Friday, September 30, 2011
Dogs 6 Grizz 3
Quite a game at the Dog Pound Friday night as the Dogs blew leads of 1-0 and 2-1 and eventually trailed 3-2 heading into the third period before battling back to tie the game and skate away with a 6-3 win to run their record to 2 and 0 on this young season.
For the second straight game the Dogs struck early, getting on the board before the game was a minute old on the power play. They were given ample opportunities with the man advantage to build the lead but the power play sputtered after that, eventually allowing a shorthanded goal (the second in as many games) to see the game tied at 1-1. Just 20 seconds later the Dogs answered right back to lead 2-1, but less than a minute later another odd man rush ended up in the back of the Dogs net and it was 2-2.
The Grizzlies took their first (and only) lead of the game late in the second on yet another odd man rush, this one coming immediately after a Bulldogs penalty kill and a 2 on 1 chance of their own that saw a big save and a big rebound that shot past the Dogs who were all caught deep and up ice as it was 3-2 Victoria after two periods.
The Dogs quickly evened the game in the third period at 3-3 and then went ahead 4-3 with nine minutes to play. A big penalty kill, a couple of big saves, and a post hit by the Grizzlies were the difference as moments later Tyler Berkholtz roofed a rebound to make it 5-3 Dogs with less than five minutes to play before an empty netter with two minutes remaining sealed the deal.
In the end it was a win, but not a consistent effort throughout a full 60 minutes, which you need more often than not to win in this league. You can bet that the Dogs will need to play a better game tomorrow in Duncan if they hope to open the season with a third straight win.
More on tomorrow.....tomorrow. Right now it's bed time!
Well done Dogs!
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