Clippers take a 1-0 lead when Sheldon Rempal walks in and goes backhand under the bar. Assist to Devin Brosseau at 4:27.
Clippers make it 2-0 when Dylan Denomme is found alone in the slot. Assists went to Corey Renwick and Korey Morgan at 11:13 of the first.
Shots 10-7 AVB after 20 minutes, although I thought the Clippers had the better of the chances. The best chance for the Dogs was certainly when Alex Brewer walked around a defender to the slot...unfortunately he would miss the net. Even more unfortunately, Zach Funk would see the rebound end up on his tape off the end-board bounce, with a wide open net...but the puck was on edge and the shot sailed high.
First shift of the second period brought more energy for the Bulldogs...but the second shift was flat and brought about a 3-0 Clipper lead. Nick Melvin made the first couple of saves and got absolutely no help. Brendan Taylor scored the goal on a jam in from a sharp angle, with assists to Sheldon Rempal and Devin Brosseau at 1:08.
Bulldogs getting beaten to puck, and getting beat in the battles at this moment.
Goalie change for the Dogs at the midway point of the game, Melvin allows 3 on 13 shots.
No change in goal for the Clippers.
Bulldogs fail on their 4th power play chance of the game, but looked better. Still 3-0 Clippers 7:52 to play in the second period.
Bulldogs MUCH better in the back half of the period. They finally get rewarded for it when Josh Adkins speeds up the right wing from his own end and around a defender before cutting to the net and scoring on a far-side backhander. Zach Bowles gets the only assist, but Alex Brewer also deserved one. Goal makes it 3-1 at 15:19.
Shortly afterwards, the Dogs end up in the penalty box and the Clippers connect as Brendan Taylor scores his second of the game, converting a cross-crease pass. Assists to Sheldon Rempal and Edwin Hookenson at 19:17.
Shots that period were 13-13, and stand at 23-20 Dogs after 40 minutes.
Bulldogs again pull within two as Justin Georgeson walks through two defenders down the right wing before cutting to the net and tucking it home. Assists on the play go to Hunter Stewart and Rob Click, on the power play at 7:07 of the third.
For the second time in the game, the Dogs have a great couple of minutes following a goal, only to then pick up a penalty. Again the Clippers connect on the man advantage on a pretty passing play...the first open-net look goes off the post, but not enough help for Blake Pearson as it poked over the line by Dylan Denomme. Assists go to Scott Prier and Bo Brauer at 11:39 on the power play. 5-2 Clippers.
Dogs again show no quit, as Zak Bowles scores roofing a loose puck from a sharp angle. Kienan Scott picks up the only assist at 15:16 of the third to make it 5-3.
The Dogs would have their chances to make it a one-goal game, but that's as close as they would get. Final score 5-3 Clippers.
Rematch tomorrow night at the Dog Pound at 7:00, with coverage on Fast Hockey starting at 7:00.
Third period shots, 9-7 Clippers. Final shots 30-29 Bulldogs.
I had the Bulldogs at 1 for 5 on the power play, and the Clippers at 2 for 5.
The Dogs are now 1-2-1 in Exhibition, with two losses in a row.
The Clippers are 2-1-1.