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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Bulldogs add Chris Sarault

Welcome to the team and the community Chris! He will play tonight, and will wear #21.


October 8, 2015

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have added 1997-born forward Chris Sarault.

Sarault, from Moncton, NB, was drafted in the 8th round, 131st overall, in the 2013 QMJHL draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Most recently, Sarault won the NBPEIMMHL championship with the 2014/15 Moncton Flyers Midget AAA team where he scored 10 goals and added 13 assists in 20 regular season games. Sarault added another 11 goals and 8 assists in 10 playoff games. As a 17 year old, he also appeared in 9 games with the Woodstock Slammers posting 2 goals and 2 assists.

Sarault is the son of former NHLer Yves Sarault.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to welcome Chris to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

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

Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight

 It's back to action tonight for the Bulldogs (2-6-0-0 4th Island) as they make their first trip of the season to the Q Centre to face the Victoria Grizzlies (1-6-0-1, 5th Island) for what's already the third meeting of the young season between the two teams.

The Bulldogs won the two previous match ups by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 respectively, most recently on Saturday night at the Dog Pound.

 You can bet that the Grizzlies will be very motivated to exact a measure of revenge on the Dogs after losing the previous two contests, and you can bet they'll be out to put in a good performance in their own rink so the Dogs had best be ready from the opening puck drop. The last two games were close throughout and could've gone either way.

The Dogs were last in action Saturday night in Powell River, losing 5-1 to the Kings The Grizz meanwhile last saw action at home on Sunday afternoon where they lost their third in a row, 4-1 to the Vernon Vipers.
 Don't miss a second of the action from the Q Centre as I'll have it covered for you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey with the pregame show getting underway at 6:45 and the play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm on 93.3 The Peak FM I'll provide the play-by-play, Dan Tisserand will compile the team and player stats and Ron Paulson is planning to make his way down to the game to provide some colour and analysis.

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Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jeff Sargeant, play-by-play voice of the Cowichan Valley Capitals, who the Dogs host Saturday night.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

About horns and stuff!

If you missed it yesterday on 93.3 The Peak FM and on Social Media - the latest website poll asked fans:

"Which BCHL arena has the best goal horn?"

The options to vote were:

Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, Merritt

Hap Parker Arena, Powell River

Poirier Sports Centre, Coquitlam

Langley Events Centre

Island Savings Centre, Duncan

South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton

To say that my phone "blew up" with messages would be an understatement. I was thoroughly flooded with texts all basically saying the same thing - the horn at the Dog Pound HAS to be on there! Of note - ALL the messages were from people/fans/broadcasters/coaches of OTHER BCHL teams. No biased/homer messages from local Alberni Valley folks.

Long story short, I send the league a message stating that they might want to consider they missed what most people to consider to be the front-runner in the league. After I didn't hear anything back for a while, I decided to make some postings on Social Media stating the same thing. The response was pretty much what I expected - universal support from around the league that the Multiplex horn was the best.

Credit to the league - as they were made aware that they maybe missed one when they did their poll. So they changed it, and added Alberni Valley to the list. So far at last glance this morning, its doing pretty darn good in the voting!

The sentiment I heard was something along the lines of - OK, the people have spoken, so we'll add it to the list, so it better do well!

Well.... so far so good!

What are some of your favorite Multiplex Horn moments? Back to back OT winners against the Nanaimo Clippers, in a SOLD RIGHT OUT building? One of which was for 18 straight wins? That's up there. Marlon Sabo allowing the Bulldogs to stave off elimination, and then WIN the Island Championship the next night, again in front of a sell out crowd? Or something else?


The history of the horn - It's something I have talked about before, but for those that missed it, here goes...

It starts in the last city I worked in - The Pas, Manitoba, and the last team I broadcasted for, the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. 

I had the same job there as I do here, Morning Show host on the local radio station. The Blizzard rink was notoriously loud, but it lacked a loud horn. Gearing up for the Playoff drive, I spent one morning on my show putting a call out to anyone that might have a loud horn to get in touch with me. Long story short, an hour later the guys at the local train yard called and said "Hey, we just cut a triple locomotive horn off an old train, do you want it?

"Ummm, YES PLEASE" was I think how my response went. The horn was put into the roof and put into action - for Playoffs ONLY over the next couple of years. 

When I took the job out here and it came time for my swan song on the air on my last day, I received a phone call telling me I had to go outside of the station. I had some special guests - the guys from the train yard. They had a giant horn with them and said "One of these hangs in our rink because of you, and we think you should take this one as a piece of here out there with you" 

A very touching and cool gesture to say the least. Another horn, freshly cut off a train. 

Then I had to move out to BC from Manitoba. In a Ford Mustang. Quite simply, I didn't even have room for all of my possessions, better yet a gigantic train horn. So it stayed in my parents garage at the lake. A month or two later I received a phone call from home - there was a bush pilot, who worked in Flin Flon during the summer, that was flying across the country in a float plane to work in Tofino during the winter. And he had a special guest riding shot gun. A giant horn! HA. 

I can't remember how it exactly happened next. I at some point brought up on the air on my show, or to the City Mutliplex Staff of the Bulldog ownership group, that I had a huge horn if they wanted it for the rink. They all jumped in with both feet, and a couple of months later into the season, the horn made it's debut and it's been going ever since. 

The city did a great job with the set up - attaching the correct valves and hoses, etc to make it sound good - as you have seen on the message board, part of the horn (its three horns all built into one, actually) is intentionally muffled. You think it's loud NOW....ha. It's too loud in it's natural form for the low roof here - it had quite a neat sound in OCN with it's high arched wooden roof. The echo was something, so say the least! But it also wasn't charged like the horn here always was. It had a hose 100 feet to the ground running off the compressor. A totally different sound. 

Apologies to those here that think it's too loud - I know for some their hearing is sensitive. I hope it's all part of the experience and doesn't bother you too much. One of the best things without question in the Alberni Valley is that the hockey rink doesn't resemble the library when it comes to noise!


UPDATE - Took me a while to write this and post this - The Dog Pound is now at 62%!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Kings top Dogs 5-1

A high-energy, back and forth start to the contest as the Dogs spent the first minute on defence in their own zone, before pushing back the net minute and spending an extended period on the attack in the Kings zone. The Dogs would have the better of the play through the first half of the frame, running up a 6-1 lead in shots through the first 10 minutes. They would continue to push the pace and generated a couple chances, but Stefan Wornig came up big in net to keep it scoreless. Late in the period a high hit knocked Cayden Kraus to the ice and the Dogs got caught up ice, resulting in a 3 on 1 rush the other way for the Kings that they make no mistake on as Gavin Rauser walked in tight down the left wing where he ripped one top corner, short-side on Tai to make it 1-0 at 16:10 of the first. The Kings would go to the man advantage with less than two minutes to play in the period and would make good on it with the Bulldogs being unable to clear the puck out of the zone over a minute and a half and a handful of good stops by Tai. The Kings would find the net on a rebound in the slot that was fired home by Curtis McCarrick, with Nick Halagian and Rylan Ball at 19:35 of the first to make it 2-0 after one period, with the Dogs leading in the shots 9-8.

The Dogs were noticably a step behind to begin the second, as the Kings had a breakaway within the first minute that saw Chris Tai make a good save on Jeremy Leipsic. The Kings however would go up 3-0 less than a minute later on a 3 on 1 rush as Curtis McCarrick picked up a Nick Halagian pass and walked in on a 2 on 0 rush that he finish with a snap shot past the glove of Tai from in tight 1:32 into the period. Less than a minute later it was 4-0 as the Kings kept up the attack, with Gavin Rauser potting an end-board bounce after a point shot missed the net short-side and bounced out front at the opposite post. Tai and a Bulldog defender made a valiant attempt to keep it out, but Gavin Rauser would jam it home for his second of the game. Rylan Ball and Austin Kamer picked up the assists at 2:23 of the second as Carson Schamerhorn entered the game off the bench in relief of Tai in the Bulldogs net. Despite the no doubt deflating beginning to the period, the Dogs showed considerable moxie to not quit, as they fought hard to get in the game throughout the period. They would finally draw their first power play chance of the game late in the frame, but it would be the Kings who found the net as the Dogs turned the puck over up high at the blue line as the Kings raced in on another 2 on 0 rush. A give-and-go passing play saw Nick Halagian feed Kyle Betts. As he cut across the crease, Schamerhorn tried to follow him and pushed off on the post, dislodging the net. The referee at the net would count the goal, but it appeared to me the net was clearly off. The time of the goal was 17:14 of the second, it was the first shorthanded goal the Dogs conceded this season. The Kings led in the shots in the second 17-11 for a two period advantage of 25-20 and a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The Dogs would trim the deficit early in the third as Troy Dobbs head-manned it for Jordan Sandhu. He and Josh Adkins would work a give and go over the Kings line that saw Adkins put a low shot on net from the right circle. While it was stopped by Wornig, he couldn't control the rebound as Jordan Sandhu lifted it up and over his glove, top corner to make it a 5-1 game with just 1:45 gone in the third. The Bulldogs would earn a power play later in the period, that turned into a 5 on 3 for 35 seconds after Nick Nonis picked up four minutes for spearing. The Dogs called time out and executed a set play, but the Kings blocked the shot. It would be the prevailing theme of the advantage, as while the Dogs got a fair amount of rubber on net in tight on Wornig and had some chances in tight, the Kings blocked just as many shots. Nick Halagian was most notable as he blocked two point blank blasts back to back. There would be no scoring the rest of the way.

Final shots favoured the Kings 31-28, with Stefan Wornig picking up 3rd star honours with the win while Chris Tai took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 5.

A frustrating result for the Bulldogs, a fairly solid game throughout, with four minutes of game time where a couple of mistakes bit them and hugely changed the complexion of the game. One goal obviously isn't going to win it in the end - but giving up a couple they way they did to end the first and open the second didn't give them a chance.

The Dogs are in Victoria Thursday before returning home to host Cowichan.


Bulldogs visit Kings today in Powell River *5pm start*

It's a chance for some redemption today for the Bulldogs (2-5-0-0, 4th Island) as they make their first trip of the season to Powell River to take on the Kings (6-2-0-0, 1st Island) at the Hap Parker Arena for a 5pm start time.

One has to hope that the Dogs are going to be motivated for this one and ready to seek some measure of payback and they see this as a chance to prove themselves after the Kings came into the Dog Pound at the end of a three-in-three weekend on September 20th and left with two points after a big 7-0 win. 

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they snapped a four game slide and topped the Grizzlies 4-2.  The Kings were also in action last night at home, as they ran their winning streak to five with a 3-0 win over the Vernon Vipers.

The Hap is always a tough place to play, and the Kings always play hard. Quite simply, the Dogs had better bring their best effort, and bring it for a full 60 minutes - or perhaps more. They learnt a hard lesson the last time what the Kings are capable of if you aren't ready to play at their level.

Note once again the unique start time of 5:00pm. That means Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM commences with the pregame show at 4:45 with the play-by-play to follow at 5:00.
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We're going back into the Alumni Archives for today's 2nd Intermission guest. It's former Bulldog Maury Edwards, in an interview that ran late last year. Edwards played last season in the DEL 2 in Germany with the Ravensburg Tower Stars. He's up a division this year, playing in the top Professional league in Germany with the DEL's Straubing Tigers and is off to a good start with 7 points in 6 games played. It's amazing how time flies by, as he's into his sixth year as a Pro already. After playing with the Bulldogs in the 2005-2007 seasons, he earned a NCAA opportunity with UMass-Lowell where he played four years before turning pro in 2011.


Friday, October 02, 2015

Dogs top Grizzlies 4-2

Once again a fantastic start to the game for the Dogs, as they entered the attacking zone in the opening seconds and came a millimeter away from opening the scoring when Scottie Clark rang a shot off the bar that stayed out. The Bulldogs remained in the Grizzlies zone for what felt like a minute, getting some momentum going. The period would be fast-paced and entertaining early, as either side had their fair share of chances. The best chance early went to the Grizzlies when Corey Iapalucci raced in on a breakaway while shorthanded, but Chris Tai came up with a big glove save to keep it scoreless. The Grizzlies would find the net shortly afterwards when they won an extended battle in the Dogs zone and got the puck loose back to the left point for Cody Van Lierop. He would put a quick shot on goal that was deflected and stopped by Tai, but he couldn't find the rebound as Nick Guiney slid it home. Joseph Visconti also drew an assist on the play at 8:51 of the first. The Dogs responded well, and tied the game at 1-1 just over two minutes later when Paul Meyer picked up a loose puck and skated from his zone up the left wing and over the Grizzlies line. He then chipped it past a Grizzlies defender and raced onto the puck and walked deep where he snapped one from a sharp angle top corner, short-side over the blocker shoulder of Mitchell Benson. Adam Donnelly also drew an assist on the play at 11:06 of the first. The Dogs came out flying on the next shift, going up 2-1 just 57 seconds later as Jordan Sandhu found a second rebound in front after a Nathan Dingmann wrap around was stopped, and a Josh Adkins rebound was kept out. Sandhu would make no mistake for his first career goal, firing it into the open side before Benson could get over, to make it 2-1 Dogs 12:03 into the first. Another breakaway save by Chris Tai protected the lead later in the period, as he came up with a pad save on a Braden Gelsinger partial break as it stayed 2-1 Dogs after one, with the Bulldogs leading the shots 15-10.

The second period saw a slower pace initially, with penalties both ways slowing the flow. A spirited scrap between Adam Donnelly and Sage Fleming would inject some emotion into the building and both teams in the first half of the frame. The Grizzlies had a great chance immediately after the media time out as Tai made a breakaway save with his stick on a giveaway up the middle. The Dogs would turn around and race up ice and make it 3-1 seconds later, as Quinn Syrydiuk went wide down the left wing before dropping it back for Eric Margo. He in turn would find Scott Clark trailing the play, where he knocked the pass down and got it on his forehand before snapping it past the blocker of Benson to make it 3-1 Bulldogs at 10:38 of the second. Immediately after the goal, the Dogs would again cough the puck up behind their net and Tai came up with a huge right toe save when he was down and out on the wrong side of the net to rob Mitchell Barker to preserve the lead. Late in the period the Dogs built their lead when Jordan Sandhu dropped the puck off the boards back to the right point for Paul Meyer, who walked to the middle before ripping a quick release wrister top corner, short-side over the glove of Benson. Shots favoured the Grizzlies 12-10 in the period for a 25-22 Dogs advantage after 40.

The Bulldogs continued to carry the play throughout the early stages of the third period, as they spent the better of the play in the attacking zone getting lots of chances. Matthew Galajda was good in the Victoria net, entering the game to start the third in relief. He would keep the Grizzlies in it until the back-half of the period when they would earn a power play chance, with the Dogs unable to buy a call throughout all their attack zone time and what looked like several infractions. The Grizzlies would make good on the chance, on a goal that pretty in it's simplicity as Chuck Bennis put a low hard one-timer on net from the left point that was deflected through the five-hole of Tai by Nick Guiney on a goal very similar to his first that made it 1-0. Kevin Massy also drew an assist on the play at 11:02 of the third to make it 4-2. The Dogs wouldn't let the goal against get to them, as they continued to push and didn't sit back. The Grizzlies would yet again earn another power play chance with five minutes and change to go but the Dogs killers stood tall and blocked shots to keep it 4-2 for the eventual final score.

Third period shots favoured the Dogs 36-29, with Chris Tai picking up the win while Mitchell Benson took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 1 for 6.

With the win the Dogs climb over the Grizzlies into 4th place in the Island Division. The Dogs visit the Kings in Powell River tomorrow afternoon, a 5pm start.

Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight

After three straight on the road, the Bulldogs (1-5-0-0, 5th Island) are back on home ice tonight when they host the Victoria Grizzlies (1-4-0-1, 4th Island)

It's the second meeting of the season between the teams, and the second at the Dog Pound, as the Dogs beat the Grizzlies 3-2 in their home opener on September 19th.

The Bulldogs were last in action Wednesday night in Nanaimo, where they lost a wild one, 7-4 to the Clippers.

The Grizzlies finally played their home opener last night, losing 5-4 in overtime to the Coquitlam Express. While the Grizzlies lost the game, they showed no quit and pulled a point out of the fire as they scored twice with the goalie pulled in the final two minutes, including once at the buzzer to force overtime. Points are points, whether they are gained in October or February. Who knows how huge that single point could be when it comes to the end of the season in the standings.
Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey gets underway on 93.3 The Peak FM at 6:45 with the pregame show. The puck drop follows at 7:00pm with myself, Port Alberni City Councillor, Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society President and Bulldogs Governor Ron Paulson and Dan Tisserand providing the play-by-play, colour and analysis and team and player stats. 

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Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former BCHL'er and NHL'er Steve Kariya, in an interview he had last week with Host Jeff Patterson on the BCHL This Week radio program on TSN 1040 and TSN 1410. Catch the show 9:30 Saturday mornings on TSN 1410.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Clippers win a crazy one, 7-4 over Bulldogs

A fantastic start to the game for the Bulldogs, as they were quite obviously up for this game and ready to play. They won the opening draw and got the puck in the Nanaimo end and immediately went to work, drawing a penalty just over 30 seconds into the game. While they failed to score on the advantage, they succeeded in getting lots of pucks to the net, generating a couple chances, and most importantly - keeping the momentum going. They would take a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game when Nathan Walker dumped the puck in softly from centre ice. Scottie Clark showed great hustle to beat everyone to the puck behind the net where he threw it to the high slot for Eric Margo, who one-timed it top corner, past the blocker of Jonathan Reinhart at 5:03 of the first. The Dogs kept the pressure up, drawing a penalty and connecting on it with just five seconds to go in the advantage as Troy Dobbs was rewarded for just simply throwing the puck at the net from the left point, as it deflected off the back of a Clipper and in. Nathan Dingmann picked up the only assist at 9:40 of the first with the Dogs up in the shots on goal department 12-2. The Dogs would end up in the penalty box shortly afterwards, and the Clippers would get into the game as a Kale Bennett shot from the line was deflected and stopped by Chris Tai. He couldn't find the rebound through the traffic though, as it was jammed onto the goal line where it was poked home by Corey Renwick. Assists on the play went to Chris Dodero and Edwin Hookenson at 11:33 on the power play. The Bulldogs didn't let the goal against get to them, as they pushed back and continued to push the pace and get pucks on net. An after the whistle skirmish at the Clipper goal saw Eric Margo being the only player penalized. The Clippers would again strike on the man advantage to make it 2-2 as Sheldon Rempal put a shot off the net long-side from the top of the left circle that deflected in off a Bulldog leg. Matthew Hoover would pick up the only assist on the play at 17:16 of the first. Just over a minute later it was 3-2 Clippers as a Bulldog defender got stuck up ice at the Clipper line off a Bulldog dump in. Eric Margo did a great job on the back check to race to his own net, but he couldn't make a play on the puck as Matthew Hoover one-handed it past a Chris Tai poke-check attempt. There would be no assist on the play at 18:48 of the first, as the Clippers took the 3-2 lead to the room with the Dogs up 17-11 in the shots.

The Dogs were penalized late in the first on an odd call at the Dogs net that saw Chris Tai contacted, but the Dogs pick up the only penalty. It would once again end up in the back of their net as a missed point shot bounced back hard off the end boards and out front. Tai would make the initial save, but the puck squeaked through and rolled like a top on the goal line. Paul Meyer was unable to clear it before Devin Brosseau poked it home to make it 4-2. Yanni Kaldis picked up the only assist on the play at 55 seconds into the period. The Clippers would again go to the power play, and would again connect on it to make it a 5-2 game on another tough luck goal as a point shot was tipped down into the ice by a Bulldog defender before bouncing in the air where it was bunted home by Matthew Hoover. Will Reilly and Devin Brosseau drew the assists at 6:02 of the second as Carson Schamerhorn entered the game off the bench in relief of Chris Tai. The Bulldogs would get one back less than two minutes later to trim the deficit as Paul Meyer kept the puck in at the Clippers line at the right point and put a wrist shot on goal that was deflected home by Quinn Syrydiuk for his first career goal to make it 5-3 at 7:55 of the second. The Bulldogs would earn a four minute power play later in the period, but were unable to connect on it to make it a one goal game as the Clippers took the two-goal lead to the room after 40 minutes. The Clippers out shot the Dogs 12-8 in the period (although Dan Tisserand had the Dogs having 11 shots) for a two-period total of 25 shots aside.

The third period was pretty fun to watch, as the Bulldogs came out and after a couple hard Clipper attacking shifts pushed back throughout the remainder of the period and were relentless on the attack. It looked for a while that they weren't going to be rewarded for it, but they finally got a bounce with seven minutes and change to go as Nathan Dingmann found the puck behind the goal and simply fired it out front, where it glanced off a Clipper and in to make it 5-4 at 12:39 with Josh Adkins assisting. The Dogs would push for the equalizer in the late stages, pulling their goalie with over a minute to go and a faceoff in the Clippers end. They would generate a great chance with a win on the draw but couldn't generate a second chance before allowing the puck to exit the zone where it was promptly turned over onto the tape of Sheldon Rempal. He would make no mistake hitting the empty net from centre ice to make it 6-4 with 53 seconds to play. The goal was un-assisted. The Dogs pulled their goalie again with nothing to lose late, but the Clippers would find the net to rub some salt in the wound on a chased-down loose puck in the Dogs at 19:59 as Chris Dodero just beat the buzzer to make it a 7-4 final.

Final shots favoured the Dogs 35-33 with Chris Tai taking the loss while Jonathan Reinhart picked up the win in net. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play and the Clippers went 4 for 4.

While the critical fan who simply demands wins and deems losses unacceptable won't like the end result of this one, anyone who watched the game in person or on Fast Hockey or had their ears peeled to the radio had to no doubt find a lot of positives to take out of this one, despite the end result on the scoreboard. The three previous losses don't compare to this one in my opinion as while they failed for the most part to inspire, this one was completely different. The Bulldogs were ready to play from the opening puck drop. They played inspired and passionate hockey with some urgency and desperation mixed in, and it was a pleasure to watch. While there are certainly areas to improve - they needed a save and a penalty kill at one end, and to capitalize on a power play and finish a scoring chance at the other - if the Dogs continue to bring the same level of work ethic and preparation and improve on their consistency, the results will certainly come.

Of concern is that the Bulldogs lost yet another player early in the game due to injury, and once again there was no penalty call on the play. I don't know the playing status of Cayden Kraus moving forward so can't comment on it, but I do know they lost him in the first minutes of the game and he didn't return. I didn't see the incident, just the aftermath so it's hard for me to comment. At the same time if a player is profusely bleeding and badly cut by a high stick and subsequently loses a couple teeth, you have to hope one of the four officials sees and calls something. 

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


Line up Dogs @ Clippers

Dogs visit Clippers tonight, Jordan Kremyr interview

It's the first meeting of the season between these two great rivals as the Bulldogs (1-4-0-0, 5th Island) head over the hump to visit the Clippers (3-3-0-0, 3rd Island) at the Frank Crane Arena.

The Dogs were last in action Friday morning at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack where they lost their third in a row, 3-0 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The Clippers also were last in action at the Showcase, as they fell 4-2 to the Coquitlam Express on Saturday afternoon

It's pretty early in the season, but this is a pretty big game. The Dogs have lost three straight, and they have scored once in the process. They are a banged up crew - it's certainly way too early in the season for that, but it's the hole the Dogs are in with upwards of three regulars out of the line up. It's a factor, but the remaining guys taking the ice can't let it be an excuse. Come ready to play, keep it simple, get pucks to the net and be ready to play a full 60 and let the pucks bounce how they may!
I'll have all the action for you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm.

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Tonight marks the beginning of what is a season-long endeavor to try and catch up to as many former Bulldogs as possible for a little chit chat about their time here, and where they are now. The first in our series of Alumni Interviews for the 2015-2016 season is former Bulldog Jordan Kremyr, now with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL.

Jordan has recently began a new endeavour - mentoring athletes. To learn more, check out his website by clicking HERE

Jordan spoke to the Bulldogs after their game against Penticton at the Showcase on Saturday. It was very very interesting to hear Jordan speak of where he began, what he went through ( 4 years with Providence at the NCAA level) and where he his now. Jordan wasn't what I would have called a team-first role player during his time with the Bulldogs - he was the leading scorer, a top end guy. In College his role completely changed. To play pro - he's going into his 7th pro season - he had to block shots and be an energy guy and reinvent himself.  Check out Jordan's career stats here He sounds like the consummate team guy now - he was named Captain of the Bakersfield Condors last year. A former chriping champ, Jordan spoke on Thursday on how he realized the negative effects of what happens in every single dressing room, and how he focuses now on quite simply building his teammates up and being positive. Tire pumping only! 

Here's a cool video Bulldogs fan Kaicee made - great Bulldog support from all over North America!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Dogs drop third straight, 3-0 to Silverbacks

Despite the early start time, it was a rather energetic start to the game with each team skating well and being sharper than I would have anticipated. The teams didn't generate much in the way of a territorial advantage either way, as the game felt somewhat even. The Bulldogs had the best chance of the game early when Will Lavezzorio used great speed to blow the doors off the Silverbacks defence and race in on a breakaway. He would cut on goal only to be hooked by the Silverbacks defender chasing him before he made contact with Silverbacks goalie Angus Redmond. I'm not sure I've seen the situation called this way before, but both the defenceman and Lavezzorio were given penalties, for the stick on the back-check and the contact on the goalie. As the period wore on the game was somewhat chippy with a series of after the whistle skirmishes and dust ups. The Silverbacks would get the best chance later in the frame when Ross Heidt skated in alone on a breakaway but Chris Tai came up with a big stop to keep it 0-0 through 20 minutes, with the shots favouring Salmon Arm 11-5.

The second period began with a thud for the Bulldogs, somewhat eerily similar to what happened against Powell River on Sunday when the game was 0-0 after 20 minutes. The Bulldogs began the period on the power play for 1:05, but looked flat as one mistake compounded and led to another and they failed to gain the Salmon Arm zone on the power play. They then got caught in their zone while on the man advantage and just five seconds after it elapsed it was a 1-0 game when Josh Blanchard was found all alone in front of Chris Tai by Joshua Laframboise. Blanchard would have way too much time, as he deked across the crease before sliding it home five hole, at 1:10 of the second. The Bulldogs would earn another power play later in the period but it again was a momentum killer as they took a penalty early in it to make it four-aside hockey. The Silverbacks would move the puck around like a power play during four-on-four, and went up 2-0 when a point shot hit traffic in front and dropped in the crease where Nick Hutchison found it first and fired it into the open side. Assists on the play went to Elijiah Barriga and and Damian Chrcek at 6:43 of the second. The Bulldogs would kill off the penalty and have their best scoring chance of the game when Garrett Halls was sent in alone on a breakaway after exiting the penalty box, but Angus Redmond came up with a save with his glove arm to keep it out. The Dogs took another penalty late in the period but came up with a big kill to keep it a 2-0 hole. They weren't able to generate much in the way of offense through the frame, with the Silverbacks out-shooting them 13-4 in the period for a 40 minute advantage of 24-9.

The Bulldogs couldn't muster a push early in the third period, as the Silverbacks quickly went up 3-0 on the rush on a 2 on 1 as Colton Thibault kept the puck up the left wing and cut across the deep slot before firing against the grain, beating Tai short-side. The only assist went to Joshua Laframboise  2:44 into the third. That would do it for the scoring as neither side found the net the rest of the way, as the Dogs have now been shut out in two of their last three games, scoring just one goal total over those contests.

Final shots favoured the Silverbacks 29-17 with Chris Tai taking the loss but coming up with countless saves to give his team a change, while Angus Redmond picked up third star honours with the win. I had both teams at 0 for 6 on the power play.

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday in Nanaimo.


Hockey for Breakfast, Bulldogs face Silverbacks this morning *10AM START*

It's going to feel like a flashback to their Minor Hockey days for the players on both sides of the puck as the Bulldogs (1-3-0-0) take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (3-1-1-0) at the Bauer BCHL Showcase today for a 10am start time.

The Bulldogs opened their Showcase experience yesterday, losing their second in a row 4-1 to the Penticton Vees. The Silverbacks also played yesterday, losing their first game of the season 3-2 to the Langley Rivermen.

It's certainly an odd time to play a game and it will be a challenge for the players to adjust from their regular routines with most games being at 7:00 or 7:30, and afternoon games usually beginning at 2pm at the earliest. On the positive side, it's still early in the season so routines might not be that set yet, and it's going to effect both teams equally. I'm not sure if the players will be having pasta and chicken breasts for breakfast as most usually do for their pregame meals....that seems a little weird!

In the end, whether it's 10am or 2pm or 2am, you have to find a way to be ready to play and be at your best. No matter what level of hockey these players hope to play in moving forward their careers, you can bet that there will be challenging game times and travel schedules and other adversity and you can bet that the scouts will be looking at who can battle through it.
Settle into your workday at your desk or fry up some bacon and eggs at home and catch all the action on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with the pregame show at 9:45 (that still feels very weird to write!) with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 10:00am.

This morning's 2nd Intermission guest is Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers on our sister station 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo. The Bulldogs next see action Wednesday night at the Frank Crane Arena for the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dogs lose second straight, 4-1 to Vees

A very sloppy start to the game from both sides in this one, as neither team was able to string two passes together - or so it seemed, over the first five or six minutes of the game. The Vees would have the best chance of the game near the midway point of the first on a 2 on 1 rush but Chris Tai made a fantastic splits save on Jason Lavallee to keep it scoreless. The Vees would continue to push and hemmed the Dogs in their end shortly afterwards and again had a couple great chances but Tai stood call to keep it scoreless. The Vees would open the scoring late in the period on the power play on a neutral zone turnover that saw Scott Conway send Tyson Jost in alone on the breakaway where he cut in tight on goal and fired it past the glove of Tai to make it 1-0 Vees at 17:38 of the first. Shots favoured Penticton 12-11 after 20 minutes.

The second period had better pace from the get-go, with both sides looking sharp. The Vees would find the net to build their lead to 2-0 on a quick play off a draw in the Dogs end as Scott Conway again found Tyson Jost, alone in front of the Dogs net where he flipped it by Tai at 7:56 of the second. The Dogs would get their feet under them a couple of minutes later on a good shift in the zone by Brandon McReynolds, Logan Savard and Liam Conrad as they kept the puck deep and won a series of battles down low to hem the Vees in. Reinforcements would arrive off the bench, and the puck would end up in the back of the net seconds later as Josh Adkins fed it back to the left point for Taylor Derynck, who threw a puck on goal that was deflected home through the five hole of Anthony Brodeur by Nathan Dingmann for his first career goal at 9:20 of the second to make it a 2-1 game. The Dogs would have a glorious opportunity to get the equalizer shortly afterwards when Garrett Halls was cut by a Vees high stick, resulting in a four minute power play. The Dogs weren't able to connect on it, with the best chance actually going to the Vees as Scott Conway raced up ice and intercepted a cross-ice pass off a faceoff win. Chris Tai would make the save, and then get some help with his defence sliding back and knocking the net off before Conway knocked the rebound in as the Referee waved what would have been a killer goal for the Vees off. The Dogs earned another power play late in the period but once again couldn't capitalize as the Vees carried the 2-1 lead into the third period. Shots in the second favoured the Bulldogs 9-7 for a 40 minute advantage of 20-19.

The Dogs began the third with a short power play looking to draw even, but were unable to capitalize. Shortly afterwards the Vees would get the critical insurance marker as Gabe Bast took a cross-ice pass on the rush from Taylor Ward in the right circle and fired it low, short-side off the post and in past Tai to make it 3-1 just 3:02 into the third. The Bulldogs would push - but not until it was too late, generating a couple crazy scrambles around the Vees net after pulling their goalie with 1:40 and change to play in the third period. They came close to making it a one goal game on a couple occasions - one even saw the goal judge turn the red light on. Might have been an itchy trigger finger as the Dogs didn't appear to protest.

Third period shots favoured the Dogs 8-4 for a game total favouring the Dogs 28-23. Special teams were a big difference again in this one, with the Dogs going 0 for 6 on the power play, and the Vees going 1 for 2. Chris Tai took the loss in net but played strong, while Anthony Brodeur picked up the win.

The Dogs conclude their appearance in the Showcase tomorrow at 10:00am when they face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who also lost their Showcase appearance today 3-2 to Langley.

Bulldogs and Vees meet this afternoon at BCHL Showcase *4PM START*

(Accept my apologies for the late posting of this - I thought I posted this on the bus at 7:00am today at the top of the hump but I guess it didn't publish correctly!)

The Bauer BCHL Showcase experience begins this afternoon for the Bulldogs (1-2-0-0) as they meet the defending Fred Page Cup Champion Penticton Vees (3-1-0-0) for a 4:00pm start at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
This is the third straight year that the Bulldogs will meet the Vees at the Showcase, and no, I have no idea why these teams seem to meet every year at this event, as I've had plenty of people ask me why this meeting has become a tradition at this event.

The Bulldogs are quite obviously looking for a chance at redemption and to prove themselves after they were humbled at home 7-0 on Sunday by the Powell River Kings.

They had best be ready to play from the get-go, top to bottom throughout their roster, as their test is a big one in the Vees. After dropping their season opening game the Vees have won three straight, last seeing action Saturday night in West Kelowna where they topped the Warriors 4-1.

It's no doubt an exciting opportunity for the players to play in front of a huge number of NCAA/CIS and NHL scouts. Having said that, I think it's important to try and not think about the people watching and just play the game and not try to do to much and play individually. That's when mistakes happen, and that's how teams lose. If you play within yourself and your abilities, you'll get noticed - for the right reasons, not the wrong ones!

As you can see, it's a pretty nice view from up in the Pressbox in Chilliwack to call the game. I'll have all the action for you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM 
starting with the pregame show at 3:45 and all the action following the 4:00pm puck drop.

Today's 2nd Intermission guest is Ian Douglas, the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Bulldogs meet tomorrow morning at 10am to conclude their appearance at the Showcase.
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