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Friday, January 17, 2020

Bulldogs top Grizzlies 5-0




The game began somewhat passively - at least after the Bulldogs were penalized in the opening minutes of the game. They did a solid job of keeping the Grizzlies to the outside, with Luke Pearson looking sharp when tested.  The Bulldogs had consecutive attacking zone shifts in the back half of the period resulting in the Grizzlies being forced to ice it, but they were unable to beat Liam Souliere to open the scoring. The Bulldogs earned a power play late in the period, but were quickly sent back to the penalty box resulting in a four-aside situation for over a minute that saw things open up  for a short span. There would be no scoring in the first, with  the Bulldogs out shooting the Grizzlies 10-8. 


The second period  saw a plethora of penalties throughout the first 7-8 minutes, with the Grizzlies having  two  power  play chances, with a long stretch of four-on-four hockey in the middle as the Bulldogs were again subsequently penalized. At the end of the power play chances, Luke Pearson came up with a fantastic diving save across the crease on a rebound off his shoulder to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs pressed at the middle of the period, but couldn't find the target  to beat Souliere. The Bulldogs leaned on the Grizzlies in the back half of the period, and spent time in the attacking zone with each line continuing the momentum. They would finally be rewarded for it late in the period, as Josh Zary refused to lose a board battle against two Grizzlies against the end wall, before Jackson Doucet and Ryan Doolin arrived to support him and keep it below the goal line. Zary would kick it free for Ryan Doolin, who put a perfect pass to the deep slot for Tim Gould, who put a one-timer that appeared to change direction past the blocker of Souliere to open the scoring at 16:06 of the second. The Grizzlies had a great chance to tie it in the final 20 seconds of the period on an in-alone chance for Alex DiPaolo, but Pearson got his blocker arm on it, and a backchecking Jackson Munro helped clear the rebound to keep it 1-0 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 18-14 Bulldogs, for a 28-22 total in their favour heading into the third.  


The Bulldogs earned their second power play of the game early in the third, and made it count, as Matthew Grouchy made a rink-wide pass through neutral ice to the Victoria line up the right wing where Ryan Doolin tipped it around a defender before  chasing it down in the right corner. He would then throw it to the paint, where Mitchel Deelstra deflected it home far-side over the blocker of Souliere to make it 2-0 at 4:50  of the third. The Bulldogs would pad their lead four minutes later, as Jackson Munro drove the net and found a loose puck at the end of a rush that he jammed  to the left half-wall for Tommy Bannister. He would put a pass to the top of the point for Jimmy Rayhill, who put a seeing eye wrist shot high past the blocker of a screened Souliere to make it 3-0 at 9:57 of  the third. The Grizzlies pushed to try and get back in it, and had a dangerous chance on the rush that saw Luke Pearson make a shoulder save on Vincent Nardone. The Bulldogs would counter on the rush seconds later and make it 4-0, as Tommy Bannister led off a 3 on 1 rush with a cross-ice pass up the left wing for Matthew Grouchy. He would out-wait a defender before putting a perfect pass to the far post where Ryan Doolin deflected it home past the left toe of Souliere at 16:03 of the third. Two minutes later, it was  a 5-0  game as  Caige Sterzer retrieved a loose puck behind the net that he put  onto  the tape of Jackson Doucet, who put a pass  to the front of the net  that was  one-timed top  corner, far-side  by  Josh Zary at 17:56 of the third to complete the scoring. 


Third period shots were 14-9 Bulldogs, for a 42-31 total in the Bulldogs favour. Luke Pearson earned the win and first star honours with the shut out while Liam Souliere took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0  for 5. 


The teams meet again tomorrow night at the Q Centre. 


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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight to open Home and Home double header


It's back to action on home ice tonight for the Bulldogs (21-17-1-2, T-3rd Island) as they open a home-and-home set with the Victoria Grizzlies (16-28-0-0, 5th Island) tonight at the Multiplex, before the teams meet tomorrow at the Q Centre. 

The Bulldogs last played Sunday afternoon in West Kelowna, where they concluded a winless Okanagan road trip with their fourth straight defeat, 6-2 to the Warriors at Royal LePage Place. The fourth consecutive defeat matches the previous longest such stretch this season from September 27th through October 2nd, when the Bulldogs dropped four consecutive games to Mainland Division opponents through a three-in-three road trip into the BCHL Showcase. The Bulldogs ended that streak with a win over Merritt - and then followed it up with their longest winning streak of the season - seven games. 

The Grizzlies last saw game action Saturday night at home, where they dropped their second in a row, 3-1 to the Powell River Kings.

This is the fifth game between the teams this season - but the first of three in a span of just seven days, as they'll meet again a week from tonight at the Dog Pound following tonight's and tomorrow's games. The most recent meeting was December 6th, a 4-3 Bulldog win at the Q Centre. Five days earlier, the Grizzlies were 4-3 winners, again at the Q Centre.   The Bulldogs were 6-2 winners at the Q Centre on October 19th and also won the first meeting of the season 5-3 at the Dog Pound on October 11th.



I'm very much looking forward to calling a game back within the friendly confines of the Dog Pound - Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air for our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck set to drop just after 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and game analysis, Dan Tisserand compiles and provides team and individual statistics and I call the play-by-play. 



Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of the Island Division This Week. It's a compilation of recaps, previews, highlights and news and notes from all the Island Division play-by-play voices. 


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bulldogs drop fourth straight, 6-2 to Warriors



The game began with a resounding thud, as the Bulldogs  trailed 1-0 just 21 seconds in as Holden Kodak walked down the right wing and threw a puck on goal  far-pad low where Luke Pearson made the save, but had the rebound go off his right toe and onto the tape  of Colby Elmer who tapped it in from the crease. Also drawing an assist on the play was Nick Ardanaz. Pearson would be busy over the following minutes, as the Bulldogs continued be loose in their end. He kept it a one-goal game  until they responded to tie it, as Matthew Grouchy won back-to-back draws in the Warriors end, the second seeing Ryan Doolin get two shots on net. Johnny Derrick would stop them both, but Tommy Bannister found the second rebound and potted it inside the far post to make it 1-1 at 7:52 of the first. The Warriors would take the  lead back on a turnover at centre  ice five minutes  later that saw Colby Elmer walk down the right  side  one-on-one where he put a perfectly  placed backhand top corner, short-side over the glove of Pearson to make it 2-1, unassisted at 12:19 of the first. The Bulldogs would push a few minutes later on a good shift in the attacking zone, but get caught on the wrong side of the puck giving up a 2 on 1 that turned into a breakaway that saw Drew Vieten skate in alone and go off the post and in blocker side to make it 3-1 Warriors at 16:07 of the first, with Deegan Mofford assisting. The Bulldogs would pepper the Warrior net in the final two minutes of the period with an inspired effort, but couldn't get back into it as it stayed a two-goal game after 20 minutes. Shots were `17-15 Bulldogs after one.


The score stayed that way into the middle of the period, with the Bulldogs not looking especially sharp in an attempt to mount a comeback. The Warriors came out of the mid-period media time out, and had a handful of great chances around the Bulldog net, but Luke Pearson came up huge to keep it a 3-1 game. The Bulldogs would earn  a power play of their own later in the period, and connected on it to get back into the game as Tim Gould kept the puck in at the top of the point  and dished off to Matthew Grouchy   in the left circle. He made a pretty pass to a wide open Josh Zary on the doorstep, who initially lost the handle but recovered to stuff a backhand deke home to make it 3-2 at 14:43 of the second. The Bulldogs earned another power play immediately following it, and threatened all around the net, but couldn't  convert. Yet another power play in the  final minute of the period saw them create several great chances, but be unable to find the  equalizer, beginning the third with 52 seconds on the power play. Shots in the second were 25-14 Bulldogs,  for a 42-29 advantage after 40 minutes.

The  Bulldogs were sloppy to begin the third on their power play, with the Warriors having  a great chance to build their lead, only to have Luke Pearson make a highlight reel save with  his heel in midair on a cross-ice set up to keep it 3-2. The Bulldogs earned another power play, and were flat on it. It came back to haunt them almost immediately, as they blew coverage in their zone allowing a loose puck to the  slot and a breakaway for Carter Wilkie, who walked on goal and tucked a forehand deke inside the far post to make it 4-2 at 8:18 of the third, with assists  going to Johnny Evans and Holden Kodak. Five minutes later, the  Bulldogs ended up  in big penalty trouble, first with a soft call on a bump by Dawson Tritt that appeared to be sold by Johnny Evans, which was followed by a match penalty for kicking to Moe Acee. The Bulldogs killed off the two minutes of 5 on 3 play for the Warriors, and a further two minutes of the major, but they couldn't get out of it before the Warriors went up 5-2 as Nicholas Ardanaz put a shot on net from the left circle that was deflected by Porter Dawson and stopped by Pearson, but the rebound went across the crease where it was tappedhome by Deegan Mofford to make it 5-2 at 13:35 on the power  play. The final salt  in the wound came a minute later, when the Bulldogs earned a power play chance, but gave up a shorthanded goal to add further insult to injury as a defender fell down, and no one picked up Carter Wilkie, who walked into the slot and beat Pearson with a long-side wrist shot past his blocker to make it a 6-2 final at 14:50 of the third, with Drew Veiten drawing the lone assist at 14:50 for the 6-2 final.

Third period shots were 14-6 Warriors, for a game total of 48-43 in the Bulldogs favour, with Luke Pearson taking the loss while Johnny Derrick earned 1st star honours with the win. The Bulldogs went 1 for 7 on the power play, and the Warriors went 1 for 5 while also scoring once while shorthanded.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday when they host the Grizzlies.


Hammer 


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Bulldogs conclude weekend today in West Kelowna against Warriors




It's the conclusion of three-in-three weekends for both of these teams, as the Bulldogs (21-16-1-2, 3rd Island) visit the Warriors (9-25-5-2, 6th Interior) this afternoon in West Kelowna. 

The Bulldogs were in Vernon last night, where they dropped their third straight 7-3 to the Vipers. The Warriors  were in action last night at home, where they won their second straight 5-1 over the Merritt Centennials.

These teams were supposed to have previously played on November 9th, but that game couldn't go due to the lack of an ice surface at the Multiplex. A reminder, that is was subsequently rescheduled to Thursday, January 30th. 




Note the 2:30pm start time, which puts our pregame show on the air at 2:15 on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford.

Today's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of the Island Division This Week.



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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bulldogs trounced 7-3 in Vernon, drop third straight


The Bulldogs earned a power play before the game was a minute old, and while they didn't score on it statistically, for all  intents and purposes they capitalized on it as Dawson Holt had just stepped out of the box when  Jacob  Bosse made a nice second effort to pursue a loose puck before putting a rink wide pass off the right post for Dawson Tritt, who picked the top corner, short-side high on Reilly Herbst to make it 1-0 Bulldogs at 2:31 of the first. The Vipers would respond at the midway point of  the period, immediately following the media time out as Matt Kowalski walked off the wall into the left faceoff dot where he  put a perfectly placed shot top corner, short-side over the blocker of Pearson to make it 1-1 at 10:45 of the first, with the lone assist going to Colby Feist. It would be 2-1 Vernon four minutes later, with Kowalski finding the net on a 2  on 1 rush as the Bulldogs changed after failing to  get the puck in deep. Landon  Fuller put a perfect pass up the middle that Kowalski picked up and walked into the hashmarks where he put a wrist shot against the grain inside the post far-side past the glove of Pearson to make it 2-1 Vipers at 14:01 of the first, with Fuller drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs would reply to tie the game late in the period, as River Fahey put the puck from the right wing wall into the right corner for Jacob Bosse. He would walk behind the net before putting a perfect pass against the grain back out front from  the near post to the slot where Caige Sterzer put  a perfectly placed shot top corner, far-side over the blocker of Herbst to make  it 2-2 at 17:08 of the first, with River Fahey and Grayson Valente drawing the assists. It  wasn't tied for long  however, as seconds later it was 3-2 Vernon as Trey Taylor put a shot on net from  the left point that was deflected short-side from the  top of the crease by Max Bulawka inside the post past Pearson. Also assisting on the play as Dawson Holt at 17:26. Shots in the period were 16-6 Vernon.


The Bulldogs had a great chance on the  rush to tie the game in the opening seconds of the second, but Reilly Herbst came up with the first save, and a rebound chance to protect the lead. A minute later, it was 4-2 as Jo-Jo Tanaka-Campbell walked to the top of the circles off the left wing wall where he  put a low wrist shot inside the post, short-side  past the blocker of Pearson to make it 4-2, with Trey Taylor drawing the lone assist at 1:24 of the period. The Bulldogs were handed three power play chances throughout the period, but couldn't capitalize on them to get back into the game. They did  at  least threaten on the final opportunity, and gained momentum from it but couldn't trim the deficit.  Shots in the second were 13-6 Bulldogs, for a 23-19 Vernon edge into period three.


The Bulldogs continued to be given power play opportunities to open the third, and after failing on a first chance, FINALLY managed to make good on it to make it a new game, as Jackson  Doucet put a pass from the left wing to  the right circle for Ryan Doolin. He simply put  a far-pad low shot on net that was stopped by Herbst, but he couldn't control the rebound as Mitchel Deelstra off the far posted lifted it high under the bar to make it 4-3 at 2:10 of the third. The Bulldogs were unable to tie the game on yet another power play two minutes later, before the Vipers added insult to injury when they earned a power play and took their two goal lead back at the eight minute mark as Landon Fuller found his own rebound below the goal line and stuffed in a loose puck short-side under the right toe of  Pearson to make it 5-3  with assists going to Dawson Holt and Matt Kowalski. It was a 6-3 game half a minute later when the Bulldogs blew coverage in front of  their net, while losing a race and a battle in the far corner of their zone as Jack Glen put a pass to the top  of the crease were Ben Sanderson tapped it into  a wide open net from  the top of  the  crease. Connor Sleeth also assisted on the play at 8:34  of third. Matt Kowalski would complete the scoring,  rubbing salt into the wound or deftly placing the cherry on top of the proceedings depending on your perspective, as  he completed the hat trick in highlight reel fashion with the Mike Legg "Lacrosse goal" picking the puck up on his stick and wrapping it top corner inside the far post past the glove of Pearson to make it 7-3 at 11:46 of the third to complete the scoring, with Tanaka-Campbell and Ben Helgeson assisting.


Shots in the third were 8-8,  for a game total of 31-27  Vernon with Luke Pearson taking the loss while Reilly Herbst earned the win. The Bulldogs went1 for 8 on the power play while the Vipers went 2 for 4.

The Bulldogs have now lost three straight, and conclude their trip tomorrow afternoon in West Kelowna, a 2:30pm start.

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Bulldogs visit Vipers tonight in Vernon *6:00 start*



It's the second game of this three game road trip for the Bulldogs (21-15-1-2, 3rd Island) as  they visit the Vipers (21-17-1-1, T-3rd Interior) tonight at Kale Tire Place.

The Bulldogs were in Salmon Arm last night, where they lost their second in a row, 3-2 to the Silverbacks in overtime, as they had their five game road winning streak also snapped in the process.

The Vipers had last night off, and haven't played since Sunday afternoon at home where they snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Wenatchee Wild. 

These teams previously met on October 26th at the Multiplex, when the Vipers snapped a then-seven game winning streak for the Bulldogs with a 4-3 shootout win. 

As always, get yourself up to date on the Vipers by checking out the Viper's Die Hard Fan blog
Note the start time of 6:00pm, which means Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air on 93.3 The Peak FM for our pregame show at 5:45.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Chase Johnston, the play-by-play voice of the West Kelowna Warriors, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 for the first meeting between the teams this season.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Bulldogs drop second straight, 3-2 in overtime to Silverbacks.




The Bulldogs had a slight territorial edge early, but weren't able to manufacture any solid scoring chances. The Silverbacks earned a couple good chances near the midway point of the period, the most notable seeing Jackson Glassford make a shoulder save on an in-alone chance for Logan Shaw. The Bulldogs ended up in the penalty box just past the midway point of the period, and the Silverbacks were very dangerous on it, with at least half a dozen Grade A chances in an around the Bulldog net, but Jackson  Glassford  was fantastic to keep it scoreless. The Silverbacks  opened the scoring with under five to play in the period as they pushed the pace out of their zone and caught the Bulldogs as a quick rim up the right wing was flipped to the middle for Lucas Breault. He made a perfect feed for a streaking Daniel Rybarik over the Bulldog line up the left side, where he drove the net and snapped a quick release home five-hole to make it 1-0 at 15:32 of the  first. The  Bulldogs earned a four minute power play almost immediately afterwards, and while they looked good both early and late on  it, the Silverbacks out-worked them in the middle to protect their lead to the buzzer. Shots were 11-9 Silverbacks after one.

The  second period  was somewhat flat through the  early minutes as neither team carried the  play despite the Bulldogs earning another power play that saw them get a couple of  pucks on net, but  be unable to generate any good looks. The Bulldogs would net the equalizer seven minutes into the frame on a simple dump and chase and steal as Josh Zary put the puck behind the Salmon Arm net and got on the forecheck to knock the puck loose. Stephen Castagna would support him, and steal it a second time where Zary found it and walked out front and put a  perfect cross-ice feed  onto the tape of Jackson Doucet who made no  mistake  roofing it into the open side at 7:09 of the second to tie it at 1-1.  The  Bulldogs were sent to the penalty box a minute later, and twice more over the remainder of the  period as the Silverbacks carried the play and threatened repeatedly around the net but couldn't beat Jackson Glassford as  it stayed 1-1 into period  three. Shots were 20-6 Salmon Arm, for a 31-15 total in their favour after 40 minutes.

The third period saw the same trend of penalties continue, with Mitchel Deelstra sent to the box a minute  into the frame. Three minutes later, Tim Gould went to  the box. The  Bulldogs did a great job in killing them, and mere seconds later they  took a 2-1 lead as Jacob Bosse won an  attacking zone faceoff and went to the net. Stephen Castagna would put a pass back to the right point for Cam Newson, who put a quick release on net where it was deflected home by Bosse from  the slot to make it 2-1 at 7:16 of the third. Just 20 seconds later, the Bulldogs  went back to the penalty box. It  would be one time too many to the kill, as the Silverbacks tied it seconds into the  power play on a loose puck off a battle in the corner that ended up at the front of the net where a wide-open Luke  Mylymok made  no mistake with a backhand under the crossbar to make it 2-2, with Noah Wakeford drawing the lone assist at  7:57 of  the third.  The  Bulldogs  again went to the box two minutes later, but killed off a minute of  the power play before drawing a penalty of their own. A second call would put them onto a 5 on 3 power play for 25 seconds, but they couldn't capitalize on it. They did  earn several good chances in the late minutes, but couldn't draw any further calls. Ethan Langenegger would come up with a huge save on  a Mitchel Deelstra breakaway with a minute to play, before Jackson Glassford made an equally huge save seconds later on a cross-ice set up on Noah Wakeford to force overtime. Shots in the third were 20-11 Salmon Arm, for a 51-26 advantage into sudden death.

The Silverbacks had the best early chance in overtime, with Jackson Glassford stopping a Luke Mylymok breakaway a minute in. The Bulldogs countered with a great chance with a minute and change to go on a Caige Sterzer net drive, but Langenegger shut the door. The Silverbacks would get the winner with 39.5 seconds to play on the rush when the Bulldogs turned the puck over from behind the Salmon Arm net, resulting in a rush the other way that saw Noah Wakeford set up Akito Hirose with a cross-ice pass to the right side of the slot that he made no mistake on with a  top corner, long-side finish over the blocker of Glassford for the 3-2 final at 4:20 of overtime.

Overtime shots were 4-1 Salmon Arm, for a game total in their favour of 55-27. Jackson Glassford earned second star honours with the loss, while Ethan Langenegger earned 3rd star honours with the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 5 on the power play, the Silverbacks went 1 for 8.

The Bulldogs next see action tomorrow night in Vernon, a 6:00pm puck drop.

Hammer



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Bulldogs kick off three game weekend tonight in Salmon Arm



It's the opener of another three-in-three weekend tonight for the Bulldogs (21-15-2-0, 3rd Island) as they visit the Silverbacks (21-17-1-1, T-4th Interior) at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

The Bulldogs last played Sunday night at home, where they had their four game winning streak halted with a 6-5 loss to the Powell River Kings.

The Silverbacks last played Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their third in a row, 1-0 to the Coquitlam Express

These teams last met December 7th at the Multiplex, a 5-3 Bulldog win. 





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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Bulldogs drop a wild one, 6-5 to Kings




Somewhat similar to last night's contest, both teams appeared ready to play from the opening puck drop as the pace was high and end to end through the middle of the period when the Bulldogs opened the scoring after an extended attacking zone shift saw the Bulldogs continue to win battles and races to keep the attack going and even complete a partial change while in the zone as Jimmy Rayhill went D-to-D to Jackson Munro at the left point. He simply put a low hard one on net, that was stopped by Derek Krall, but Caige Sterzer potted the rebound from the crease to make it 1-0 at 9:19 of the first. The Bulldogs looked for more on the following face off and came close, but the Kings held on and pushed back to tie the game four minutes later as Rowan Miller stole the puck on the right wing in the Bulldogs zone and skated in on goal where he cut across the crease and went between his legs to lift it over the glove of Pearson to tie it at 1-1 at 13:35 of the first.  The Kings quickly went ahead 2-1 just 55 seconds later as a long pass by Ian Kern was knocked down at centre ice by Rowan Miller. He found Levi Glasman, who walked over the line and sent Brett Roloson in alone through the left circle where he lifted a backhand inside the far post, glove side at 14:30 of the period. The teams would trade chances in the final minutes of the period, with Matthew Grouchy being stopped in alone by Derek Krall to keep it 2-1 Kings after one. Shots favoured Powell River 15-13. 


The second period began with a considerable bang for the Kings, and inside the first half minute they led 3-1 as Reilly Moran and Ethan Schmunk teamed up to win a battle to get it deep for Jacob Badal. He walked out from behind the net out the near side where he snuck a forehand wrap around short-side past the glove of Pearson at the 28 second mark as Jackson Glassford entered the game.  His welcome would be an odd-man rush, and an in-alone set up for Levi Glasman seconds alter, as Brett Roloson put it on his tape where he went high glove side to make it 4-1 at 1:10 of the second, with Davis Pennington also assisting. The Bulldogs were unable to respond, and gave up several odd-man rushes and opportunities around their net in the following minutes, and eventually paid for it as a Bulldog offensive push resulted in a long 2 on 1 rush that saw Jack Brackett keep the puck up the right wing and walk in un-challenged through the right circle where he snapped a quick release five-hole on Glassford to make it 5-1, with Jack Long assisting at 5:36 of the second. Just over a minute later, the Bulldogs responded to trim the deficit as Ryan Doolin put a pass to the hashmarks where Dawson Tritt finished it beautifully top corner, far-side over the glove of Krall to make it 5-2 at 6:45 with Caige  Sterzer also assisting. The Bulldogs couldn't build on the momentum though, as Jackson Glassford would be further tested throughout the remainder of the period and held the fort to keep it just 5-2 Kings after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 17-8 Kings, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 32-21.


The Bulldogs came out inspired to start the third,  and played with a renewed passion in an attempt to get back into the game. They would earn a power play chance, and capitalized on it in the dying seconds of the opportunity as Jackson Munro set up Matthew Grouchy at the left point where he flipped a wrister on goal where it was deflected home by Josh Zary inside the post short-side to make it 5-3 at 6:00 of the third. Just 22 seconds later, it was 5-4 as Tommy Bannister flipped the puck  up the left wing into the Kings zone and forced a turnover that was found by Tim Gould walking over the line up the left wing. He would put a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Dawson Tritt, who one-timed it home into the open net to make it 5-4 at 6:22. The Bulldogs pushed hard to tie it, and had a couple fantastic chances around the net and in alone but couldn't convert on them or draw any penalties. The Kings would hang on, and go up 6-4 with 5:08 to play on a broken play that saw a point shot be blocked, but land at the side of the net for Reilly Moran, who put a perfect pass to the slot for Jacob Badal who made no mistake going high-glove at 14:52 of the third. The Bulldogs didn't quit, and drew a penalty in the Kings zone that didn't look like much compared to what had been let go through the period. They took just six seconds to make it count, as Josh Zary  won the draw and went to the net as Jackson Munro went  D-to-D  to the top of the right circle for Ryan Doolin. He put a perfect backdoor pass onto the tape of Josh Zary who deflected it home past the blocker of Krall to  make it 6-5 with 1:53 to play.  The Bulldogs would have their chances right  to the final 10  seconds, but couldn't get a bounce to  find the equalizer as the Kings held on for the 6-5 final.


Third period shots were  20-2 Bulldogs, for a 42-34 total in the Bulldogs favour, with Jackson Glassford taking the loss giving up three goals in relief of Luke Pearson 28 seconds into the second while Derek Krall earned the win. The Bulldogs went 2 for 3 on the power play while the Kings went 0 for 1. 


The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night in Salmon Arm. 


Hammer





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Bulldogs, Kings meet tonight for rematch *6:00pm puck drop*





It's the second meeting in as many days between these teams, as the Bulldogs (21-14-0-2, 3rd Island) host the Powell River Kings (19-20-2-0, 4th Island) tonight at the Multiplex in a make up game from the Friday night postponement. 

The Bulldogs won the opener of this two game set last night by a 3-1 score, their fourth straight win and the Kings second consecutive loss. 

This is the sixth game head to head this season, with The Kings leading the season series 3-2 after last night's result.  Prior to that, was a 4-1 Kings win at the Multiplex on December 8th. November 2nd in Port Alberni saw the Bulldogs emerge victorious by a 4-0 score.  The Kings took the first two meetings by scores of 6-3 and 6-5 in Powell River on the first two nights of the season way back on September 6th and 7th.

Note the very unique start time of 6:00pm, which means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM begins with our pregame show  at 5:45pm. I'll call the play-by-play and be responsible for the hosting duties, Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and game analysis and Dan Tisserand is a game-time decision to compile and provide team and individual statistics.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is a replay of "A Very Merry BCHL Christmas"



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Hopefully we'll see you at the rink! 



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Saturday, January 04, 2020

Bulldogs win fourth straight, 3-1 over Kings, score three times in 17 seconds




The game was played at a fantastic pace through the opening ten minutes, with few whistles and long stretches of action. Neither team were able to generate any Grade A chances, but both Jackson Glassford and Derek Krall looked good when they were tested in tight. The Bulldogs earned the first power play of the game later in the period and while they looked dangerous on it, they couldn't cash  in on it.  They best chance of the period might have been when Jackson Doucet walked into the  slot on his backhand and rang a shot off the post that stayed out. The period would end in a scoreless tie, with the shots also tied at 9-9.


The Bulldogs earned another power play in the opening seconds of period two, but were unable to get anything but a single shot on net. The game remained scoreless through the midway point of regulation, with the shot total low at just 13-12 Bulldogs. The pace picked up in the following minutes, before the Bulldogs blew the game open - at a level that perhaps the Multiplex has never seen before, going up 3-0 in a span of just 17 seconds. First, it was Grayson Valente chipping it down from the left point for Caige Sterzer. He banked it deep for Ryan Doolin, who put a perfect pass to the slot for Tim Gould who leaned into a one-timer and blew it by the blocker of Krall to make it 1-0 at 16:36 of the second. Just 8 seconds later, it was 2-0 as Jackson Doucet found a loose puck over the Kings line up the right wing after a battle win by Olivier Fizet to skate into the circle where he again snapped one long side past the blocker of Krall at 16:44 of the period. They weren't done there, as off the ensuing faceoff Jackson Munro went D-to-D to Jimmy Rayhill, who flipped it cross-ice up the left wing where Jackson Doucet skated onto it and in alone where he cut across the crease to lift a backhand up and over the glove of Krall to make it 3-0 at 16:53 of the period. The Kings would get one back before the period was out, as after a great initial save seconds earlier on Brett Roloson the puck went back to the right point where Jack Long put a one-timer on net that appeared to change direction and just sneak through the legs of Glassford to tip off the post and in short-side to make it 3-1. Brett Roloson drew the lone assist at 18:03 of the second. Shots in the period were 11-9 Kings, for a 20-18 Kings advantage. 


The Kings began the third period with a two minute power play, with the Bulldogs efficiently killing it off. The Kings would have two more  advantages throughout the period, but the Bulldogs again didn't give up much. Late in regulation Jackson Glassford came up with a big save to protect the two-goal lead at the end of a power play on Levi Glasman on the doorstep to seal the deal for the 3-1 final. 


Third period shots were 14-3 Kings, for a game total of 34-21 Kings with Jackson Glassford earning third star honours while Derek Krall took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while Kings were 0 for 4. 


The two teams go at it again tomorrow night at 6:00pm. 

Thanks as always for checking the blog!

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Bulldogs (weather willing) return to action tonight to host Kings at Multiplex




It's the first game of  the  New Year for both clubs, as (weather willing) the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (20-14-0-2, 3rd Island) return to action following the Christmas break tonight by hosting the Powell River Kings (19-19-2-0, 4th Island) tonight at the  Multiplex for the  first game of a back to back set.  

This game of course was supposed to be the conclusion of the two game set - that will be now moved to Sunday evening at 6:00pm after last night's postponement due to inclement weather. 

The Bulldogs  last played December 22nd in Surrey, where they won their fifth straight on the road, and third straight overall 3-2 over the Eagles in a shoot out.  The Kings have played twice already since returning from their break, most recently playing on New Year's Eve at home where they fell 5-4 to the Nanaimo Clippers.

These teams last met December 8th at the Multiplex, when the Kings emerged with a 4-1 win. The prior meeting was on November 2nd in Port Alberni, a 4-0 Bulldog win. This is the fifth meeting of the season between the teams. The Kings took the first two meetings by scores of 6-3 and 6-5 in Powell River on the first two nights of the season way back on September 6th and 7th.





93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet goes live with our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck dropping just after 7:00pm. 

I'll provide the play-by-play, while Bruce MacDonald handles the colour commentary while providing game analysis. 



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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Bulldogs top Eagles in comeback fashion 3-2 in a shootout for third straight win, and fifth straight on the road



The Bulldogs came out - pardon the pun - flying, against the Eagles, as they were in a different gear early in the contest. They peppered Thomas Scarfone in the Surrey net, who was sharp to keep it scoreless through the midway point of the period, with the Bulldogs having  an 11-3 edge in shots through the first ten minutes. The second ten minutes, the script was flipped, as the Eagles carried the play and had several great opportunities on Luke Pearson, but he was fantastic to preserve  the scoreless tie to  the buzzer, with two notable saves on a breakaway for Gabe Schovanek that was followed by a save on a Hudson Schandor one-timer chance from the hashmarks. Shots in the period  were15-14 Eagles.


Neither team was especially crisp through the opening five minutes of the second, with the Eagles having a slight edge in the play. The play continued to be  somewhat scrambled, with the Eagles earning the first power play of the game eight minutes into the period. They  weren't able to generate much on it, with the Bulldogs effectively killing it off. The deadlock was finally broken  by Jacob Bosse in the back half of the frame, as Caige Sterzer got in on the forecheck and threw a hit to force an  errant puck up the wall to the right point. Cam Newson was there to  keep it it, banking it down  the boards for Jacob Bosse. He would walk laterally off the wall across the top of the circle to the slot where he spun and fired a perfectly placed wrist shot far side over the blocker of Scarfone to make it 1-0 Bulldogs at 12:14 of the second. The Bulldogs pushed for more  later in the period, but Scarfone made a great glove save on Jackson Munro to keep it 1-0. The Eagles would push for the equalizer in the final minutes of the period, but Pearson made a couple great saves in tight to keep it 1-0 into the third. Shots in the period were 11-8 Eagles, for a two-period total  in their favour of 26-22.


The third period began with the Eagles pushing early, and the Bulldogs appearing flat and behind the play. They struggled to get  the puck out of their zone, or into  the Eagles end of things for any extended period. It would end up in  the Eagles tying the game, as a net  drive up the right wing and in on net by JJ Fecteau that was stopped  by Pearson,  but  a cross-ice rebound to the slot  was one-timed home  into  an empty net  by Buddy Johnson to make it 1-1 at 2:59 of the third. The Eagles  kept pushing, and had a handful of great chances but couldn't get the go-ahead marker. The Bulldogs then earned back to back power plays, but the Eagles gave them absolutely nothing. They eventually earned a powerplay of their own, and capitalized on it  with a gorgeous cross-ice set up that saw  Brett Bliss take  a cross-ice pass from Brendan Kim before putting another pass across the seam into the right circle where Christophe Tellier roofed it to make it 2-1 Eagles  with 7:12  to play in the third. Less than a minute later, the Bulldogs immediately answered to tie it up as Jacob Bosse  chased down a loose puck and walked out right side and put it right to the doorstep where he one-timed it past the blocker of Scarfone to  make it 2-2 at 13:16 of the third. The Eagles again pressed late to win it, but Pearson made a great shoulder save  in tight to keep it tied, before Stephen Castagna was tripped up in the final minute of regulation to put the Bulldogs to the power play. They were able to generate a couple of chances, but couldn't win it before the buzzer.

Third period shots were 19-8 Eagles, for a 45-30 advantage into overtime. Overtime would see no scoring, with the Bulldogs out shooting Surrey  2-0, for a  game total of  45-32 Eagles headed to  the shootout.

The Eagles  went first and went up 1-0 on a Gabe Schovanek goal, that was immediately answered by Jacob Bosse with a  blocker-side wrist shot. Both  second shooters failed to find the target,  before  Surrey went up 2-1 on a deke in tight by Brandon  Santa Juana. Mitchel  Deelstra  would need to score to keep the game going, and he made no mistake  going high blocker from in tight. Luke  Pearson would then come  up with a save on Wyatt Schlaht to  give  the Bulldogs a chance to win it,  and one  opportunity was enough as Ryan Doolin went right up the middle and made a nice fake to get Scarfone down to lift a backhand high blocker side for the game winner and the 3-2 final.

Luke Pearson earned 1st star honours with the win, while Thomas Scarfone took the loss while earning 2nd star honours. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Eagles went 1 for 2.

With the win, the Bulldogs head into 2020 on a three game winning streak, and a five game road  winning streak. They next see action January 3rd when they host the Powell River Kings.

Have a fantastic break, a great Christmas season, and see you in the New Year!

Hammer

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