The Express domination of the Dogs continued tonight with a 7-4 win in Coquitlam for their sixth straight win in the head to head series this season. The loss was made even worse with the apparent loss of two more bodies as Tryg Strand left the game early after a check from behind and didn't return, and Yan Kalashnikov left the game late and also didn't return.
The game didn't start well for the Dogs as it was 1-0 Express less than a minute in when Alex Petan pounced on a rebound off a high shot from Malcolm McKinney that appeared to stun 15 year old Nathan Alalouf, who made his second BCHL start. The Dogs fought back to tie it just over five minutes in when Yan Kalashnikov drove the middle and went low far-side to beat Cole Huggins. It was 2-1 Dogs after one when Walker Hyland converted a cross-ice pass from Evan Tironese.
The second began the same way as the first, as the Express struck in the first minute to tie it up when Brady Shaw converted an end-board bounce to make it 2-2. Alex Petan's second of the game made it 3-2 just short of four minutes into the period when he went five-hole on a breakaway but the Dogs answered quickly to make it 3-3 when Evan Tironese drove the net and converted a Hunter Stewart pass.
An unfortunate bounce out the Express ahead 4-3 four minutes into the third as a dump-in by Jason Bird hit a seam in the glass and went on net and found its way home as Alalouf was scrambling to get back into the net. The Express would put the game away at the midway mark of the third with two goals in under 30 seconds, both scored by Alex Kerfoot on very similar plays as he one-timed passes from behind the net home from the top of the crease to blow the game open. The Dogs answered quickly to stop the run as it was 6-4 less than a minute later when Trent Dorais one-timed a Walker Hyland feed from the hash-marks high glove side on Huggins to make it 6-4. That's as close as the Dogs would come though as an Express power play goal with three minutes to play off a Malcolm McKinney wrap around made it a 7-4 final.
Shots favoured the Dogs 37-34 with Nathan Alalouf and Cole Huggins being the goalies of record. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while Coquitlam went 1 for 5.
The Dogs are right back at it tonight with the Eagles in Surrey. Catch pregame show at 6:45 and the play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm on Boston Pizza Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. In the 1st Intermission catch a replay of the Ryan Lough and Tryg Strand chit-chat from THE PEAK Morning Show on Thursday, while Rivermen Broadcaster Brandon Astle joins me in the 2nd Intermission.
If you are missing hockey then I urge you to get down to the Multiplex to cheer on the Van Isle Ford Midget Dogs, as they host Powell River at 1:45 for the first game of a best-of-three Island Finals series with game two in Powell River tomorrow. THEN hang around as the West Coast Coring and Cutting Bantam Rep Bulldogs host Campbell River, also for Game 1 of a best-of-three Island Finals series with Game 2 Sunday in Campbell River.
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