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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Clippers top Dogs 3-1

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The Clippers looked to have an early jump in their step, and got off to a fantastic start, going up 1-0 just over two minutes into the game. Charley Borek took a hit from Garrett Halls at the Bulldog blue line, but stuck with the puck while falling down and put it deep to the right corner for Devin Brosseau. He would in turn put a perfect pass to the slot for an unmarked Corey Renwick, who walked in alone on Schamerhorn and went top corner with a pretty move to his backhand, 2:14 into the first. Almost immediately afterwards the Clippers would go to the power play looking to pad their lead, but the Dogs steeled their resolve and came up with a solid kill. The Bulldogs would earn an advantage of their own soon after, and came close to tying the game on a back door set up where Evan Johnson made the save on a Paul Meyer shot that then went off the post. There would be no scoring the rest of the period, with Scott Clark also coming close, hitting the crossbar behind Johnson. Shots favoured the Bulldogs in the period by a slim margin of 10-9.

The Clippers once again struck early in the second, scoring on the rush when Yanni Kaldis joined the rush and walked in tight on goal before making a cross-crease pass that was tapped into a wide open net by Sheldon Rempal. Nolan Aibel also drew an assist on the play at 3:37 of the second. The Bulldogs would get the extra two minutes on a scrum at the Nanaimo net on the next shift, but again came up with a solid kill to keep within two. The Dogs then earned a power play shortly afterwards - it was certainly a theme of the game through the first half as both teams had plenty of them, but the Dogs were unable to connect on it.Just short of the midway point of the period a scrum at the Dogs net saw Carson Schamerhorn injured, as he squeezed up against the post to hold off a jam in attempt and took a series of sticks for his troubles. It initially appeared that as a penalty was called on the play as Matthew Hoover was sent to the penalty box. He was shortly afterwards set free however, with no penalty being handed out. Not sure if I've seen that before. The Dogs would earn another power play late in the period, after Devin Brosseau was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for shooting the puck on the Bulldog net after being whistled for an offside on a stretch pass when he exited the penalty box. The Dogs would make the opportunity count this time, as they won an extended battle in the Clipper zone and worked the puck back to the line for Paul Meyer at the left point. He would snap it cross ice to the right side for Jordan Sandhu, who dished it off to the slot for Scott Clark who was rewarded for driving the net and having his stick on the ice as he tipped it home through the five hole of Johnson to make it 2-1 at 14:48 of the second. Shots favoured the Bulldogs in the period 15-12, for a two period total of 25-21.

The Bulldogs would press with a power play chance just short of the midway point of the third, and had a couple great looks to tie it when Nathan Dingmann was found wide open in the slot on back to back sequences. Evan Johnson would make two great saves, including a windmill glove stop to protect the lead. The Dogs would several chances the rest of way as they continued to push, but they couldn't find the equalizer as the Clippers put in a valiant effort to hold on until just over a minute left when they caught the Dogs pressing and raced up ice on an odd-man rush that saw Sheldon Rempal keep the puck up the right wing and walk in tight on goal where he snapped it home five hole to make it 3-1 with 1:17 to play in the third. The goal was unassisted, but certainly shouldn't have been as it was a Clipper that cleared it out of the zone. The Dogs would push to the final buzzer, but continuned to be stymied around the net as the Clippers made the lead stand.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 41-26, including 16-5 in the third period. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss, stopping 14 of 16 shots before leaving due to injury playing 28:49. Evan Johnson picked up second star honours with the win. The Dogs went 1 for 8 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 6.

The Clippers snap a four game losing streak with the win, and snap the Dogs winning streak at three. The teams meet again Friday night in Nanaimo.



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