Saturday, March 20, 2010
Dogs tie series 1-1
The largest crowd in recent memory left the Pound happy tonight as for the second straight series the Dogs dug themselves out of a 1-0 hole with a 3-2 overtime win in game 2. It was again Mitch MacMillan coming up with the overtime winner, on a great keep by David Dziurzynski, and a great set up by Mark MacMillan.
Close to 10% of the population of the city was in the building, over 1770 fans. Keep mind that the building doesn't even have 1600 seats and you realize how hot of a ticket the Bulldogs are right now.
It was also nice to see a small but strong group of Kings supporters making some noise for their guys too.
The Kings took a 1-0 lead early on a power play goal as Mark MacMillan was sent to the box for cross checking. I don't know how you cross check someone when your stick is being held under their armpit, but never the less that was the call as Mark was too agressive in trying to get his stick back. Daniel Carr put the rebound home in front as he continued his strong play in the series with his 3rd goal in just the first period of game 2.
The Dogs evened it up later in the period just after a power play elapsed as David Dziurzynski put a backhand on the scramble past Watson for a 1-1 tie after 20.
The only goal of the second came with five minutes left in it as Ryan Renz took a shot from the line on the power play that went off a King to a wide open Matt Hatch who one-timed it home before Watson could get over and get set for a 2-1 Bulldogs lead after 40 minutes.
The Kings would even the score on Reid Campbell's first of the post season on a quick shot through traffic from the top of the point six and a half minutes into the third to tie it up at 2-2. Neither team would find the net throughout the rest of the third as the game went to sudden death overtime for the second night in a row.
The Kings would have a great chance in OT to win it as they won a battle for a loose puck in the right circle that was found by Jordan Grant who was in alone on Frank Slubowski from in tight, but the Bulldog goalie came up huge.
Moments later David Dziurzynski kept in a Mat Bodie clearing attempt that he fired down to the left corner to Mark who found Mitch in the slot where he one-timed it past or under Watson to bring about Bedlam in the Dog Pound.
Some much needed rest and recovery now before heading to Powell River for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Tuesday. As the series goes along I'm sure the intensity will only go higher. For the team that wants to win it to advance to the league finals, the battle level of the players will have to go higher as well.
It was nice to see such a great crowd in the building, and it was also nice to see BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale in attendance for the second night in a row. He must be pretty happy with the hockey that he saw played, and with the great crowds on hand both nights.
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