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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Dogs get first win, pictures from the road

Big win for the Dogs tonight, a hard fought 4-2 win over the 2007 Royal Bank Cup hosts, the Prince George Spruce Kings. Couple of pictures before I get to bed here and do it all over again tomorrow. Pictures- biggest pair of skis I've ever seen, outside and inside the Prince George Coliseum, Steve Walker in the SMALLEST penalty box in the BCHL, and maybe anywhere, and last but not least, the final score.


HarryZ Fan said...

Great job Hammer - we appreciate the pictures that you post.
Good Luck tonight boys, good game last night too. Keep it up guys!

kris said...

haha way to get your camera strap in the second last pic

Hammer said...

hey hey thats not my picture! No kidding. You can blame my press-box assistant LRT for that one. I didn't have a good enough overhead of the penalty boxes so I asked him to grab a shot for me. I did notice the camera strap, but thought I could post it anyway. Shoulda known you'd chirp :)

PS Go Bruins!

lrt said...

hahaha busted!

kris said...

wow i thought that was part of the bench you couldnt even change your mind in there

ps click on my name its a link to a cool pic

gwyn said...

GO dogs go. very excited about the first win. hurrah!

LRT said...

...this is a good write-up from Friday's game:

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Kings lose another, draw Dempsey's ire

by TED CLARKE, Citizen staff

Ed Dempsey read the riot act to the Prince George Spruce Kings.

It had to be done, if the Kings hope to start a revolution against the losing skid that’s been dogging them lately.

Yes, Dempsey’s Kings lost another one, their fifth in six starts this season in front of a crowd of 623 at the Coliseum. This time it was the Alberni Valley Bulldogs leaving town with a 4-2 victory.

In any other year, the Kings’ slow start would have been tough to swallow, but this year, having just one win three weeks into a season is utterly incomprehensible for a team that will host the Royal Bank Cup national junior A hockey championship seven months down the road.

“It comes down to intensity, and our team right now doesn’t have the drive to win,” said Kings defenceman Bobby Hineman. “We’re losing a lot of one-on-one battles and it seems all game everyone doesn’t want to bear down and shoot the puck in the back of the net.

“Ed’s a great coach and he’s a smart guy and he knows that winning takes intensity, heart and drive and we just need heart. He told us what we need to do and what we need to hear.

“We can’t throw away a year and just go through the motions because we’re the RBC team already. We’re supposed to be the best team in Canada and I want make sure we all do what we can to make sure we are the best.”

Once again, the Kings’ lack of finish around the net spelled disaster, just as it did in overtime losses to Quesnel and Trail, and a one-goal loss to Penticton which all came in the past week. The Bulldogs had the bulk of the chances as they outshot the Kings 32-20.

“When you look back at all of those games, we were right in those games until we got into the last 10 minutes, and that’s when you need your older players to come out and take control,” said Dempsey, whose closed-door meeting in the dressing room lasted nearly half an hour.

“Tonight’s game was a perfect example. (Jordan) Kremyr is one of the better players on that team and when it came down to crunch time, he got it done.”

Kremyr broke in with puck-carrier Harry Zolnierczyk right after the Kings wasted a power-play opportunity that should have given them a chance to tie the game late in the third period. Zolnierczyk jammed a close-in shot at Kings goalie Paul Dainton and Kremyr tucked in the loose puck for his fifth of the season to cap the scoring at the 16:29 mark. That all came seconds after the Bulldogs swamped the Kings’ power play for the full two minutes by blocking shots and keeping them pinned against the boards.

“They did a good job on that penalty kill — they were in the shooting lanes and we couldn’t get our shots through the net,” Dempsey said. “We had an opportunity to take control of the game and we wasted it.”

Minutes earlier, Tyler Ruel staked the Bulldogs to a 3-2 lead with a beautiful goal. Ruel did all the work, burning Jesse Fratkin down the left wing with a burst of speed that allowed the Bulldogs captain to cut into the middle and unleash a high wrist shot over Dainton’s trapper.

The Kings were badly outplayed in the latter stages of the second period as the teams enjoyed a rare stretch of five-on-five play. Regan Smiley banged a shot from the point off Dainton and in off the crossbar just far enough to cross the line, despite the effort of Kings defenceman Ryan deVries to bat the puck away.

Just when it looked like the Kings were about to head into the intermission down a goal, Hineman jumped into the play to create an odd-man rush with Dylan McIntosh and Chris Shudo. McIntosh started the play and left the puck on a give-and-go for Shudo, whose low shot produced a juicy rebound that Hineman swatted into the net.

Kremyr opened the scoring in the first period on a power-play tip-in, and Scott McNaughton followed suit for the Kings.

The win was the first of the season for the Bulldogs (1-2-0-1). Bulldogs 20-year-old goalie Ryan Lafferty played in the Ontario Provincial Junior A League last season for the Wellington Dukes, where he got to see Hineman and Dainton in action for the Port Hope Predators.

“We’ve been coming along slowly and tonight we finally put it together for the win,” said Lafferty. “I had a lot of defensive help from the team, with blocked shots. The last couple games we’ve started to take control with our penalty-kill. We got a lot of momentum from Ruel’s goal.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Kings (1-3-0-2), who host the Casey Pierro-Zabotel and the Merritt Centennials tonight (7 p.m.), and the division-leading Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Sunday (3 p.m. start).

The Kings were without winger Curt Morrison, who suffered a broken jaw in last Saturday’s game against Trail, as well as defenceman Clay Goodall, who re-injured his back in the same game. Rookie centre Brenden Turnbull is also a doubtful starter for either game this weekend after banging up his knee when taken hard into the boards by Bulldogs forward Sawyer Eichel early in Friday’s game.

©Copyright 2006 Prince George Citizen

Hammer said...

Nice write up thanks for posting.