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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MacMillan bros together again at UND, Midget Dogs top Island, full list BCHL transactions...

I'm now able to officially announce that Mitch MacMillan will be joining younger brother Mark at the University of North Dakota to suit up for the Sioux after leaving St. Cloud State last month. Mitch is at UND right now and can do everything with the team except play until December 2012.

Here's just a small example of what the brothers did in Bulldog sweaters...if they can duplicate the same at UND fans of the Sioux will be in for a treat.


The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs collected 3 out of 4 points on the road
last weekend to maintain their position on top of Division 1 of the Island
League.  On Saturday they held off a late surge to tie Peninsula Eagles 2-2
and on Sunday battled to a gritty 3-2 win over Juan De Fuca Grizzlies.

On January 7 at Panorama Arena the game went end to end with no clear
advantage through the first period until Greg Tuckerman used his long reach
to wrist one past the Eagle goalie with 46 seconds on the clock.  Tyler
Wilhelm and Brett Williscroft assisted.  Early in the second period Nathan
Read out-muscled the defence in front of the net and snapped in a loose puck
for a two goal lead.   Peninsula continued to press and was able to tie the
game early in the third period.

The next day at Bear Mountain both teams came out hard.  The Grizzlies
claimed the first goal at 12:06.  The Bulldogs evened it up a minute later
when Corey Beecroft wristed a shot from the right point that found the mark.
Spencer Pierce and Brandon Antonichuk assisted.  Much of the second period
was played in the Alberni zone, and at 2:51 Juan de Fuca went up 2-1.  The
Bulldogs took over in the third period.  At 16:48 Beecroft lobbed a puck
high towards the net and as the goalie turned the wrong way Cameron MacAdams
seized the moment to put the puck behind him.  Chase Gaudreault also
assisted.  Then at 11:22 it was MacAdams from Beecroft again for the game
winner.  Alberni controlled the play for the remainder of the game to secure
the win.   Coach Brent Demerais said "It was good to see the hard work along
the boards on Sunday.  Being physical helped. The other team kept coughing
up the puck."

With two games left in the regular season Alberni Valley leads the league
with 17 points (8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie).  This is a remarkable achievement
for a team from a small association.  The Midget Bulldog's impressive
performance is not going unnoticed.  Coach Brent Demerais noted the presence
of several WHL scouts at the weekend games and said they have been talking
to him about several players from the team.

Mathematically there is only one other team left with a chance to take the
Division 1 banner.  That team is Cowichan Valley which is 5 points back with
three games to go.  The Bulldogs only need one win to clinch the banner.  

That win could come at their next home game of the season next Sunday,
January 15th when they host Cowichan Valley.  Game time is 5:00 PM at the
Multiplex.  Let's get lots of fans out and make some noise for our Alberni
boys.  Admission is free.
A full list of the transactions yesterday can be found on the BCHL site HERE

Man  I gotta go I have a bus to catch!



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