What a finish at the Dog Pound Friday night!
The Dogs led 1-0 after one on a Turner Popoff power play goal, and 2-0 after two on a Trent Dorais marker.
The Cents came out with a great third period, making it 2-1 on a pretty goal by Evan Stack in-alone with just over six minutes gone in the third. They would get the equalizer on another pretty play by Stack as he drove the net with speed on the power play and tucked in his own rebound to tie it up with 6:49 to play.
The Dogs then took a late penalty to put the Cents on the power play with 2:15 to play in the third but killed off a late penalty with several big shot blocks and a couple big saves by Cameron Large. As the penalty was ending a shot block in the slot saw the Dogs get the puck and then race up ice and net the winner in highlight reel fashion when Ryan Lough slipped a check with a pretty move before getting a pass over on a second effort to Walker Hyland, who scored the winner coming out of the penalty box and finding the back of the net for a 3-2 Dogs lead with 3.2 seconds left on the clock.
Special thanks to Bulldogs Assistant Coach Adam Hayduk for getting the video up so fast, the fans certainly appreciate it and I certainly do as well!
In all the Bulldogs games I have called, I can't remember the team ever netting a winner so late in regulation. It was nice to see and hear the Pound erupt like that. As Bruce MacDonald said, it seemed like the good ole' days, and the boys needed it, the town needed it, and the Pound needed it. Well said and great effort and an amazing ending.
Shots favoured Merritt 40-35 with both teams going 1 for 4 on the power play.
3) Lino Chimienti
2) Evan Stack
1) Cameron Large
Next up, the Surrey Eagles tomorrow.