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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rivermen 7 Dogs 0

Ouch. A lack of urgency, combined with a lack of discipline, mixed with a dash of bad bounces saw the Dogs fall 7-0 to the Rivermen tonight in Langley.

The start was OK as each team had their chances with the Dogs drawing the first power play of the game. As seemed to be the case throughout the night, a lack of urgency was apparent as they failed to connect on the opportunity, and minutes later it was Langley's turn and they connected when Austin Azurdia one-timed a cross-crease feed home for a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the first. It was 2-0 on another penalty a minute and change later as Mario Puskarich attacked the zone with speed on the rush and made several Bulldogs miss before ringing one off the post and in from the slot at 11:24 of the first.

A fluke goal made it 3-0 early in the second as Ben Butcher chopped the puck off the stick of Turner Popoff, off his skate and past Adam Todd 5:46 into the frame. The Dogs would try to stay in it, but they couldn't get anything going before the Rivermen built the lead to 4-0 on another cross-ice set up, this time one-timed home by Mario Puskarich at 14:40 of the second.

The Rivermen opened the third on the power play and connected again to lead 5-0 when Ben Butcher found a rebound in the paint and lifted it home at 1:22 of the period. The lead was 6-0 at 11:48 when Evan Campbell converted a feed from behind the goal line into the open net before Ben Butcher finished the scoring just two minutes later when he scored his hat trick goal on a deflection at the side of he net for the 7-0 final.

Final shots favoured the Rivermen 34-21 with James Barr picking up the win and second star honours with the shut out while Adam Todd was tagged with the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Rivermen went 3 for 11 - the second night in a row that the Dogs have conceded three power play goals against.

The trip finishes tomorrow when the Dogs visit the Eagles in Surrey, a 4pm start with the pregame show taking to the airwaves at 3:45


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