Much better game for the Dogs, unfortunately they couldn't hold a late lead as they lost a heartbreaker in overtime.
I'll take a OT loss and heartbreak any day as opposed to 7-3 like yesterday!
The Dogs again started the game well, taking a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game as Lars Hepso one-timed a Nathan Craft pass home on the power play. The Grizzlies would tie it on a power play of their own when Garrett Skrbich pounced on a rebound in the slot for a 1-1 tie after one.
The Hepso show continued in the second period as he again gave the Dogs a lead as he walked down the left wing and snapped it home far-side. Again the Grizzlies evened the score on the rush near the midway point of the game as an ugly one found its way into the net on a scramble as the initial one-time attempt on the rush was misfired but still made it to the crease where it was poked home.
The Dogs took their third lead of the game three minutes into the third on a lucky bounce as Jared Wilson's shot hit the stick of Nathan Craft and deflected in to make it 3-2. The Grizzlies again answered to equalize with eight minutes to play in the third before the Dogs replied on their first power play since the opening minutes of the game as Lars Hepso completed the hat trick walking down the left wing where he used the D-man as a screen and snapped a lightning quick release top corner far side for a 4-3 Dogs lead with less than five minutes to play. The Bulldogs would go right back to the penalty box on a soft call just seconds later, but they managed to kill it and hold the lead...not for long though as another ugly one tied it up with just over a minute to play as Myles Fitzgerald banked home an end-board bounce off a missed point shot to force OT.
It was Myles again finding the net to end it early in OT after some good early pressure by the Dogs to start sudden death as he took a pass from Gerry in the slot and one-timed it through the five-hole of Brad Rebagliati for the 5-4 final.
Heartbreak for the Dogs to lose a game that they never trailed, but that's how it goes sometimes. A better game overall, but still not enough generated in the way of shots obviously.
Now on the way home, and getting ready for the Home Opener - cant wait after broadcasting standing on a chair at ice level for the last couple of games. They did the best they could in the 'Wack - short of making sure every team got to experience the opportunity of playing in the big rink.
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