Great win tonight for the AVB as they topped the Capitals 6-2 in Duncan to run their record to a perfect 3 and 0, the best start in Franchise History.The only time the Dogs started a season better was 2004-2005 when they started 2 and 0 but then lost game three of the season 6-1.
It was 1-0 Dogs just short of seven minutes into the first as they scored first for the third straight game, picking up their first shorthanded goal of 2011-2012 as Trent Dorais made a perfect spin-o-rama backhand pass to Justin Morello right down the middle of the slot where he ripped one home five-hole.
The lead was 2-0 with 4:30 left in the first when Josh Mitchell picked up a loose puck after a big hit on the fore-check by Tyler Berkholtz and found Lars Hepso in the slot where he snapped one home for his third goal in as many games to open the season.
The Caps would call Time Out to slow the momentum and it appeared to work as just 17 seconds later they got on the board with a Jacob Charles marker to make it 2-1 as he put one home high glove side on a feed by Devin Gannon.
The Dogs 4th line would draw a penalty late in the first and the Dogs capitalized on the opportunity to make it 3-1 after one period as Dylan Nowakowski followed up his hat trick from last night, just like Jacob Charles, burying a rebound in front with 1.8 ticks left on the clock as Josh Mitchell found Tyler Berkholtz on the right wall where he threw the puck on net.
It was 4-1 before the second period was even 30 seconds old on a mad scramble as Justin Morello banged his second of the game home from Trent Dorais and Dylan Nowakowski, resulting in Michael Doan being pulled in favour of AP Backup Jackson Jane of the VIJHL's Kerry Park Islanders.
A scary hit with a delayed penalty already coming to the Capitals by Josh Monk on Evan Tironese saw Monk pick up a 5 Minute Major for Boarding, resulting in a full 2 minute 5 on 3 for the Bulldogs. A night after a scary hit into the end boards in the NHL resulted in a broken femur and now speculation that the career of the player in question might be over, it was not a nice sight to see.
After watching the Monk hit again it is not a vicious hit, more of a lean or a shove, and as such you could say that there was no intent. At the same time, it is a dangerous place to initiate contact under the circumstances of the icing being waved off on the play and Tironese racing in first for the puck towards the end boards, not yet having touched the puck.
They would connect on the two-man advantage to make it 5-1 as Brandon Halls roofed a wrister from the slot for his first career goal at 7:05 from Dylan Nowakowski. Less than two minutes later another powerplay goal saw Justin Morello complete his first career hat trick as he took a Tyler Berkholtz pass and drove the net and stuffed it home to make it 6-1 Dogs.
The only goal the rest of the way came from Matt Brown a minute and a half into the third as he squeaked one home from a bad angle to make it 6-2 but that was all that the Caps could muster.
The Dogs went 3 for 3 on the power play while the Caps went 0 for 2. The Dogs have yet to allow a powerplay goal this season.
No rest for the wicked as the Dogs are right back at it tomorrow afternoon at the Pound for a 2:30pm puck drop as the Coquitlam Express are back for their second visit in 8 days after the Dogs won 5-1 last Saturday night. Catch the pregame show on 93.3 The Peak at 2:15
It is still very early in the season and the Dogs haven't won anything yet so don't start planning any parades. However, you should get down to the rink to watch this team if you haven't done so yet, as they are a fun team to watch, and so far, they are finding ways to win games.
WEAR PINK today as the Dogs host Coquitlam!
Bulldogs Take A Bite Out Of Cancer
October 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced today that for the 3rd year in
a row the team is joining forces with local sponsors and the Cancer Society to
continue the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER.
At all home games in the month of October, Bulldogs players
will be wearing special pink jerseys and socks in support of the
fight against cancer. The dates of the home games are
Sunday, October 2nd, Tuesday, October 4th, Friday, October
21st, and Sunday, October 23rd.
“Raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer is a
wonderful cause,” said Bulldogs’ Director of Marketing and
Public Relations Laurie Smillie. “The Bulldogs organization
and players are very proud and excited to be involved for a 3rd
Local business are stepping up to sponsor the pink jerseys which will be put on
display at the sponsor’s place of business from October 6th to October 19th. Ballot
boxes will be located next to the jerseys. For a minimum donation of $2.00 people are
encouraged to come to the sponsor’s business and enter for a chance to win one of
the 21 special pink jerseys. The draw will take place at the last home game of the
In addition to having the company name on the back of the pink jerseys, sponsors will
benefit from in-game announcements, website presense, special program inserts,
being a part of the jersey presentation at the final home game in October, and having
the jersey displayed at the sponsor’s business and the traffic that it will generate.
For more information or to sponsor one of the special-edition jerseys contact Director
of Marketing and Public Relations Laurie Smillie at 250-723-4412, 250-735-3647 or
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