The Dogs started the game well with an edge in shots and a great shift by the Dorais-Berkholtz Tironese line resulting in a penalty to Langley. However it was the Rivermen who scored shorthanded on a breakaway to go up 1-0 with Tyler Hanzlik scoring. The Dogs answered when Tryg Strand found his own rebound off a Yan Kalashnikov set up to make it 1-1, the second for Strand this season with both coming in Langley.
The Rivermen would have another breakaway to take the lead later in the frame but Matt Larose made the save to keep the game tied. Larose would come up huge again early in the second with the Rivermen on a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:37 in duration as he made 5 or 6 great saves to hold the fort.
The Dogs took the lead when Daniel Delbianco - two points in two games for him since joining the team - fed the puck behind the net for Evan Tironese who set up Yan Kalashnikov in the slot where he buried a one-timer. It would be Yan again scoring to make it 3-1 on a 2 on 1 rush set up by affiliate player Mitch Crisanti as he went low blocker side. Yan completed the natural hat trick late in the period with Crisanti setting him up again, this time on a pass from behind the net that Kalashnikov roofed high-short side on Jim Kreuger.
Lars Hepso made it 5-1 going low blocker on a breakaway during a four-aside situation in the third before the Dogs added two late ones with Langley appearing to lose their composure. First it was Justin Morello potting an end-board bounce on a Josh Mitchell shot to make it 6-1 before Mitchell scored his first of the season on the power play after the Rivermen took a penalty before the puck was even dropped after the Morello goal to make it 7-1 for the eventual final score, with assists going to Morello and Nowakowski.
3) Mitch Crisanti
2) Matt Larose
1) Yan Kalashnikov
Josh Mitchell was especially impressive when you consider that he woke up today in Rochester, NY, after visiting R.I.T on a flydown before flying back to the West Coast in time for the game tonight.
Mitch Crisanti of the BC Major Midget's Vancouver NorthWest Giants also had a great game, coming up with two assists and 3rd star honours while looking like a BCHL regular, not a kid playing his first game in the league. Here's hoping we will see him in a Dogs jersey again sometime soon.
Now to enjoy this post game meal and a bus ride to Kamloops!
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