots were 23-3 Salmon Arm for a game total of 46-21 Silverbacks. John Hawthorne picked up 3rd star honours with the win, while Reid Cooper took the loss. The Dogs went 2 for 5 on the power play while Salmon Arm went 2 for 4.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night in Duncan when they visit the Capitals.


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Bulldogs host Silverbacks tonight, Armada Girls in Totem Final at 5:45 tonight



It's the first meeting between the teams this season - after tonight the Bulldogs (11-23-3-4, 4th Island) have now seen every BCHL team, as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (15-22-3-1, 7th Interior) visit the Dog Pound.

The Bulldogs were in Victoria last night, where they lost their fourth in a row, 3-0 to the Victoria Grizzlies. The Silverbacks meanwhile began a three-in-three weekend through the Island Division last night in Powell River, playing to a 3-3 tie with the Kings.


The full crew will be in the broadcast booth to bring the game to you on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford. I'll take care of the hosting and call the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald adds colour commentary and provides analysis and last but certainly not least, Dan Tisserand compiles team and individual statistics. Our pregame show is on the air at 6:45, with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm.




Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is from the BCHL Podcast, hosted by the league's Director of Communication's Brent Mutis. His guest? Bulldogs Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Jeff Dubois. I certainly enjoyed listening to it, and I'm sure Bulldog fans will as well.



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If you're looking for something to do throughout the day or night tonight, I suggest you get to ADSS and/or the Alberni Athletic Hall, as the 63rd Totem Tournament is into it's final day. For those that don't know, it's the longest running High School Basketball Tournament in the Province. Action tips off at 9:00am today at both facilities. The Armada Girls are 2-0 after a big 56-53 win last night and will play in the final tonight at 5:45 at ADSS. 

Check out the full schedule on the Totem website HERE



Hammer


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Dogs drop fourth straight, 3-0 to Grizzlies


The game started with the Bulldogs with the best early chance in the first minute on a 3 on 2 rush that saw Zachary Rose make a good save on Jackon Doucet and no allow a rebound with two Bulldogs going to the net. The Grizzlies would open the scoring on a Bulldog error at the attacking line as a defenceman missed a pass back to the line resulting in a clear-cut breakaway for Ethan Nother that he made good on as he cut across the crease and slid it through the legs of John Hawthorne to make it 1-0, un-assisted at 4:47 of the first. The Bulldogs would be penalized just 18 seconds later, and came up with a big kill to keep it a one-goal game. Another penalty two minutes later put them down a man, with yet another call against them a minute later giving Victoria a 5 on 3 power play of 52 seconds in duration. A couple solid saves by Hawthorne, and a couple posts and crossbars by the Grizzlies kept it 1-0. A fourth straight penalty against the Bulldogs to open the game - no, really... would be cancelled out with a penalty at the whistle against the Grizzlies. The Bulldogs would draw a call later in the period, but couldn't get anything going on the power play as the Grizzlies took the 1-0 lead to the room after 20 minutes. Shots were 6-5 Grizzlies.

The Bulldogs looked like a team possessed to start the second frame, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in shots in the first 2:37 of the period. They would earn a power play as a result of their efforts, and had a couple good looks around the net just by simply getting pucks there. They couldn't beat Zach Rose though, as he protected the lead. That would be huge a few minutes later, as the Grizzlies earned a power play on an errant Bulldog stick. They would make good on it, on a simple play from the left point as Ethan Nother put a wrist shot on goal that was deflected in short-side past the blocker of Hawthorne by Matt Dorran on the doorstep. Nother wouldn't be given an assist on the play from ice level, as they were instead given to Carter Berger and Lucas Clark at 7:46 of the second. Just a minute and change later the Grizzlies looked to have gone up 3-0 on a big save by Hawthorne from the hashmarks resulting in a rebound at the side of the net that was put in by Jamie Rome. The Referee behind the net immediately waved it off, saying that it was kicked in. The goal looked good to me in real time, and I didn't see any kick. Watching a replay that was considerably slowed down, it appeared there might have been a minor kicking motion. At any length, the Dogs dodged a bullet. They would earn another power play with a chance to get back in it late in the period but once again struggled to generate enough, spending the last minute of the power play failing to cross centre, leading to a frustrated defenceman picking up a four minute penalty for spearing. The Bulldogs would kill off most of the first half of the double minor as the period ended, to keep the score 2-0 Grizzlies. Shots in the period were 12-10 Grizzlies, for a 18-15 edge in their favour.

The Bulldogs killed off the remainder of the double minor to start the third, while drawing a penalty early in it. They wouldn't get a short power play however, as they were once again penalized. As they killed off that subsequent call, they were again instantly penalized. Once again, they came up with a solid penalty kill - for the fourth straight time, to keep it just 2-0. The Bulldogs finally got back to even strength, and started to mount a push at the midway point of the period, getting a couple pucks on net and spending time in the attacking zone. Before the Dogs could get on the board, they ended up in the box - pretty much for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs had a pending power play with seven minutes to go in the third when Darren Rizzolo was hit high by Marty Westhaver behind the Dogs net. Rizzolo would retaliate and jump on him and throw a series of punches, unfortunately turning a power play into a 5 minute penalty kill. Things would be further compounded a couple minutes later, when a soft call against Christian Simeone put the Dogs down two men for a full two minutes. The Dogs got to the final seconds of it, but the Grizzlies put the game away when Cameron Thompson walked into the hash marks and beat John Hawthorne low, stick-side. Assists on the play went to TJ Friedmann and Jamie Rome at 16:29 of the third for the eventual 3-0 final.


Third period shots were 10-9 Bulldogs, for a game total of 27-25 Grizzlies. John Hawthorne took the loss while Zach Rose earned 1st star honours with the win and the shut out.

The Bulldogs try to snap a four game losing streak tomorrow night when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Hammer 



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Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight

 It's the first meeting between the teams in Victoria since late November, as the Bulldogs (11-22-3-4, 4th Island) hit the road to visit the Grizzlies (22-14-3-2, T-1st Island) tonight at the Q Centre.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, where they lost their third in a row, 4-3 to the West Kelowna Warriors in an emotional affair.

The Grizzlies last saw action Tuesday night at home, where they won their fourth in a row, 6-3 over the Nanaimo Clippers. The Grizzlies have been red hot as of late, as they are unbeaten in their last nine games with eight wins and a tie. In that nine game stretch, the only team that has stayed within a goal of the Grizzlies - not including the tie, was the Bulldogs, as the Grizzlies picked up a 3-2 win at the Multiplex on December 13th. The Grizzlies beat the Clippers 9-4 and 6-3 in that stretch, topped Powell River 7-4, Cowichan Valley 5-3 and 5-0 and West Kelowna 7-3.

So it goes without saying that the Bulldogs had best bring their A Game for a full 60 minutes, if they want to head home with two points. The last meeting in Victoria was a nutty one, an 8-5 Victoria win on November 26th in which the Bulldogs had a 5-2 lead a minute into the second period.

The Bulldogs announced changes to their leadership group yesterday, made necessary with the departures of Ryan Steele and Connor Welsh. Mitch Oliver was named Captain, with James Orban and Tyler Vanuden named Assistant Captains. Read more HERE

Our broadcast begins with the pregame show at 6:45, followed by the puck drop and play-by-play at 7:00. Catch all the action on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Ian Douglas, the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow night at the Dog Pound.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bulldogs move Connor Welsh, sign Lucas Patton....




Please read below for details on the Bulldog transactions in advance of tonight's BCHL/CJHL Trade Deadline, as the team moved Connor Welsh to the Trail Smoke Eaters for Future Considerations, while also signing Lucas Patton. The Bulldogs also announced that they've lost Liam Lytton and Ezra Paddock for the year - while at the same time getting back Michael Sacco and Julian Benner.

As I said yesterday - and probably do every time a move like this is made, it's tough to see anyone move on that has been here for a couple of years like Connor has. He's a great kid and person and has been a fun player to watch. Best of luck in Trail, and thanks for your contributions to the team and the community.

At the same time, welcome to the program Lucas. I had the pleasure of interviewing him before Friday's game in Nanaimo, and he's a well spoken young man and he's fit right in so far in the games that he's played, and that's certainly not an easy jump to make. It says something about his abilities, and I'm excited to watch him in a Bulldog jersey!

Hammer


BULLDOGS CONTINUE MAKEOVER ON BACK-END WITH FINAL TRADE DEADLINE MOVES

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made a pair of moves  
before the British Columbia Hockey League's trade deadline on  
Wednesday evening, signing 1999-born defenceman Lucas Patton from the  
VIJHL's Nanaimo Buccaneers and trading 1997-born defenceman Connor  
Welsh to the Trail Smoke Eaters in return for future considerations.

Patton hails from Sechelt, BC and was in his rookie season with the  
Buccaneers, having dressed in 28 regular season games while picking up  
five assists. The 18-year old also suited up in a pair of games with  
the Bulldogs as an affiliate player and has practiced regularly with  
the club over the past three months.

"Lucas is a strong defensive defenceman who skates well and competes  
at a high level," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He's  
impressed us as a person and player in his time as an affiliate and we  
feel he's ready to step into our lineup on a regular basis. Lucas has  
a great deal of upside and we're excited to see him continue his  
development in a Bulldogs jersey."

Meanwhile, Welsh joins a Smoke Eaters team that is currently tied for  
second in the overall BCHL standings. The 20-year old has been a  
potent offensive performer from the blueline in his two seasons in the  
Alberni Valley, with 12 goals and 45 points to show for 97 regular  
season appearances.

"Connor is a great person and a skilled player who has made a big  
impact on our team both on and off the ice," says Hughes. "Making the  
decision to move him today wasn't easy, but we made a trade that fits  
with the best interests of our organization moving forward. We'd like  
to thank Connor for all he did as a Bulldogs player and as a positive  
ambassador for our team in the community."

Patton will play his first game as a full-time member of the Bulldogs  
on Friday night when the team travels south to face the Victoria  
Grizzlies. Friday's game also marks the return of 1998-born forward  
Julian Benner and 1999-born forward Michael Sacco, who had each been  
out with long-term injuries.

"Getting Julian and Michael back in the lineup is really like making  
two big additions on top of the other moves we completed at the  
deadline," says Hughes. "Both guys have shown they can make a real  
impact offensively and we'll look forward to their contributions down  
the stretch run."

The Bulldogs have also announced that forward Liam Lytton and  
defenceman Ezra Paddock will miss the remainder of the season due to  
injury.

***

For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Bulldogs add Spencer Hora, move Ryan Steele...

Hello and thanks for checking the blog - see below for details from the Bulldogs released last night that saw them move Ryan Steele to West Kelowna for Spencer Hora and Future Considerations. 

Best of luck to Ryan in West Kelowna and the future - he was always great to me, to the community and played with heart and passion for the organization. At the same time, welcome Spencer! 

Hammer









BULLDOGS BOOST GRIT & SKILL ON BACK-END WITH ADDITION OF 18-YEAR OLD BLUELINER

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the West Kelowna Warriors, acquiring 1999-born defenceman Spencer Hora and future considerations in exchange for 1997-born forward and team captain Ryan Steele.

Hora hails from Kelowna, BC and is in his second full BCHL season. He played his rookie campaign with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, scoring once and adding seven assists in 54 regular season games. He totaled 10 assists in 21 games with Salmon Arm to begin the season before being dealt to West Kelowna, where he chipped in one goal and three assists in 14 contests.

"Spencer is a player we've been targeting since very early on in the season," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He brings a great blend of skill and toughness that will be a welcome addition on our blueline. He's a young guy who already has nearly 100 games of BCHL experience under his belt and he will be a big part of our future as we build a winning team and culture."

Meanwhile, Steele joins West Kelowna after suiting up in 86 regular season games for the Bulldogs over two seasons. The 20-year old was named captain in September and holds the team lead in scoring with 28 points.

"It's a very difficult decision any time you look at trading a player of Ryan's ability level and character," says Hughes. "But ultimately, Ryan's junior hockey career is nearing an end and we were able to acquire a young man who fits in well with both the short and long-term vision of our team. We also feel we have some younger players up front who will step up and thrive with the added opportunity in Ryan's absence."

Hora is expected to join the Bulldogs for Friday's game in Victoria, and will make his home debut on Saturday against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Dogs fall 4-3 to Warriors




The Bulldogs and Warriors both appeared to have a good jump in the opening minutes, but the Bulldogs were once again penalized early and quickly found themselves on their heels as the Warriors gained momentum on the power play, but they kept John Hawthorne busy. He would then make a big breakaway save on Max Bulawka to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs would respond to open the scoring with a power play of their own as they cashed in on the rush as Sami Pharaon worked the puck to the Warriors line up the left wing for Paul Selleck. He would gain the line and put a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Cole Polizani, who finished the chance beautifully with a top corner, far-side high shot off the back bar. The time of the goal was 8:10 of the first. The Dogs didn't have long to play with the lead, as the Warriors tied it just 34 seconds later as they won a draw in the attacking zone and worked the puck to the left wing wall where Michael Ryan threw it to the top of the crease where Max Bulawka deflected it home. Jake Harrison also drew an assist on the play at 8:34 of the first. The Warriors earned another power play less than a minute later, and pushed hard for the go-ahead goal, but John Hawthorne was fantastic to keep it tied. The Dogs earned a subsequent power play late in the period and had a couple near misses around the Warrior net, but also couldn't cash in. One more Warrior power play in the final two minutes of the period saw them threaten, but again they couldn't beat Hawthorne who was tested often. Shots in the first were 19-6 West Kelowna.


The Warriors took the first lead of the game inside of four minutes into the second, as a bad change combined with a failure to get the puck in deep at the attacking line resulted in a breakaway with a perfect head-man pass by Spencer Hora on the tape of RJ Murphy. He would race in alone and fake cutting wide before sliding it home five-hole on Hawthorne, making it 2-1 at 3:29 of the second. The Warriors kept the pressure up, but the Dogs earned a power play short of the midway point of the period. They weren't able to generate much in the way of momentum on chances on it, however. The Warriors created a Grade A chance in tight in front of the Dogs net late in the period to build the lead, but Hawthorne came up with a big glove save on a one-timer by RJ Murphy. The Bulldogs would get two fantastic chances in the final minute and change of the period, the first seeing Paul Selleck put a perfectly placed pass onto the tape of Jackson Doucet for a breakaway - he took an outstretched Warriors stick from behind into his arm and failed to get a shot on net, with no call coming. Doucet would then gain the zone and set up Selleck with a perfect pass to the deep slot, but Nik Amundrud made a fantastic save with his blocker to keep it 2-1. Shots in the period were 10-7 Warriors, for a 40 minute advantage of 29-13.


Jackson Doucet would get another breakaway inside the first minute of the third, but missed the net high and wide. The Bulldogs would tie the game half a minute later, when James Orban took a high and hard hit at the Bulldog line to get the puck out of the zone for a 2 on 1 rush. Tyler Vanuden would carry the puck up the left wing, and dish off to Keaton Mastrodonato who returned the puck cross-ice where Vanuden tapped it in 1:21 into period three to make it 2-2. The Warriors would answer back to take the lead when Wyatt Head blocked an up the middle clearing attempt by the last man back to skate in on a breakaway where he cut across the crease and lifted it high, long-side past the glove of Hawthorne. The goal was unassisted at 5:04 of the third. The Bulldogs would be penalized a minute and change later, but came up with a big kill to keep it tied. They would earn a power play later in the period where they tied the game on a goal that appeared to happen after a missed hand-pass by Ryan Steele on the faceoff. Play would continue, as Mitch Oliver put a puck on goal from the top of the left circle. Amundrud would make the save, but couldn't control the rebound. Ryan Steele would get it on net, and Tyler Vanuden would locate the rebound near side and lift it home to make it 3-3 at 12:55 of the third. The Warriors would take the lead back less than a minute on an unfortunate couple of plays at both ends of the ice as a rink-wide pass appeared to be shaping up for a partial breakaway for Christian Simeone. It would instead hit the Linesman and turn up ice and end up in the Dogs net a second later as Calvin Tilsley threw a floater on net from the left wing that handcuffed Hawthorne and went off his blocker or stick and in through his legs and just over the line with the Official being well positioned to see it trickle over. Assists on the play went to Michael Lombardi and Chase Dubois at 14:53 of the third.

Now, here comes the finish. James Orban threw a hard hit on Michael Lombardi, drawing a retaliation from the Warriors and an initial penalty. Keaton Mastrodonato would contact Calvin Tilsley at centre somewhat incidentally, drawing another penalty. Jake Harrison would retaliate to defend Tilsley, and went at Mastrodonato and threw a couple of punches - nothing malicious but certainly an infraction. He however would not be penalized, so opposed to a Bulldog power play it remained even strength. On the next shift, James Orban would catch Lombardi again at the attacking blue line with a high hit as he contacted him as he was looking down on a drop pass. The hit would send him cartwheeling as he landed on his face and was cut. The Warriors would again understandably retaliate and stand up for their teammate and the Bulldogs defended themselves. There would be no extra call on the retaliation this time and it was evened up, resulting in the Warriors earning a major power play. The Bulldogs would get the puck deep and pull their goalie for the extra attacker, when more "stuff" broke out, as Spencer Hora drove Cole Poliziani into the boards from behind as he was chasing a rim. The Referee would raise his arm initially, but then point at BOTH Hora and Poliziani - who would end up down injured and need assistance off the ice. Tyler Vanuden would quite vocally voice his displeasure and surprise at the diving penalty to Poliziani and received a 10 minute misconduct. He was then subsequently given Poliziani's diving/unsporstmanlike conduct penalty. One has to assume that this done so accidentally and the situation was incorrectly managed when the dust settled. At the same time it's impossible for one to not consider that it's a way to hang the penalty on him if any consideration was made after the fact that the initial call on Poliziani wasn't correct. At any length the Dogs didn't get a power play and had to keep their net empty to remain at even strength. They weren't able to generate a chance to tie it, and the Warriors held on for the 4-3 final.


Third period shots were 14-12 Warriors, for a game total of 43-25. John Hawthorne took the loss while Nik Amundrud earned 1st star honours with the win. The Dogs went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Warriors went 0 for 6.


The Bulldogs have now lost three in a row, they're next in action Friday in Victoria, before returning home to host Salmon Arm on Saturday.


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Bulldogs host Warriors this afternoon *2:00 start*

It's the first meeting between the teams this season, as the Bulldogs (11-21-3-4, 4th Island) return home today to host the West Kelowna Warriors (19-18-1-1, 5th Interior) for a 2:00pm puck drop at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs were last in action Friday night in Nanaimo, where they lost their second straight, 8-3 to the Clippers. This is the third game in two and a half days for the Warriors - they dropped a 7-3 decision in Victoria on Friday night. They bounced back with a 4-3 win in Nanaimo last night, to snap a three game losing streak, and a four game winless slide.


Bruce MacDonald and I will bring the game to you if you can't make it to it, on 93.3 The Peak FM's Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey - the pregame show is on the air at approximately 1:45, with the game action to follow at 2:00pm.





Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former two-time Bulldog Evan Tironese, currently playing his Junior season with the NCAA's RPI Engineers. 

He had a hand - or foot - in on one of the most iconic goals in recent Bulldog history, an overtime winner by Mak Barden in the deciding game of the 2013 Island Championship series...


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

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