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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dogs suffer first loss of preseason, fall 6-2 to Grizzlies

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Grizzlies open the scoring, just 14 seconds into a power play opportunity as Chris Albertini scores from the point on the power play. Leo Fitzgerald gets the only assist at 8:51 of the 1st.

Multiple after the whistle skirmishes on the following whistle sees the Grizzlies go to the power play.

JUST after the Dogs killed it off, Kevin Massey scores a beauty walking in alone and going upstairs on the backhand. Gerry Fitzgerald draws the only assist at 11:42.

Bulldogs find the net as Zach Funk finds a loose puck and walks in and snaps one low short-side. Alexander Methorst draws the assist at 17:52.

The celebration was snuffed out just seconds later when Kevin Massey scores to make it 3-1 Victoria, sneaking one in past the far post from a sharp angle. No assists given at 18:07.

Dogs once again penalized in the dying seconds of the period, Grizzlies have 1:50 or less on the power play when second period resumes. Might be preseason, but the boo-birds have already been sighted...or heard the Multiplex.


2nd Period

Goalie change for the Bulldogs as Nick Malvin comes in.

Grizzlies make it 4-1 on the power play as Leo Fitzgerald scores from Myles Fitzgerald at :39

No further scoring throughout the period.

Bulldogs failed to score on a power play chance from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to the Grizzlies bench.

Discussion with the Officials and the Grizzlies bench follows the conclusion of the period.

Score 4-1 Grizzlies.

Shots that period 12-8 Grizzlies, 22-21 Grizzlies after 40 minutes.

3rd Period

Four-minute power play for the Grizzlies. They score on the back-half of the double minor as a cross-crease feed appeared to hit a Bulldog defender and went in.

Myles Fitzgerald gets credit, with assists to Alex Adams and Leo Fitzgerald at 3:47 of the third.

Grizzlies also made a goalie change to start the period.

Grizzlies take a 6-1 lead exactly 11:00 into the period as Gerry Fitzgerald one-times a pass home from the slot, with assists to Myles and Leo.

Bulldogs spend the better part of the period on the penalty kill...still manage to find the net in the dying seconds as Zach Funk breaks a play up at the Dogs blue line and outraces and outfights a defender to score his second of the game, a gorgeous goal, on a deke with a backhand finish. The goal is unassisted, at 19:49 of the third making it a 6-2 final.

Shots in the period 9-3 in favour of the Grizzlies, totals for the game 31-24 Grizzlies.

Victoria went 3 for 8 on the power play, while the Dogs went 1 for 3 while also scoring once while shorthanded. Dogs will need to have better discipline going forward. You can't take bad penalties, also - you cannot put the Referee in a position where he can give you one.

It's the Dogs first loss of the pre-season, dropping their record to 1-1-1. Two more Exhibition games to go, Friday in Nanaimo, back home against the Clippers at the Dog Pound Saturday night.

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