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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dogs fall 4-1 to Capitals


The pace was high off the opening puck drop, but neither side generated much in the way of offense through the opening five minutes. The Bulldogs didn't have a shot on goal, but almost had a goal on several instances as a centering pass hit a Capital defender skate and just missed the post, while Ryan Miotto settled a loose puck on a breakaway but couldn't get a shot on net. The Capitals would run up a healthy edge in shots, but the Bulldogs didn't give up much if any chances, as John Hawthorne kept it scoreless. The Bulldogs would open the scoring just over eight minutes in, as Stephen Castagna picked up a Marcus Walter rim up the left wing in the Dogs zone and put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Mitchel Deelstra. He would race over the Capitals line into the top of the left circle where he beat Blake Wood with a quick release, high far-side over his glove to make it 1-0 at 8:06 of the first. The Bulldogs went to an immediate power play opportunity on the following shift, and had several great opportunities around the the net but couldn't get one to go as it stayed a 1-0 game. The Bulldogs continued to push, but couldn't pad their lead before the Capitals got the equalizer on the rush as Dimitri Mikrogiannakis put a shot on net from the right half-wall that Hawthorne turned aside, but couldn't control the rebound as it went across the slot and onto the tape of Paul Selleck. He would put it home short-side past the blocker of Hawthorne, who made a valiant attempt to recover. Brady Lynn also drew an assist on the play at 16:22 of the first to make it 1-1. The teams traded chances to the end of the period, with Hawthorne coming up with a big save in tight on Olivier Gauthier to keep it 1-1 after 20 minutes, with the shots 16-15 Bulldogs.

The Capitals had an edge through the early minutes of the second, hemming the Bulldogs in their zone for an extended period, and winning repeated faceoffs to get pucks on net. The Bulldogs continued to chase the game through the middle of the period, with the shots favouring the Capitals 8-1, with Hawthorne again solid when called upon. The game stayed 1-1 into the late stages of the second, with Hawthorne coming up with a big save on an Andrew Troy one-timer in tight from a pass from behind the goal line. The Bulldogs would manage to generate some offense later in the frame, with Blake Wood coming up with a highlight reel save to keep it 1-1 when Mitchell Deelstra accelerated over the Capitals line on a 2 on 1 up the left wing before putting a perfect pass across the slot for Evan Googins, only to have Wood get a glove on it in desperation to keep it tied. Shots in the period were 11-7 Capitals, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 26-23.

The Bulldogs started the third much better than a previous two, with an imeditae scramble that somehow stayed out. They continued to push over the next few minutes, with Wood coming up with another save on the goal line on a very odd play that saw a long shot miss into the far corner, but neither Wood or his defender blocked it from coming cross-ice into the crease where it was one-timed on goal by Mackenzie Wight, only to have Wood get his right toe on it. Neither team generated much into the back half of the period, as it remained deadlocked at 1-1. The Capitals would take their first lead of the game on the rush, on a double rink-wide series of passes out of their zone from the left to right side, to the left side of centre at the Bulldog line where Dan McIntryre skated into the top of the left circle with a step where he beat Hawthorne long-side under his glove to make it 2-1, with assists to Boo Grist and Peter Tabor at 13:39 of the third. Seconds later, the Bulldogs were penalized on a high hit at centre ice. It took just 18 seconds on the man advantage for the Capitals to put the game away, as a high-low set up ended up in the slot from behind the goal line where Affiliate Player Jo Jo Tanaka Campbell one-timed a Paul Selleck feed past the glove of Hawthorne. David Melaragni also drew an assist at 14:07 of the third. The Bulldogs were unable to mount a push to make a game of it, before the Caps sealed the deal into an empty net when Olivier Gauthier chased down a loose puck in the Bulldog zone on the left wall and fired it low through a Bulldog defender to make it 4-0 at 17:57 of the third to complete the scoring for a 4-1 final.


Third period shots were 12-11 Bulldogs, for a game total of 37-35 Capitals. Blake Wood earned 1st star honours with the win, while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 1 on the power play while the Capitals went 1 for 1.


The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings.

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Bulldogs right back at it, host Capitals tonight


It's the second game of a four game home stand for the Bulldogs (8-14-1-0, 4th Island) as they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (5-15-2-1, 5th Island) tonight at the Dog Pound. 

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they snapped a five game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Powell River Kings. The Capitals also last played Saturday night at home, where they lost their second in a row, 5-0 to the Victoria Grizzlies. 

This is the third head-to-head meeting this season, with each team winning once. The Bulldogs won the season opener in a shoot out, 3-2 in Duncan on September 7th. The Capitals came out on top in the most recent meeting, which wasn't necessarily "recent" by a 4-0 score at the Multiplex on September 15th.




Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is live starting at 6:45 for our pregame show, with the game action to follow at 7:00pm. I'll call the play-by-play, and Bruce MacDonald adds analysis and colour commentary while Dan Tisserand tabulates team and player statistics.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog (2014-2015) Billy Christopoulos (the Bulldogs Most Valuable Player in 14/15) who's now playing his Senior NCAA season at Air Force

Billy picked up some accolades recently, as he was named the Atlantic Hockey Conference Goalie of the Week last week.



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Saturday, November 10, 2018

*UPDATED with VIDEO highlights* Bulldogs top Kings 4-0







After a classy tribute featuring a performance of the last post and a moment of silence, the game began with a fantastic pace, with no whistles through the first 3:17 off the opening puck drop. The Bulldogs had an obvious edge to their game, as they pushed and drew a four-minute power play with a high stick that drew blood. It didn't take long to open the scoring, as Aaron Bohlinger took a Keaton Mastrodonato pass and walked down the left wing where he put a rink-wide pass to the top of the right side to Ryan Miotto, who walked in a put a low shot on goal that was deflected in past the blocker of Hayden Missler by Dawson Tritt at the top of the crease to make it 1-0 at 6:27 of the first. The Bulldogs couldn't build their lead on the back-half of the power play, but kept pushing the pace, running up a 12-1 edge in shots at the midway point of the period. The Kings would get their game going in the back half of it, while the Bulldogs didn't give up any solid chances it was a more even game through the remainder of the period. Shots were 13-6 Bulldogs.

The Kings began the second period with a power play, but it was the Bulldogs that found the net as Isaac Tonkin-Palmer read a chip back to the line and deflected it out of the zone and out-raced the backcheck to skate in alone on Hayden Missler where he beat him short-side past his blocker to make it 2-0, unassisted and shorthanded at 55 seconds of period two. The Bulldogs were penalized again soon afterwards, and again were dangerous while shorthanded with at least two odd-man rushes ending up on net. The Bulldogs killed it off and pushed past past the midway point of the period, and at the end of an extended hard working shift in the attacking zone saw the Kings be forced into putting the puck on to their own net. Missler would make the save, but Mitchel Deelstra collected the rebound and pulled it around him crossing the crease to slide it into the gaping cage to make it 3-0, unassisted at 10:53 of the second. While it was an unassisted goal, credit must be given to the other four Bulldogs on the ice in Grayson Valente, Aaron Bohlinger, Issac Tonkin-Palmer, and Stephen Castagna who all made plays on the shift to keep the zone alive. There would be no scoring throughout the remainder of the period, with the Bulldogs having a couple more good chances while also killing off a late period Powell River power play. Shots in the frame were 12-9 Kings for a 22-18 Bulldog advantage into the third.

The Bulldogs kept the pace up in the third period, with the Kings mounting a push but being unable to generate a solid chance to beat John Hawthorne who was solid when called upon to keep it 3-0. Just short of seven minutes into the period it was 4-0 when Dawson Tritt made a great defensive play at the Bulldog line before fighting and flipping the puck ahead up the right wing into the Kings zone. He would chase it down and put a perfect centering pass onto the tape of Austin Spiridakis, who one-timed it far-side through Missler at 6:51 of the third, with Mitchel Deelstra also drawing an assist. There would be no scoring the rest of the way, with Hawthorne being full value for his shut out with a flurry of ridiculous saves in tight, beginning with a right-toe save on a cross-crease pass that was followed by a rebound stop on a jam in attempt that went off the top of his pad and behind him on the goal line where he kept it out with a blocker sweep to the slot that saw him jump up and make one final glove save. The Kings drew a late power play and again pressed to the buzzer, but couldn't crack the shut out bid as time expired.

Third period shots were 17-5 Kings, for a game total of 35-27 in their favour with John Hawthorne earning 1st star honours with the shut out while Hayden Missler took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Kings were 0 for 4.

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

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Bulldogs host Kings tonight , open four game home stand


It's the first meeting of the season between these Island Division rivals, as the Bulldogs (7-14-1-0, 4th Island) host the Powell River Kings (13-8-0-0, 2nd Island) tonight to open up a four game home stand.

The Bulldogs were in Nanaimo last night, where they lost their fifth in a row in heartbreaking, last second fashion 5-4 to the Clippers.

The Kings were in action last night in Duncan, where they snapped a two game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Capitals




We will be on the air on 93.3 The Peak FM tonight starting at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck dropping just after 7:00 on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey. I'll provide the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald adds analysis and colour commentary.

Don't miss another edition of Dan Marshall's Island Division This Week in the 2nd Intermission show, with recaps and previews and news and notes provided by all the Island Division's play-by-play voices.






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Friday, November 09, 2018

Dogs drop late heartbreaker, 5-4 to Clippers




The Bulldogs got off to a fantastic start, drawing a penalty before the game was half a minute old, and scoring just 35 seconds into the advantage as Dawson Tritt stepped in and won the draw back to the right point for Aaron Bohlinger. He put a crisp D-to-D pass across the blueline to Jackson Doucet at the left point. He was allowed to walk all the way in to left circle where he put a wrister on net that snuck through Landon Pavlisin to make it 1-0 Bulldogs 50 seconds into the game. The Clippers had  great chance to tie it moments later, but John Hawthorne came up with a big glove save on Marcus Mitchell alone in the slot. The Bulldogs were penalized shortly afterwards, but came up with a solid kill to protect their lead. They earned their second power play of the game soon afterwards, and connected on it just four seconds into the advantage as Ryan Miotto won the faceoff clean back to the left point to Jackson Doucet. He would put a quick D-to-D pass across the line to the right point for Aaron Bohlinger, who put a wrist shot on net that was deflected home high past Pavlisin by Ryan Miotto at 6:53 of the first. The Bulldogs again came up with a good penalty kill to protect the lead, and pushed back with a couple good chances later in the period but couldn't further pad their lead. The Clippers would get on the board late in the period on a 4 on 2 rush worked to perfection on a pretty passing play finished off in the right circle by Thomas Samuelsen short-side past the glove of Hawthorne to make it 2-1, with Aiden Hansen-Bukata and Daniel Gatenby drawing the assists at 16:39 of the first. Less than a minute later it was 2-2, with Hawthorne being unable to recover to go post to post to get a toe on a Tyler Williams wrap around, with Aiden Hansen-Bukata drawing the lone assist at 17:19 of the first. Shots in the period were 10-8 Clippers.

The Bulldogs came out inspired to start the second, running up a 6-1 edge in shots in the first five minutes but being unable to beat Pavlisin for the go-ahead goal, with the best chance being when Pavlisin misplayed it from behind the net but just got back into the paint to get his left toe on a Jackson Doucet backhand. The Clippers would take their first lead of the game seven minutes into the period on a crazy scramble sequence around the Bulldog goal that saw Hawthorne make a couple of saves with a couple teammates down in the crease playing net. Marcus Mitchell would collect a rebound behind the net and succeed in tucking it home on a wrap around possibly on a bank shot to make it 3-2 at 7:09 of the period, from Tyler Williams and Joshua Bourne. The teams traded chances throughout the remainder of the period, played somewhat sloppy and disjointed. Neither team could find the net, with the Clippers having a Grade A chance in the dying seconds of the period, with Hawthorne coming up with an in-alone save on Joshua Bourne to keep it 3-2 after two.  Shots in the period were 13-11 Clippers, for a 23-19 Nanaimo advantage after 40 minutes.

The third period saw the Clippers have a pair of in-alone chances on Hawthorne in the opening minutes, with two big back-to-back saves on Joshua Bourne and Ethan Scardina keeping it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs were penalized on the second breakaway, and wouldn't just kill it off, but tied the game while shorthanded instead as Stephen Castagna forced a turnover on an errant pass at the Nanaimo line to skate in alone where he beat Pavlisin with a wrist shot glove side to make it 3-3 at 8:01 of the third, shorthanded, unassisted. The Bulldogs would kill off the remainder of the penalty, but couldn't clear the zone before it ended up in the back of their net as Sammy Steele found a pass in the right side of the slot from below the goal line that he finished short-side on Hawthorne to make it 4-3 Clippers at 9:54 of the third, with assists to Ethan Scardina and Tyler Williams. The Bulldogs weren't able to generate much of a push though the rest of the period, but still managed to tie the game in the final minute with the goalie out for the extra attacker as Ryan Miotto fought a lost faceoff out of the left corner of the Clipper zone for Mitchel Deelstra, who walked out from behind the net and snuck one through Pavlisin to make it 4-4 at 19:10 of the third, with Keaton Mastrodonato drawing the lone assist. With overtime looming, the Bulldogs got caught on the wrong side of a stretch pass at their blue line, resulting in a partial breakaway that ended up in a Bulldog penalty. They would win the initial draw cleanly back but Aiden Hansen-Bukata made a fantastic keep at the blue line to keep the zone alive. He would set up Sammy Steele in the right circle, where he completed the hat trick with the game winner with 7.5 seconds to play as he put a shot off the glove of a Bulldog defender past the glove of Hawthorne short side to make it 5-4, with Aiden Hansen-Bukata drawing the lone assist.

Third period shots were 15-6 Clippers, for a 38-25 total in their favour.with Landon Pavlisin earning the win while John Hawthorne taking the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 6.

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow night at home, as they begin a four game home stand by hosting the Powell River Kings.

Hammer

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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight



It's a fourth straight game on the road tonight for the Bulldogs (7-13-1-0, 3rd Island) as they visit the Clippers (7-13-0-0, 4th Island) at the Frank Crane Arena.

The Bulldogs last played Sunday afternoon in Chilliwack, where they dropped their fourth in a row, 7-4 to the Chiefs. The Clippers were in Victoria on Sunday, where they fell 6-0 to the Grizzlies

This is the third meeting between the teams this season, with the most recent being a 2-0 Bulldog win in Port Alberni on Friday, October 26th. The previous meeting was September 9th in Nanaimo, a 2-1 Bulldog victory.

 If you can't make it down to the game, we'll bring it back to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Bruce MacDonald will be in the booth to provide colour commentary and analysis while I handle the play-by-play. Our broadcast commences with our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00pm

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Alex Rawnsley, the play-by-play voice of the Powell River Kings, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow night for the FIRST meeting of the season between the teams.





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Thursday, November 08, 2018

The schedule - by the numbers


Hello, Happy Thursday, and thanks for stopping by the blog.

First and foremost to just get this out of the way immediately - this isn't complaining, or whining or an attempt to make excuses. It's simply an observation that I looked into.

It hasn't just "felt" like the Bulldogs have been travelling frequently. I'm just the broadcaster and I'm not out there going through the battles and bumps and bruises....yet I've still felt road weary myself.

The basic argument in regards to any team saying anything about the schedule is "all teams go through it at some point" and for the most part, it's true and a valid rebuttal. However in this instance and at this point in time, the numbers prove otherwise. As they say, the numbers don't lie and in this case only the Bulldogs have been through this when it comes to the rest of the BCHL's teams.

Going into play this week NO team has played as few home games as the Bulldogs. NO team has played MORE road games as the Bulldogs and NO team has played fewer divisional games.

That's not to say that travel within one's division is a piece of cake, because it isn't. For the most part travel within the Island Division isn't tough - but it also cannot be argued that it's even comparable to multi-day trips involving the Interior or Mainland. The Bulldogs have only a single road trip remaining this season outside of the Island Division....and it's only the early days of November.

It's also not to say that it's going to be easy going forward because that's certainly not going to be the case. It always gets exponentially tougher through the stretch to the end of the season BUT in the Bulldog case when it comes to their travel schedule - the worst is indeed over. They've fought through with a respectable road record, and they've suffered their share of bumps/bruises and injuries. Here's hoping that moving forward on their first extended home stand of the season with the worst of their schedule behind them, they can find some consistency, and more wins than losses.

Hammer

 

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Bulldogs drop fourth straight, 7-4 to Chiefs




The Bulldogs got off to a fantastic start in the first three minutes of the game with four shots on goal and a series of scrambles around the Chief net that Nolan Hildebrand kept out. The Chiefs pushed back and tested Cole Demers a couple of times in the following minutes, and he was equal to the task, making a big glove save on Cole Donhauser. The Bulldogs kept the pressure up, and earned a power play opportunity short of the midway point of the period. They came close initially on it, with Evan Googins hitting the crossbar, but the Chiefs killed it off. The Bulldogs found the net soon afterwards, with Dawson Tritt doing a good job to retrieve a loose puck deep in the Chiefs zone for Ethan Jones. He put a perfect pass to the slot for Mitchel Deelstra, who perfectly finished it top corner, short-side high over the glove of Hildebrand to make it 1-0 at 9:18 of the first. The Bulldogs kept up the pressure, and earned another power play, but couldn't make it count. Later in the period, Ryan Miotto was whistled for Interference seconds after taking a big check without the puck at the Chilliwack line. The Chiefs made the Dogs pay for it, tying the game on a point shot by Marcus Tesink that was deflected past the toe of Demers from the top of the crease by Skyler Brind'Amour. Matt Holmes also drew an assist at 14:29 of the first. The Bulldogs responded immediately and buzzed the Chiefs net, drawing another power play with less than a minute to play in the frame. Shots in the first were 13-12 Chiefs.

The Bulldogs were unable to cash in on the power play to begin the second, but pushed hard through the opening five minutes and attacked on a long shift hemming the Chiefs in their zone. They would make an ill-advised pass up the middle though, that led to a penalty against on a partial breakaway. The Bulldogs would successfully kill it off, but couldn't build on the momentum as seconds later it was 2-1 as a Bulldog forward got tied up with Cole Demers in the crease, pushing him out of position allowing Cole Donhauser an open net to make it 2-1 from the slot. Brett Willits drew the lone assist at 7:38 of the period. The Bulldogs answered back almost immediately, as just over a minute later it was 2-2 as Aaron Bohlinger accelerated out of his zone and head-manned it for Ryan Miotto over the Chiefs line up the left side. He would drop it for Jackson Doucet, who put a perfectly-placed pass onto the tape of a driving Keaton Mastrodonato at the side of the net, where he deflected it home top corner, short-side to make it 2-2 at 8:44 of the second. The Chiefs would take the lead back with just over five minutes to play in the period on the power play, as a point shot by Alexander Marrocco beat a screened Cole Demers high, glove-side. Assists on the play went to Matt Holmes and Kevin Wall at 14:30 of the second. Again, the Bulldogs instantly responded, as just 30 seconds later it was 3-3 as Jackson Doucet dropped it back for Grayson Valente at the Chief line, where he walked in and put a shot on goal that was stopped by Hildebrand, but Ryan Miotto dove to beat his defender to swipe it home five-hole at 15:00 even. The Dogs took the lead back late in the period, with Ryan Miotto gaining the attacking line and flipping the puck to the bottom of the left circle for Jackson Doucet. He would glove it down, and put it to the top of the crease for Keaton Mastrodonato, who one-timed it home five hole to make it 4-3 Bulldogs at 16:57 of the second. They couldn't hold the lead though, as Skyler Brind'Amour took a head-man pass up the left wing and got by a Bulldog winger playing defence to skate in alone on Cole Demers. He would make the first save, but couldn't get any help on the rebound as it was lifted home from the paint by Kevin Wall, with Matt Holmes also drawing an assist at 18:36 of the period for a 4-4 tie after 40 minutes. Shots in the second were 14-8 Chiefs, for a second period total of 27-20 in their favour.

Just seconds into the third the Chiefs took the lead back, on a pass from behind the goal line to the top of the crease one-timed home past Demers by Kevin Wall for his second of the game. Assists went to Skyler Brind'Amour and Matt Holmes at 38 seconds of the period. The Bulldogs weren't able to push back before an ill-advised pass up the middle of their own zone saw them be unable to get possession back before it was a 6-4 game as Skyler Brind'Amour took a pass at the bottom of the left circle before walking in on goal and beating Demers high, short-side on his backhand. Assists on the play went to Kevin Wall and Matt Holmes at 4:53 of the third. The Bulldogs would continue to try and fight back, but couldn't generate enough sustained pressure to do so. They came up with a penalty kill later in the period to hang around, but the Chiefs further padded their lead on a net drive by Ethan Bowen that was slid across the crease and finished by Carter Wilke, with an additional assist for Harrison Blaisdell at 15:20 of the third to make it 7-4. The Bulldogs were a crossbar away from making a game of it on the following shift, as Keaton Mastrodonato kept the puck on a 2 on 1 rush and beat Hildebrand but couldn't beat the crossbar as it stayed out.

Third period shots were 17-7 Chiefs, for a game total of 44-27 in their favour, with Cole Demers taking the loss, giving up 6 goals on 35 shots before being relieved by John Hawthorne. Nolan Hildebrand picked up the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Chiefs went 2 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday in Nanaimo.

Hammer

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Bulldogs conclude weekend today in Chilliwack



It's the first meeting of the season between these teams, as the Bulldogs (7-12-1-0, 3rd Island) conclude a three game in three days road trip by visiting the defending National Champion Chiefs (16-6-0-0, 1st Mainland) at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.


The Bulldogs were in Merritt last night, where they lost their third in a row in heartbreaking fashion, 5-4 to the Centennials. The Chiefs played last night at home, where they fell 4-3 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.


It's a matinee affair, which means Pacific Chevrolet Bulldog Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM goes live at 1:45 with our pregame show, with the game action to follow at 2:00pm.



Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog(2012-2015) Kurt Gosselin, now a SENIOR, with the NCAA's University of Alabama Huntsville Chargers. The Senior part blows my mind, time sure does fly by. Kurt was named Captain of the Chargers this year.

Here's an overtime winner from Kurt from November of 2013





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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Dogs drop 5-4 heartbreaker in Merritt


The Bulldogs got off to a very good start, running up an 8-2 edge in shots, and drawing the game's first power play that they looked threatening on before unfortunately taking a penalty. The best early chance of the game saw Ryan Miotto set up Keaton Mastrodonato on the door step on the rush only to have Vincent Duplessis go post to post to come up with a big save. The Bulldogs continued to carry the better of the play, but the Centennials opened the scoring on a wrap-around centering pass by Bradley Cocca that was one-timed home inside the near post by Nick Granowicz before Hawthorne could recover at 9:34 of the first. The Bulldogs pushed back, but were penalized on an attacking zone shift, and Merritt made them pay just half a minute into the power play with a broken play that initially looked well-defended still ending up in the deep slot for Nick Granowicz, who lifted it high over Hawthorne to make it 2-0. Assists on the play went to Bradley Cocca and Mathieu at 12:53 of the first. The Bulldogs immediately attacked off the following draw and spent a long sequence in the Cents zone, but got caught pressing and gave up a 2 on 1 that saw Hawthorne make the first save but get contacted by the back-check to have no chance on the rebound as Christian Sabin tapped it into the open side to make it 3-0 at 14:56 of the first, with Bradley Cocca and Nick Granowicz assisting. The Bulldogs didn't quit, and pushed back to draw a penalty. While they didn't score on it, they gained momentum and soon after found the net to make it a 3-1 game at the end of a scramble that saw Dawson Tritt flip a backhand home inside the post, with assists going to Ryan Novecosky and Grayson Valente at 18:29 of the first. Shots after one were 17-11 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs killed off a carry-over power play to begin the second before drawing a penalty. They wouldn't get on the power play however, before being again whistled for a minor. They would kill off the subsequent power plays to keep within two goals, before quickly responding to make it a one-goal game as Spencer Hora rimmed the puck to the left point, and Mitchel Deelstra raced out and blocked a shot. It would carom off of him to neutral ice for a 2 on 1 rush that he played to perfection, out waiting the defender before sliding a rink-wide pass onto the tape of Austin Spiradakis that he fired home five hole to make it 3-2 Centennials at 4:59 of the second. The Bulldogs would end up on teh short end of a series of penalties through the middle of the period, but killed them off to keep within a goal, with John Hawthorne coming up with a fantastic save on a turnover in the zone leading to a cross-ice one-timer for Nicholas Wicks that saw Hawthorne get his left toe on at the midway point of the period to keep it 3-2. Late in the period the Bulldogs had a fantastic chance to tie it as Jackson Doucet sent Keaton Mastrodonato in alone, but Vincent Duplessis came up with a big save on a backhand deke with his right toe and the Bulldogs couldn't get a bounce in the crease on the scramble as it stayed 3-2 Merritt into period three. Shots in the second were 11-8 Centennials, for a 25-22 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs killed off a penalty to start the third, coming close on a shorthanded 2 on 1 to tying the game. They would earn a power play shortly afterwards that they looked good on, but again couldn't cash in on. They would again end up on the wrong end of a penalty call a minute and change later, as Mackenzie Wight slashed Michael Van Unen, who then jumped at Wight in an attempt to hit him without the puck, only to miss and end up in front of Wight on the boards where his momentum carried him into him. The Centennials would score on the first power play chance on another broken play that ended up on the tape of Nick Granowicz who walked to the slot and out-waited a defender before lifting it past Hawthorne to make it 4-2 at 6:38 of the third, un-assisted. The Bulldogs killed off the second penalty, and then earned a soft penalty of their own to go on the power play. They would make good on it with a great second effort by Evan Googins behind the net to win the puck back and throw it to the slot where Keaton Mastrodonato ripped it high far-side over the blocker of Duplessis to make it 4-3 at 9:17 of the third, with an assist also going to Ryan Miotto. The Centennials would win the following faceoff, and promptly iced it. The Bulldogs would tie it nine seconds later off the draw in the Merritt end, as Austin Spiridakis got a stick on it followed by Mitchel Deelstra, before it ended in the feet of Evan Googins, who quickly spun and ripped it home high past the glove of Duplessis to make it 4-4 at 9:26 of the third. The Bulldogs earned a power play a minute later, and threatened on it but couldn't find the go-ahead goal before being penalized on a faceoff before the power play elapsed, but they came up with a big penalty kill to keep it tied. The Bulldogs had their chances over the late minutes but couldn't get the winner, before the Centennials found it with 2:05 to play as two Bulldogs went to a Centennial at centre ice resulting in a return pass to Nicholas Wicks up the middle that resulted in a breakaway. Hawthorne would again make the first save, but Brendan Schneider found the rebound in the slot to make it 5-4 with 2:05 to play with Mathieu Gosselin also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs would run out of time in pushing for the equalizer as the Centennials killed the clock. 

Third period shots were 17-8 Bulldogs, for a game total in their favour of 42-30 with John Hawthorne taking the loss while Vincent Duplessis earned 3rd star honours with the win. The Bulldogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Centennials went 2 for 10.

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon in Chilliwack, a 2:00pm start against the Chiefs.

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Bulldogs visit Centennials tonight in Merritt


It's the second and final regular season between the Bulldogs (7-11-1-0, 3rd Island) and the Centennials (12-8-0-1, T-1st Interior) at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt.

The Bulldogs began their weekend last night in Prince George, where they dropped their second straight 2-1 to the Spruce Kings. The Centennials meanwhile were in Penticton, where they dropped a 4-3 shoot out decision to the Vees.

Much like the Prince George Coliseum, the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena is a grand old barn, and another unique playing surface. It's smaller than regulation, and things happen very very fast and there is no bad place to try a shot on goal. 


Here's a look inside, in video form. The video is several years old now, and thankfully the heaters you see below as of two years ago were relocated and are no longer a factor when it comes to the broadcaster's sight lines of the rink!





Tonight's pregame show is on the air at 6:45, with the play-by-play to follow the 7:00pm puck drop. Get it all on 93.3 The Peak's FM Bulldogs Hockey presented to you by Pacific Chevrolet

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jacob Bestebroer, Colour Commentator and Director of Scouting for the Chilliwack Chiefs - sorry, the defending RBC Cup National Champion Chilliwack Chiefs, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow.


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Friday, November 02, 2018

Dogs drop 2-1 decision in Prince George





Neither side appeared especially crisp through the opening minutes of the game, with no solid scoring chances either way or an edge in territorial play for either side. The Bulldogs were penalized five minutes into the game, and the Spruce Kings were dangerous on the power play, with John Hawthorne coming up with back to back instances of making several saves on scrambles on rebounds around his net. The Bulldogs succeeded in killing it off, but were unable to generate mch offensively. The Spruce Kings had an edge in the play as the period wore on, with Hawthorne tested often but looking razor sharp to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs pushed back later in the period, after winning a series of faceoffs after losing the bulk of them early in the game. Back to back shifts remained in the attacking zone, with Logan Neaton making a series of saves around his net to keep it scoreless. The Bulldogs got caught pushing offensively late in the period, resulting in a 5 on 2 rush for the Spruce Kings that saw the Bulldogs take a penalty at their net. The Spruce Kings would make it count, with Layton Ahac throwing a wrist shot on net from the left point that was deflected in front of Hawthorne by Corey Cunningham inside the near post, to make it 1-0 at 19:35 of the first with Nolan Welsh also assisting on the play. Shots in the first were 19-10 Spruce Kings.


The second period didn't see much of an edge or chances gained by either side through the first ten minutes of it. While the Bulldogs weren't giving up much, and the Spruce Kings were kept largely to the outside, they also weren't generating any chances of their own or a territorial push to change momentum. The same kind of game continued throughout the remainder of the period, with plenty of whistles and again neither side able to generate much in the way of offense or sustained pressure. Much like the first period, the Bulldogs scored to tie the game in the final half minute of the second as Keaton Mastrodonato knocked down a puck at the Bulldog line for Ryan Miotto. He would accelerate up the left wing over the Prince George line where he threw on the breaks and lost an edge, but the puck slid back perfectly onto the stick of Grayson Valente at the top of the left circle, where he one-timed it home top corner, far-side over the glove of Neaton for his first career goal, to make it 1-1 at 19:41 of the second. Shots in the period were 11-5 Spruce Kings, for a 30-15 edge after 40 minutes of play.


The Spruce Kings took the lead back early in the third period, on a goal similar to their first one as Liam Watson Brawn walked from the right point down the right wall before throwing a shot at the net that was deflected through Hawthorne by Craig MacDonald at the top of the crease to make it 2-1. Chong Min Lee also drew an assist at 4:53 of the third. The Bulldogs weren't able to generate an offensive push throughout the period, with a big penalty kill to keep it a one-goal game. They would press late, and give up an odd-man rush that saw Hawthorne make a ridiculous highlight reel save on Nolan Welsh. Hawthorne would again keep the Dogs in it with just over two minutes to play, robbing Ben Brar on the doorstep not once but twice on the goal line to keep it a one goal game. The Bulldogs got Hawthorne out for the extra attacker with just under two minutes to play and had a good shift going in the attacking zone but unfortunately took a penalty. They managed to kill it off to the point where they got Hawthorne out to make it an even strength situation with 30 seconds to play. Mitchel Deelstra would drive the net and make a man miss before getting it on goal, but Neaton in desperation kept the rebound out as time expired.


Shots in the third were 15-4 Spruce Kings, for a game total of 45-19 in their favour, with Logan Neaton picking up the win while John Hawthorne earned 2nd star honours with the loss. The Spruce Kings went 1 for 5 on the power play. The Bulldogs didn't earn a power play opportunity.

The Bulldogs are in Merritt tomorrow night, for a 7:00 puck drop against the Centennials.


Hammer



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Bulldogs visit Spruce Kings tonight


It's the first meeting of the season between these clubs, as the Bulldogs (7-10-1-0, 3rd Island) visit the Prince George Spruce Kings (12-6-0-1 3rd Mainland) at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena to kick off yet another three game weekend road swing through the Interior and Lower Mainland.


The Bulldogs last played Saturday night at home, where they had a two game winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to the Vernon Vipers. The Spruce Kings were last in action in Salmon Arm on Sunday, where they had a two game winning streak snapped as well with a 2-1 loss to the Silverbacks.

The Rolling Mix Arena - formerly  as the Prince George Coliseum (it will always be the Coliseum, or Castle to me!) is always a tough place to play, so the Dogs had best be ready to play. Every rink is a tough one to play in, but the Coliseum is perhaps a tad tougher for most teams out of the Mainland Division that only visit it once a year due to the fact that it's unique. The playing surface is 10 feet shorter than a regulation sheet at 190 feet versus 200 feet. Not only is the surface a different size, but the corners are very square and the boards and glass are very active and have some unique bounces.

Here's a look inside - every time I watch this video, I can't not smile when it gets to "Hockey Grandma"




Here's a glance at how close the Bulldog's bench is to the broadcast booth - if the visitors are in control and the rink is quiet, I'm feel like I'm pretty much broadcasting to the bench!






I'll  bring the action to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show commencing the proceedings at 6:45, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow night to continue their trip.







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