The plush ended up flying, but not until very late in the game as the Kings held the Dogs off the board for over 59 minutes en route to a 4-1 win. The only thing the Kings didn't accomplish tonight was the shutout.
The Dogs ended up in the penalty box before the game was a minute old and it would be a sign of things to come. The Kings struck on the advantage when Craig Dalrymple fired a one-timer through the legs of Matt Larose. The Dogs actually battled back well despite being in an early hole, getting good opportunities and drawing two penalties but they couldn't find the net as Jamie Phillips came up with several big saves. A late period penalty again ended up in the back of the net when Craig Dalrymple scored his second of the game banking one in from behind the net after driving down the left wing for a 2-0 Kings lead after one.
The Dogs again ended up in the box early in the second, but that Powell River power play would be cut short when Cohen Adair was given a 5 minute penalty for a blow to the head on Brandon Halls which left Halls down on the ice for a considerable period. Halls would also leave a considerable pool of blood on the ice, and would not return to the game. The Dogs were unable to find the net on the shortened major though, and the Kings took a 3-0 lead later in the period as Matt Scarth found a rebound in front after the inital shot by Craig Dalrymple hit Max Fenkell square in the mask. One more power play goal late in the period, again by Dalrymple on a great set up by Evan Richardson made it 4-0 Kings after two periods.
The Dogs would finally break the deadlock to send the Teddy Bears flying when they drew two late penalties, their first man-advantages since the Adair Major just over a minute into the second. Arty Kalashnikov would get the goal as he fired a one-timer high glove side on Phillips with just 28 seconds to play in the third.
Final shots 36-28 in favour of Powell River. The Kings went 4 for 8 on the power play while the Dogs went 1 for 5.
3rd Jamie Phillips
2nd Jon Jutzi
1st Craig Dalrymple
The Dogs have tomorrow off from game action before they host Salmon Arm on Sunday. They will be out signing autographs tomorrow at Safeway from 12 noon to 2pm - read more on the Dogs site HERE