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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dogs fall 5-0 to Kings

The second game of the double header between the Dogs and Kings was very different compared to Game 1, which saw no whistles in the first four minutes of play. Game 2 saw the Dogs penalized in the first 30 seconds of the game, and a pretty flat start for the first five minutes, with the Dogs doing a good job on the early penalty kill, not allowing the Kings a shot. The pace would pick up quickly as the period went on, with the Dogs have several good chances, notably on partial breakaways for Mitch Makin and Mak Barden, however they weren't able to get a shot away. The Kings would open the scoring with seven minutes to go in the period on a bit of a funny one as Matt Scarth tried a centering pass from behind the goal line that appeared to hit either Connor LaCouvee or a Bulldog defender's stick before ending up over the goal line. Kurt Keats and Jarid Lukosevicius picked up the assists for a 1-0 Kings lead 13:00 in and after one period, with the shots in favour of the Kings 12-10.

The Kings would quickly build the lead early in the second when the Dogs attacked on the rush, but missed on a drop pass back to a defenceman joining the rush. The result was a 2 on 2 the other way with a Forward playing defence, and the Kings worked it to perfection as Kurt Keats went to the net where Matt Scarth found him with a pass for a in-alone chance where he deked one past LaCouvee to make it 2-0 at the 1:26 mark of the period. The Dogs would go to the power play just 30 seconds later, but as has been the theme lately, it let the team down and failed to generate much in the way of chances of momentum. To rub some salt in the wound, the Kings would score on the rush just seconds after killing it off as Jarryd Leung went to the net and re-directed home a cross-ice pass before LaCouvee could get over. Assists on the play went to Kurt Keats and Jarid Lukosevicius at 4:11 of the second. Despite the disheartening score, the Dogs continued to battle hard, but they couldn't chip away at the lead before the Kings found the net again to make it 4-0 when the Dogs got caught pinching on an attacking-zone faceoff and couldn't get back as Drew Dorantes scored on a breakway feed from JJ Coleshaw to make it 4-0 at the 16:53 mark of the second. The Kings would lead the shots after 40 minutes 24-21.

The Kings would do a good job of controlling the play in the third period, as the Dogs failed to get much of an attack going, despite the Coaching Staff shuffling their lines to try and get something going. The only goal of the period would come late in the frame as Drew Dorantes drove wide down the right wing and around the Dogs defence and in alone on Tyger Howat (who entered the game to start the third) where he lost his footing but somehow found a way to get it through Howat. Assists on the play went to Brian Rideout and Ryan Scarfo to make it 5-0 with 4:22 to play in the third period. Tempers would flare late in the game, especially in the final 30 seconds when Ryan Scarfo took a healthy run at Justin Georgeson and hit him into the side boards. A needless check given the time remaining and the score, but a check I thought was no where near as bad as Lucas Greyson's the night before on Rob Click - however, THIS hit would be called as a hit from behind resulting in a game misconduct. The Dogs would go for broke trying to break the shut out bid pulling their goaltender to make it a 6 on 3 power play, but they couldn't find the net as time expired.

Final shots favoured the Kings 33-26 with Jeff Smith earning 2nd star honours with the win, while Connor LaCouvee took the loss playing 40 minutes and giving up 4 goals on 24 shots, including a couple of breakaways - don't fault the goalie. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play - three of those opportunities coming in the final six minutes of the game - while the Kings went 0 for 4.

The Dogs are next in action Thursday when they see the Kings again Thursday night at the Dog Pound.


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