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Friday, January 30, 2015

Dogs drop second straight, shut out for first time this season, 3-0 in Nanaimo

There were plenty of penalties early in this game, but they weren't a factor as neither side could find the net to open the scoring. The Dogs had their best chance on their second power play when Scottie Clark rang one off the post in tight on Decelles. The Clippers had a fantastic chance after their first penalty kill when Jake Jackson was set up in the hash marks for a one-timer that Billy Christopoulos made a fantastic save on. As the period wore on, penalties continued to be prevalent, yet still it remained scoreless as the goalies stood tall through six separate power play situations through the first 20 minutes. The Clippers out shot the Dogs 11-9.

The Bulldogs did a great job of killing off 1:45 of power play time for the Clippers to start the second, allowing just one shot. The Clippers would open the scoring just seconds later however as Billy Christopoulos made a great right pad save on a deflected Ryan Coghlan shot from the right point. The Clippers had numbers in the crease, and got several whacks at it, putting the first one off the post and potting the second one with Cole Maier getting credit for it, from Nicholas Carrier and Ryan Coghlan at 2:07 of the second. Just 20 seconds later the complexion of the game changed in a big way as the Clippers stuck again to open up a 2-0 lead as Maier stole the puck with a nice stick lift from behind. He would then put a perfect back-door pass onto the tape of Carrier who tipped it into the open side before Christopoulos could get over at 2:27. Less than two minutes later Christopoulos would make a fantastic save on a cross-ice set up on a 2 on 1 to rob Anthony Rinaldi to keep it 2-0, but the Clippers would take the three goal lead just two minutes later on the power play as Jake Jackson put the puck out of the right corner cross ice to the deep slot to Nick Gushue who made a move before putting a wrister on net that was deflected home by Anthony Rinaldi at 6:33 of the second for a 3-0 Clippers lead after two. The Clippers out shot the Dogs 15-13 for a 40 minute advantage of 26-22.

The Bulldogs would come out with considerable jump to start the third period on carry over power play time from the end of the second, but despite some early chances they couldn't beat Decelles to make a game of it. Some emotion was shown by Mitch Makin who jumped in and challenged Austin Dick to fight after he roughed up Josh Adkins in what ended up being a very spirited bout. The Bulldogs would show considerable heart not to quit in the third period and had several good cracks over the last five minutes and into the final minute with the goalie out to snap the shut out bid of Decelles but they couldn't find the net as they were shut out for the first time this season.

Final shots were even at 36 aside with Billy Christopoulos playing solid despite the loss, while Guillaume Decelles picked up 2nd star honours with the win and the shut out in net.  The Dogs went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 5.

The teams go at it again tomorrow night at the Dog Pound.


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