I never need an excuse to put some Slap Shot stuff up on here..
The Bulldogs are still without a win against the Victoria Grizzlies this season after a 6-1 Grizz win last night. After a scoreless first period, Robert Lindores gave the Dogs a 1-0 lead early in the second. The score stayed that way until a controversial Grizz goal tied it at 1-1 just past the halfway mark of the game. I certainly couldn't tell from my position in the booth if it was in, and it appeared the referee couldn't tell either from his position right at the net if it was in or not as the puck went up in the air before being stopped by Colin Rundell. The referee was in great position but didn't make an immediate call whether it was goal or no goal. After consultation with his linesmen, it was ruled a goal.
The Grizzlies would then strike twice in just over a minute late in the period to blow a 1-1 game open into a two goal advantage at 3-1. Unlike Sunday afternoon, where the Dogs recovered from two quick goals against to fight back, they couldn't muster a comeback this time. They kept the score close with a good penalty kill throughout the majority of the third, but the Grizzlies finally built their lead to three goals with just under six minutes left. After two more Dogs penalties, and also two more Grizzlies goals, the game got more than a little heated with several fights, including one situation that looked like it was going to develop into a full-scale line brawl. Credit to the linesmen and the players on the ice for it not getting that far.
Old Time Hockey. As Don Cherry says - It's not everyone's cup of tea.
Next up for the Dogs is a date with the Langley Chiefs Thursday at the Pound.
And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...Paul Henderson 1943-
hockey player, was born on this day. Henderson played junior with the Hamilton Red Wings, then moved to the Detroit Red Wings, before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (1968-74). Henderson retired in 1981 after stints with the WHA Toronto Toros/Birmingham Bulls and the NHL Atlanta Flames. He scored the winning goal in the Canada/Soviet Union Summit Series on Sept 28, 1972, with 34 seconds remaining.
THANKS Paul for scoring that one!