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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bulldogs join fight against Breast Cancer, Trades out of Vic = ??? Paul Maurice = Funny, Minor Hockey action, Black Sheep action...

Bulldogs Join Fight Against Cancer

October 14, 2010

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have dedicated the month of October to raise awareness in the fight against Cancer. In an effort to raise funds for cancer research, the Bulldogs will once again don the Pink Jerseys in a game played at the Multiplex October 30, 2010 when the Cowichan Valley Capitals pay visit for a 7:00 PM start.

Throughout the city of Port Alberni in local businesses all fans will have the opportunity to enter and win one of your favorite Bulldogs game warn Pink jerseys. Jersey are on display at the sponsor’s place of business for the remainder of the month of October and a ballot box will be located next to the jersey. For a minimum donation of $2.00 people can come and enter at any of these locations to have a chance to win one of the pink jerseys in support of Cancer Research. You must be in attendance to win and you can only win one jersey.

All names and addresses of the sponsors will be listed on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs website and in the program insert so all fans wanting the opportunity to win a jersey know where the jerseys are located. At the conclusion of the October 30th game, all spon sors will be asked to come out on the ice for photos with the Bulldog Player, and the jersey winner. Additionally, a group photo with the Bulldogs Hockey Team will wrap up this worthy cause.

Prior to the game there will be a cheque presentation to the cancer society, money will be in the amount collected from all the ballot boxes.

For further information on joining the Bulldogs with the Fight Against Cancer, please contact:
Laurie Smillie 250-723-4411

Pink Jersey Sponsors: Trends Design Team – 4663 Margaret Street ( Sawyer Mick)
Sugar Shak – Harbour Quay ( Ryan Renz)
Canadian Tire - 3550 Johnston Rd. (Josh Mitchell)
Beaver Creek Tools and More – (Casey Bailey)
Quality Foods – 2943 10th Ave. (Brody Lynott)
Walmart - 3355 Johnston Road (Sam Mitchell)
DAST Welding (at the Bulldogs Office) 3777 Roger St. (Marley Keca)
RBC – 2925 3rd Ave. (Kyle Weber)
A.V. Times - 4918 Napier St. (Trent Dorais)
Alberni Toyota - 3990 10th Avenue ( Tyler Berkholtz)
Alberni Chrysler - 2611 Port Alberni Hwy (Lars Hepso)
Best Western Barclay Hotel - 4277 Stamp Ave (Frank Riddle)

Very rarely do I ever talk about other teams trades. Maybe it's because I'm not passionate enough about them to throw in my two cents, maybe I'm not informed enough, who knows.

I just HAVE to talk about the trades out of Grizz-land after the performance they put in here at the Dog Pound on Tuesday night. I wouldn't have been surprised ONE IOTA if the Grizzlies had made moves after last Friday's game in Victoria. Yes, they beat the Dogs 4-2 with an empty netter - BUT the Dogs outplayed them thoroughly. If not for the goaltending of Matt Ginn and two 5 on 3 power play goals, they weren't even in the game. Fast Forward to Tuesday at the Dog Pound. One could make the argument that if not for Frank Slubowski, the Dogs weren't in the game. That may be a little extreme, but the Grizzlies played a VERY good game, one of the best I've seen out of another team this year. They had the Dogs hemmed in their own zone for extended periods, they showed mental strength by fighting back from falling behind with 10 minutes to go to score 2 quick ones to win the game. No easy feat in the Dog Pound.

And the next day the team is blown up. Jake Baker gets moved a game after breaking up a 2 on 1 with his face, and then taking an absolute titanic of a hit from Brody Lynott to set up the game tying goal. What have you done for me lately? Wow.

There are a million factors that make trades happen - Coaching, GM's, Ownership, NCAA pressure, Players, Parents, Girlfriends, etc etc etc.

It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall in the Grizzlies offices to know how these all came about.

I'd assume quite simply that they didn't like their team. You just don't see many teams on 3 game winning streaks "shake it up", especially after they play as good as they did Tuesday here in Alberni.

Maybe the Dogs just played that bad, and Victoria didn't play that good?

I really like Jake Baker and Wesley Myron, and Brett Kolins is a solid addition as is Scott Milnthorp.

I guess you have to "give up to get up"? I intend no offense to Graeme Strukoff and Dustin Johnson as they are solid players, I'm more surprised at the upsetting of what looked like a pretty good apple cart by the Grizzlies organization.

Moving on to the big leagues. Check the below video of the hit in question as Nick Foligno hits Pat Dwyer. Then click the video below that one to hear what 'Canes coach Paul Maurice thinks of it all....I think Foligno is VERY lucky that Dwyer got up, or he'd be in some hot water.

Moving on -here's an update on the Midget Bulldogs - thanks Simon and Brenda for the updates


The Midget A Bulldogs have two wins, a tie and a loss in the last two weekends of exhibition play. 

On the road October 2nd Alberni took a 3-1 lead in the first half against Victoria Racquet Club off goals by Carson McCulloch, Tyler Wilhelm and Sam Visona.  Unfortunately they let the lead slip away after the ice clean.  Add in some bad bounces and it was enough for Racquet Club to recover a 5-3 win.

On October 3rd at home the Bulldogs gave up the first goal to Comox Chiefs power play before getting down to business with six goals of their own.  Brady Janzen led the charge with two goals and an assist.  Line mate Colby Lim scored next on a Bulldog power play and Dustin Diemert also put two in the net.  Sam Visona took advantage of a neutral zone turnover to speed past the Comox defence and score shorthanded in the third period.  Comox got a deflection off a skate to finish with Alberni on top 6-2.  Alberni was strong defensively, especially on the penalty kill which gave up only one goal while going short handed ten times.

On Thanksgiving weekend the Bulldogs played exhibition games in Parksville and at home against a closely matched Oceanside team.  In the first game the Bulldogs were slowed down by penalties in the early going, until Brady Janzen combined for Lim to put the first goal up with 1:50 left in the first period.  Oceanside tied it up in the second.  The Bulldogs pulled ahead by two in the third period on goals from Ryan Buse, Wilhelm and Visona, but Oceanside scored two of their own in the closing minutes to salvage a 4-4 tie.

In the rematch on Monday there was no score in the first period.  Oceanside got on the board first, but a power play goal by Marino Somerville evened it up at the half.  The teams traded goals for the rest of the game.  McCulloch got two.  Other assists were collected by Bryan Read (2), Nathan Read, and Diemert.  Then Beau Wilson scored on a power play feed from Cory Beecroft with 7 minutes left in the 3rd period.  This held up as the game winner at 4-3. 

The team is next in action against Comox M2 at Weyerhaeuser starting at 3 PM on Saturday October 16.

 The Port Alberni Black Sheep Rugby Club is in action this weekend at the club on Upper Argyle. The Senior Women take on Nanaimo 11:30 Saturday Morning, followed by the 1st Div. Men taking on Nanaimo at 1pm. Sunday at 1pm 3rd Div. action sees the Sheep host Cowichan. 


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