The Dogs had little to celebrate and the Clippers had plenty to be happy about as they opened the BCHL's "Celebration Weekend" with a 5-2 win over the Dogs tonight to open the home and home set.
The Dogs started well and earned an early powerplay but failed to connect on it. Just seconds later the Clippers would be awarded a powerplay of their own. The best chance on it initally went to the Dogs as Lars Hepso raced in on a shorthanded breakaway but he couldn't fight the checker off from behind to get a shot on net. The Clippers would strike seconds later to go up 1-0 when Kyle Kramer tipped a point shot home.
Immediately following the goal Trent Dorais picked up a five minute major for a cross-check before a fight with Brett Hartskamp and the Clippers made the Dogs pay with two powerplay goals on the major from Tanner Clarkson and Kramer again to lead 3-0 after one, going 3 for 2 on the power play.
The Dogs came out with renewed energy in the second, eventually drawing a penalty and connecting on the man advantage when Arty Kalashnikov fired a Josh Mitchell slap-pass home to make it 3-1. The Dogs almost made it 3-2 a minute later but Billy Faust kept a wrap around out on the line. The Clippers would then come up the ice and take a 4-1 lead seconds later when Luke Gordon scored.
The Dogs finished the second and began the third on a five minute major power play of their own after David Iacono picked up a major for eye gouging in a fight with Mike Puddifant but the Dogs would fail to capitalize as Clippers killed it off. It was 5-1 Nanaimo later in the third on a Jesse Neher power play goal on the rush before the Dogs answered late to make it 5-2 on a Walker Hyland goal as he rushed the puck from his own end up the middle and into the Clippers zone before firing a wrist shot home from the right circle.
Final shots favoured the Dogs 38-33. The Dogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Clippers went 4 for 4.
3rd Brett Hartskamp
2nd Billy Faust
1st Kyle Kramer
The two clubs go at it again tonight at the Pound, and it should be a doozy.
Catch the pregame show tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM at 6:45 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00 with Ace and I.
Top 50 BCHL'ers list came out today.
As any Hockey Mom or Dad knows, having kids in this sport is not cheap so it's a great move that the league has made Kidsport the beneficiary of the weekend as all teams are raising funds for the cause. The Bulldogs are doing their part by holding a Silent Auction in the Upper Lobby so be sure to check out the stuff!
Before we do the Bulldogs game and Boston Pizza On Location after show, we will also be very busy as we are doing double On Locations this morning from 9am to 1pm.
I will be at the Multiplex (imagine that) for Van Isle Ford's Drive One 4UR Community to support Weaver Park so I hope you can make time to come up to the rink...if you are there for hockey already waiting for your skaters go for a ride for a good cause while you are at it!
At the same time, Jolie McMullan will be at the Re-Opening of Walmart so be sure to go see her too as you can bet they will have some great deals!
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