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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dogs fall 3-1 to Caps in tough luck loss at home

A late start to this one, after a pane of glass was shattered in warm up.

This game was quite similar from the opening puck drop than the last game in the Dog Pound, also featuring the Bulldogs and Capitals, as the Dogs came out flying and opened the scoring five minutes in and ran up an early 13-1 lead in shots through the first 10 minutes. It was a 1-0 game at the 4:50 mark of the first period at the end of a long hardworking attacking shift in the zone that saw Everett Putz centre the puck for Taylor Derynck who walked in deep from the left point. His shot would be blocked off traffic, but it ended up on the tape of Drew Blackmun at the side of the net where he one-timed it home past Michasiw. The Dogs would earn a power play later in the period, but it sputtered and killed momentum through the first 30 seconds as they iced it several times. The Capitals would tie the game on a shorthanded 2 on 1 rush as Adam Osczevski looked off to pass and instead fired it through the legs of Christopoulos to make it 1-1, un-assisted and shorthanded at 17:13 of the first period. The score would stay that way into the second, with the Dogs up in the shots 17-4 after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs started the second period with the same jump, getting three shots on goal in the opening minute of play. However, they would get caught up ice shortly afterwards and the Capitals made them pay as Luke Santerno walked over the Bulldogs line up the left wing on a 2 on 1 rush and showed great patience to delay and avoid the back check before putting a perfect top corner snap shot short-side high on Christopoulos. Jesse Neher picked up the only assist on the play at 6:27 of the second. The Capitals would have almost six straight minutes of power play time to try and build the lead through the back half of the period as a minor penalty was killed by the Dogs, and they took a double minor for high-sticking almost immediately afterwards. Christopoulos would make a couple good saves, but the Dogs did a good job to kill off the penalty not giving up much and generating a couple shorthanded chances of their own. The Caps would out shoot the Dogs over the period 13-12  for a 29-17 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes. 

The third period started with some fireworks, after an early high hit and scrap saw the teams still play five on five hockey. The Bulldogs would push hard for the equalizer, but fought tough luck as the period wore on as they came painfully close on several instances around the Capitals net. The closest call would have to be with just over a minute to play and Christopoulos heading to the bench for the extra attacker as Braden Fuller danced through the Capitals defence and in alone on a partial breakaway on Michasiw where he saw his shot hit the cross bar and stay out. Just seconds later the Capitals would get all the insurance they needed as the Bulldogs attempted a cross-ice pass at their blue line with the net empty that was read and intercepted by Luke Santerno who scored his second of the game, unassisted for the 3-1 final at the 19:13 mark of the third period.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 43-24 in a losing cause for Billy Christopoulos in the Dogs net with Lane Michasiw picking up the win for the Caps. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 3 while also scoring once shorthanded.

The Dogs next see action Wednesday night when they host the Grizzlies.


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