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Thursday, March 05, 2020

Bulldogs season ends with 2-1 loss in game four





The game started with the Bulldogs having an obvious level of desperation, that saw them have the better of the chances and the play early in the contest.  They came close to opening the scoring when Josh Zary found his own rebound off a deflection on an early power play chance, and slid it through the legs of Jordan Naylor on his backahnd. It didn't make it over the line though, with a defender saving it on the goal line. The Clippers had a similar chance at the other end, with a cross-crease pass going off a skate before it was saved by Luke Pearson. Another great Bulldog chance later in the period saw Mitchel Deelstra pick up a bank pass up the right wing to skate in alone, but he couldn't elevate it over Naylor who kept it out. At the other end, Luke Pearson came up with a big save on a shorthanded rush later in the period by Tim Washe to keep it scoreless. Shots in the first were 11-10 Clippers.


The second period brought about the same from the Bulldogs, with the pace high both ways, and the game continuing to remain tight. The Bulldogs finally opened the scoring - the first time in the series that they achieved the feat as Tim Gould started it all off with a fantastic defensive play on a Nanaimo 2 on 1 rush. He would then lead a rush the other way with blazing speed right on net where a stick knocked his shot wide. The Bulldogs found the loose puck, and Mitchel Deelstra set up Tommy Bannister who put a pass from the right circle back to the top of the slot for Mattias Dal Monte, who snuck a low slapper through Naylor to make it 1-0 at 6:01 of the second. The Bulldogs carried the play for the following few minutes, but couldn't bury or get a  bounce on several chances to build their lead, or take advantage of a power  play opportunity. The Clippers would push back to tie it late in the frame after a series of bounces and battles won to keep it in, as Luke Pearson made two great saves on both Kyler Kovich and an Ethan Scardina rebound attempt, before Scardina found it again and lifted it home to make it 1-1 at 19:27 of the second. Shots in the period were 16-11 Bulldogs, for a 26-22 total in their favour heading into period three.


The Bulldogs appeared tight to start the third, and/or the Clippers were motivated - and they carried the better of the play early with a series of big saves by Pearson to keep it tied. The Clippers kept pushing though, and took a 2-1 lead four minutes into the period on a pass out of the left corner to the net where Pearson made the first save, but Tim Washe one-timed the rebound home glove side from the top of the crease. Assisting on the play were Ethan Scardina and Kyler Kovich. 2-1 would prove to be the final, with the Bulldogs killing off two penalties throughout the third, one with just over five minutes to play to keep it a one-goal game, with Luke Pearson coming up with several big saves to give his team a chance. They would generate a couple of good looks, but there wasn't much in the way of Grade A chances or sustained attack zone time as the Clippers salted the time away and didn't give up much to defend their lead to the buzzer.


Third period shots were 16-9 Clippers, for a game total of 38-35 in their favour. Luke Pearson earned 2nd star honours with the loss, while Jordan Naylor earned the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 2.


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Bulldogs host Clippers tonight for must-win game four





Break out all the cliches - do or die. Now or never. 'Backs against the wall. Live to fight another day. That's the scenario that the Bulldogs find themselves in tonight as they host the Nanaimo Clippers for game four of this Island Division semi final series. 

How about simplify it and say - just win. 

The Clippers sit on the edge of advancing after winning a third straight game to open the post season Tuesday night at the Dog Pound by a 3-2 score. 

There was much to like from the Bulldogs in game three. I thought that in the third period they looked as good as they have looked in a lonnnnnnng time. They actually looked like....themselves - when they were at their best earlier in the season prior to the seemingly never-ending run of at times ludicrious adversity that they've been fighting through. It's not a coincidence that it's only the second period that they've won so far in the series either, after the first period of game two. Having said that - the Clippers are way too good a team - any team is, at this juncture of the season - to only win a period, and expect to win a game. The Bulldogs need to play like they did in the final 20 minutes on Tuesday night for a full 60 minutes (or more) tonight. If they do that, they'll give themselves a chance to keep playing. 

I can only hope that the players believe as firmly as I do that everything they've gone through to this point has only served them in a positive way, to steel their resolve for what's to come on the rest of their journey.

Whether you think it's over...or you think it's far from it, and just beginning....you're right. It's all mind over matter, and the task at hand and nothing but now. See - Warriors, West Kelowna. They fell into a 3-0 series hole with a 9-2 loss in game three. They didn't pack it in - they won game four 2-1 in overtime to force game five. And while their season ended in the fifth game last night - they were ONE shot away from coming home to play a sixth game, as the Vees ended it in overtime. You never know. From 9-2 on the ropes, to overtime with a chance to come home to put the other side on the ropes and force a seventh game. It won't be easy. It never is. Believe - and you're half way there already! 



The full crew will be back in the booth tonight to cover it all - I'll call the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and adds colour commentary and Dan Tisserand tabulates team and player statistics. 

Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air for our pregame show at 6:45, with all the live game action to follow after 7:00pm. 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Jake Witkowski, already in his Junior season with the NCAA's Boston College Terriers. 

Spoiler alert from the interview - here's Jake's favourite memory as a Bulldog. 


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Let's drop the puck already!  


Hammer


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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Clippers take 3-0 series lead with 3-2 win in Game three



The start was energetic, and physical with the Bulldogs having a couple solid hits early. They had the first couple of  shots on net too, before the Clippers put a couple of their own on net. Then the game would be changed drastically when the Bulldogs were penalized on an Ethan Scardina net drive. The Clippers were dangerous throughout it, with Luke Pearson coming up with a couple big saves in tight early in it. They kept pushing, and took a 1-0 lead on a Liam Ryan deflection from the top of the crease off an Aiden Hansen-Bukata point shot. Also drawing an assist on the play was Steven Agriogianis at  7:21 of the first. A minute and change later, the Bulldogs were penalized yet again. The Clippers would push hard to build the lead, but Pearson was solid and the penalty killers held on to kill it off. The Bulldogs kept clawing away, and finally earned a power play of their own with under four minutes to play in the period. They would have a couple of looks on it, but couldn't generate a Grade A chance to beat Jordan Naylor to tie it up. Shots in the first were 20-8 Nanaimo.


The second period saw the Bulldogs have a fantastic chance just 15 seconds into the period as Mitchel Deelstra got in alone down the right wing and in on Naylor, who made a glove save to keep it 1-0. Seconds later, the Bulldogs lost a board battle in their zone and Kyler Kovich was allowed to walk right in tight to the faceoff dot where he picked the far corner, low-stick side just inside the post to make it 2-0, with Ethan Scardina assisting at 58 seconds into the period. The Bulldogs spent the  next few minutes on the defensive, and Luke Pearson was solid to keep it a two-goal game. He would be further tested throughout the period, with the Bulldogs being penalized three times, one appearing to be a complete phantom call on Ryan Doolin. Pearson kept them in it repeatedly, with big saves around his net, and a big save on a 3 on 1 rush in the late stages of the period on Kyler Kovich deflection attempt on a cross-ice set up. Shots in the period were 19-8 Nanaimo, for a 40 minute total in their favour of 39-20.


The Bulldogs came out again flying to start the third, with Mitchel Deelstra again getting a step in on net. Naylor would make the save from a sharp angle, before Dawson Tritt was drilled from behind bringing about a Bulldog power play. They would cash in on it on a pretty passing play, as Jackson Munro set  up Ryan Doolin walking in off the right point. He put a perfectly placed backdoor pass onto the tape of Jackson Doucet, who deflected it home top corner over the blocker of Naylor to make it 2-1 at 1:33 of the third. The Bulldogs came painfully close to tying the game in the following few minutes, but couldn't get a bounce around the Nanaimo net as it looked tied on several occasions but the puck stayed out. The period wore on into the back half of it, where the Clippers padded their lead on yet another hard to even believe break as an end-board bounce saw the Referee inadvertently kick it out of the reach of Mitchel Deelstra, and onto the tape of Tim Washe, who played it back to the left point for Aiden Hansen-Bukata, who scored on a wrist shot through traffic that snuck inside the far post past the glove of Pearson to make it 3-1 at 11:22 of the third, with Kyler Kovich also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs didn't sit back but instead got right back on the attack, and less than two minutes later were back within one as Isaac Pascoal fought the puck initially out of the Bulldogs zone, before winning a battle in the Nanaimo end on the right  wing where Tim Gould found it, and walked to the slot before dishing off to Dawson Tritt at the right side of the net where he went high over Naylor to make it 3-2 at 13:37 of the third. The Bulldogs would push to the final buzzer, with several near misses around the net, but couldn't find the equalizer.


Third period shots were 21-11 Bulldogs, for a game total of 50-41 Clippers. Jordan Naylor earned the win while Luke Pearson took the loss while earning 2nd star honours. The Bulldogs were 1 for 3 on the power play while the Clippers were 1 for 5.

Break out all the cliches - the teams next meet for Game four Thursday night. It's win and move on for the Clippers, while it's win or go home for the Bulldogs.


Hammer



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Playoff Hockey back at the Dog Pound tonight for Game Three


It's the 2020 postseason home ice debut for the Bulldogs,  as they host the Nanaimo Clippers for game three of this best-of-seven Island Division semi final series tonight at the Multiplex. 

The Clippers lead the series 2-0, after back-to-back wins by the same 6-3 score on Friday and Saturday night at the Frank Crane Arena.

Whether the scores were 10-3, 6-3 or 1-0 in triple overtime, it doesn't matter. It's in the past, and the Bulldogs - and Clippers as well - can ill afford to spend a single joule of energy looking in the rearview mirror. The Clippers did their job and held home ice. Now the Bulldogs MUST do the same. I've always believed in the saying - sorry I have no clue to whom I should attribute the quote... "a series doesn't  begin until someone loses at home"

A Bulldog win, and it's a brand new series. A Clipper win, and it's a series that could be facing the possibility of ending. The Bulldogs successfully defending their  home ice? That would bring about a scenario Friday where they can win and earn their  chance  to end the series at home. 

That's all way too far ahead to be thinking of course. You can  bet that the  Clippers  will be feeling confident, and will be motivated to take a stranglehold in the series tonight. Simply said, the Bulldogs must be more motivated. desperate. hungry, passionate resilient - and last but not least consistent in their efforts tonight. 

There's nothing like playoff hockey at the Dog Pound.... I can't wait! 



We'll go live for our pregame show tonight at 6:45, with the game getting underway at 7:00pm. Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM will see Dan Tisserand work the team and player statistics while Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary. I will call the play-by-play.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Justis Doucet, the play-by-play voice of the Cowichan Valley Capitals. They're in Powell River to face the Kings tonight, up 2-0 in the other Island Division semi-final series.


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Make some noise tonight! 


Hammer


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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Clippers take 2-0 series lead with second straight 6-3 win


The Bulldogs had good jump early, and the first few pucks on net in the early minutes, before the Clippers pushed back on a lengthy attacking zone shift, where the Bulldogs failed on several separate instances to clear the puck, but also succeeded in blocking a couple shots. The Bulldogs pushed back, and had a couple good opportunities around the Nanaimo net, but couldn't bury them to open the scoring. The Clippers would earn a power play eight minutes into the period, but the Bulldogs killed it off with Jackson Glassford coming up with a couple big saves, battling through considerable traffic in his crease. Another Bulldog penalty just a minute after they killed the previous one off saw the Clippers open the scoring, as Devon Mussio walked down the left wing and put a wrist shot at the goal that appeared to be deflected high short-side over the shoulder of Glassford. Mussio wouldn't celebrate with his teammates, but instead taunted the Bulldog bench with his hand to his ear  - or so it appeared. The assists went to Kyler Kovich and Tim Washe at 12:11 of the first. An incredible eight seconds later, the Bulldogs responded to tie it at 1-1 as Caige Sterzer fought the faceoff forward and through a defender and drove the net where Naylor made the first save, but couldn't control the rebound. Olivier Fizet would pounce on it, and finish it top corner, short-side at 12:19 of the first. The score stayed that way until the dying seconds of the period when the Bulldogs took the lead as Jimmy Rayhill flipped the puck through  centre ice where Matthew Grouchy tipped it ahead for Ryan Doolin. He would drive the net up the right wing, and then lunge around a defender to poke a one-hander over Naylor. Shots in the period were 17-16 Clippers.


The second period began with the Clippers earning a third straight power play to open the game, as it looked to me that Tommy Bannister simply defended well in tying his man up driving the net. Late in the advantage, the Clippers would fail to keep the puck in, and were stuck on a  delayed off-side. The play was immediately blown dead. As is usually the case - or as far as I've seen 100% of the time, the faceoff goes all the way down the ice. In this instance, it inexplicably does not, and instead goes right outside the blue line. The Bulldogs were incensed, rightfully so on the bench, but the complaints fell on deaf ears. The double whammy of not having the clock continue to run on a delayed offside while on the penalty kill, combined with a faceoff outside their line, saw the Clippers score with 1 second remaining in the penalty as Trevor LeDonne put a wrist shot low inside the far post to make it 2-2 at 3:49 of the second, with assists to Liam Ryan and Joshua Bourne. The logic should be simple enough to understand - the Bulldogs are killing a penalty, the Clippers are the team on a delayed offside. The Bulldogs want the clock to keep running. They haven't done anything to cause a stoppage of play - the Clippers did. The ramifications were of course HUGE - and it's unfortunate to have a blown call at this juncture of the season have an impact as large as this one did.  Thankfully, the Bulldogs would again respond to take the lead back, as Jackson Munro took a Mattias Dal Monte pass and drove the puck into the Nanaimo zone, lost it, and got back before putting a cross-ice pass into the right circle for Matthew Grouchy, who fanned on his initial attempt before just throwing it on goal where it snuck home five hole on Naylor to make it 3-2 at 7:24 of the second. The Bulldogs didn't have the lead back for long though, as a minute later it was 3-3 as Devon Mussio accepted a pass in the left circle where he threw a shot on goal that snuck home long-side under the glove of Glassford. Assisting was Joshua Bourne at 8:24 of the second. The teams traded chances into the back half of the period, when the Clippers took the lead back as the Bulldogs iced in and had a tired group on the ice and failed to get a change before it ended up in the back of their net as Josh Kagan picked up a Josh Bourne pass in the slot where he picked the top corner over the blocker of Glassford to make it 4-3 at 15:01 of the second, with Robby Drazner also assisting. The Bulldogs finally earned their first power play of the game with under three minutes to play in the second, and looked dangerous on it but couldn't cash in to tie the game. The best chance saw Mitchel Deelstra blow the doors off a defender to get in alone on Naylor, who made a great left toe save to keep it just off the goal line. Shots in the period were 18-14 Clippers, for a 35-30 advantage after 40 minutes.


The Clippers added to their lead just short of two minutes into the third, as Josh Kagan raced up the left wing over the line on a  1 on 1 where he put a low wrist shot that just snuck through the fivehole of Glassford, and slowly slid over the line to make it 5-3 at 1:54 of the third, with assists to Josh Bourne and Steven Agriogianis. The Clippers did a good job to not allow the Bulldogs the opportunity to manage much of an attempt to get back in it through the remainder of the period. The Bulldogs earned a power play with under seven minutes to play in the contest, but didn't look good on it, twice misplaying the puck on retrievals into their zone. The culmination would be a 6-3 Nanaimo lead when the last defenseman back put it directly onto the tape of Josh Bourne, who walked in alone where he went five-hole on Jackson Glassford to make it 6-3 at 16:14 of the third. The following minute, the game got nasty, and the Officiating remained..... insert adjective here. Dawson Tritt threw a  hit at the Bulldog bench, that saw an initial retaliation by Travis Walton that brought about a delayed penalty. Trevor LeDonne would also attempt to retailiate on Tritt, who cross-checked him in defense. In the end, the Officials ended up forgetting, I guess that they had called the first penalty on Walton, and instead called LeDonne for the retaliation, with I  guess the logic being he somehow delivered a cross-check while also receiving the cross-check from Tritt?  My best guess. The final 20 plus seconds were....dangerous, but thankfully without any large incidents.


Third period shots were 9-3 Clippers, for a game total of 44-33 Clippers, with Jordan Naylor and Luke Pearson being the goalies of record. The Clippers went 2 for 3 on the power play while the Bulldogs went 0 for 2.


The series shifts to Port Alberni for Games three and four on Tuesday and Thursday.


Hammer
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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight for Game Two


It's right back at it tonight for the Bulldogs and Clippers, as they meet tonight at the Frank Crane Arena for game two of this Best-of-Seven Island Division semi final series.

The Clippers lead the series 1-0, after a 6-3 win last night in the opener. 

I liked alot of what I saw out of the Bulldogs last night - it just wasn't there consistently enough, perhaps. Falling behind early is never easy, but I liked the resilience they showed in battling back to tie it up on numerous occasions, including once out of a two-goal hole. When constantly playing from behind however, it's too often the scenario that played out last night - fight back, carry the play, just to get back into it....only to fall behind again. Full value to the Clippers for the win - but the Bulldogs can't make it as easy as it was at times.

In the end, all those words are irrelevant. Welcome to the playoffs. Win big - forget it, reset look forward to what to you have to do to move forward. Lose big, lose little, lose a quadruple overtime heartbreaker? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and look forward to what you have to do to move forward.

It's either a 1-1 series, and the Bulldogs stealing home ice advantage back to the Dog Pound next week - or the Clippers holding serve and going up 2-0 and putting the pressure on the Bulldogs to do the same. Here's hoping the Bulldogs bring it tonight, to make it the former and not the latter!




If you aren't able to make the game, it's always our goal to make you feel like you're there. Tune in to 93.3 The Peak FM for Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey starting at 6:45 with our pregame show, followed by the live game action at 7:00pm. I'll call the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary and last but certainly not least statistician Dan Tisserand covers individual and team stats.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Mitch MacMillan (2008-2010) the last player in BCHL history - and only player in Bulldog history as well - to score 60 goals in a season - he finished with 61 in the 2009-2010 season, and I still vividly remember him hitting 50 in 50, and 60 in 60 and feel fortunate to have been able to witness it all and have been "along for the ride" so to speak.

He was also of course recently named to the Bulldogs All-Decade team. 





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Friday, February 28, 2020

Clippers take game one 6-3




The Bulldogs had the first shot on net, but the Clippers had the first scoring chance, as Josh Bourne was found with a cross-ice pass in the right circle and was allowed to walk in alone in tight on Jackson Glassford where he went top corner, short-side high to make it 1-0 at 1:04 of the first, with assists to Josh Kagan and Robby Drazner. The Clippers earned a power play seconds later, but the Bulldogs came up with a big penalty kill with a handful of shot  blocks to keep it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs quickly got their feet under them, and as the period wore on started to carry the better of the play. They would tie it at 1-1 off a draw in the Nanaimo end when Caige Sterzer fought through obstruction off the draw to one-hand it deep behind the net. Olivier Fizet also fought through some traffic without the puck to fight it past a defender, before putting a perfect pass onto the tape of Isaac Pascoal in the paint, where he showed great patience and great hands in tight to pull it to his backhand to tuck it home past the pad of Jordan Naylor to make it 1-1 at 11:34 of period one. The Bulldogs spent the following minutes having lots of time in the Nanaimo zone, but they couldn't bury one to take the lead. The Clippers would take the lead back against the flow of play on a turnover by the Bulldogs entering the Clippers zone as Ethan Scardina was allowed to walk over the line up the right wing where he made one move to make a defender miss before putting a shot between the legs of a defender and over the glove of Glassford, short-side to make it 2-1 at 18:22 of the first, with assists going to Tim Washe and Mike Kennedy. The Bulldogs came painfully close to tying it seconds later on a 3 on 2 rush as Ryan Doolin walked into the right circle and beat Naylor, but hit the post blocker side and it stayed out. Shots in the first were 10-10.


The Bulldogs earned a power play early in the second, but couldn't get anything going on it. Nanaimo would have a great chance to build their lead on a walk to the net by Josh Bourne on the rush a minute later, but Jackson Glassford came up with a big save to keep it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs would give up another chance almost instantly afterwards, and found themselves in a two-goal hole as Steven Agriogianis found a puck at the side of the net and put it off a Bulldog stick and in from close quarters to make it 3-1 Clippers at 3:51 of the second. The Bulldogs didn't spend too much time feeling down, as they responded in short order to make it 3-2 as Mitchel Deelstra found Stephen Castagna at the Nanaimo line up the right wing. He would hustle to tag up on a delayed off-side, before putting a pass between a defender's legs to allow Jacob Bosse to walk up the middle into the high slot where he put a quick release high off the glove of Naylor and over his head and just barely over the line at 4:43 of the second. Four minutes later it was 3-3, as again Castagna found Mitchel Deelstra over the Nanaimo line up the left wing where he simply put a low shot on  net from a distance where it was deflected home five-hole by Jacob Bosse at 8:40 of the second. The Bulldogs couldn't build on it, as less than a minute later it was 4-3 Clippers as a cross-slot pass was one-timed home off the crossbar over the glove of Glassford by Joshua Bourne, with the lone assist going to Steven Agriogianis at 9:21 of the period. The Bulldogs earned a power play later in the period, and spent a frantic minute and a half on the attack in the zone but couldn't convert on it for the equalizer. The Clippers would add to their lead with under two to play in the frame when the Bulldogs got caught running around in their end and misplayed the puck at the side of their net. It allowed a second chance for Ethan Scardina, who walked out from behind the net and beat Glassford high, far-side to make it 5-3 at 18:15,  of the second, unassisted.  Shots in the period were 10-9 Bulldogs, for a 20-19 total in their favour heading into the third. 


The Bulldogs began the third with a solid attacking zone shift and looked to really have something going on a set up to the slot, but a moving-in defenseman couldn't handle the pass. The Clippers would race up ice on a 3 on 1 rush, but Glassford came up with an in-tight save on Ethan Scardina to keep it a two-goal game. It didn't stay that way for long, as the Clippers completed the scoring 3:41 into the period as Tim Washe walked over the line up the right wing into the faceoff dot where he went high, short-side on his backhand to make it 6-3, with assists going to Ethan Scardina and Kyler Kovich at 3:41 of the third.


Third period shots were 10-8 Nanaimo, for a game total of 29-28 Clippers with Jordan Naylor earning the win while Jackson Glassford took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 3 on the man advantage.


The teams go at it again tomorrow night in Nanaimo for Game two.


Hammer




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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight to open Best of Seven series


After a 58 game dress rehearsal, it's onto the real season tonight as the Bulldogs (26-28-2-2, 4th Island) head over the hump to visit the Clippers (37-17-2-2, 1st Island) for Game one of this best-of-seven Island Division semi final series.

These teams last played Sunday afternoon at the Multiplex, a 6-1 Nanaimo win.  It was the Clipper's fifth straight win. It was also the fifth straight head-to-head win for the Clippers in the season series.

The season series was a tight one, with a razor thin line separating winning and losing - at least prior to the final two games over the last five days to end the regular season with the Bulldogs dressing a line up no where near what is expected to suit up tonight. In fact, only one game was decided by more than one goal. The scores in chronological order - 2-1 Clippers, 3-2 Bulldogs, 2-1 Bulldogs, 3-1 Clippers, 5-4 Clippers and 4-3 Clippers before the 8-4 and 6-1 Nanaimo wins to end the regular season last Wednesday and Sunday.

It's all 100% irrelevant now, however. Everything written above, all previous scores, games, stats, etc, etc, etc go right out the window. Both teams are winless, all skaters are pointless and the goalies are unblemished.

The Clippers no doubt will go into the series with confidence, and deservedly so - they won the last five games in the season series, and won their last five games of the year. They'll be looking to carry all that forward.

The Bulldogs are the complete opposite - they're no doubt beyond excited at the prospect of a fresh slate starting tonight. Every team faces adversity, plain and simple. Having said that, the Bulldogs saw a level of adversity that was at a whole different level. No other teams spent a month evicted from their rink, having to practice and play on the road. Sure, all teams face injury issues. Unless I missed it, no other team went through a stretch like the Bulldogs with not one - but two - goalies unavailable. I'm also quite confident that the list of teams that had players injured by Referees and Linesmen is also a very short one. It's said about adversity - that if it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger. Here's hoping everything the Bulldogs have had to fight through this season has indeed made them stronger.

Is there anything like playoff hockey? One minute you're higher than high. The next - you're lower than low. Whether it's the former, or the latter doesn't matter. Finding a way to go out the next game, the next shift, the next period etc, with all the buzzwords -  will, skill, desire, determination, discipline, desperation - I'll stop before I have to get out a thesaurus... is all that matters.

I can't wait.





Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey goes live on 93.3 The Peak FM tonight for our pregame show at 6:45, with the game action to follow just after 7:00pm. Dan Tisserand tabulates team and individual statistics, Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and adds colour commentary while I manage the hosting while calling the play-by-play.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is a "Playoff Preview" edition of The Island Division This Week - with all of the Island Division play-by-play voices looking into the first round of the post season and their team's matchup.







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Hammer





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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bulldogs drop regular season finale, 6-1 to Clippers




The game was fairly passive, tight and sloppy early as neither side appeared sharp and in sync. The Clippers would earn a power play just under five minutes into the game. but the Bulldogs killed it off with Luke Pearson again being razor sharp as the Clippers ran up a 10-1 edge in shots. The Clippers would earn an almost immediate follow up power play, that was hard to accept as Tim Gould was hooked off the puck by Tyler Williams who was chasing him. Gould then hooked him back in similar fashion, but was penalized. It would be a big consequence, as the Clippers took advantage of it to lead 1-0 when Tim Washe deflected home a Robbie Drazner point shot five-hole on Pearson. Devon Mussio also drew an assist on the play at 9:00 of the first. The Bulldogs were unable to generate much throughout the period, and the Clippers doubled their lead with under a minute to play in the period as Scott Mahovlich went to the net and was tied up by a Defender and took advantage of the opportunity to stand in the crease and impede Pearson from moving in the paint as Travis Walton potted a loose puck in the crease to make it 2-0 at 19:14 of the first. Shots after one were 20-4 Nanaimo.


The Bulldogs earned  a power play early in the second, but if anything lost momentum as they struggled with the puck and failed to even get set up in the attacking zone. As the period wore on, the Bulldogs continued to struggle to generate anything, and found themselves in a 3-0 hole just over six minutes into the period as Travis Walton carried the puck up the right wing and over the Bulldog line before throwing a cross-ice pass to the deep slot for Ethan Scardina, who blew a one-timer home short-side past the blocker of Pearson to make it 4-0 at 11:13 of the second. The Bulldogs showed an increase in passion in the back half of period, initially leading to a power play opportunity. While they didn't score on it, they looked good on it and earned momentum and chances and got the crowd into it a bit. They would finally find the net with just under two minutes to play in the period, as Jacob Bosse found a loose puck off a draw in the Nanaimo end and walked in untouched where he beat Jordan Naylor with a quick  release, blocker side to make it 4-1 at 18:15 of the second, with Jackson Doucet drawing the lone assist.  Shots in the second were 13-8 Clippers, for a 33-12 edge after 40 minutes.


The third period saw the Bulldogs  have an extra jump to their step, but they were unable to mount any sustained attack to trim the deficit. The Clippers would further add to their lead just short of the midway point of the period when Ethan Scardina was set up in the deep slot in the right circle, where he put a quick release high, short-side off the post and in past the glove of Pearson to make it 5-1. Jack O'Brien also assisted at 9:32 of the third. The Clippers would add one more four minutes later on a fortuitous bounce as Devon Mussio appeared to fan on a shot, but it worked out as it went wide at a sharp angle and hit a sliding Bulldog defender to sit on the lip of the crease where Kyler Kovich tapped it into the open net to conclude the scoring at 13:22 of the third.


Shots in the third were 16-13 Bulldogs, for a game total in Nanaimo's favour of 46-28 with Jordan Naylor earning the win while Luke Pearson took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Clippers went 2 for 4.


With the win, the Clippers clinch 1st place in the Island Division, meaning they'll meet the Bulldogs in Round One of the playoffs.


Hammer


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Bulldogs host Clippers today to conclude regular season


It's the regular season finale for both teams today, as the Bulldogs (26-27-2-2, 4th Island) host the Nanaimo Clippers (36-17-2-2, 2nd Island) in a potential first round playoff matchup at the Multiplex on Fan Appreciation Day.

The Bulldogs were in Duncan last night, where they snapped a four  game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Capitals. The Clippers last played Friday night at home, where they won their fourth straight 2-1 over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

These teams last met Wednesday night at the Dog Pound, an 8-4 Clipper win.

The stakes couldn't be more different for both sides of the puck today. The Bulldogs are playing to head into the playoffs feeling good about their game, and that's that. The Clippers on the other side are playing with an Island Division title on the line as they enter play today a single point behind the Clippers. They had the first tiebreaker on the Capitals as well, with one more victory.


If you can't make the game, we'll bring it to you. Catch all the action live from the Dog Pound  on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, starting with our pregame show at 1:45, with the game action to follow after 2:00

Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis while adding colour commentary, and I call the play-by-play. 




Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Billy Christopoulos , who is now playing professionally with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye after a four-year career playing NCAA hockey with Air Force. 

Here's a nice read on his year from the Toledo Blade





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Thanks for checking the blog, talk to you from the 'Pound this afternoon. 


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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bulldogs top Capitals 2-1

Here's the highlights! Enjoy! 

Hammer





The Bulldogs looked everything like a team with half of their roster out of the lineup early in the game, as the Capitals had all the pressure and the Bulldogs chased the game. Luke Pearson was very sharp, as the Capitals ran up a 10-1 edge in shots but couldn't find the net. The Bulldogs started to settle in, and drew a penalty just short of the middle of the period. They would capitalize on it. as Jimmy Rayhill carried the puck from the Bulldogs zone all the way into the left corner in Capitals territory. He would then end-board bank it to the right corner for Austin Spiridakis, who put a quick pass to a wide-open Dawson Tritt in front, where he went to his backhand and lifted it over the glove of Zach Borgeil to make it 1-0 at 10:31 of the first. The Capitals pushed back through the back portion of the period, but the Bulldogs held on with Pearson again being solid to protect the lead. They would draw another penalty late in the period, and again made it count as Caige Sterzer found Isaac Pascoal on the right wing wall. He put a perfect saucer pass to the top of the point for Moe Acee, who blew a slapper top corner past the blocker of Borgeil to make it 2-0 at 19:35 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 18-12 Capitals.



The Capitals again put a push on to start the second, helped out by a 52 second 5 on 3 power play but the Bulldogs again held on with Luke Pearson making three or four big saves to keep it 2-0, with his defenders also doing a fantastic job of blocking shots and clearing loose puck around the net. The Bulldogs earned a power play later in  the period, and had several glorious chances around the  net, but couldn't convert on them with Zach Borgiel also coming up with some big saves on scrambles to keep it a two-goal game.  Neither team would find the net before the buzzer, with the shots in the period being 17-6 Capitals, for a 35-18 total in their favour after 40 minutes.



The Bulldogs controlled the play early in the third period, winning the battles and getting pucks both in and out. The Capitals pressed just over four minutes into the period, and kept it up for a crazy five to seven minute stretch where Luke Pearson was so ridiculous  he almost defies description, coming up with save after save in every  way  imaginable to protect the lead. The Capitals would keep  pushing, and made  it a 2-1 game at 10:07 of the third as Dimitri Mikrogiannakis drove end to end up the  right  wing and one-handed it to the crease  where Pearson made  the initial save but John Lundy poked the rebound through Pearson and over the line. Dan McIntyre  also drew an assist on the play. The Capitals pressed for the equalizer, but Pearson continued to play fantastic, at  one point making a desperation save while losing his helmet on the goal line. The Capitals would  be penalized  for  goalie  interference late in the period, as Tanner Sidaway attempted  to  split the defence and carried into Pearson while attempting to keep his balance. It looked  worse live  than the replay showed, but a five minute major was called. The Bulldogs  for the most part didn't look good on the advantage, fighting the puck and not being able to generate  any offence. They would then be penalized with 30 plus seconds to go in the major and just under two minutes to play. The Capitals would call timeout and pulled Borgiel for the extra attacker, to make it a 5 on 4, followed by a 6 on 4 advantage at the conclusion of the major penalty. They would have their chances  to tie it, including hitting the crossbar with under 10 seconds to play, but the Bulldogs defended their net and Pearson made two more good saves at the buzzer to make the lead stand.


Third period shots were 20-10  Capitals, for a game total in their favour of 55-28. Luke Pearson earned 1st star honours with the win, while Zach Borgiel took the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Capitals went 0 for 5.


With the win, the Bulldogs snap a four game losing streak. They conclude their regular season tomorrow when they host the Nanaimo Clippers at 2:00pm.


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Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight at the Big Stick *6:00pm start*


It's the final regular season road game tonight for the Bulldogs (25-26-2-2, 4th Island) as they head down to Duncan to visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals (35-14-5-2, 1st Island) tonight at the Cowichan Community Centre.


The Bulldogs had last night off, last seeing action Wednesday night at home, where they lost their fourth straight, 8-4 to the Clippers.  The Capitals were in action last night in Nanaimo, where they dropped  a  last-minute 2-1 decision  to  the Clippers.


This is the eighth and final regular season meeting between the Island Division rivals, and a potential first round playoff match up, The Bulldogs are 5-2-0-0 head to head, while the Capitals are  2-2-3-0.

These teams last met January 22nd at the Dog Pound, a 5-4 Bulldog win in overtime. Before that, they met December 13th in Duncan, a 3-2 Bulldog win - again in overtime. The Capitals earned a 6-4 win at the Multiplex on November 30th. The Bulldogs won 6-5 in overtime in Duncan on November 23rd, and also earned a 4-3 win over the Capitals at the Dog Pound on October 25th. The Bulldogs won the first meeting of the season in Port Alberni 3-1 on October 5th, after the Capitals earned a 3-2 win in the first meeting of the season on September 20th in Duncan.



Catch all the action live from the Big Stick in Duncan tonight on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, starting with our pregame show at 5:45, with the game action to follow after 6:00

Bruce MacDonald provides analysis while adding colour commentary, and I call the play-by-play. 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the final regular season edition of The Island Division This Week - previews, recaps, highlights and news and notes from all the BCHL's Island Division Broadcast voices, courtesy of Dan Marshall, voice of the Nanaimo Clippers on our sister station 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo. 





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Hammer 


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bulldogs drop fourth straight, 8-4 to Clippers





The Bulldogs looked sharp in the early minutes, and drew a penalty just 2:08 into the contest. Their power play would unfortunately lose any momentum with back-to-back misplays at the attacking line. The Bulldogs would concede a shorthanded breakaway at the end of the power play, but Luke Pearson came up with a pad save on Tim Washe to keep it tied. The Bulldogs kept pushing the pace, and opened the scoring on a delayed penalty as a Tim Gould cross-ice pass was found and one-timed home from the left circle by Jacob Bosse before Jordan Naylor could recover. Affiliate player Luca Cagnoni also drew an assist on the play at 8:33 of the first. The Bulldogs had a handful of Grade A chances throughout the following minutes, but either couldn't hit the target, or beat Naylor to pad the lead. A big shot block in front of the Nanaimo net quickly turned up ice an a perfect outlet pass from Ethan Scardina sent Tim Washe in alone behind the defence, and he didn't miss on a second chance as he went backhand over the glove of Luke Pearson to tie it at 1-1 at 16:02 of period one, with Kyler Kovich also drawing an assist. On the ensuing faceoff, the Bulldogs drew another penalty, as Scott Mahovlich got his stick up in the Bulldog zone. They would make the opportunity count, with a great keep at the right point by Jimmy Rayhill. He would then take a few steps in before simply throwing it at the net, where Stephen Castagna deflected it home to make it 2-1 Bulldogs at 17:07 of the first, with Austin Spiridakis also drawing an assist. Shots in the first were 13-12 Clippers.


The Bulldogs began the second on the power play, but couldn't get anything going to add to their lead. The Clippers would get the equalizer just over seven minutes into the frame, on a giveaway onto the tape of Joshua Bourne, who walked right down main street  to the hashmarks where he beat Pearson with a quick release, blocker side to make it 2-2, unassisted at 7:06 of the second. Just 1:22 later, it was 3-2 Clippers, as the Bulldogs failed to get the puck out numerous times, the first hitting the Linesman and staying in the zone, before a giveaway at the net front saw an initial chance hit the crossbar, before the puck skittered across the crease where Scott Mahovlich tapped it home with 8:28 gone in the second, with assists to Ethan Scardina and Kyler Kovich.  The Clippers pushed for more, but Luke Pearson came up with a highlight reel windmill glove save on a cross-ice set up for Tim Washe to keep it a one-goal game.vThe Bulldogs pushed back to tie it, with Tommy Bannister battling the puck over the Nanaimo line up the right wing for Ryan Doolin. He would bounce a pass across the slot for Jacob Bosse, who batted a one-timer through Naylor to make it 3-3 at 13:54 of the second. Seconds later, it looked like it was 4-3 Bulldogs, but Jordan Naylor came up with a highlight reel save on an open net on Matthew Grouchy backhand to keep it tied. Just a minute later, the Clippers went up 4-3 when Ethan Scardina deflected a shot from the top of the left circle past the blocker of Pearson, with assists going to Trevor LeDonne and Kyler Kovich at 15:15. Less than a minute later it was 5-3 on a gorgeous three-way passing play on the rush that saw Robbie Drazer tap it in off the back post. Assists on the play went to Tyler Williams and Joshua Bourne at 16:05 of the second. The Clippers would tack on one more before the period was out on the power play to pad their lead, as Pearson made the first save with his left toe, but Bourne won a battle in the paint to slap it home to make it 6-3 at 19:43 of the second with assists to Tyler Williams and Steven Agriogianis. Shots in the period were 14-13 Bulldogs,  for a 26-26 total after two periods of play.


The Bulldogs were unable to trim the gap in the third before the Clippers further added to their lead as Tim Washe was allowed to walk in to the deep slot where he put a wrist shot through the blocker arm of Pearson to make it 7-3 at 4:25 of the third, with assists going to Brandon Dent and Kyler Kovich. The Bulldogs continued to fight it, and the Clippers took advantage of a giveaway by the Bulldogs at their line that saw Joshua Bourne again walk in to the deep slot, where he put a perfect shot top corner, long-side over the glove of Pearson and under the crossbar to make it 8-3 at 9:43 of the third, un-assisted. The Bulldogs would complete  the scoring in the final minute of play as Olivier Fizet threw  it across the crease where Jacob Bosse jammed it on net. Naylor would make the first save, but Caige Sterzer potted the rebound from the crease to make it an 8-4 final.

Third period shots were 15-12 Bulldogs, for a game total of 41-39 with Luke Pearson taking the loss while Jordan Naylor earned the win. The Bulldogs went 1 for 5 on the power play, while the Clippers  went 1 for 2.

With the loss, the Bulldogs have now dropped four straight contests.They are now cemented into 4th place in the Island Division standings.

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night in Duncan for a 6:00pm puck drop.


Hammer


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