The game had good pace and good flow early (and throughout the entire game for the most part) with the Bulldogs leading 1-0 after one period on a Brandon Halls goal late in the period as he joined the play on the rush and accepted a pass from Ryan Lough in the deep slot that he snapped short-side past the blocker of Billy Faust.
The Clippers had several good chances to tie it up in the second but Matt Larose was sharp, coming up with two big saves in tight off a rebound and then another stop on Kyle Kramer on a 2 on 1 rush. The Clippers would eventually find the net - almost exactly 20 minutes after the Dogs took a 1-0 lead - to make it a 1-1 score after 40 minutes with a power play marker as Dan Correale raced up ice and into the Dogs zone before losing the puck. It would end up on the stick of Andrew Gladiuk in the slot though where he beat Matt Larose with a quick release off the post and in glove side.
The score remained 1-1 until the back half of the third when the Clippers got the game winner, again on the power play, again on a broken play that ended up on the stick of Gladiuk as a point shot was blocked before he found it and again with a quick release fired it home glove side to make it 2-1. The Dogs would press for the equalizer with the goalie out but it was the Clippers scoring twice in the final half minute for the 4-1 final as Kyle Kramer made it 3-1 before Dan Correale made it 4-1 with six seconds left.
The Clippers outshot the Dogs 36-28 with both goalies coming up with solid efforts. Special teams were a huge difference in the outcome as the Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Clippers went 2 for 4.
3rd Billy Faust
2nd Matt Larose
1st Andrew Gladiuk
The teams will meet for the final time this season Tuesday night at the Dog Pound.
The Bulldogs are back at it tonight as they return to home ice following four in a row on the road to host the Victoria Grizzlies. Catch the pregame show with Bruce and I on Boston Pizza Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM at 6:45 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00.
The BCHL's Championship Trophy, the Fred Page Cup will be in attendance at the Dog Pound tonight, and the Bulldogs will also be selling raffle tickets to win Ryan Lough's game worn PINK THE RINK jersey with all proceeds going to the Port Alberni Toy Run
Former Bulldog Maury Edwards, now with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones is our 2nd Intermission guest.
Don't miss the Boston Pizza Post Game show following the game with lots of fun to be had a great prizes to be won!
That's it for now!