A tough one for the Dogs, as they looked Dog tired (pun intended) through the opening two periods as the short-staffed but well rested Clippers carried the play for the most part.
The Dogs opened the scoring just five minutes in, but gave up the equalizer less than a minute later.
It was still 1-1 until the midway point of the game when the Clippers went ahead 2-1. Two minutes later Sawyer Mick was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by referee Ryan Benbow for yapping at a Clipper player. I can't remember the last time I saw a player get a single unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for speaking to another player, and not a ref...Let's just say if they called that all the time there would be 40 guys in the box.
The Clippers made the Dogs pay with a powerplay marker, and then struck shorthanded to go up 4-1. A Lars Hepso shorthanded goal in the dying seconds made it 4-2 and gave the Dogs life.
A good start to the 3rd period for the Dogs ran into a penalty and the Clippers carried the play and the Dogs looked out of gas again.
Cue Bailey, Josh, and Sobchak, as they came out with a great shift to get the momentum turned. Three shifts later they were back out and connected to make it 4-3. The Dogs dominated after that as they generated a ton of chances, including one off the post on the next faceoff as Liam Darragh busted down the wing, picked a loose Clipper stick out of his armpit, and put the puck right to the slot where Premont made a great first save and the rebound hit iron. That would be as close as the Dogs would get as their comeback ran out of time.
Some lessons no doubt learned today on the challenges of 3 games in 2 and a half days, and the need to play a full 60 minutes.
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