Former Smokie Daniel Delbianco made it 1-0 during 4 on 4 action in the first on an Arty Kalashnikov set up. The Dogs kept up the pressure, but we're unable to build their lead before the Smokies tied it on an end-board bounce goal by Erik Cooper tied it. It was 2-1 Trail after one when they connected late in the period when Connor Tiechko found a rebound on the power play and put it home
The Dogs would tie it with a power play goal of their own, also off an end board bounce back as Ryan Lough scored to tie it at 2-2 just five minutes into the second. Another Smokies goal saw them lead 3-2 after two when Brent Baltus tipped in a point shot, again on the power play.
Matt Larose would come up with a breakaway save on Tanner Clarkson early on the third, his fourth of the game - but the Dogs couldn't tie it up as a Josh Mitchell shot hit the bar and stayed out. Moments later it was 4-2 when the Dogs failed to get the puck out and Craig Martin scored on the breakaway. It was 5-2 just two minutes later when Brent Baltus scored his second on a rebound off a scramble, before Tanner Clarkson scored when he went high short-side walking down the right wing for the 6-2 final.
Shots favoured the Dogs 34-32. The Smokies went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Dogs went 1 for 6.
3) A. Kalashnikov
2) L. Stanwood
1) Bren Baltus
Next up, Westside tomorrow.
The Bulldogs are already without Brandon Adams, Lars Hepso and Tyler Berkholtz. You can add Justin Morello to that list as he was hurt in the the second and wont return, but they will get Trent Dorais back for tomorrow's game
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