Sunday, September 16, 2012
Dogs win second straight, 4-3 over Kings in OT
The game didn't start with much in the way of action...or maybe its just that nothing could compare to the start to Friday's contest. The Dogs would have several great chances to open the scoring but Braeden Ostepchuk was rock solid in the Kings net. The Dogs would persevere and open the scoring on Jared Wilson's first career goal on a seeing-eye shot from the top of the point on the power play at 16:41 of the first. The goal went right to the Dogs legs as they dominated the ensuing minutes, eventually building the lead to 2-0 as Ryan Lough potted a rebound off a Wilson shot on the backhand at 19:05. It could have been a bigger lead if not for several great saves by Ostepchuk in the dying seconds of the period.
Action was played again tight to the vest to start the second as the score remained 2-0 until the late stages when the Dogs found the net again on the power play as Manny Gialedakis tipped in a Kurt Gosselin shot from the point to make it 3-0 at 14:08 of the second as things were looking good, much like early in the game Friday night. The Dogs would get in penalty trouble shortly afterwards though as back-to-back boarding penalties saw the Kings go to a 5 on 3 power play. The Dogs were near the end of the 95 second 5 on 3 opportunity with Adam Todd coming up with several big saves and the penalty killers holding the fort, but before they could get a man out of the box the Kings connected to get on the board as Matt Scarth one-timed home a cross ice set up at 17:43. That would open the flood gates as less than a minute later J.P Villeneuve was left all alone in the slot where he made no mistake snapping one off the glove of Todd and in to make it 3-2 Dogs after two.
The Kings would carry the momentum into the third and have the better of the chances, eventually tying the game when Villeneuve found the net again, picking off a clearing attempt the middle and walking into the slot where he fired it home low, glove side for a 3-3 deadlock at 7:16 of the third. Ostepchuk was again big in the Kings net, as he made several great saves on only 4 shots credited to the Dogs, two on Ryan Lough on cross ice one-timers and another on Evan Tironese.
The Bulldogs would have the better of the opportunities in overtime after going to the power play right off the bat as Matt Joyeux got his stick up and clipped Lars Hepso. While they weren't able to connect on the man advantage they ended the game just seconds afterwards when Gialedakis chipped a rebound off an Evan Tironese stuff-in attempt up and over for the 4-3 final score.
Shots were even at 40 aside. The Dogs went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 4.