The Alberni Valley Bulldogs opened their three game road trip tonight with a 3-0 shutout of the Surrey Eagles.
The South Surrey Arena hasn't been kind to the Dogs, as before tonight their last win in Surrey was December of 2006.
The Dogs took a 1-0 lead late in the first when Matt Hatch found the rebound after Johnny Rogic was stopped by Vinny Lessard on a breakaway. The Dogs made it 2-0 past the halfway mark of the game when they again scored a rebound off a breakaway save by Lessard.
This time it was Kevin Ross sending Trent Dorais on a shorthanded breakaway. Lessard again made the save, but Warren Muir dug the puck to Dorais who slid it home to make it 2-0.
The goal was the third shorthanded marker by the Dogs this season.
It was then the powerplay that gave the Dogs a big cushion just minutes later as Matt Hatch put a perfect pass from behind the net to Johnny Rogic in tight where he one-timed it home. Warren Muir was again in on the play picking up an assist.
The Eagles had their chances in the third out shooting the Dogs, but they couldn't break the shutout as Slubowski was sharp and he was well supported.
Final shots were 28-24 Eagles. The Dogs were 1 for 5 on the powerplay while also scoring once shorthanded. The Eagles were 0 for 9.
A great start to the trip for the Dogs. Next up the Express tomorrow.
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