Sunday, September 29, 2013
The long wait was worth it once the game got underway at 9:30pm as the pace was good and the puck movement was crisp from the get-go. The Rivermen to their credit didn't look like a team that had the "Amazing Race Road trip" to get to Port Alberni just an hour before game time as they took the lead at 10:38 of the first, albeit on yet another controversial goal against the Dogs where the Referee who was positioned right next to the net didn't signal goal, or no goal. Tyger Howat made the first save, and partially stopped the second, before throwing his paddle behind him to attempt to stop it as the net was dislodged. After a conference with the Officials, the goal stood, with credit going to James Robinson with assists to Austin Azurdia and Will Cook at 10:38 of the first. Thankfully the Dogs would fire right back to even the game on the next shift as Darian Henry went D-to-D to the left point for Kurt Gosselin who threw a low shot on net that was deflected home past Steve Myland. I thought it was Harlan Orr, but Mitch Makin got credit for it at 11:08 as it was tied 1-1 after one with the Dogs up 12-9 in shots.
The Dogs would take their first lead of the game before the ice was dry to start the second period as Luca Doctor scored his first career goal on a shot from the top of the point that snuck through the legs of Myland after possibly changing direction. Assists on the play went to Dylan Haugen and Jared Wilson :21 seconds into the second. Two and a half minutes later the Dogs built the lead to 3-1, on another deflected point shot as Ryan Buse one-timed a loose puck at the line that hit a defender and went in. No assists were given on the play at 2:56 of the second. The Rivermen would get one back while the Dogs were on the power play as Kurt Gosselin took a blind-side check from Austin Azurdia that sent him head first into the boards as the last-man-back at centre ice. James Robinson would pick up the shrapnel and skate in on the breakaway where he beat Tyger Howat five-hole to make it 3-2 at 8:16 of the second. The score stayed that way with the Dogs carrying the play and getting great chances and drawing several more penalties. They would stretch the lead to 4-2 with just 2 seconds remaining in a power play chance as Ryan Buse took a pass at the left point from Harlan Orr. Buse would wait for a shooting lane to open before firing a quick wrister on net that was stopped by Myland. Mitch Makin would bury the rebound for his second of the game, with assists going to Buse and Henry at 17:57 of the second. The Dogs had a 30-18 advantage in shots after 40 minutes and a 4-2 lead, their first lead of the season after two periods.
The Dogs would come out flat, maybe tight, to begin the third period while the Rivermen carried the play and had the better of the chances, aided by three straight power plays. The Dogs would kill the first two off to protect the lead, but the Rivermen scored on their third chance to make a game of it late as Tyger Howat made the first two saves off a deflected point shot but Jakob Reichert battled the rebound home. Assists on the play went to Mark Whiteley and Matt Ustaski at 15:33 of the third to make it 4-3. The Dogs did well to push back on the next shift to take the Rivermen momentum away and salt some time off the clock. The Rivermen would have a great chance to tie the game in the dying seconds as the Dogs failed to get the puck out, and everyone was ahead of the play, but Howat made a great first save, and a rebound save before getting help from Tryg Strand on a second rebound and an open-net to seal the deal.
Final shots favoured the Dogs 38-33 with Tyger Howat picking up the win while Steven Myland took the loss. I had the Dogs at 1 for 4 on the power play, with the Rivermen also going 1 for 4 while also scoring once shorthanded.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Rivermen began a three-in-three roadie last night with a 4-2 loss in Powell River.
The Ferry was cancelled out of Powell River this morning, so the Rivermen have to go down the Sunshine Coast to Horseshoe Bay before catching a Ferry to Departure Bay. This has pushed the start time back to 9:30pm.
Catch all the action on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. I will provide the play-by-play, with Bruce MacDonald bringing colour commentary, and Dan Tisserand the team and player statistics. The pregame show gets underway at 9:15 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 9:30pm.
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Tonight's 1st Intermission guest is one of the newer members of the Bulldogs, Darian Henry.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Chris Wahl, Play-by-Play voice of the Trail Smoke Eaters, as the Bulldogs hit the road for a three-in-three roadie next weekend beginning Friday in Trail.
That's all for now - if anything changes I will be sure to update the blog as soon as I'm aware of it!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Hard to argue that it was the best start of the season for the Dogs, or at least the best start with some results to show for it as they scored first for just the second time this season, and they scored their earliest goal in any game this season. Justin Georgeson won a faceoff in the Grizzlies zone and went to the net and tipped home a Luca Doctor point shot that came off a nice pass from Hunter Stewart in the left corner. It was the first goal in a Dogs uniform for Georgeson, and the first point as a Bulldog for Doctor. The goal came 1:30 in. The Dogs would come up with a penalty kill to protect the lead shortly afterwards, and then went to the power play following that where they built the lead to 2-0 as Darian Henry ripped one top corner, far side on Nic Renyard from the right point with a lightning quick release wrister. Assists went to Tryg Strand and Harlan Orr - his first point as a Bulldog as well.
The Grizzlies would reply in short order, yet another odd and controversial goal against the Dogs. It's only 8 games in and the goals and calls that have gone against the Dogs sure have added up fast. What I saw - a quick chance out front from a sharp angle, and the puck back the other way lightning fast. It didn't look like a goal to me. To the Referee right at the side of the net, it didn't look like anything apparently, as there was no goal signal, and no wave-off/washout either. The horn in the building went off, and the goal light went off, and that appeared to be the only reason the play was stopped. The Grizzlies didn't celebrate either. It was an odd play, and I'm glad I wasn't the Official at the net that had to make a call. However, it gets interesting when NO call is made. The Referee at centre didn't have a look at it either apparently, nor did the Linesman. In the end, they went to the goal judge.
In the end the judge called it a goal, with the explanation that I was given indicating that none of the four Officials with the viewpoint that the puck went in the net. Credit for the marker went to Jay Mackie from Jake Sterling and Dante Hahn at 14:15 of the first with the Dogs leading 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The Grizzlies would carry more of the play of the second, and score another goal that was a controversial one as a shot that was clearly going wide of the net from the point hit a skate and went in. The Bulldogs stance was that the puck was kicked in and not directed. It didn't appear that the Officials even considered discussing the goal, but maybe it just looked that way. Again in the defence of the Officials, it happens fast out there and there are lots of bodies to look through. Bulldogs Coach Kevin Willison was as animated as I have ever seen him as he immediately had the bench door open to protest with the Referees. It would fall on deaf ears, as it was a 2-2 game with Mitch Meek getting credit for the goal with Jesse Schwartz and Brandon Egli at 7:08 of the second for a 2-2 tie after two periods. I am guessing that the goal will be changed as Meek took the shot from the point and it was redirected around the hash-marks, with no Bulldog touching it.
There would be no scoring in the third period, with the Dogs outshooting the Grizzlies 13-12. The Dogs had a power play chance that they failed to connect on with about six minutes to go in regulation, before they were sent to the penalty box with just over three minutes to play in the third, but they came up with a big kill to force overtime.
The Dogs out shot the Grizzlies 6-4 through overtime. The best chance for the Grizzlies came in the final minute when Myles Fitzgerald walked to the slot, but Tyger Howat came up with a great glove save on a short-side high attempt.
It looked to me that the Dogs won the game on the ensuing shift as Kurt Gosselin made several great moves on the rush to get to the net before dishing off to a driving Zak Bowles, who appeared to deflect the puck under the crossbar and in, around the middle post and out. The referee would wave off the goal. The Grizzlies might have dodged a bullet as Dante Hahn might put his hand on the puck in his crease to prevent it from crossing the line on a second attempt by Bowles.
UPDATE - After looking at the video on the bus on the way home it looks like my eyes weren't deceiving me, Zak Bowles DID in fact SCORE, unfortunately the Referee(s) didn't see it. They are human too, but holy smokes three goals in a game, three against one team. Ouch.
Final score 2-2.
A great effort by the new look Dogs. Two controversial goals against, the game winner not counted. Pretty hard to feel if you are the Dogs that you got a fair shake tonight, but you have to feel that the calls will eventually even out. They have a long way to go to tip the scales back to even with how they have gone against the Dogs so far. As much as it doesn't give them two points, or a "W" in the column, here's hoping knowing that they won it helps the Dogs mentally.
Next up for the Dogs, a trip back up Island tonight to host the Rivermen tomorrow at the Dog Pound..
How's this for a stat - the last wins for the Bulldogs Franchise, Regular Season, Exhibition and Playoffs, have all been in...Victoria. Two at the Bear Mountain Arena, one just a stones throw away at the Juan De Fuca Arena. One would think there is no better place to feel good to chase the first win!
Catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. I will bring you the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald the colour commentary, and Dan Tisserand the statistics. The pregame show gets underway at 7:00 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:15pm.
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Tonight's 1st Intermission guest is one of the newest members of the Bulldogs, Harlan Orr
Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Jeff Sargeant, Play-by-Play voice of the Langley Rivermen, as the Dogs return home tomorrow night to host Langley to finish the weekend.
The Tour de Rock rolls into town this afternoon with stops planned at various schools, lunch at Alberni Toyota at 12pm, a BBQ and head shave event at Wal-Mart also at 1pm followed by a stop at Co-Op at approximately 2pm, and a "Night of Glamour" tonight at Boston Pizza - tickets are available at BP for $30.00.
Check out the Tour de Rock blog HERE I have been getting daily phone call updates from the riders on THE PEAK just before 7:00am. It's an amazing thing that they do!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired 1995-born forward Harlan Orr from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for future considerations.
Orr spent the 2012/13 season with the Silverbacks and as a rookie put up 12 goals and 15 assists in 48 games.
Prior to being signed by Salmon Arm, Orr played two seasons in the BC Major Midget League for the Okanagan Rockets. In his 16 year old season, Orr scored 24 goals and added 36 assists in 38 games.
Orr has a tremendous skill-set with the ability to find the net. In addition to is on-ice abilities, Orr also excels academically and hopes to follow in his cousin David Van Der Gulik’s footsteps. Van Der Gulik spent 3 seasons in the BCHL before playing four successful seasons of NCAA Div I hockey with Boston University and is currently in the Colorado Avalanche organization.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to welcome Harlan to the team and expect him to be in the line up this weekend.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Bulldogs Make Roster Moves: Add Elynuik From Camrose Kodiaks
PRESS RELEASE September 24, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired Jakson Elynuik from the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL for future considerations.
Elynuik will bring some experience to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs along with a good work ethic and some offense.
Elynuik is a 6’0”, 175lbs right winger who was drafted in the 7th round by the Kootenay Ice in the 2010 WHL draft and is the son of former NHLer Pat Elynuik best known for his time with the Winnipeg Jets.
To make room for Elynuik on the roster, the Bulldogs have traded 1994-born forward Shane O’Brien to the Blind River Beavers in the NOJHL for future considerations. In seven regular season games with the Bulldogs, O’Brien failed to register a point.
The Bulldogs also have reassigned 1996-born goalie Blake Pearson to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the VIJHL and will affiliate Pearson for the season.
To round-out the goaltending tandem for the ‘Dogs, the team signed Tyger Howat from Brighton, Michigan. Howat, born in 1995, stands at 6’3”, 200lbs and played 2012/13 season with Victory Honda U18 in the MWEHL. In 17 games with Victory Honda U18, Howat posted a 1.71 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Last season Howat also appeared in 3 games in the USHL, two games with the Indiana Ice and one game with the Team USA Juniors.
Both Elynuik and Howat will be in the line-up for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs this coming weekend.
Last week, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs also released 1995-born defenseman Jordan Andrews to the Richmond Sockeyes in the PJHL to make room for Darian Henry who was reassigned to the Bulldogs by the Regina Pats (WHL).
Sunday, September 22, 2013
A great start for the Bulldogs, in what is always a tough rink to play in. As has been the case this season however, the Dogs were unable to capitalize and get that early goal to take a lead. They led the shots at one point 7-0 just over seven minutes into the game. They built that advantage to 11-2 with 8:31 to play...but shots that go in don't really matter, do they? One penalty was all it took to turn the tide, as the Kings got their feet under them and started to carry the play. Just over a minute after the Dogs had killed the first one off, they went right back to the box again. While they would kill the penalty off, the player didn't have time to get back into the play as the Kings found the net on an Aiden Wright shot from the left point past the blocker of Brad Rebagliati. Assists on the play went to Kurt Keats and Jordan Burns as it was 1-0 at 16:57 of the first. The Dogs would take another penalty on the next shift that they managed to kill off, with the Kings taking a 16-11 advantage in shots into the room after one, outshooting the Dogs 14-0 to end the frame.
The second period again saw good end-to-end action with each team getting chances, most notably Mak Barden being awarded a penalty shot just 4:00 into the period after getting hooked up on a clear-cut breakaway. Barden would attempt to go low blocker, but Jeff Smith came up with the save to keep it 1-0. The score would remain that way until just short of the midway mark of the frame when the Dogs got burned on a horrible change just after killing off a penalty. The Kings would race in on a 4 on 2 rush where Brad Rebagliati made a good first save on Kurt Keats, but Keats potted his own rebound into the open side. Assists went to Jarid Lukosevicius and Jordan Burns at 9:02 of the second.
A controversial incident shortly afterwards saw the Bulldogs go to the power play, but one thinks it should have been more than a minor penalty as Luca Doctor was drilled from behind by Ryan Scarfo and laid motionless on the ice as a large-scale scrum ensued. The referee looked directly at the hit when it happened, and made no penalty call at the time. After a long discussion, Scarfo would get two minutes for boarding. As far as I'm aware Linesman can only call major penalties, and Referees can't call penalties later after they decided not to in the first place. I don't know what happened in this instance, but it appears the rule book might have ended up a little bent.
The Kings would take a 3-0 lead late in the period after they hemmed the Dogs in their zone after several poor clearing attempts failed to get out. Luke McCaw would find the net, sliding one along the ice just inside the far post. Kyle Chatham and Luke Ripley drew the helpers at 16:59 of the second for a 3-0 Kings lead after two. The only goal the rest of the way was again controversial from the Bulldogs point of view as a shot from the line appeared to be going high over the net before being deflected home down through the legs of Rebagliati. The Dogs appealed for a high stick call, to no avail. Brayden Taekema scored it, with Aidan Wright picking up the only assist at 9:30 of the third.
Shots favoured the Kings 35-33 with Jeff Smith picking up the win and the shut out with 1st star honours while Brad Rebagliati took the loss. I had the Kings at 0 for 4 on the power play. The Dogs officially went 0 for 3, but their third came with just 27 seconds left in the game.
Next up, a trip down to Victoria on Friday to face the Grizzlies for the first time this season.
Catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show getting underway at 2:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 3:00pm.
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Our 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Troy Mick of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, a feature from the new BCHL THIS WEEK show on Team 1410. Here's some more details...
TEAM Radio is partnering with the BCHL again for the 2013-14 season to bring great coverage and content to listeners around the province.
A major change for this season is the introduction of SUBWAY® "BCHL This Week", a weekly program that will air on TEAM 1410 AM on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
The show will be hosted by veteran hockey play-by-play man and longtime radio host Jeff Paterson. Every week, Paterson will catch up with BCHL players and coaches and also feature BCHL alums making headlines at the NHL and college level.
"We are thrilled with this new addition to our partnership with TEAM Radio," said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. "The support of SUBWAY® restaurants of B.C. has been key for us in building our brand and adding their name to this show allows us to feature content from across the league and get some of the famous names that have passed through our league on the air.
"Jeff's career covering hockey and his relationship with the BCHL means we'll be getting great guests every week that listeners will want to tune in and hear."
Also, don't be surprised to catch your favourite BCHL team's broadcaster on the show. The league's play-by-play voices will contributing all season long and will ensure a variety of informative content.
As in past seasons, feature interviews will continue on TEAM 1040 with hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price welcoming guests every Tuesday during the mid-day show.
TEAM Radio will again be carrying BCHL Scholarship updates all season. These 30-second spots are voiced by the league's broacasters and keep listeners up to date on the latest school commitments from around the BCHL.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Not a bad start to the game early with good back and forth play, but it turned badly quickly as the Eagles went to the power play just over four minutes into the game. The Dogs appealed to the referee that the draw should have been outside the zone as play was stopped due to the Eagles playing the puck with a high stick. The appeal would fall on deaf ears, and the draw stayed in the zone. It seems what can go against the Dogs IS at this point, as right off the draw the puck ended up at the line where Philippe Johansson let a wrister go through traffic that beat Brad Rebagliati high glove-side. Jonah Renouf picked up the only assist at 4:19. The Dogs would come THAT close to scoring on the ensuing shift, but Victor Adamo made a big save on Mak Barden. Just seconds later, the Dogs ended up back in the penalty box, and it ended up in the back of their net again as Brett Mulcahy scored on his second spin-o-rama attempt in a matter of seconds, sneaking one home five hole from the crease, with assists to Nicolas Pierog and Zane Schartz at 6:47 of the first. Another penalty, another goal against at the 10:24 mark as Matthew Dawson scored on a one-timer from the top of the point from Brett Mulcahy and Zane Schartz as Dawson put the one-timer high, glove side on Rebagliati as Blake Pearson entered the game off the bench.
Despite the disheartening start to the game and the 3-0 hole, the Dogs didn't deflate. It would have been really easy for the Dogs to fold the tents and pack it in, but they just keep battling and playing hard. I maintained that if the Dogs kept it up, they would be rewarded.
Cue the second period.
The Dogs looked like a team UP 3-0, not down, as they came out flying from the opening puck drop. Hunter Stewart would chip the puck out of the zone where it was found at centre ice by Dylan Haugen. He would throw a quick shot on net that resulted in a rebound. Zach Funk would drive the net and get rewarded for it as he fired it into the open side to make it 3-1 at 3:09 of the second. Good hard work would draw a penalty shortly afterwards, and the Dogs would connect on it to really get the building into it as Tryg Strand scored on the second rebound after Hunter Stewart put a hard shot on goal from the slot, and Mak Barden had his first rebound stopped by Adamo to make it 3-2 at 5:19 of the second. Another power play, and it was quickly tied as Jared Wilson put a shot on net that was tipped home by Mak Barden, as the building was without question as loud as it has been since last year's Playoff run with the game tied at 3-3. Kurt Gosselin also picked up an assist on the play at 6:44 of the second. The Eagles would call time out to slow the momentum, and it appeared to work as they scored to stop the run of three un-answered goals as Matthew Dawson scored his second of the game driving the net to deflect a Jonah Renouf pass home past the blocker of Pearson. Danton Heinen also picked up an assist at 8:54 of the second. The Dogs would battle back to tie it on the power play when Jared Wilson took a pass from I believe Dylan Haugen, and threw a shot on net that went wide, but hit either Adamo or an Eagle defender before finding the back of the net to make it 4-4 at 16:16. No assists were given on the play, but there should have been. The Bulldogs no doubt went to the room feeling sky-high, and pretty good about their chances.
Cue the third period.
A late second period penalty to Darian Henry - while not carrying the puck it looked like he took a stick in the midsection, and appeared to react by blinding swinging his stick with one hand - ended up being big. Just 12 seconds into the third period a clearing attempt hit a Bulldog in the face, and ended up on the tape of Danton Heinen who walked in on a 2 on 1 rush where he put a perfect cross-ice onto the tape of Michael Roberts who fired it into the open side before Pearson could get over to make it 5-4. It was 6-4 a minute and change later on a really weird goal as the Eagles threw the puck at the net off the half-boards that hit bodies in front of the net and went in. Nicholas Pierog would get credit for it, with assists to Braeden Russell and Ryan Fraser-Lee 1:26 into the third. Just 25 seconds later the Eagles had a 7-4 lead, just 1:51 into the period, as Mitchell Fyffe went from his own end, to the Dogs end, relatively untouched before walking to the slot where he fired one past Pearson. The Dogs would have to battle hard to get momentum back, and by the time they did it might have been too late, as Tryg Strand went to the net and roofed a centering pass from Mitch Makin to make it 7-5 with 4:43 to play in the third. That's as close as the Dogs would get though, as the Eagles made the lead stand.
Great effort, with not enough consistency and a continued run of bad bounces at times - not easy to win when you are losing, and tonight was proof of that.
Shots favoured the Dogs 42-35, with Brad Rebagliati giving up the first three goals before giving way to Blake Pearson. I had the Dogs at 3 for 4 on the power play, while the Eagles went 4 for 7.
Next up, a trip over to Powell River tomorrow to face the Kings.
It's a rematch of last year's Coastal Conference Final series, but the teams are vastly different. If you think the Dogs have lost a lot from last year, look no further than the Eagles, as by a quick count they have 3 returning players from last year's Fred Page/Western Canada Cup Championship team.
93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show kicking off at 6:45 with the play-by-play to follow with Bruce and myself at 7:00
Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Alex Rawnsley, Play-by-Play voice of the Powell River Kings...the Dogs are in Powell River for a 3pm start tomorrow.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Former Bulldog Head Coach (2009-2010) Nolan Graham is an Assistant Coach at RPI, and apparently he liked what he saw in person in Wilson at the BCHL Showcase.
Wilson has the full package, size, skill, vision, shot, physical play. The sky is the limit with him. It's about maturity, consistency and motivation now. I've said it before for every single guy that secures a Scholarship, and with "Willy" it's no different - now it's about getting to the next level as the BEST player you can be. Keep that development going.
I have seen it many times throughout the years - the driving force, the wood that stokes the fire in the belly, so to speak, for so many kids is the motivation they find in playing to secure their future, to get to that "next level" and it's sometimes natural to have a "let down" once you have accomplished that. Jared never lacks passion, so here's hoping that's not the case for him, as the Dogs certainly need him at his best. At his best, he can be a dominant force and a game changer.
Release from the Bulldogs....
Jared Wilson Commits to RPI, NCAA Div I
September 20, 2013
Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that Jared Wilson has committed to the NCAA Division I program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 2014/15. The RPI Engineers are members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference and play out of the Houston Field House in Troy, New York.
RPI is coming off another successful season under head coach Seth Appert. In 2012/13, the Engineers finished with an overall record of 18-14-5 and a conference record of 12-7-3.
Wilson is the third Alberni Valley Bulldogs recruit in recent years by RPI, following in the footsteps of former Bulldogs Johnny Rogic and Evan Tironese. Wilson will also be joining former ‘Dogs head coach Nolan Graham who is currently an assistant coach with RPI.
In 50 regular season games in 2012/13, Wilson led all rookie defencemen in the BCHL in scoring with 10 goals and added 22 assists for 32 points, had a shooting percentage of 14.08%, and defensively had a plus/minus rating of +6. 14 of Wilson’s 32 points came on the power play (6A, 8A).
“Wilson came in to camp having worked very hard in the off-season, and it shows,” said head
coach and general manager Kevin Willison. In the first 5 games of the 2013/14 season, Wilson leads the team with 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists). Both Wilson’s goals have been on the power play.
“We are extremely happy for Jared and it’s great to see his hard work is paying off,” added Willison. “We are very proud of what he has accomplished to put himself in a position to be a highly touted recruit to a top NCAA Division 1 program.”
Wilson’s outstanding play during the 2012/13 season and into the BCHL Conference Finals garnered a lot of NHL interest. However, it was Wilson’s dominant play at the Bauer BCHL Showcase that has carried that NHL interest into this season. The coaching staff has been receiving several calls from NHL clubs already this season.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family is very proud of Jared for his commitment to RPI and look forward to many great things from him and from the team this season. For up to date news and information on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, visit the team’s website at www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca. To learn more about season ticket packages for the 2013/14
season, call 250.723.4412.
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One has to think that the Coaching Staff are thrilled to get a player of his size and experience to help the D-core, even if it creates a further log jam back there. At last count the Dogs had 9 bodies on the back end - but that could be looked at as a blessing with both Riley Ostoforoff and Luca Doctor recently being banged up.
One might say the Dogs need Forwards to put the puck in the net...and I would be inclined to obviously agree with that...but they also need to do a better job of keeping the puck OUT of their net as well.
Henry's rights were acquired last summer in the Justin Morello trade - details on that from the Bulldogs website HERE
It certainly hasn't been a fun start, or a good start, the start you work so hard over the summer for, etc.
But, it is what it is. It's not the end of the world, the sky isn't falling, the season didn't end yesterday, and won't end tomorrow. It's FIVE games into a 58 game schedule. What can go wrong quite simply HAS, so far. A week ago tonight they were in a 2-2 tie in the third period of their Home Opener, and their opposition scored the game winner in very controversial fashion. The next night, the back-luck goals against, and a failure to find the net enough did them in against the Capitals. But their effort was solid, especially after a good first period but bad luck had them down 3-1. I was very impressed with how they came out and battled in the second and carried the play, they just couldn't score. Same thing of the game Wednesday against the Capitals. They absolutely dominated the game. They finally were guilty of trying TOO HARD - and got burned with two goals against.
They have played well in parts, they have taken the play to the opposition in parts. The scores have not been reflective of the game. If they were losing 5-1 and 5-0 and showing no heart, no determination, no drive, then I would believe the sky WAS falling. It's not. It's no doubt weighing down on their backs like a 5 tonne gorilla, however. The pressure has to be intense, and it can't be fun for the Players/Coaches/Staff at the moment.
The ONLY thing harder than winning, is winning when you are losing. If that makes sense. Your confidence erodes, you try to do too much, you squeeze the stick, you have bad thoughts and a bad attitude.
Attitude determines Altitude.
The only thing that's getting the Dogs out of this is continuing to work hard, to try and stay positive. Do your job, do what the Coaches ask of you. Just do the fundamentals better, and everything will start to turn, I firmly believe that. Win draws, take the body, shoot the puck, go to the net, PUSH THE PACE. If you are doing things faster, and harder then your opposition, the luck will even out, the breaks WILL go your way, and next thing you know you will have won five in a row. The opposite - get down on yourself, get down on your teammates, try to do it yourself, etc etc etc...and five losses in a row could very easily become 10.
There is no magic formula, no mystery elixir. Hard work, good attitude, do the simple things very good, and next thing you know the pucks that are hitting the bar and going out, the pucks that are bouncing over sticks, will all of a sudden hit the bar and go in, and will end up flat on the tape an in the back of the net.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The best start for the Bulldogs to a game this season, as they came out with good energy and drew a penalty in the opening moments. While they weren't able to connect on the power play they did run up a 7-0 advantage in shots eight minutes into the game. A penalty would stop their momentum and turn the tide for a spell, but the Dogs finished the period strong drawing another penalty just before the buzzer on a nifty football-esque arial pass that ended up on the tape of Shane O'Brien, just on-side but he couldn't get a clean shot away.
The Dogs again played a solid period in the middle frame, carrying the bulk of the play and getting the better of the chances - three good ones stand out - Brett Stewart hit the crossbar, and both Mitch Makin and Tryg Strand were denied in tight. After the dust settled, they somehow found themselves down 2-0 with two quick Capital goals late in the period. The first came from an odd-man rush as the Capitals connected on a 3 on 1 rush as Cam Curleigh went to the net and fired home a Daniel Wanner pass. Armand Uomoleale also drew an assist on the play at 16:24 of the second. Off the ensuing draw the Capitals would race into the zone and get a great chance in the slot, but Brad Rebagliati came up with a big glove save to keep it just 1-0. The Dogs would then go up ice and draw a penalty. They weren't able to connect on the power play, and with a defencemen in deep no one covered the man leaving the box, resulting in a breakaway for Mason Malkowich that he converted on with a glove-side wrist shot. Assists went to Myles Powell and Devin Henes at 19:10 of the second, as the Dogs outshot the Capitals through 40 minutes 32-13 yet trailed 2-0.
As much as the Dogs owned the second, the Capitals owned the third, not a good recipe for success when you are down by a couple of goals. The Caps connected to take a 3-0 lead just 3:26 in as Kyle Horsman scored on a beautiful one-timer from the deep slot, top corner glove side on Brad Rebagliati. Assists on the play went to Jesse Neher and Rylan Bechtel. The Dogs understandably sagged after that one, and never got much going the rest of the way. The Caps made it 4-0 on the power play at 11:30 as Colton Kehler scored a greasy one as he had about 3 or 4 wacks at a puck that seemed to be under Rebagliati, but there was no whistle and the Dogs defense didn't clear Kehler out. Credit to him for continuing to battle until the whistle and refuse to be denied. Perhaps the Dogs could take a page out of that playbook. Assists on the play went to Brayden Gelsinger and Steen Cooper. One more final marker rubbed some salt in the wound as the Dogs got caught up ice - and from some guys, the backcheck was non-existant, resulting in an open net tap in for Dane Gibson on a cross ice pass by Myles Powell. Mitch Ball also assisted on the play at 17:52 of the third.
Final score 5-0 Capitals, as they improve to 3-1-0-0 and the Dogs fall to 0-5-0-0. I had the Dogs at 0 for 6 on the power play, while the Capitals went 1 for 4.
Next up for the Dogs, a visit from the Surrey Eagles on Saturday night.
93.3 The Peak FM with myself and Bruce MacDonald. The pregame show gets underway at 6:45.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Peter Schaefer, the new Head Coach of the Surrey Eagles.
Tune in Radio and you can also WATCH the game through the Fast Hockey Pay-per-view
Monday, September 16, 2013
To Coaching Staff
September 15, 2013
Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that the organization has made a decision not to renew the contract of goalie consultant Matt Korchmar for the 2013/14 season. The Alberni Valley Bulldogs also take this opportunity to announce that Alex Evin has been hired as the team’s goalie coach moving forward.
Evin is no stranger to long-time BCHL fans, having played in 198 regular season games with Powell River, Williams Lake, and Penticton Vees over his 5-year career. In Evin’s rookie season in 2003/04, he was named to the BCHL All Rookie Team and was also named the Powell River Kings’ Top Academic player. In Evin’s 20-year-old season in 2007/08, he was acquired by the Penticon Vees and went on to win the Fred Page Cup, was named the BCHL Top Goaltender, and led the league in two categories: best goals against average (2.20) and best save percentage (.921) while posting a record of 31-10-1 and adding 4 shutouts.
Evin followed up his successful stint in the BCHL with a NCAA Division I scholarship to Colgate University. Following a successful four years at Colgate and graduating with a degree in English in 2012, Evin attended the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat camp before moved back to his home town of Castlegar, BC. Seeing a need for specialized goalie instruction in his area, Evin founded NLGoaltending and has worked with minor hockey goalies, the Trail Smoke Eaters, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the KIJHL, and the BCIHL league champion Selkirk College Saints. Evin will also stay on with Selkirk College as their assistant coach and goalie coach for the 2013/14 season.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs coaching staff. I know nothing but positives about the organization and its community support,” said Evin. “As a goalie in the BCHL for 5 seasons, Alberni was always one of the best places to come in and play because of the electrifying atmosphere in the building. Last season the team and goaltenders had great success and I hope I can assist in that process again."
Evin is a rising star with a proven playing history and a passion for hockey. He communicates extremely well and is a great addition to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.“We are honoured to have Alex on board with us,” said head coach and general manager Kevin Willison. “His past speaks for itself and he has great insight from first-hand experiences that he can share with our goalies.”
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to thank Matt Korchmar for the contributions he made to the organization during the 2012/13 season and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
For up to date news and information on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, visit the team’s website at www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca. To learn more about season ticket packages for the 2013/14 season, call 250.723.4412.
Teal Burns Commits to University of Guelph, CIS
September 15, 2013
Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that Teal Burns has committed to play of the University of Guelph in the CIS commencing the 2013/14 season. Burns didn’t spend a long time with the Bulldogs, but it definitely was a good time. Acquired at the January 10th deadline last season, Burns made an immediate impact to the line-up, putting up 19 points in 18 regular season games with the ‘Dogs, including 3 power play goals, 1 short handed goal, and two game-winning goals. Burns was a acquired by general manager and head coach Kevin Willison for his leadership and playoff experience. In 14 hard-fought playoff games, Burns added three goals and four assists, including two goals on the power play.
“We are extremely proud and happy for Teal that he will continue getting a top university education while playing CIS hockey,” said Kevin Willison. “Teal worked very closely with educational advisor Tom McEvay during his short time with us just to qualify to play at the university level.”
Burns now becomes the 10th player from the 2012/13 season to commit to play college or university hockey.
“I'm excited about attending the University of Guelph,” said Teal Burns. “I'd just like to thank all the fans in Alberni for all the support last season – easily the best fans in the league. I'd like to thank my billet family Leslie and Darcy Kailer-Dore for giving me a family away from home and the guys and coaches for pushing me everyday whether it was at practice or in games. But most of all, I’d like to thank Tom McEvay for identifying what had to be done so that I could qualify to be accepted into university. Thank you Alberni Valley Bulldogs!”
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family wishes Teal all the very best this season and with all this future endeavours.
For up to date news and information on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, visit the team’s website at www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca. To learn more about season ticket packages for the 2013/14 season, call 250.723.4412.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
A game that had it's bright spots, but not enough consistency, as the Dogs dropped a 5-1 decision to the Capitals to fall to 0 and 4 on the season.
Both teams seemed ready to go from the opening puck drop, with great pace and exciting end to end hockey. The Capitals would find the net first on a centering pass out of the corner that was onto the tape of Mitch Powell in the slot where he put a one-timer home past the blocker of Blake Pearson. Assists on the play went to Dane Gibson and Mitch Ball at 4:13 of the first.
The Dogs didn't deflate, instead they answered right back as Justin Georgeson set up Hunter Stewart off a faceoff in the Capitals end as Stewart snapped one off the far post and in past Robin Gusse at 4:32.
The Capitals would retake the lead at the tail end of a power play, after what looked like a really good kill by the Dogs with the Capitals not able to get anything going offensively. With 10 seconds left on the power play it was 2-0 as Steen Cooper roofed a loose puck from the doorstep on what might have been an intentionally-wide shot by Rylan Ball. Brayden Gelsinger also drew an assist on the play at 9:02 of the first.
The Dogs would have several good shifts in the offensive zone looking for the equalizer, but they were unable to bury. The line of Keenan Scott, Zak Bowles and Dean Allison might have had the best of the shifts. The Capitals would build their lead late in the period on another tough luck goal as Steen Cooper attempted a slap shot at the net, only to have his stick break in two, resulting instead in a perfect pass onto the tape of Sam Curleigh where he went high, glove side on Pearson from the slot to make it 3-1 Capitals at 18:22 of the first, with Patrick Arnold also drawing an assist on the play.
The Bulldogs might have played their best 10 minutes of the season to open the second period, again with the Scott-Bowles-Allison line leading the way. Unfortunatley, the Dogs weren't able to find the net, and they then appeared deflated when the Capitals went up 4-1 as they out-battled the Dogs in the crease after Blake Pearson made the first save on a deflected point shot. Sam Curleigh would poke it over the line for his second of the game from Rylan Bechtel and Taki Pantziris at 12:14 of the second. Three minutes later it was a 5-1 lead as the Capitals made it look easy as Dane Gibson retrieved a puck on a dump in and threw a cross-crease pass onto the tape of Mason Malkowich who tapped it into the open side at 15:07 for a 5-1 Capitals lead after two periods.
There would be no scoring throughout the third period.
I had the Dogs going 0 for 6 on the power play, while the Capitals went 1 for 2. Robin Gusse picked up the win in net while Blake Pearson took the loss in his first BCHL start.
The two teams next play Wednesday night in the rematch at the Dog Pound.
Do - line the sides of the road through Port Alberni to see all the bikes come in...could be up to 1500 or more due to the great weather we have had this week.
Do - get to the Glenwood Centre for all the fun stuff for the adults and kids...click the above image to enlarge for details!
DO NOT - try to get anywhere through Port Alberni between about 12:30 to 1:30. Sorry in advance if you have somewhere to be on behalf of the Toy Run. Here's hoping 93.3 The Peak broadcasting live starting at 10:30 this morning will give you enough time to plan ahead and get done what you need to get done!
It's just my opinion, but one hour seems like a small price for the community to pay, considering that Toy Run supports events all throughout the year, free of charge, for kids and families to take part in...not to mention all the toys they gather for less fortunate kids and teens come Christmas!
Get all the action with the pregame show at 6:55ish (barring their pregame festivities) and the puck dropping some time after 7:10 on 93.3 The Peak FM
Our 1st Intermission guest is Bulldogs Forward Hunter Stewart, while BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale is our 2nd Intermission guest.
You can also listen live through your phone through Tune in Radio
Friday, September 13, 2013
The Bulldogs finally got back on Home Ice Friday night as they hosted the Clippers for their 2013-2014 Home Opener. After the introduction and the dimming of the lights the Dogs looked somewhat tight, with the Clippers coming out strong and carrying the better part of the play while running up a large advantage in shots and chances. Brad Rebagliati was rock solid to keep the Clippers off the board and the Dogs in it.
The Dogs got their feet under them and had several good chances, before going to the power play when Justin Georgeson drew a penalty by slipping a check in the Bulldogs zone. While on the power play the Clippers would pick up another penalty, setting up a 5 on 3 power play for just over :50 seconds in duration. The Dogs would connect at the end of the two-man advantage with good puck movement and pace as Jared Wilson put a quick shot on net that beat Liam McLeod top corner, short-side from the right circle. Assists on the play went to Kurt Gosselin and Tryg Strand at 17:47 of the first for a 1-0 Dogs lead after 20 minutes.
The Dogs would draw first blood early in the second to build their lead to 2-0 as Justin Georgeson blocked a shot and fought the puck into the zone where it was found by Mak Barden, who went to the net and poked his own rebound home just :55 into the period, with Wilson also drawing an assist on the play. The Dogs wouldn't have very long to enjoy the lead as the Clippers fought right back to get on the board as Devin Brosseau had his first shot blocked but stuck with it to find it again and fire it past the blocker of Rebagliati from the slot just 40 seconds later to make it 2-1, with Brendan Taylor picking up the only assist on the play. The score would stay that way until the late stages of the period when the Clippers scored a greasy one - hey, they all count - as a faceoff was thrown at the net where it bounced off several bodies before ending up in the crase where it was chopped home by Brendan Taylor. Assists on the play went to Devin Brosseau and Sheldon Rempal at 18:54 of the second for a 2-2 tie after two periods.
The Clippers would take their first lead of the game on one that made the previous marker look pretty as they picked up the eventual game winner in controversial fashion on the power play when Brad Rebagliati was taken out of the play and didn't even get an opportunity to attempt to make a save.
How it looked to me - a Clipper player was tied up and pushed towards the net where he took a path straight towards the goal, knocking Brad Rebagliati down and not allowing him to even make an attempt to make a save. That's just how it looked to me - the player wasn't ran or hit hard into the goalie, but instead bumped a couple of times. A battle for position if you will, a play where 30 times a game or more a player who wanted to end up on the goalie, could if he went in. You have to almost it's simplicity - go hard to the net and establish that presence to battle hard, and then go soft when the defence tries to protect their net. Call it incidental contact, call it goalie interference, call it something- in the end it was nothing, and a 3-2 Clippers lead with Korey Morgan scoring from Dylan Denomme and Devin Brosseau at 4:37 of the third. It's certainly hard to make a judgement call like in the heat of the moment. That's just how it all looked to me.
Shortly afterwards the Clippers would ice it while shorthanded as the Dogs went to the power play following a nastly skirmish and fight after a huge open ice hit by Garrett Halls. Kurt Gosselin would tumble while attempting to hold the puck in at the line resulting in a 2 on 1 shorthanded where Ryan Forbes kept the puck and scored with a perfect wrist shot, far side just past the glove of Rebagliati to make it 4-2 with 8:11 gone in the third. The Dogs wouldn't be able to chip into the deficit as the Clippers made the lead stand.
Final shots 41-34 Bulldogs. I had the Dogs at 1 for 6 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 4, while also scoring once shorthanded.
Next up for the Dogs, a trip down Island tomorrow night as they visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals for their Home Opener at the Big Stick. The Dogs certainly don't have any time to waste any energy hanging their heads about this one, or hitting the panic button. They played their best game of the season by far, and generated enough offensive chances around the net to win any game. Having said that - they need to raise their battle level and understand how hard you have to play, and how good you have to play as a team in this league to win. At times the needed push and urgency wasn't there in this game. Quite simply, and if your opponent brings it harder and for more of the game, you more often than not are now going to win!
Catch all the action with myself and Bruce MacDonald on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show getting underway at 6:45 with the puck dropping at 7:00.
Tonight's 1st Intermission guest is Bulldogs Defenceman Jared Wilson, while Cowichan Valley Capitals Play-by-Play voice Dustin Forbes joins me in the 2nd Intermission.
Listen on your radio at home at the game in your car or at work, and listen on line through your phone through the tune in radio app or via computer by heading to www.933thepeak.com
Don't forget about the Alberni Autoworks Tail gate party before the game, getting underway at 5pm. There will be a BBQ, and "Mascot Madness", sounds fun! Jolie will be broadcasting live from the rink starting at 5pm so be sure to tune in and get down to the rink early!
The Bulldogs will head down to Duncan Saturday to face the Cowichan Valley Capitals for their Home Opener at the Big Stick...I'll be broadcasting again for THE PEAK Saturday morning/afternoon for the 29th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run which is always a very very fun time.
With the nice forecast this week, it's very possible there could be 1500 bikes or more coming in around 12:30 Saturday! After the bikes do a lap of town they all meet at Glenwood Centre so be sure to come check it out and be out to see the bikes roll into down...and DO NOT plan to try and be heading anywhere in town between about 12:30 and 1:30!
See you at the Dog Pound tonight, bring the noise, bring your friends, family, inlaws and outlaws!