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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dogs drop third straight, 4-2 to Griz

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After the first two minutes were somehwat slow going, the pace picked up and the hockey was fantastic to watch through the midway point of the first as the teams went end to end with little whistles and no penalties to speak of. The Dogs might have been sparked by to huge back to back hits by Dominic Thom on Joe Visconti on the same shift early in the game. The game was scoreless through the midway point of the first, but the Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead with just over six minutes to play in the first when they hemmed the Dogs in their end for an extended period before PJ Conlon one-timed a pass off the right circle that snuck by a Dogs defender and bounced in off the blocker of Brody Claeys. Cole Pickup and Tyler Welsh also drew assists on the play at 13:50 of the first. The Dogs were penalized soon afterwards, but almost tied the game while shorthanded as Chris Schutz stole the puck at centre ice and raced down the right wing where he ripped a slapper that went through the legs of Matthew Galajda. It would be stopped before the goal line however, by Nick Guiney. As Schutz turned back to the net out of the corner, he would get tied up with Brett Stirling, who shot the stick of Schutz about 100 feet in the air into the rafters right out of his hands, but the Official watching it deemed it not worth a penalty. At the other end of the ice a second after the penalty had elapsed, it would be Brett Stirling who took a pass from below the goal line wide open in the slot that he roofed top corner, short-side high on Claeys to make it 2-0, with assists to Alex Peck and Spencer Hunter at 16:29 of the first. The Dogs would respond fairly admirably to the early hole, pushing back and attacking in the Grizzlies zone. They would however again be penalized in phantom fashion, as Garret Halls drilled Keyvan Mokhtari, only to somehow earn an interference call. The Grizzlies would seize the opportunity, going up 3-0 just 14 seconds into the power play when Jake Stevens drilled a one-timer off a cross-ice pass that beat Brody Claeys short side. While Stevens took the shot, he wouldn't even earn an assist on the play as Nick Guiney was given credit for the marker, with assists going to Keyvan Mokhtari and Cody Van Lierop at 19:03 of the first. Shots favoured the Grizzlies 9-6 through 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs would get a critical goal just short of three minutes into the second to get back into it, just seconds after a lunging second effort blocker save by Carson Schamerhorn - who started the period in relief - on a PJ Conlon follow up off a failed breakaway attempt. Chris Sarault would chip the puck to himself up the right wing where he made a defender miss to skate in on a 2 on 1 rush. Sarault would pass over to Nathan Dingmann, who had the pass hit him and go to the crease where Adam Donnelly tapped it in to make it 3-1 at 2:58 of the second. That would be the score heading into the third, with each team having their chances throughout the rest of the frame but with the Grizzlies having more of them, out shooting the Dogs 12-6 for a 40 minute advantage of 21-12.

The Bulldogs came out with a great push to start the third and had back to back looks on scrambles around the Grizzlies net, but they couldn't get a bounce. They would then get caught pushing too hard, and gave up an odd man rush as a result. The Grizzlies would connect on it as Brayden Gelsinger kept the puck and walked in tight to the net down the right side before putting a perfect wrist shot just inside the far post past the blocker of Schamerhorn to make it 4-1 at 1:23 of the third from Keyvan Mohktari and Brett Stirling. The Bulldogs would have their opportunities to get back in it near the midway point of the period with back to back power plays, but as has been the case lately they just couldn't buy a bounce as several scrambles and open nets saw the puck stay out before a Garrett Halls chance from the slot rang off the crossbar for a final exclamation point. The Dogs would play hard to the end, making it a 4-2 game when Nathan Dingmann stole the puck while shorthanded to skate in on a breakaway and deke one home on the backhand to make it 4-2 with 22 seconds to play, but that's as close as the Dogs got.

Final shots favoured the Grizzlies 27-26 with the Dogs out shooting them 14-6 in the third period. Brody Claeys took the loss before Carson Schamerhorn played the final two periods while Matt Galajda picked up third star honours with the win. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Grizzlies went  1 for 5.

The Dogs are next in action Friday night at 7:30 in Trail.

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