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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bulldogs kick off weekend tonight in Trail


It's the start of a three game road trip for the Bulldogs (7-10-2-3, 4th Island) as they face the Trail Smoke Eaters (17-5-1-0, 2nd Interior) for the second of two Regular Season meetings between the teams.


The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they dropped their second straight, 4-1 to the Nanaimo Clippers.


The Smoke Eaters last played Sunday afternoon at home, where they topped the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 8-2.


These teams last met at the Dog Pound on October 7th, a 6-2 Trail win.


Here's an old video I took that shows a better look at the rink in Trail...


And another picture of the plaque inside... 




As always 93.3 The Peak FM we'll be there to bring the game home for you - Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey is on the air tonight at approximately 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop and game action to follow at 7:00.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101.1 FM, with the Bulldogs making a trip to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena to continue their trip tomorrow.




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bulldogs acquire James Orban, move Cayden Kraus



Hello, Happy Thursday and thanks as always for checking the blog. Coming to you live from the Queen of...I'm not exactly sure, as we're on the water bound for Osoyoos.

Please read below for full details on a trade the Bulldogs released today that sees Cayden Kraus head to the Olds Grizzlys in return for James Orban. 

It's tough to see Cayden go, as it's impossible to not get attached or familiar with anyone that was here as long as he was. He's a great competitor, and a true character that always went out of his way to say Hi to me, and throw a good friendly chirp my way. I wish him nothing but success in Olds. 

At the same time, it's always exciting to have a new player come in - welcome to the team and community James! 

Hammer


19-YEAR OLD FORWARD BRINGS SKILL AND LEADERSHIP TO BULLDOGS LINEUP

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade  with the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, acquiring  1998-born forward James Orban in exchange for 1999-born forward Cayden  Kraus.

Orban hails from Calgary, AB and was playing in his second season with  the Grizzlys. He scored twice and added 17 assists in 59 regular  season games as a rookie during the 2016/17 campaign and had scored  four times while totaling 11 points in 17 games so far this season.

"James is a smart, hard working left winger who competes at a high  level every night and contributes in all three zones," says Bulldogs  head coach Matt Hughes. "He's began having some good success  offensively this season and we look forward to the positive impact he'll have with  us on the ice and in the dressing room."

Meanwhile, Kraus is set to join the Grizzlys following two-plus seasons in the Alberni Valley. The Winnipeg, MB product leaves the  Bulldogs after scoring 28 goals and collecting 48 points in 124 career  BCHL games.

"Cayden is a tremendous competitor and a very good person," says  Hughes. "As a third-year player we believe he deserves a chance to play important minutes in an offensive role and we wish him all the  best with this new opportunity in Olds."

Orban is expected to join the Bulldogs on their upcoming three-game  road trip, which begins Friday in Trail.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dogs drop second straight, 4-1 to Clippers




A fantastic start to the game with no whistles through the first four minutes, and a fantastic start for the Bulldogs, as they attacked on the opening shift and kept it up for the first part of the first period with several great opportunities in running up a 10-2 edge in shots as Taz Burman was busy and good in the Nanaimo net. The Bulldogs would take a penalty on a late hit later in the frame, and it 100% changed the game, as the Clippers connected to make it 1-0 on a gorgeous set up on the power play that saw Jake Harris deflect home a Jeremy Gervais backdoor set up. Jordan Wharrie also drew an assist on the play at 10:09 of the first. The Clippers would take motivation from the goal, and the Dogs never left their zone before it was 2-0 as Ben Belisle poked home an end-board bounce off a John Hawthorne save that hit the end wall and bounced out front off the opposite post. Assists on the play went to Jack MacNab and Lucas Vanroboys at 10:55 of the first. The Bulldogs were again penalized, and successfully killed it off. They soon afterwards found themselves in a 3-0 hole as Vincent Millette carried the puck from behind the Bulldog net up the left side to the top of the blue line where he just simply fired a wrister on net that hit the post and went in past the glove of Hawthorne to make it 3-0 at 14:52 of the first, with Parker Colley drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs were penalized less than a minute later, and again killed it off to keep in the game, but were penalized a fourth straight time to open the game late in the period. An even up call went the other way in the dying seconds of the period. Shots in the frame were 18-14 Nanaimo.


The Clippers opened the second with a jump similar to the first, as the Dogs looked a half a step behind. After four on four hockey ended, the Dogs earned their first power play of the game to try and get back into it. While they did control the zone in the final minute of it, they couldn't generate a good chance to cash in and get back in the game. The Clippers continued to have the better of the play into the mid point of the period, with the Bulldogs finally able to generate a couple Grade A chances on the rush and in the zone for Ryan Steele, Cole Poliziani and Christian Simeone all around the Nanaimo net. They again couldn't make one of them count, and before the end of the shift it was 4-0 as a Bulldog rim in their zone was found by Tristan Crozier in the right corner, where he a put a pass into the deep slot for Jake Harris. He would walk in to the deep slot where he snapped one home inside the post past the glove of a screened Hawthorne to make it 4-0 at 12:45 of the second. Cal Babych drew a second assist on the play. There was no scoring the rest of the frame, with the Clippers out shooting the Dogs 18-11 for a two period total of 36-25.


The Bulldogs got off to a solid start to the third, spending the better part of the first five minutes in the attacking zone and generating a couple good chances but yet again failing to find the net. The closest might have been when Mitch Oliver walked into the top of the right circle and blew a slapper on goal that hit the crossbar and stayed out - I wasn't 100% convinced that it didn't go in. Later in the period Bradley Ong had a step up the right side, but again hit the crossbar and it stayed out. Another great chance later in the period saw Gregg Lee walk behind the net and get Burman out of position before sliding it through the crease but no Bulldogs in the neighborhood could find the open net. The Dogs would break the shut out bid with just over five minutes to play when Ryan Steele carried the puck through neutral ice and over the Clippers line before dishing off to Keaton Mastrodonato walking into the top of the right circle where he put a perfectly placed shot top corner, short-side over the glove of Burman to make it 4-1 at 14:48 of the third. That's as close as the Dogs would get, as the Clippers made the lead stand.


Third period shots were 13-10 Bulldogs, for a game total of 46-38 Clippers as John Hawthorne took the loss while Taz Burman picked up 2nd star honours with the win. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 5.


The Bulldogs are next in action Friday night when they visit the Smoke Eaters in Trail.


Hammer





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Bulldogs host Clippers tonight, Remembrance Day service this morning




It's the conclusion of a four game home stand, as the Bulldogs (7-9-2-3, 4th Island) renew acquaintances with the Nanaimo Clippers (11-9-1-1, 3rd Island) for what will be the fourth head to head meeting between the rivals this season.


The Bulldogs extended their points streak to three games last night, as they ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 overtime decision to the Victoria Grizzlies.


The Clippers were also in action last night at home, where they won their third in a row 2-1 over the Powell River Kings in overtime.


The Clippers won the most recent meeting over a month ago, 2-1 in double overtime in Nanaimo on October 6th. The only previous meeting at the Multiplex saw the Bulldogs come out on top 5-4 on September 29th.

93.3 The Peak FM's coverage on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey begins with the pregame show on the air at 6:45, followed by the puck drop and play-by-play at approximately 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and colour commentary and I handle the hosting and play-by-play responsibilities.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Wylie Henderson, play-by-play voice of the Trail Smoke Eaters, who the Bulldogs next face Friday in Trial.






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I make this post pretty much every year on Remembrance Day. Please take a minute today to watch or attend ceremonies here in the Alberni Valley or wherever you are reading this from.

For those attending the service in Port Alberni, you are reminded to please be seated at the Glenwood Centre for 10:15, as the ceremony begins at 10:30.

This is a fantastic song that very much encapsulates what today is about, and what it might be like trying to observe it in this day and age. Read the story below, and take a minute to watch the video please!

Hammer




On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".

In the interest of creating a greater awareness of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf, "A Pittance of Time" has been adapted to the French language and titled "C'est si peu de temps". Music videos for both audio tracks too were produced in support of the campaign and a musical/theatrical concert production, "Two Minutes of Silence -- A Pittance of Time", was written for the stage.

"Two Minutes of Silence - A Pittance of Time" combines music and theatre in an emotional production that looks at the folly of war. The inspirational songs and dramatic monologues evoke memories both tinged with sadness and joy that ultimately underscore the need for hope and faith in the goodness of humankind.





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Friday, November 10, 2017

Grizzlies comeback to top Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime




A somewhat slow start with lots of whistles early in the game, but the pace picked up quickly with the Dogs having the best early chance when Cole Poliziani chased down a flip pass to stay on side and skate in on a breakaway only to have his shot go off Shawn Parkinson and the crossbar and stay out. The Bulldogs would earn a power play soon afterwards, but didn't look crisp on it as the Grizzlies killed it off well. The Dogs earned another power play almost immediately, and this time connected on it on a pretty play that saw Ryan Steele put a goal line feed to the right side of the net for Julian Benner, who put a perfect pass into the right side of the slot for Keaton Mastrodonato who made no mistake blowing a one-timer top corner, long-side over the blocker of Parkinson to make it 1-0 at 6:38 of the first. They were painfully close to doubling their lead on a scramble on the next shift on an open net that just stayed out. The Grizzlies seconds later tied the game at 1-1 when the Dogs coughed the puck up in their zone. An initial pass hit a Victoria leg before Shawn O'Malley found it off a Bulldog at the side of the slot and lifted it home past the glove of John Hawthorne, with Jordan Guiney drawing the lone assist at 8:48 of the first. A Bulldog power play two minutes later failed to threaten, before the Grizzlies earned their first opportunity of the game with four minutes to play in the period. John Hawthorne came up with a big save late in the man advantage to keep it tied as he stopped Jamie Rome on a breakaway. Shots in the period were 12-9 Bulldogs.


The second period was somewhat similar to the first in the early minutes, with not much in the way of flow either way, with the Grizzlies having an early edge in the play. They would continue to force the Bulldogs into turnovers, and had a couple of instances of extended time in the attacking zone, but they couldn't capitalize to take the lead with Hawthorne coming up with one notable save on an in-alone chance down the left side for Ethan Nother that he kept out with his right pad. The Bulldogs pushed back to even the ice later in the period, and came close on a power play on a left faceoff circle one-timer for Cole Poliziani that again appeared to hit Parkinson and the crossbar and stay out before being swatted away in midair by a Grizzlies defender. The Dogs would take a 2-1 lead late in the period on the rush as Tyson Slater took a big hit in the far corner to rim the puck to the blue line where Bradley Ong chipped it past a defender to create a long 2 on 1 for Issac Tonkin-Palmer up the right wing where he kept the puck and used Tyler Vanuden as a decoy before walking into the right circle where he put one blocker side through Parkinson that just dribbled over the line at 17:42 of the second. Shots in the period were 15-11 Grizzlies, for a 24-23 lead in their favour after two.



The Bulldogs dodged a big bullet early in the third, with a turnover in their zone ending up on the tape of TJ Friedmann alone in front of Hawthorne. He would beat the goalie, but not the post as it stayed out. The Grizzlies would draw a penalty just short of the midway mark of the period, but the Bulldogs killed it off beautifully and didn't give up much to protect their lead. The Dogs drew a late game power play for a chance to put the game away, but they again didn't generate much. The Grizzlies would tie the game seconds after the penalty elapsed, as Cameron Thompson walked down the left wing and in tight on goal where he put a puck on net that found it's way in past Hawthorne to make it 2-2 at 18:19 of the third, with Lucas Clark drawing the lone assist. The Grizzlies pushed for the winner in the dying seconds, with Hawthorne coming up with a big save on a wide-open Jordan Guiney in tight to keep it 2-2 and force overtime. Shots in the third were 11-4 Grizzlies, for a 60 minute total of 35-27.


Overtime ended quickly, as the Grizzlies won the draw and the Dogs never touched the puck as Drayson Pears put a shot from the left point wide of the net where it was found back of the goal line by TJ Friedmann. He would walk out up the right side while Pears went to the net and no one picked him up. Pears would deflect the first Friedmann pass off the out side of the post, but he stayed with the play and poked it in before any defender was within reach for the game winner just 27 seconds into overtime.


Final shots were 36-27 Grizzlies, with John Hawthorne taking the loss while earning 1st star honours while Shawn Parkinson picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0 for 3.

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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight, make pair of trades




It's the fourth meeting of the season already between the teams, as the Bulldogs (7-9-1-3, 4th Island)  host the Victoria Grizzlies (10-8-3-0, 2nd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.


The Bulldogs last played Saturday night at home, as they staged a three-goal third period comeback to play to a 3-3 tie with the Merritt Centennials.


The Grizzlies last action was Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their fourth in a row 4-3 to the Trail Smoke Eaters in overtime.


This is the fourth meeting head to head this season, with the Bulldogs having a 1-2-0-0 record while the Grizzlies are 2-0-1-0. The last meeting was a 4-1 Victoria win at the Dog Pound on October 22nd.



The Bulldogs made a couple of moves this week, the first transactions of the season. Read below for full details. Welcome to the team and community Tyler, and best of luck in the future and thanks to Graham!




SKILLED 19-YEAR OLD ADDS TO BULLDOGS' ARSENAL UP FRONT

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a pair of transactions, acquiring 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and  trading 1998-born defenceman Graham Rutledge to the Truro Bearcats of  
the Maritimes Hockey League.

Vanuden hails from Fort Frances, ON and began the season with the  reigning Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits, where  he scored once in six regular season games. He spent the 2016/17  campaign with the VIJHL's Victoria Cougars and finished seventh in  league scoring before adding 20 points in 14 playoff contests to help   his team advance to the league finals.

"Tyler is a speedy, smart two-way forward who we feel can help our   group at both ends of the ice," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes.   "He's also a hard worker who gives us some versatility playing up or   down our line-up."

Meanwhile, Rutledge heads home to Nova Scotia to join the Bearcats  after playing 13 regular season games with the Bulldogs.

"Graham is a great kid who made a positive impact in our locker room   and community," says Hughes. "We'd like to thank him for his time in   Port Alberni and wish him all the best in the future."

Vanuden skated with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday  and will be available to make his Bulldogs debut when the team faces  Victoria and Nanaimo on home ice this weekend.


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93.3 The Peak FM's coverage on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey begins with the pregame show on the air at 6:45, followed by the puck drop and play-by-play at approximately 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and colour commentary and I handle the hosting and play-by-play responsibilities.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow to conclude a four game homestand for another big four point Island Division game.

Hammer




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Saturday, November 04, 2017

UPDATED WITH VIDEO Bulldogs and Centennials play to thrilling 3-3 tie







The Bulldogs got off to a fantastic start on the opening shift, and kept it up through the early stages of the game, running up a 7-0 shots on goal advantage six minutes in as Austin Roden was good, and busy in the Merritt net. The Dogs continued to play a fast paced game through the media timeout past the midway point of the period, up 10-1 in shots and carrying the play. The theme continued as the period went on, with Roden keeping the Centennials in it. The Cents pushed back in the last five minutes of the frame as the pace slowed considerably with the period ending 0-0, and the Bulldogs out shooting the Centennials 17-4.


The second period saw the Centennials immediately make the first period a memory, as just 1:06 in it was 1-0 when they connected four seconds into a power play chance off a broken play from the faceoff in the Dogs end that saw Rylan Van Unen chase down a loose puck off the ride side of the slot and put it off the blocker of Lancaster and inside the far post. Assists on the play went to Bradley Cocca and Austin Stockie at 1:06 of the second. The Centennials played a much better period, hemming the Dogs in their zone for extended periods. The Bulldogs pushed back with several good opportunities to tie the game, the most notably being a beautiful save by Austin Roden on Bradley Ong on a beautiful set up by Cole Poliziani. The score stayed 1-0 until the late stages of the period as Ong took back to back hits to the head - or close, on the same shift, and finally had enough and went after Tyrell Buckley after the second one. He would pick up the additional minor penalty in the skirmish, and the Centennial took a 2-0 lead on the power play on a pretty down low set up to the right side of the net back to the slot where Nicholas Wicks one-timed it inside the far post. Assists on the play went to Zach Court and Christian Sabin at 17:17 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play two minutes later to try and cut the deficit, but instead it was 3-0 when the Centennials scored while shorthanded as Zach Zorn found a loose puck off his own clearing attempt that went off a Bulldog defender twice and out of the zone where he chased it down for a breakaway that he finished with a perfect top corner finish past the blocker of Lancaster at 19:21 of the second. Generous assists were given to Ashton Stockie and Joey Berkopec.  Shots in the period were 11-8 Merritt for a 25-15 advantage for the Bulldogs after two periods.


The Bulldogs connected on a carry-over power play to start the third to make it 3-1 as Connor Welsh took a quick D-to-D pass across the line at the left point from Mitch Oliver. He would walk into the top of the left circle and blow a slapper off a Centennial stick and top corner over the blocker shoulder of Roden at 28 seconds of the third, with Keaton Mastrodonato also assisting on the play. It was a 3-2 game and a whole new game just two and a half minutes later as the Centennials played the puck into their own end from the Dogs zone, went back to get it, and then threw it right up the middle where it was cut down by Paul Selleck who walked into the hash marks and ripped a gorgeous shot top corner over the blocker of Roden to make it 3-2 at 3:02 of the third. The score held that way until the late stages of the game, with Colten Lancaster coming up with a huge save to keep the Dogs within striking distance with 12:45 to play as he snared a cross-ice pass with his glove on what looked like an open net on an odd-man rush. The Bulldogs would get the equalizer with just over two minutes to play as Ryan Steele picked up the puck in the left corner of the Bulldogs zone and went end to end down the right wing with blazing speed to blow past all the defenders and cut in front where he put it off Roden, off a Centennial defenceman and in through the legs of Roden to make it 3-3. The goal was initially credited to Keaton Mastrodonato, but was later changed as replays showed it was Steele's goal, as the game went to overtime. Third period shots were 11-11, for a 60 minute total of 36-26 Bulldogs.


The first overtime saw plenty of action, but neither team was able to generate a shot on net. In 3 on 3 double overtime both teams had their chances, with Lancaster and Roden standing tall as neither of them conceded the winner as the game ended in a draw, with the Dogs earning a power play in the final minute but being unable to get the winner, with the Centennials off the opening draw creating a 2 on 1 rush that saw Mitch Oliver make a fantastic play to break it up and deflect the pass off the outside of the base of net.


Double overtime shots were 5-4 Merritt, for a game total of 40-31 Bulldogs. Colten Lancaster and Austin Roden - who picked up 3rd star honours, were the goalies of record. The Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Centennials went 2 for 4.


With the tie, the Bulldogs are unbeaten in two. They are next in action Friday when they host the Victoria Grizzlies.


Hammer




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Bulldogs host Centennials tonight





It's game two of a four game home stand tonight for the Bulldogs (7-9-1-2, 4th Island) as they host the Merritt Centennials (7-10-2-0, 7th Interior) for the first meeting between the teams this season.


The Bulldogs last played Wednesday night at home, when they snapped a four game losing streak and five game winless streak with a 6-3 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


The Centennials meanwhile kicked off a three game Island/Mainland weekend swing last night in Victoria, where they won their second in a row, 6-0 over the Grizzlies.





93.3 The Peak FM has got you covered if you can't make the game - or get the best of both worlds and bring a pocket radio with you like some fans do - Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air at approximately 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop to follow just after 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and adds colour commentary while I'll handle the hosting and play-by-play duties. Dan Tisserand is a game time decision to cover team and individual statistics. 





We'll continue with our series of Alumni Interviews during the 2nd Intermission show - tonight's guest is former Bulldog (2014-2015) Billy Christopoulos, now in his third season with the NCAA's Air Force Academy Falcons. Billy is another great story, as he came to the Bulldogs from the USHL as a 20 year old in his final year of eligibility still in search of a scholarship. The rest they say, is history. 


An update - he was just named the AHC's Goalie of the Month for October. Way to go Billy! 









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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Dogs top Capitals 6-3










The Bulldogs got off to an inspired start, with two good chances around the Capitals net. They would then turn the puck over at centre ice with everyone going the wrong way, resulting in an odd-man rush that saw Troy MacTavish put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Ty Pochipinski who fired it into the open side to make it 1-0 at 3:20 of the first, with Raphael Gosselin also assisting. The Dogs then earned a power play opportunity a minute later, but looked dreadful on it as they spend the first 1:15 or so turning the puck over and chasing it in their zone. A big goal turned the momentum a minute later, as Ryan Steele set up Pearce Messer in the right circle, where he put a shot on net that was stopped by Adam Marcoux, but the rebound bounced to the slot where Christian Simeone one-timed the one bouncer home to tie it at 1-1 at 6:35 of the first. It was a 2-1 Bulldog lead less than two minutes later when Bradley Ong fed the puck from behind the net back to the left side for Connor Welsh. He put a perfect feed onto the tape of Mitch Oliver at the right point, where he quickly put a shot on goal that was deflected home through Marcoux by Isaac Tonkin-Palmer to make it 2-1 at 8:16 of the first. The Dogs had a couple good chances to build their lead, but the Capitals responded with a power play marker to tie it up just over two minutes later as Andrew Mccann fed the puck down low to the left corner for Jonathan Stein. He would walk to the net un-checked where he beat John Hawthorne top corner, far-side over his glove from in tight to make it 2-2 at 10:56. The Bulldogs again responded four minutes later to take the lead back, snapping an 0 for 7 power play slump as Jackson Doucet took a pass from Mitch Oliver at the top of the right circle just seconds after hitting the crossbar and snuck into the right faceoff dot where he snapped one through the legs of Marcoux to make it 3-2 at 14:44 of the first, with Paul Selleck also assisting. The Bulldogs had again a handful of Grade A chances to build their lead, but couldn't get a bounce or beat Marcoux, before the Caps tied it in the dying seconds of the period when Ty Pochipinski netted his second of the game retreiving an end board bounce and tucking in a wrap around just before Hawthorne could get back to the post. Boo Grist had the lone assist at 19:53 of the first for a 3-3 tie after 20. Shots in the first were 19-18 Bulldogs.


The scoring slowed considerably in the second period, with neither team finding the net until just short of the midway point of the frame when the Bulldogs connected on the power play as Jackson Doucet fed the puck to the slot for Keaton Mastrodonato. He would backpedal to the left side before dishing back to the middle of the slot for Mitch Oliver, who ripped a wrist shot high off the post and in past the blocker of Marcoux to make it 4-3 at 9:52 of the second. The Dogs went right back to the power play on the next shift, and came close to doubling their lead when a Mitch Oliver point shot hit the post but stayed out. The Dogs held the lead until the late minutes of the period, with John Hawthorne coming up with two good saves in tight on an intial shot and a rebound bid for Yuri Davis-Martel. The Bulldogs pushed late in the period to build their lead, but Marcoux came up with a big save on a breakaway bid by Ryan Steele that saw him get a shot away but not a good one as he was hooked up and crashed into the end boards drawing a penalty. Shots in the period were 12-11 Capitals, for a 30-30 aside tally after two periods.


The third period was somewhat similar to the second in that there was no scoring until the midway part of the period, with both goalies being a big reason. John Hawthorne first protected the lead with a breakaway save on Jonathan Stein. Later Adam Marcoux made a right pad save on a very determined net drive by Ryan Steele. The Bulldogs would open up a 5-3 lead just short of nine minutes into the third on the power play when Cole Poliziani worked the puck from behind the net to the right half wall for Ryan Steele. He would pass back to the deep slot for Darren Rizzolo who snapped a perfect wrist shot top corner, glove side on Marcoux at 8:45 of the third. The only goal the rest of the way was a beautiful passing play on the rush that saw Cole Poliziani drop it back to Issac Tonkin-Palmer at the top of the left circle, where he delayed and put a perfect feed to the top of the crease for Bradley Ong driving the net who deflected it home through the legs of Adam Marcoux for his first career goal to complete the scoring for the 6-3 final for a season high for the Bulldogs for goals for in a game.


Third period shots were 20-7 Bulldogs, for a game total of a season high 50 on goal and 37 for the Capitals. The Bulldogs also scored a season high three goals on the power play on seven chances, while the Capital went 1 for 3.


With the win, the Bulldogs snap a four game losing streak and five game winless slide. They are next in action Saturday night when they host the Merritt Centennials.


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Bulldogs back home tonight to host Capitals





After returning from a three game weekend road trip empty handed, it's back to action tonight on home ice as the Bulldogs (6-9-1-2, 4th Island) host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (2-13-2-0, 5th Island)


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Langley, where they lost their fourth straight 5-1 to the Rivermen. The Capitals also last played on Sunday afternoon, as they fell 4-1 on Home Ice to the Chilliwack Chiefs.


This is the third head-to-head meeting between the Dogs and Caps this season, with the Bulldogs winning the first two, the and most recent meeting 4-1 at the Multiplex on October 14th. The first meeting was in Duncan on October 13th, a 2-1 Bulldog win in overtime.



It will be nice to have some company in the broadcast booth again, as Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and analysis while I handle the hosting duties and call the play-by-play. Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air for the pregame show starting at approximately 6:45.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101 FM in Merritt, with the Cents paying the Dog Pound a visit on Saturday night.





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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dogs drop fourth straight 5-1 to Rivermen




The Bulldogs got off to a great start in the first minute and change of the game, showing some noticeable jump and testing Chad Cromar twice. The Rivermen would get their first shot of the game seconds later, in the form of a breakaway for Alec Capstick that was stopped by John Hawthorne. The  Bulldogs would be penalized on the next shift, with the Dogs hanging on with the Rivermen having another fantastic chance as Hawthorne came up with not one but two saves from the top of the paint with his left toe on John Wojciechowski. Another highlight reel stop by Hawthorne three minutes later on a cross-ice set up one timed on goal by Tanner Versluis with his left pad kept it tied. The Bulldogs responded and drew a couple penalties later in the period, and tested Cromar but he was equal to the task as it remained scoreless through 20 minutes, with Langley up in the shots 12-8. 

The Bulldogs were penalized twice in the first 30 seconds of the second period the first call being five seconds in when Isaac Tonkin-Palmer knocking down Angus Crookshank quite easily on the opening draw, the second being when Mitch Oliver hacked a Rivermen across the upper body entering the zone immediately afterwards putting Langley on a two-man advantage for 1:39 in duration. It didn't take that long for them to open the scoring as a cross-ice one timer from the right side was blasted home short-side before Hawthorne could get over by Angus Crookshank, with assists going to Colin Bernard and Derek Hamelin 50 seconds into the second. Langley would build their lead to 2-0 at the 5:55 mark of the period when the Bulldogs turned the puck over in their zone, allowing Brendan Budy to put the puck to the middle and onto the tape of Eric Butte walking down the middle where he put a top corner wrist shot long-side over the glove of Hawthorne, with John Wojciechowski also assisting. Hard to understand Officiating prevailed throughout the period, with the Bulldogs on the short end of the calls. They did earn a power play after a soft call on a slash led to a 10 minute misconduct and an equally soft call the other way against Langley , but they couldn't find the net to make a game of it. Just prior to the Media Timeout Isaac Tonkin-Palmer was buried in front of his net with a crosscheck across the head eerily similar to what he was called for to open the period, but no call was made. As a result,  The Rivermen would go up 3-0 just seconds later,  with 7:14 to play in the period when a pass to the slot by Angus Crookshank was one-timed past the glove of Hawthorne by Brendan Budy. An assist on the play also went to John Wojciechowski to complete the scoring in the period. Shots in the frame were 16-12 Bulldogs, for a 26-24 Rivermen advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs finally connect to make a game of it - or one would have hoped - as they made it 3-1 with a good effort by Cole Poliziani to win a battle back of the net to fight the puck back to the right point for Logan Cursley. He would feed it down the wall for Cayden Kraus, who walked into the deep slot where he ripped home a perfect short high short-side over the glove of Cromar at 5:38 of the third. The goal didn't lead to any momentum for the Bulldogs unfortunately, as the Rivermen pushed right back with a long shift in the attacking zone that led to a 4-1 lead on a beautiful set up to the back post by Angus Crookshank that was one-timed in on a deflection by Nicholas Ponak at 7:25 of the third, with Colin Bernard also drawing an assist. Less than a minute later it was 5-1 on a tough luck goal as Brady Berger attempted to throw the puck to the slot where it hit a Bulldog defender's stick and the back of Hawthorne and in to make it 5-1. Not only was one assist given on the play to Spencer Berry, but a second was later added to Eric Butte on the play at 8:10 of the third to complete the scoring.


Final shots were 40-29 Rivermen, with John Hawthorne taking the loss while Chad Cromar earned 3rd star honours with the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Rivermen went 1 for 7.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.







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Bulldogs wrap up weekend this afternoon in Langley



After an overnight drive got them back to Canadian soil, the Bulldogs (6-8-1-2, 4th Island) are right back at it today as they visit the Langley Rivermen (9-3-6-0, 1st Mainland) at The George Preston Recreation Centre to conclude their three-in-three road trip.


The Bulldogs were in Wenatchee last night, where they took one on the chin in the form of an 8-1 thumping at the hands of the Wild, their worst loss of the season, and their third straight defeat.


The Rivermen were also in action last night at home, where they won their fourth in a row 2-1 over the Prince George Spruce Kings. 





I will once again bring all the action to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM - the pregame show begins the proceedings at 1:45, the game action follows at 2:00pm.






Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Casey Bailey (2009-2011) who's currently in the New York Islanders system, playing with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  After two years with the Bulldogs followed by a year in the USHL, Bailey played three seasons with Penn State. A pretty cool whirlwind followed as Bailey was signed by and made his NHL debut with, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was then subsequently traded in the off season as part of the package that saw Dion Phaneuf head to the Senators.





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