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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight for final regular season road game


It's the final regular season meeting between these divisional foes, and a potential playoff preview as the Bulldogs (15-31-5-4, 4th Island) visit the Grizzlies (30-18-4-4, T-1st Island) at the Q Centre.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their season-high sixth straight game, 4-1 to the Vernon Vipers. The Grizzlies enter play tonight winless in two games, after playing to a 2-2 tie against the Centennials in Merritt in their last contest Sunday afternoon.


These teams haven't met in over a month, with the Grizzlies winning the last meeting 3-0 January 12th at home. The Grizzlies have owned the season series, winning six of seven meetings and five consecutively. The lone Bulldog win was by a  3-2 score in overtime on October 18th at the Q Centre. 


This game is of critical importance for the Grizzlies, who are currently tied with Powell River AND Nanaimo for 1st place in the Island Division standings. The Grizzlies have a game in hand on the Clippers, and the Kings have a game in hand on the Grizzlies.


The Bulldogs need to find a way to make this game just as important for them, if they hope to compete. That's not going to be easy as they don't have the built in motivation, but if playing for pride and the logo on the front of the sweater isn't enough hopefully the Bulldogs can be inspired with the fact that this is a potential playoff meeting, and they have only three contests remaining to get to the point where they can go into the playoffs feeling good about their game.



We'll bring the game to you if you can't make it to it, on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on The Peak, starting with our pregame show at 6:45 in advance of the 7:00pm puck drop.

I'll handle the play-by-play and take care of the hosting responsibilities while Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and analysis.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Alex Rawnsley, the play-by-play voice of the Powell River Kings, who the Dogs host for a double-header Saturday and Sunday to conclude the regular season.






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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dogs drop sixth straight, 4-1 to Vipers



The Bulldogs earned a power play before the game was a minute old - a four minute advantage in fact, but they were unable to get much going before conceding the opening goal on a pretty backdoor set up by Jagger Williamson that was deflected in by Jesse Lansdell at 4:26 of the first. It was 2- Vernon three minutes later on the rush, as Jimmy Lambert picked up a pass in full flight over the Bulldog line up the right side where he snapped a perfectly placed shot top corner, far-side under the bar and over the blocker of Brock Lefevbre at 7:05 of the second, with Chris Jandric drawing the only assist. The Vipers further padded their lead with less than five to play in the period as the Dogs were caught deep in the attacking zone resulting in a 2 on 1 rush. The first shot was blocked by a Bulldog defender, but it ended up right on the stick of Michael Young in the hashmarks, who beat Lefevbre with a quick release blocker side to make it 3-0 at 15:24 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 12-6 Vipers.


The Bulldogs began the second period on the power play, but didn't look sharp on it and weren't able to generate any momentum. As the period wore on to the midway point, they did a good job of stepping up their game with an increased pace to their play resulting in a couple good opportunities on goal, but they couldn't beat Anthony Yamnitski to trim the deficit. The kept pushing the pace, and were finally rewarded for it late in the period as Christian Simeone gained the line and passed to the deep slot for James Orban. He was checked but it came right back to Simeone who walked in and fired a quick wrister that just snuck through Yamnitski and dribbled over the line to make it 3-1, with Orban drawing the lone assist at 14:08 of the second. The Dogs continued to threaten, and drew a late period power play after a good attacking zone shift. They would have two Grade A chances on the power play, with Christian Simeone stopped on an in-alone chance from the top of the crease by Yamnitski, followed by a fantastic save a Vipers Defenceman on a Keaton Mastrodonato cross-ice set up where it looked like he had an empty net to keep it 3-1 after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs failed to convert of their remaining power play time to begin the third, and then came up with a solid penalty kill to keep it a two-goal game immediately afterwards. The Bulldogs pushed near the midway point of the period to get back in the game, and generated a handful of good chances around the Viper net but couldn't beat Yamnitski to make a game of it. The Vipers would push hard through the final ten minutes, at one point changing all three Forwards while on the attack in the Bulldog zone for an extended clock eating shift. The Bulldogs came up with a penalty kill following it to remain in the game, but were unable to threaten before the Vipers hit the empty net on an attacking blue line turnover that was found by Brett Stapley who lifted a perfect shot high over the head of a Bulldog defender from centre ice to complete the scoring for the 4-1 final at 18:40 of the third. No assists were given on the play.


Shots in the third were 13-6 Vipers, for a 32-27 total in their favour. Brock Lefevbre took the loss while Anthony Yamnitski earned the win while also earning 1st star honours. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while Vipers went 0 for 3 while also scoring once while shorthanded.


With the loss, the Dogs have dropped a season high six straight games. They are next in action Thursday night when they visit the Grizzlies in Victoria.


Hammer

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Bulldogs host Vipers today for 2:00pm Matinee



It's the third meeting between the teams this season, as the Vipers (36-14-1-4, 2nd Interior) make a visit to the Dog Pound tonight to visit the Bulldogs (15-30-5-4, 4th Island)

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they dropped their fifth straight, 5-0 to the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Vipers were in Powell River Friday night, where they fell 2-1 to the Kings. They bounced back with a 4-0 win last night over the Capitals in Duncan.

The most recent head-to-head meeting was a 4-2 Viper win in Vernon on January 27th. The teams played to a 1-1 draw at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on September 21st.



Bruce MacDonald and I will comprise the Broadcast Crew that brings the game to you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on  93.3 The Peak FM, taking care of the colour commentary/analyis and play-by-play/hosting duties respectively. The pregame show gets everything underway at 1:45pm in advance of the 2:00 game time.






Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Port Alberni Native and former Bulldog Josh Bonar, now in the coaching game with the Burnaby Winter Club after two years of CIS Hockey followed by an extensive pro career across North America and Europe.


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dogs drop fifth straight, 5-0 to Chiefs




The Chiefs had an early edge in the play in the opening minutes, followed by a dangerous looking power play that the Bulldogs killed off with John Hawthorne making a couple solid saves. The Dogs were unable to generate any sustained attack time in the Chilliwack zone, before the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead by doing just that, as Tommy Lee made a fantastic desperation play diving to swipe the puck back to the line for Jake Gresh at the right point. He would fire a quick wrist shot at the net that might have been tipped, but certainly wasn't seen by John Hawthorne as it beat him five hole to make it 1-0 at 11:47 of the first. The Dogs had a dangerous chance on the rush later in the period, but Mathieu Caron made a good save on Keaton Mastrodonato. The Bulldogs were penalized late in the period, and killed it off to the clock with the Chiefs again looking dangerous. The Dogs were penalized at the buzzer, and were again penalized on a misconduct before hitting the dressing room resulting with the Chiefs having 19 seconds of 5 on 3 time to begin the second. Shots were 8-4 Chilliwack after 20 minutes.


The Bulldogs killed off both penalties to begin the period, with John Hawthorne coming up with a huge paddle save on the goal line on Will Calverly just 12 seconds into the period to keep it 1-0. The Bulldogs finally earned a power play seven minutes into the period, and it appeared to be the worst thing that could've happened to them as the Chiefs won the opening draw and cleared it down and then immediately out-worked the Dogs in their zone for a good half minute to earn some momentum. The Dogs would again turn it over in their zone, and it was 2-0 when Anthony Vincent read a rim back of the net and stole it. Tyler Vanuden went and got it back, and was then tripped up at the side of the net by Jared Turcotte. Anthony Vincent would find the loose puck, and put it to a wide open Turcotte at the top of the crease where he one-timed it top corner, far-side over the glove of Hawthorne at 7:32 of the second. The score stayed that way until the late stages of the period, with the Bulldogs unable to generate almost anything in the way of offence. The Chiefs went up 3-0 on the power play after two great right toe saves by Hawthorne, as a Jake Gresh point shot was stopped but Ryan Bowen located the rebound off the back post and tapped it in. Assists on the play went to Ryan Miotto and Marcus Tesink at 18:46 of the second. It was 4-0 before the period was out, as Regan Kimens was set up all alone in front where he deked to the backhand and slid it inside the post. Assists on the play went to Ryan Bowen and Kale Yewchuk at 19:42 of the period. Shots in the frame were 20-4 Chiefs, for a 28-8 advantage after 40 minutes. 


The Bulldogs looked somewhat inspired to begin the third, getting a couple pucks on net but not being able to generate anything in the way of a solid scoring chance. Just three minutes into the frame, they picked up a four minute penalty, and while they killed it off they lost precious time and were unable to generate any momentum. The Chiefs took a 5-0 lead at 10:10 of the third on a goal that was hard to watch - at least from the Bulldog side of the puck as Harrison Blaisdell dumped the puck in from centre ice, and no Bulldog went to get it. Kaden Pickering hustled to pick it up and put it to the top of the crease for Blaisdell, who was all alone and allowed to deke it low inside the far post past Hawthorne to complete the scoring.

Third period shots were 11-10 Bulldogs, for a game total 38-19 Chiefs with John Hawthorne taking the loss, while Mathieu Caron picked up the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Chiefs went 1 for 7 while also scored once while shorthanded.

With the loss, the Dogs have dropped five in a row. They are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Vernon Vipers.

Hammer







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Bulldogs host Chiefs tonight to kick off Parents Weekend




It's the second and final Regular Season meeting between the teams, as the Bulldogs (15-29-5-4, 4th Island) host the RBC Cup host Chilliwack Chiefs (25-22-3-3, T-3rd Mainland) tonight at the Multiplex to open Parents Weekend.


The Bulldogs last played Monday afternoon in Powell River, where they lost their fourth straight, 4-1 to the Kings. The Chiefs were in action last night at home, where they had a three game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss to the Merritt Centennials.


These teams last met December 9th in Chilliwack, where the Bulldogs picked up a 4-1 win.



93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford, is live on the air from the Multiplex starting at 6:45 for the pregame show with all the game action to follow the 7:00pm puck drop. Dan Tisserand complies and provides team and individual statistics, Bruce MacDonald covers the analysis and adds colour commentary while I take care of the play-by-play.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Graham Turnbull, play-by-play voice of the Vernon Vipers, who the Dogs host tomorrow afternoon for a 2:00pm puck drop.




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Thanks as always for checking out the blog! 


Hammer
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Kings drop fourth straight, 4-1 to Kings



The Bulldogs took a penalty on an up the middle turnover in the first minute of the game, but battled back to create a shorthanded breakaway as Christian Simeone blocked a shot and out fought his man to race in on Derek Krall. He would take enough sticks from behind that he didn't get a Grade A shot away, but he still got one on goal, although he couldn't draw a penalty. The Kings were whistled 10 seconds later for an infraction on a puck battle behind their net. The Dogs came close on their 50 second power play, as Luc Salem was stopped on a rebound in front, before Tyler Vanuden rang a shot off the crossbar. The Bulldogs were penalized twice more throughout the period - in somewhat frustrating fashion as they couldn't draw the call their way that they were called for the other way. They would kill the penalties off, but couldn't get any momentum going as a result. The Kings would open the scoring seconds after the third power play chance as Ben Raffler kept the puck in at the left point, and threw it down low for Gavin Rauser. He would make a nice pass to the slot to an un-guarded Kevin Obssuth who fired a quick wrister past the arm of Brock Lefevbre to make it 1-0 at 13:22 of the first. The Bulldogs responded quickly, as Michael Sacco stole the puck off a draw in the Kings end and threw a pass between two Kings to the slot for Keaton Mastrodonato. He would be stopped by the glove of Derek Krall, but Tyler Vanuden pounded the rebound home at the side of the net to make it 1-1 at 14:48 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 20-10 Kings.


The Bulldogs pushed hard early in the second, and had a couple good chances around the Kings net, the most notable being when James Orban put a puck on the goal line from behind the net, but it was saved by Aiden Sutherland. The teams would trade chances through the next couple of minutes, with both goalies being sharp. The Dogs were penalized short of the midway point of the period, but similarly to the first period they killed it off but seconds later gave up a goal as Kevin Obssuth did a great job to back-check and cleanly steal it on a stick lift on the Kings side of centre. He would quickly wheel up the left wing and around a Bulldog defender to cut in alone on goal where he lifted it high, far-side over the glove of Lefevbre to make it 2-1 at 10:54 of the period, un-assisted. The Bulldogs earned a penalty shortly afterwards, and while they threatened with a couple pucks on net they couldn't get any second chances to capitalize on it. The Kings would take a 3-1 lead with four minutes to play in the period as Andy Stevens took a pass at the right point from Hunter Findlater. He would avoid two Bulldog stick checks in walking into the deep slot before putting a pass off the far post on the goal line for Gavin Rauser, who fired it home short-side before Lefevbre could get back to his post, at 16:19 of the second. Shots in the period were 16-13 Kings, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 36-23.


The third period absolutely flew by, with not much in the way of whistles through the first 10 plus minutes. The Bulldogs were unable to mount any sort of sustained attack to trim the two goal hole. Christian Simeone would generate a great in alone chance with about five minutes to play. With less than three minutes to play the Bulldogs finally got a good scoring chance, as Tyler Vanuden picked up a perfect stretch pass to skate in alone on Krall but he couldn't slide a backhand home. The Bulldogs would pull their goalie on the same play, but would be immediately penalized to kill any comeback chances. The Kings would put the game away with 1.4 seconds to play from centre ice as Jonny Evans hit the crossbar for the 4-1 final at 19:59 of the third. 


Final shots were 48-26 Kings, with Brock Lefevbre taking the loss, but playing solid, while Derek Krall earned 3rd star honours with the win. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 6.


The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday when they host the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Hammer
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Bulldogs visit Kings for Family Day Matinee




It's the third meeting between these rivals already this month, as the Bulldogs (15-28-5-4, 4th Island) visit the Kings ( 26-16-6-4 2nd Island) at the Hap Parker Arena for a matinee affair.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they dropped their third straight, 5-1 to the Wenatchee Wild. The Kings also last played Saturday night at home, where they won their third in a row 5-3 over the West Kelowna Warriors.

These teams last met February 2nd and 3rd in Powell River, as they split a two game set. The Bulldogs won 4-3 in overtime in game one, with the Kings responding with a 4-1 win on Saturday night.


It's a 2:00pm puck drop, which means Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM will be on the air starting with the pregame show at 1:45, brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet. 






Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Jake Witkowski - who was second in team scoring last year. He's currently playing his Freshman season of NCAA hockey with Boston University.

Here's some highlights from Jake last year...



And my favorite.... 



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wild top Dogs 5-1



The game had a fast pace through the first couple of minutes, and good atmosphere. The Wild took a 1-0 lead just over two and a half minutes in when a Sam Morton shot from the right circle was stopped by John Hawthorne, but the rebound went off his blocker and skyward where it fell behind him and bounced over the line. I couldn't tell from my angle whether it was in or not - but the Bulldogs visibly argued that it didn't go in. The Referee was well positioned behind the goal to make the call. Morton got credit for it, with the lone assist to Nathan Iannone at 2:37 of the first. The Wild on at least two sequences spent a long time in the attacking zone, with the Bulldogs bending but not breaking to keep it a one-goal game after 20 minutes. John Hawthorne made one solid save that stood out, on a one-time bid by AJ Vanderbeck from the deep slot. Shots were 11-3 Wild.


The Wild began the second on the power play, but the Dogs killed it off and didn't give up anything. The Bulldogs then earned back to back power play chances, and didn't look good on either as the Wild hounded them in their zone. A third straight penalty would be one too many, as the Dogs finally connected on an end to end rush as John Hawthorne stopped a dump in behind his net for Michael Sacco. He would defer possession to Keaton Mastrodonato, who went end to end up the middle through centre and made two Wild defenders miss before gaining the Wild zone up the right wing. He would skate into the right circle and put a perfectly placed top corner, short-side high shot over the glove of Seth Eisle to make it 1-1 at 8:16 of the second. The goal ignited the crowd, and the Bulldogs pushed hard with the momentum and earned a couple good chances on the rush and in around the Wild net, but they couldn't take the lead. The Wild would counter, on a quick bang-bang play from behind the goal line that was August Von Ungern make a perfect pass to the hashmarks for Sam Morton, who one-timed it past the glove of Hawthorne far-side to make it 2-1 at 10:54 of the period, with Nathan Iannone also drawing an assist. The Dogs would get caught running around late in the period in their zone when they turned the puck over at their line, but Hawthorne came up with a series of saves to keep it a one-goal game. The Dogs would come up with a big kill on a Wild power play that followed it to keep it 2-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 16-8 Wild, for a 27-11 advantage.


The Bulldogs had a great chance early in the third to tie it, but Eisle made a stop on a deflection at the side of the net with his shoulder. A minute and change later, it was 3-1 as the Dogs turned it over in their zone allowing Nathan Iannone to walk in alone on Hawthorne, who made a great first save, and a rebound save, but Sam Morton stuck with it to lift another crack at it over Hawthorne's glove to make it 3-1 at 7:37 of the third, with August Von Ungern drawing the only assist. The Bulldogs would come painfully close to making it a one-goal game, as Christian Simeone was sent in alone and deked out Eisle but couldn't tuck it in. Neither could Carter Harris, as the rebound sat at the side of the open net. The Wild would get all the insurance they needed with just under five minutes to play as Cooper Zech picked a puck off at centre ice and attacked the Dogs zone before feeding it to the slot for Nathan Iannone. He would put a shot high off the end glass, but it bounced cross-ice and out front for Sam Morton, who caught it, dropped it and fired it home before Hawthorne could recover to make it 4-1 at 15:05 of the third. August Von Ungern drew the only assist. The Wild would be penalized twice late in the third - initially for too many men. The Bulldogs would pull their goalie for the rare 6 on 3 situation and had a couple good looks, most notably a back door set up for Cole Poliziani but Eisle came up with a big save to preserve the cushion. Off the next draw the Wild would block a shot, and then hit the empty net on a banker from their own zone by Jasper Weatherby to complete the scoring with no assists at 19:25 of the third.

Final shots were 38-21 Wild, with Seth Eisle earning the win while John Hawthorne took the loss but earned 3rd star honours. The Dogs went 1 for 8 on the power play while the Wild went 0 for 4 while scoring once while shorthanded.

The Bulldogs are next in action Monday in Powell River, as they visit the Kings for a 2:00pm Matinee on Family Day.

Hammer


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Bulldogs host Wild tonight


It's the second and final regular season meeting between the teams, as the Bulldogs (15-27-5-4, 4th Island) host the Wenatchee Wild (33-14-3-1, 3rd Interior) at the Dog Pound.

The Bulldogs were last in game action Wednesday night at home, where they fell 4-3 in overtime to the Nanaimo Clippers. The Wild were in Nanaimo last night, where they had a three game winning streak halted with a 4-1 loss to the Clippers.

These teams last met October 28th in Wenatchee, on a night to forget - for the Dogs at least, as the Wild picked up an 8-1 win.


If you can't make it to the game, we've got you covered with Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, starting with our pregame show at 6:45. I'll handle the hosting and play-by-play while Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and analysis. Dan Tisserand tabulates team and player stats. 



 Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Connor LaCouvee,  who's currently playing his Senior season with the Minnesota State Mavericks after transferring from Boston University where he played the three previous seasons.

Here he is in the 2013-2014 season stopping a penalty shot...








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Hopefully we'll see you at the rink tonight - if not, we'll talk to you from there! 

Hammer




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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

UPDATED WITH VIDEO - Dogs fall 4-3 to Clippers in overtime






The Clippers had a slight edge through the first few minutes of the game, with the Bulldogs getting their first shot on goal just over five minutes in. The Clippers continued to have an edge in the play, and drew a penalty as a result of an unfortunate bounce at the Bulldog line resulted in a partial breakaway for Vincent Millette. The Clippers looked to have a sure goal early in the advantage, but John Hawthorne made a jaw dropping goal line save to rob Jake Harris on a wide open net. It would unfortunately be all for not as they connected in the dying seconds of the advantage when Jamie Collins found a loose puck in the slot off a Brandon Marinelli shot that had hit the post and went rink-wide to the left circle where Parker Colley finished it with a perfect one-timer top corner, short-side high. Assists on the play went to Vincent Millette and Jamie Collins at 8:49 of the first. The Bulldogs started to get into the game in the following minutes, but then got caught pressing and couldn't get back as the Clippers scored on the rush to go up 2-0 when Jake Harris put a pass up the middle for Brady Lynn, who slid it over to Tristan Crozier who snuck down the left side in tight where he snuck one home short-side past the blocker of Hawthorne at 12:52 of the first. The Bulldogs responded admirably to the hole, as they didn't show any signs of being deflated but instead dug in and pushed back to carry parts of the play and get a couple good chances on net. They would draw a late period power play when the Clippers appeared to have seven players on the ice. They would cash in on it on a great play by Mitch Oliver to gain the line and hold the puck on side and let everyone gain the zone. He would then put a pass down the right wing for Jackson Doucet, who fed it to the side of the net for Paul Selleck. He made a perfect pass to the slot for Cole Poliziani, who beat Taz Burman with a one-timer far-side past his blocker and inside the post to make it 2-1 at 19:35 of the first. Shots in the period were 19-14 Clippers - at one point they were 13-1 Nanaimo.


The Bulldogs had an obvious jump to their step and urgency to their play to start the second, generating a couple good shifts and chances around the Nanaimo net. The Clippers would catch them pressing as David Silye skated in alone where he was tripped up while Hawthorne made a good left toe save to keep it out. The Bulldogs would kill off the following penalty without giving up a shot. The Bulldogs continued to generate opportunities, but couldn't beat Burman as the period wore on. The Clippers would get another great chance to build their lead just short of nine minutes into the period as Tristan Crozier picked up a stretch pass and danced in alone past a Forward back playing defense, but Hawthorne came up with a big blocker save to keep it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs would draw a power play late in the period, which became a 5 on  3 opportunity when Jeremy Gervais head-locked and threw down a Bulldog in front of the Clipper net after the whistle. The Bulldogs would work the puck around perfectly, and patiently, and make it a 2-2 game as Jackson Doucet found Darren Rizzolo at the top of the left circle. He slid it cross-ice to Mitch Oliver, who blasted a one-timer high past the glove of Burman at 16:50 of the second. The Bulldogs couldn't cash in on the remaining power play time and the momentum, and were subsequently penalized with a minute remaining in the period. Shots in the period were 12-9 Bulldogs, for a 28-26 Clipper advantage after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs killed off the remaining penalty time to begin he third, and subsequently took their first lead of the game a minute and change later on a quick pass through centre by Jackson Doucet onto the tape of Paul Selleck with speed over the Clippers line. He would put it on the tape of Cole Poliziani in the right circle, who put a quick shot on goal that hit a Clipper stick and beat Burman short-side inside the post to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 1:57 of the third. The Bulldogs played solid for the remainder of the period, generating a handful of chances, the most notable ones coming on a crazy scramble in front that saw Paul Selleck stopped twice on the doorstep by Burman, with possibly a crossbar hit as well and a loose puck getting behind the goalie but rolling wide of the post. The Dogs pushed late, and Burman made a great save on the doorstep on a one-timer from in tight with his right toe off Selleck. The Dogs won the initial draw with just over a minute to play in their end with the Clipper goalie out and cleared the puck, but the Clippers quickly countered on transition as Max Crozier fed Jamie Collins over the Bulldog line up the left wing. He would throw it on goal, where Hawthorne got a stick on it, but deflected it up the middle where it hit the leg of Jake Harris and went in to make it 3-3 at 19:06 as the game went to overtime. Shots in the third period were 9-9.


The Bulldogs had a great couple of looks in the first minute of overtime, but couldn't cash in. They would then get caught stepping up at centre ice resulting in a 3 on 2 the other way that the Clippers worked to perfection as David Silye took a Lucas Vanroboys drop pass and put a perfect feed off the back post for David Melaragni that he put inside the far post before Hawthorne could get over for the game winner.

Final shots were 38-37 Clippers, with Taz Burman picking up the win while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Dogs went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Clippers went 1 for 3.

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night when the host the Wenatchee Wild.

Hammer






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Bulldogs return home tonight to host Clippers



It's the first time on home ice since January 19th for the Bulldogs, (15-27-4-4 4th Island) as they return home after six straight games on the road to host the Nanaimo Clippers (25-20-3-3, 3rd Island) for the final regular season meeting between the teams.


The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night in Powell River, where they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Kings. The Clippers haven't played since Friday night at home, where they won their third in a row 8-5 over the Capitals, while running their unbeaten streak to four games.


This is the first meeting between the teams since January 5th, an 8-3 Clipper win in Nanaimo that was preceded by a 5-2 Clipper win at the Dog Pound two nights earlier. The Clippers have won five straight in the season series, and six of seven. The lone Bulldog win was at the Dog Pound on September 29th, by a 5-4 score.



It will certainly be nice to call a game from the friendly confines of the Multiplex - Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM begins with the pregame show at 6:45, followed by the puck drop at 7:00pm. It will be especially nice to have Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand back in the booth - not just for the camaraderie but also for all that they bring to the broadcast in handling the colour commentary and analysis along with team and player statistics, while I add the play-by-play. 

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Arch Ecker, the play-by-play voice of the Wenatchee Wild, who visit the Dog Pound on Saturday night.




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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Kings top Bulldogs 4-1





The Kings had a dangerous chance just a handful of seconds into the game as a Buldog defender got caught stepping up at neutral ice and a dangerous rush and scramble ensued. The Bulldogs then pushed back, and carried the better of the play through the first five or six minutes, opening up a 5-1 lead in shots and getting a couple good chances around Mitch Adamyk. The Kings got on the attack later in the frame, and while the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of big chances, John Hawthorne was busy, and good, coming up most notably with a big save in tight on Nick Abbott. The Kings would earn a trio of power play opportunities in the back-half of the period - the Bulldogs killed off the first with Hawthorne again tested a couple times in tight. They were later penalized on a 2 on 1 rush where Carter Harris was penalized for goalie interference - it looked like in real time, and on the replay that Ben Raffler fell down, or dove to attempt to break up a pass, and if anything made more contact on Adamyk than Harris did. It brought about an interesting scenario, as Adamyk was forced to leave the game, bringing in Emergency Back-up Cam Stevenson. The Bulldogs didn't get a chance to test him though, as they were again penalized less than a minute later bringing about a 5 on 3 power play of 1:01 in duration for the Kings. The Bulldogs again killed it off, but couldn't get any momentum before the Kings opened the scoring as Mitch Williams carried the puck up the right wing below the goal line were he put a perfect centering pass onto the tape of Ethan Kimball who one-timed it through Hawthorne to make it 1-0 at 19:06 of the first, with Josh Coblenz also drawing an assist on the play. Shots were 18-9 Kings after one.


The second period saw the Bulldogs earn their first power play of the game, but it was quickly taken away on what looked like a great defensive play to block a shot by Darren Rizzolo. The Dogs killed off the ensuing penalty, but the Kings scored just a second later on a fortunate bounce for them, as Ben Thomas fanned on a one-timer from the hashmarks, but it worked out as a perfect pass off the near post for Gavin Rauser, who fired it inside the post before Hawthorne could recover to make it 2-0 at 9:11 of the second. The Dogs killed off two more penalties throughout the period, and had an opportunity of their own sandwiched in the middle that they threatened on, but couldn't get a bounce to trim the hole, coming painfully close when Keaton Mastrodonato hit the crossbar on a partial breakaway. The Bulldogs kept pushing after killing a penalty later in the period, and finally found the net as Paul Selleck won a draw in the Kings zone back to the left point for Luc Salem. He made a quick pass across the line to Mitch Oliver, who just flipped one at the goal where Jackson Doucet deflected it home to make it 2-1 at 19:26 of the second. Shots in the period were 16-15 Kings, for a 40 minute advantage of 34-24.


The third period saw the Bulldogs have a handful of great chances on odd-man rushes through the early minutes of it, but they couldn't make one of them count. The game stayed 2-1 until the midway point of the period, when the Dogs got caught with a tired group on the ice after an icing call. It would end up in their net just a couple seconds later when Neal Samanski won the draw right back onto the tape of Hunter Findlater, who picked the top corner, short-side high on Hawthorne to make it 3-1 at 9:08 of the third. Just 12 seconds later, it was game over as Gavin Rauser was knocked down below the goal line but out-fought a Bulldog defender for possession to find Carter Turnbull who walked un-touched across the crease where he lifted a backhand home top corner, far-side over the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 4-1 at 9:20. There would be no scoring the rest of the way, as the Kings made the lead stand.


Shots in the third were 14-6 Kings, for a game total of 48-30 in their favour, with John Hawthorne taking the loss while Cam Stevenson picked up the win in relief of Mitch Adamyk in earning 1st star honours. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Kings went 0 for 8.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night when they host the Nanaimo Clippers.

Hammer


Bulldogs visit Kings tonight to conclude double header *5:00pm start*



It's the second game in as many days between these Island Division Rivals, as the Bulldogs (15-26-4-6, 4th Island) once again visit the Kings (23-16-6-4, T-2nd Island) at the Hap Parker Arena.

These teams tangled last night, with the Bulldogs picking up a 4-3 overtime win to snap a three game losing streak, while the Kings saw their losing streak hit five games.



It's a 5:00pm game time tonight, so our broadcast of Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak commences with the pregame show at 4:45.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Chris Schutz, who spent two years in the Valley (14-16) before securing an NCAA scholarship to play at Robert Morris University starting last season. Chris has went through his fair share of adversity in getting his NCAA career going, as he was hurt last year, and then didn't get an opportunity to play. He decided to red shirt and transfer to UMass-Lowell, where he's finally getting to play and is off to a fantastic start with the River Hawks, scoring three times already in just ten games.





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Hammer



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