The Bulldogs improved their Exhibition record to 1-1-1 (no overtime in preseason) with a 4-0 win over the Victoria Grizzlies Wednesday night at the Dog Pound.
The game was scoreless after 20 minutes with the Dogs holding an edge in the play out-shooting the Grizz 13-3 with Alec Dillon playing sharp in net. Must have been his Port Alberni connections...I say that tongue in cheek as I'm friends with some of his family from here and they will no doubt give me the gears!
The Dogs got on the board just short of three minutes into the second when John Brumwell knocked down a clearing attempt and walked into the right face-off dot and snapped one home. Assists went to Michael Pond and Nick Kerr at 2:50 of the second. It was 2-0 Dogs with 3:36 to play in the frame when Ryan Lough deflected an Evan Tironese shot/pass in the slot.
The lead was 3-0 on a nifty goal by John Brumwell with 8:18 to play in the game as he scored on a one-timer from the slot converting a quick flip pass on one bounce with Pond and Kerr again assisting. Nathan Craft would then finish the scoring with a solo effort late in the game on a shot reminiscent of his goal in Nanaimo on Sunday as he stole the puck off the last-man-back inside the Grizz zone and walked in and snapped one top corner, short-side with 3:32 to play in the game for the 4-0 final.
Final Stats - unofficial...hey I had a 2.5 year old in my lap, cut me some slack!
AVB -Jay Deo 4/4 approx 30:00 Brad Rebagliati 4/4 30:00
VIC - Alec Dillon 17/18 approx 30:00 Michael Pessendorfer 12/14 30:00
Nice to see Bill Bestwick back in the barn! Too bad no triplets, but not at all unexpected as I said something to the fact today on the 93.3 The Peak FM Morning Show!
That's it for now...great to see my first game in the Dog Pound this season...now get it full and drop the puck for real! Of course that's a ways off, for now it's two more exhy tilts before the BCHL Showcase next weekend as the Dog host Nanaimo on Friday night before heading down to Duncan Saturday to visit the Capitals.