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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bulldogs top Clippers 5-2, improve to 2 and 0 in preseason

Tune in to Fasthockey to watch tonight's game as the Bulldogs host the Clippers.

Two-time BCHL Broadcaster of the Year Award winner - and current holder of the belt - Dan Marshall, of our sister station 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo has the call.

For those that don't have the means or interest to purchase the pay-per-view, I will post occasional updates here on the blog.

Carson Schamerhorn starts in net for the Bulldogs, Emilien Boily for the Clippers.

Clippers open the scoring 4:31 into the game on a point shot by Ryan Coghlan that knuckles off traffic and past the glove of Schamerhorn. Charley Borek with the lone assist.

Drew Blackmun converts a perfect pass on the rush from Chris Schutz with a deflection through the legs of Boily. Brandon McReynolds also draws an assist at 12:55.

Bulldogs take a 2-1 lead when Garrett Halls pokes a rebound home from the crease. Cayden Kraus and Josh Adkins draw the assists 14:15 into the first, on the power play.

First period concludes with the Bulldogs leading 2-1. Shots favour the Bulldogs 11-10. At one point earlier in the frame they were 8-1 Nanaimo.

The Bulldogs went 1 for 2 on the powerplay, while the Clippers went 0 for 1 - they ended the period with 1:13 left on their second power play of the game. That stat is somewhat misleading, as the Clippers were penalized just 5 seconds into their first power play chance which brought about 1:55 of 4-on-4 hockey, and a 5 second Bulldog advantage at the end of it.


Chris Schutz picks up the only minor during an after the whistle skirmish as the Dogs go down a man. On the penalty kill, Corey Renwick went after Eric Margo. Reluctantly, Margo would oblige as the players dropped their gloves. In the ensuing exchange at the benches, Troy Dobbs picked up an additional minor, putting the Dogs down two men for an extended period of over a minute. 

Bulldogs kill off the 5 on 3. Late in the second penalty a deflected puck appeared destined to roll over the goal line behind Schamerhorn, but Paul Meyer saved a goal by pulling it off the line and clearing it to the corner.

Bulldogs kill off both penalties.

Immediately afterwards, the Bulldogs are again penalized.

Bulldogs again kill it of to preserve the lead.

Goalie change for Nanaimo - Austin Roden enters the game.

Chris Schutz and Adam Pilotte join Renwick and Margo in the showers as they drop the mitts for a spirited scrap.
Repeated after the whistle mini scrums. Feels like the tail end of a playoff series, not a preseason game.

The game quietened down considerably, with about 3 or 4 stoppages going by without any shenanigans.

After an icing call, Scottie Clark reacted to something behind the play from Mackenzie O'Mahony (beauty name) and they also fight and are subsequently ejected.

Very long second period concludes with the score staying 2-1 Bulldogs. Shots that period favoured the Bulldogs 16-12 for a two-period advantage of 27-22.

The Bulldogs are 1 for 3 on the power play while the Clippers are 0 for 5.


Bulldogs make a goalie change to start the third as Chris Tai replaces Carson Schamerhorn in net.

Bulldogs go to their fourth power play of the game with 14:37 left in the third. They then get a two-man advantage of just 23 seconds in duration when the Clippers are caught with too-many-men on the ice but they can't capitalize. They DO capitalize on the 5 on 4 power play when Paul Meyer walks into the slot and takes a nice cross-ice pass that he rips top corner, far-side high past Roden. Troy Dobbs and Jordan Sandhu with the assists, 7:47 into the third.

Bulldogs take a 4-1 lead on the power play when Paul Meyer scores his second of the game on an absolute rocket, one-timing one tight under the crossbar. Troy Dobbs and Josh Adkins pick up the assists on the power play goal at 12:59.

Bulldogs are now 3 for 6 on the power play by my unofficial count.

Clippers make it a two-goal game and a 4-2 score when they capitalize on a Bulldogs icing as Charley Borek bangs home a rebound in front off a Spencer Hewson shot at 17:28. 

Bulldogs take a 5-2 lead at 18:19 when Will Lavezzorio chases down a loose puck down the left wing and hits the empty net from a sharp angle. Drew Blackmun drew the lone assist.

 Shots favoured the Bulldogs 13-9 in the third for a game total of 40-31 Bulldogs.

I had the Bulldogs at 3 for 6 on the power play and the Clippers at 0 for 5. 

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night when they visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan. 


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