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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bulldog story from CHEK TV

Click below to watch a nice feature on the Bulldogs and Christian Simeone from CHEK - the original can be found here



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

UPDATE - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - Dogs top Express 5-3

Here's some highlights from tonight. Excuse the quality and appreciate them for being better than nothing! It's late and I'm checking out for the night!


Another great start for the Bulldogs, as they put two pucks on net inside the first 15 seconds of the game. The pace remained high over the following minutes, and the Dogs opened the scoring just over four minutes in at the end of a long board battle in the Express zone with Brandon Bergado doing the most of the work early before Gregg Lee arrived to provide support. Bergado would finally get it loose for Lee, who put a perfect backdoor pass onto the tape of a pinching in Connor Welsh, who one-timed it into the open side backdoor to make it 1-0 at 4:25 of the first. The Express countered with a couple good chances of their own, the most notably being on an extended goal mouth scramble that saw John Hawthorne stand tall with a series of good saves. The Dogs would have a great penalty kill to earn momentum, including a 2 on 1 rush that saw Michael Sacco be just unable to get a shot on net on a cross-ice pass. Later in the period Cayden Kraus would be stopped in alone on the door step by Reid Cooper, as would Jackson Doucet on a one-timer from the slot off a Grayson Valente set up from the point. In the end, the Dogs led 1-0 after one, with shots even at 12-12.

The Bulldogs started the second period well, and spent extended periods throughout the first half of it having a territorial advantage on the Express but being unable to parlay it into a goal to widen their lead. They earned their first power play of the game soon afterwards, but Reid Cooper was good when called upon to keep it a one-goal game. The Express would get a power play chance of their own later in the period, with John Hawthorne coming up with one of his best saves of the night with his glove robbing Troy Robillard who appeared to have the top corner picked short-side. The Express would get the equalizer with less than five minutes to play in the frame on the rush, as Sam Kozlowski entered the Dogs zone and put a quick wrister on a rolling puck top corner, far-side over the shoulder of Hawthorne to make it 1-1. Alex Ambrosio drew the only assist at 15:07 of the period. It was the Dogs turn to answer quickly this time, as just 12 seconds later it was a 2-1 game as Gregg Lee fed Darren Rizzolo at the top of point. He would walk into the deep slot, and throw a shot wide of the net that caromed off the end glass and right back to the front of the net where Brandon Bergado one-timed it home at 15:19 of the second. The Dogs had a couple more good chances around the net as the period wound down, but they couldn't build the lead. Shots in the period favoured the Dogs 20-7 for a 40 minute total of 32-19.

The Express quickly tied it two minutes into the third on an odd play from behind the goal line that snuck out onto the tape of Christian Sanda who scored on a perfectly placed top corner, short-side high shot from in tight with Colby Pederson drawing the only assist at 2:32 of the third. The Dogs took the lead back nine minutes into the frame on a 4 on 2 rush that saw Cole Poliziani dig the puck loose in the Dogs zone on the left wing wall to find Mitch Oliver. He in turn head-manned it to Isaac Tonkin-Palmer who gained the zone up the left wing and ripped a perfectly placed wrist shot with a quick release top corner, long-side past the glove of Cooper to make it 3-2 at 9:00 of the third. They would double their lead two minutes later on a odd play that saw William Lawrence caught with the puck in his feet near the blue line in the Dogs zone. As he was spinning to locate it, he was hit awkwardly by Gregg Lee. The puck would come free for Darren Rizzolo, who carried it around one defender and walked into the zone as the Express were attempting to jump Lee for some retribution for the hit. Rizzolo would quite similarly pick the top corner on the rush like Tonkin-Palmer as he ripped a quick release top corner, far-side over the glove of Cooper. Assists on the play went to Brandon Bergado and Sami Pharaon at 11:17 of the third. The Dogs had another chance to build the lead mixed in the fray, as Ryan Steele was stared down and stopped on a breakaway by Reid Cooper. The Express would be awarded a power play with just over five to play, and they capitalized to make a game of it with a seeing eye wrister by Troy Robillard finding the top corner over the shoulder of Hawthorne to make it 4-3 at 14:45 of the third, with Christian Sanda and Eric Linell assisting. The Dogs had another chance to seal the deal on a breakaway with a minute and change to play, but Cooper stopped Brandon Bergado to give his team a chance. The Dogs would seal the deal with an empty netter as Darren Rizzolo stopped the Express from entering the Dogs zone, and dug it loose for Keaton Mastrodonato. He would unselfishly dish off to Ryan Steele from just outside the Express line, and he made no mistake to make it 5-3 at 19:36 of the third to complete the scoring.

Third period shots were even at 11-11, for a game total in the Dogs favour of 43-30. John Hawthorne picked up his first career win in net in his first start, while Reid Cooper took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 1 on the power play while the Express went 1 for 3.

The Dogs are next in action Thursday at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack when they meet the Vernon Vipers.


Bulldogs host Express tonight, 33rd Annual Port Alberni Toy Run TODAY!

 It's right back at it tonight for the Bulldogs (0-2-0-0 ) , as they host the Mainland Division's Coquitlam Express (0-0-1-0) at the Dog Pound.

The Bulldogs of course were in action last night at home, where they fell 4-2 to the Victoria Grizzlies. The Express have played just once this season so far, a 2-2 tie last Sunday in Surrey against the Eagles. 

Don't forget - and don't miss the 33rd Annual Port Alberni Toy Run today. The bikes leave Little Qualicum Falls at NOON sharp. They should be in town anytime between 12:20 and 12:30. If you have anywhere to be in the city around then, be sure to be early as you will likely be delayed by a huge parade of Motorcycles.

Here's their website

Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air with the pregame show at 6:45, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00. The whole crew is on hand again in the broadcast booth - Dan Tisserand on team and player stats, Bruce MacDonald with analysis and colour commentary and I'll handle the play-by-play. Catch it all on 93.3 The Peak

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Graham Turnbull, voice of the Vernon Vipers. The Dogs and Snakes meet Thursday at 7:30 at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dogs drop second straight, 4-2 to Grizzlies

After the fog lifted and the lights came on, the action was quick from the opening puck drop with no whistles through the first 1:44 of play. The Dogs would be penalized soon afterwards on an odd call, at least in my opinion at their blue line on what looked like a clean check. They would kill the Victoria advantage off, and then get on the offence to open the scoring on the rush as Connor Welsh put a hard pass to centre ice up the right wing for Michael Sacco. He would use speed to gain the attacking line, and then show good patience to keep possession as he gained the attacking line to get traffic to the net, before putting the puck there where Brandon Bergado found it off a defender's stick and scored off a spin around backhand through the legs of Zachary Rose to make it 1-0 at 8:36 of the first. The Grizzlies would get the equalizer on a neutral zone turnover seven minutes later, with a defenceman stuck at centre, and the other one on the wrong side of the zone which resulted in a breakaway for Alex Newhook. He would drive the net and make the back checking defenceman miss, and then put a wrist shot on net that Colten Lancaster got a good chunk of it with his glove, but not enough of it as it bounced in over the line to make it 1-1, un-assisted at 15:43 of the first. The Grizzlies would push for the go-ahead marker in the following minutes, but the Dogs pushed back and had a fantastic chance in the late stages of the period as Christian Simeone and Ryan Steele set up Cole Poliziani at the side of the net in alone, but Rose came up with a desperation glove save to keep it 1-1 after one, with the Grizzlies out shooting the Dogs 14-10.

The Grizzlies began the second with a solid push, hemming the Dogs in their zone. They couldn't find the net though, as Lancaster was solid. Just two minutes later it was a 2-1 game on a play that I thought was icing but was waved off. Justin Michaelian would carry the puck down the left wing and behind the Dogs net before catching Lancaster getting cross-crease too slowly by tucking a wrap around inside the post at 3:09 of the second with Jordan Guiney drawing the only assist. Just nine seconds later it was a 3-1 game as Jamie Rome knocked a loose puck down with his glove at centre ice and raced into the attacking zone and made everyone miss before sliding it in through the legs of Lancaster at 3:20 of the second with Lucas Clark drawing the only assist. Despite the gut punch, the Dogs quickly responded to push back in an attempt to trim the gap, creating more than a couple great looks around the net. Zachary Rose would make a fantastic save to protect the lead, diving post to post to get his paddle down to stop a Simeone stuff in attempt off an end-board bounce. The score stayed 3-1 through the rest of the period until the final seconds of the frame, when the Dogs turned it over just outside their blue line and the Grizzlies attacking on the rush as Cameron Thompson did a good job to dig it loose for a streaking Jamie Rome who raced in alone again untouched where he put a perfect shot top corner, short-side under the bar and over the glove of Lancaster to make it 4-1 at 19:39 of the second. Shots in the period favoured the Dogs 19-14 for a two-period total in their favour of 29-28.

The third period began with the Dogs initially having an inspired push to get back into it, but the Grizzlies didn't bend as they protected the lead. The Dogs would take a couple penalties that hurt their comeback chances, but they would kill them off to keep in it with Colten Lancaster being good when called upon. Despite the hole, the Dogs continued to try to make a game of it and finally succeeded with an extra two minutes going to the Grizzlies well after the fact. The Dogs would connect on it on a cross-ice D-to-D pass that saw Tyson Slater one-time a low shot on net that was deflected past Rose by Christian Simeone to make it 4-2 at 17:59. The Dogs would get their goalie out and threaten over the remainder of regulation, but couldn't get one to go to make it a one goal game as the Grizzlies made the lead stand.

Shots in the third were even at 10 aside, for a game total of 39-38 Bulldogs with Colten Lancaster taking the loss in net while Zachary Rose picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 2 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0 for 5.

The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the Coquitlam Express.


Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight for 2017 Home Opener

It's a night that fans have been waiting much too long for, as they can finally watch their team on home ice again for the first time since February, as the Bulldogs (0-1-0-0) host the Victoria Grizzlies (1-1-0-0) tonight for their 2017-2018 Home Opener.

The Dogs were last in action Friday night in Nanaimo, where they fell 5-3 to the Clippers after leading 2-1 with less than six minutes left in the game. The circumstances of course matter not - lose 5-3 8-3 or 1-0, or win by the same score. I still think it begs mentioning when there's only been one game so far to speak of.

The Grizzlies were in Powell River for a double header to open the season last Friday and Saturday. They dropped an 8-2 decision on opening night, but bounced back with a 2-1 double overtime win on Saturday.

Be sure to get to the rink early as there will be pregame festivities outside, including a BBQ to support Literacy Alberni. 93.3 The Peak FM Afternoon Drive host John Vosper will be there as well broadcasting Live.

If you can't make it to the rink, we'll do our best to make you feel like you're there on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. I'll take care of the hosting and play-by-play duties, with Bruce MacDonald providing the colour commentary and analysis and Dan Tisserand covering the team and player statistics.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who visit the Dog Pound tomorrow night.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dogs host Grizzlies for Home Opener, Hughes/Kraus/Oliver on THE PEAK 8:10am today

It's a big day today, as the Bulldogs host the Grizzlies for their 2017-2018 Home Opener.

I'll have some special guests in Peak Studios just after 8:10am to talk all about it - Bulldog Head Coach and GM Matt Hughes along with players Cayden Kraus and Mitch Oliver, so don't forget to tune in.

If you aren't in radio range, you can listen live through our website at


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Multiplex Moments, Dog Pound Memories

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

I have posted this last couple of 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! 


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!

And now some videos!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Clippers top Dogs 5-3 with late comeback

A rather spirited start to the game after the home side player introductions. The Dogs failed to get the puck out of their zone from near the blue line resulting in an extended period in their zone that led to a penalty. The Clippers would have a handful of good chances on the advantage, but Colten Lancaster was rock solid making at least six saves to keep it scoreless. The Dogs appeared inspired by the kill, and quickly opened the scoring as Darren Rizzolo put a puck on net that was stopped by Noah Featherstonehaugh Gow. The rebound was located by Brandon Bergado on the left wing wall, where he chipped it to the middle for Cayden Kraus who walked to the net and snapped a quick release far-side off the post and in to make it 1-0 at 6:32 of the first. The Dogs went to their first power play chance of the game soon afterwards, and while they didn't score they had a bushel of chances and extended pressure in the attacking zone even after the penalty elapsed. The momentum continued, as the Dogs earned another power play. They appeared to get away with an accidental trip early in it, and half a minute later made it a 2-0 game as Michael Sacco put the puck at the net where it deflected off a Clipper defender and onto the stick of a wide open Julian Benner. Featherstonehaugh Gowe made the first save, but Benner connected on a midair puck that he batted home for his first career goal to make it 2-0 on the power play at 15:07 of the first. The Officials would conference to consider if it was a high stick, and would stay with their initial call and the goal stood. The Dogs had three great chances to build their lead in the following minutes, with Keaton Mastrodonato sneaking behind the Clipper defence and picking up a perfect pass to skate in on a breakaway where he was robbed by the glove of the Clipper netminder. Mastrodonato would stay with the play, and he found Jackson Doucet wide open in front, where again Featherstonehaugh Gowe made a big glove save to keep it 2-0. The Clippers would push to answer in the final minute of the period, but Lancaster was solid to protect the lead. Shots in the first were 19-12 Bulldogs. They at one time trailed 8-1, before firing 18 straight on the Nanaimo net.

There was no scoring through the first half of the second period. While each team had their chances, the Dogs had the better of them, but they couldn't bury an opportunity to build their lead despite a power play opportunity early in the period. The Clippers would cut the deficit in half with 7:22 to play in the period, on what looked like an innocent play that saw David Silye put a perfect centering pass onto the stick of Parker Colley who snapped a perfect shot top corner, bar-down over the glove of Lancaster to make it a 2-1 game. The Clippers pressed on the following shift, but the Dogs held on. They would then be forced to protect their lead with a solid penalty kill. The Dogs pushed back and had the territorial advantage in the late stages of the period, but Featherstonehaugh Gowe made a couple good saves, most notably with his glove off Cole Poliziani from the slot to keep it a one-goal game after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 12-11 Dogs, for a 31-23 advantage after two.

The third period saw the Clippers push for the equalizer, with the Dogs unable to generate much in the way of momentum, offence or attack-zone time. While it remained 2-1 through the midway mark of the third, the Dogs for the most part were on their heels. It would come back to bite them with less than six minutes to play, on a funny bounce that found it's way through Lancaster, short-side. While it was a tough luck goal against, at the same time it's hard to argue the Clippers hadn't earned a break around the net with the amount of time they spent in the attacking zone through the bulk of the period. Brady Lynn would get credit for it, with Tyler Maser picking up the lone assist at 14:13 of the third. The Clippers smelled blood, and the Bulldogs appeared stunned, and just seconds later the attack in the Dogs zone continued and ended up in the Clippers going up 3-2 when Tristan Crozier scored on a one-timer from the slot past the blocker of Lancaster with assists to Jordan Wharrie and Jake Harris at 14:39 of the third. The damage wasn't done there, as an attacking zone faceoff ended up in the Dogs net less than a minute later as Parker Colley won it clean back to Ben Pirko who one-timed it through traffic past the blocker of Lancaster to make it 4-2 at 15:26 of the third. The Dogs were no doubt shell shocked, but to their credit found a way to get their feet back under them to make a game of it with the goalie out on the rush as Ryan Steele took a Darren Rizzolo pass up the right wing and battled it ahead through traffic for Cole Poliziani. He in turn made a quick feed to the middle to Christian Simeone in full flight over the Nanaimo line as he snapped a quick release top corner, far-side past Featheringstonehaugh Gowe to make it 4-3 with 2:02 to play in the third. The Dogs again pressed with the goalie out, and came painfully close to getting the equalizer on a cross-ice play to the back post that appeared to deflect possibly off a defender before getting behind the Nanaimo goalie and onto the goal line, but no closer as it stayed out. The Dogs comeback would fall short when Jamie Collins chased down a loose puck in the Dogs zone to hit the empty net to make it 5-3 at 19:51, unassisted.

Noah Featherstonehaugh Gowe picked up the win in the Nanaimo net, while Colten Lancaster took the loss. Final shots were 39-38 Bulldogs. The Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Clippers went 0 for 2.

The Dogs are next in action Friday night when they host the Victoria Grizzlies for their Home Opener.


Bulldogs announce Captain, Assistants


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce that 20-year old forward Ryan Steele has been named team captain for the 2017/18 British Columbia Hockey League season. Forward Cole Poliziani and defencemen Connor Welsh and Mitch Oliver have been named as alternate captains.

Steele is entering his second season as a Bulldog following a 29-point campaign as a BCHL rookie last season.

"Ryan is an outstanding young man who sets a great example for his teammates of what it takes to prepare and play at a consistently high level," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He has the respect of everybody in our dressing room and he leads every day with tremendous work ethic and character."

Welsh is also back for his sophomore season in the Alberni Valley, while Poliziani and Oliver were acquired in offseason trades.

"Connor, Cole and Mitch are all positive, vocal guys who have earned this opportunity," says Hughes.

Steele and the Bulldogs open the 2017/18 season tonight in Nanaimo with a revamped roster that includes five returning players, four summer trade acquisitions and 14 rookies.

"It's an honour to be named captain of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and to have the support of my teammates and coaches," says Steele. "I'm looking forward to this being a great season we can all be proud of, both on the ice and in the community."


For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM

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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight to open 2017-2018 season

It's the start of a new season for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (0-0-0-0) and the Nanaimo Clippers (0-0-0-0) as the teams meet at the Frank Crane Arena for the British Columbia Hockey League's opening night of the 2017-2018 season.

There are few nights over the course of a year that compares to opening night. A fresh sheet of ice, a fresh slate, nothing but zeros through every team and individual column. It's a night that many players may always remember, if it's the first one of their career. Granted, the excitement level might be lower for the players, coaches , officials etc that have been "been there and done that", but opening night is always guaranteed to get the blood going in anyone involved with hockey. For the guys new and old that maybe are feeling a butterfly or two floating around their guts, in the end, it's just hockey. A fresh sheet of ice and skates stick and puck. It's important when the energy level and nerves might be a little high to just try and focus on the fundamentals and not try and do to much. Push the pace and move your feet, take the body and shoot the puck. Oh yeah, one more thing. Outwork the other team. Do that and the rest will take care of itself!

In saying that few nights compare to opening night, I am certainly not saying that Game 1 of 58 is the pinnacle. There's of course the playoffs, the home opener, the showcase, rivalry games and more. One can argue that Game 1 means nothing, and it's the stretch drive and the post season that count.

I would say that's half right, but maybe the more accurate thinking is that every night is big, and every minute within it, and every shift, faceoff, backcheck, hit and shot are of equal importance. Two points is two points, and you never know if you might be playing on the last day of the season needing two points to make the playoffs, like the Dogs did two years ago, or win your division or claim home ice advantage.

It's been a number of years since the Bulldogs organization has had the amount of turnover both on the ice and off the ice from one year to another that occurred from last spring to this fall. After missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, Kevin Willison was relieved of his duties as Head Coach and GM. Alex Evin resigned his position as Assistant Coach, and Athletic Trainer/Therapist JT Ward also tendered his resignation.

Matt Hughes was subsequently hired as Head Coach and GM, soon afterwards joined by Jeff Dubois who will serve as Assistant Coach, and Scott Crema - Trainer and Equipment Manager.

On the ice - it's almost an entirely new team, with just four returning players.

Catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the broadcast going live for the pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow the pregame pomp and circumstance and ceremonies at 7:00.

I'll provide the play-by-play and hosting duties, while Dan Tisserand compiles and provides team and player stats and Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and analysis.

BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale will be my 2nd Intermission guest.

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