(pictures: Kaicee Trott)
A big win for the Dogs, an odd game at times as the momentum swings were big ones. The Bulldogs came out crashing and banging, taking a 1-0 lead five minutes in. Then the Clippers control the play for the bulk of the remainder of the first period. Late in the frame the Dogs looked to go up 2-0 but Charles Andre Pelletier made the save of the year on Colton Sobchak, snaring the puck out of mid air to rob him of a goal on a wide open net. Everyone in the rink was fooled, including the goal judge and the horn-sounder but the referee ruled no goal.
Another power play goal to open the second (the Dogs went 2 for 2 on the power play on the night) just two minutes in saw the Dogs take a 2-0 lead. The Dogs played one of their best periods of the season in the middle frame, throwing 20 shots at the Clipper net and looking to have sure goals on several scrambles but they couldn't bury one. The Clippers got a late period goal to set up what would be a tight third period with the Dogs leading 2-1. The Dogs would get in penalty trouble and it would cost them in the end as they were given the last three minors of the game, including two in the final 10 minutes of the third, the final one coming with 2:10 left. Ryan Stanimir would score his second of the game on a wrap around banker with the net empty making it a 6 on 4 situation to tie the game and force overtime with just over a minute to play in regulation.
Overtime was as cautious as the third period, with the first OT seeing just one shot, a long distance wrister by Mike Domsodi. Double OT had more action, with the Dogs leading the shots 4-0. They would find the winner after a heart and soul shift for the ages by Trent Dorais as his relentless-bulldogged-never-say-die pursuit of the puck saw him get it back several times when it looked like he was a step behind.
THAT'S why he wears the C.
He would then race over the line and find Josh Mitchell with a perfect pass as he was driving the net.
And how about the patience shown by Josh Mitchell on the OT winner?
Time to toot my own horn. I called Josh to score the winner in our "overtime picks" contest....Eat your hearts out Dan and Rick! Click HERE to listen. I picked third by the way - Rick and Dan went before me! Ha!
The win came with a price as the Dogs lost Frank Riddle to injury again. So far this season, it's been beyond tough for Frank. I keep saying it - better that it happens now than in March. Frank has a great attitude, I hope he can keep it that way through another layoff.
Gain one lose two?
The Dogs got Ryan Renz back for the first time in over a month, and he certainly made an IMPACT in more ways than one. While they gained Renz the Dogs might have lost Kyle Weber ALONG with Frank Riddle.
The Dogs haven't had a healthy D core since four minutes into the season, before Riddle was head-shotted out of the lineup by Powell River's Scott Renner. It's been a short-staffed crew since.
Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item to the game on Saturday, to support SHAW's efforts to fill the foodbank with their "together is amazing" campaign
Here's the interview with Harry Zolnierczyk - click HERE to listen
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