What a wild game as the Dogs beat the Eagles on a highlight reel winner by David Dziurzynski as he walked to the net and beat three Eagles and then Vinny Lessard on the rebound.
Surrey lead 1-0 after one but the Dogs were a much different team in the second period tying it up just 13 seconds in as Warren Muir banged in his own rebound off a great pass from Sam Mitchell. It was 2-1 Dogs when Johnny Rogic put the carom off the end boards past Lessard off a Luke Fenske one-timer set up by Ryan Corbiell.
The game would get a little crazy with penalties after this point. During a 4 on 4 situation Erik Cooper tipped a point shot home for his first goal to tie the game at 2-2. The Eagles then went to a 5 on 3. When one of the penalties was up Warren Muir jumped out of the box to get in on a breakaway that was stopped by Lessard. Muir would get his rebound and come out front only to be stopped again by Lessard. When the whistle blew Muir was awarded a penalty shot which caught me by surprise. Lessard would again come up with the save to keep the game at 2-2. The Eagles would go up 3-2 on an Andrew Wallace power play goal, with Mitch MacMillan being ejected from the game on a check from behind as the Dogs lost the leagues leading goal scorer for the remainder of the game. After another 5 on 3 kill the Dogs ended the period on the power play, where Kevin Ross put a slapper from the right point past Lessard for a 3-3 tie after two.
The Dogs would get a 5 on 3 of their own in the third, but they couldn't connect on it. On the 5 on 4 Warren Muir got his second of the game to make it 4-3, somehow fighting the puck to the net and beating Lessard on a great hard working goal. Jamus Lane would tie it shortly afterwards as it was 4-4 with eight minutes to play.
Penalties were again a problem for both teams, with each club getting a chance to go ahead on the man advantage. Both penalty kills would hold the score at even. Then, with 2:22 to play Tyler Morley was given four minutes for kneeing for a hit on Mark MacMillan. The Eagles penalty kill would come up big with Lessard making some big stops and the Eagles doing a good job of getting in shooting lanes. The Dogs came as close as a Kevin Ross shot off the post, and another puck at the side of the net that went in but it was ruled no goal as the net was dislodged.
The game would end on a beauty as previously mentioned by big Dave Dziurzynski.
You might be able to see the video if you are on facebook, by clicking this link to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Group!
What a game, what a crowd! Go Dogs!