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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dogs fall 5-0 in Vernon

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A fairly even start to the game with each team having their opportunities early. The Vipers had the best early chance, but Brody Claeys went post-to-post to rob Christian Cakebread on a three way passing play to keep it scoreless. A broken play at centre ice would work to the Vipers favour shortly afterwards, as the play was initially broken up, but it went off a Bulldog, off of Christian Cakebread, before being found by Jagger Williamson. He would attack the zone with speed before putting a perfect cross-ice pass to the right side for Liam Finlay who had snuck in behind the Dogs defence and skated in alone on the breakaway where he went top corner, far-side over the blocker of Claeys to make it 1-0 at 9:26 of the first. The Bulldogs would have a couple solid attacking zone shifts, and chances on the rush, but they weren't able to get a Grade A shot away to try and beat Andrew Shortridge as the game stayed 1-0 Vipers after one, with the shots even at 8-8. The Bulldogs played a very physical period, throwing a handful of crushing checks.

The second period started with the Vipers having 1:35 of power play time carrying over from the first. The Dogs would kill that, and kill off another subsequent penalty to keep it a 1-0 game through the back half of the period. The Dogs didn't give up much, but also didn't generate much as they had just 11 shots through the midway point of the game. A good chance for the Dogs to get on the board shortly afterwards saw Andrew Shortridge make a good save on a Cayden Kraus deflection attempt from the slot. Another Viper power play saw the Dogs come up with another kill late in the period to again stay within one. Another fantastic save by Claeys kept the Dogs within one with just under seven minutes to play in the period as he came across on an odd-man rush to rob Steven Jandric to keep it 1-0. With less than a minute to play in the period and a faceoff in the Vipers end, the Dogs gave up a killer late goal as Hunter Zandee went end to end on the rush and behind the Dogs net before wrapping it around cross-ice onto the tape of Colton McCarthy who one-timed it home over Brody Claeys to make it 2-0 Vipers at 19:34 of the second. Shots in the period favoured the Vipers 16-7 for a two period total of 24-15. 

The score stayed 2-0 through the early stages of the third period, with the Dogs unable to generate much of a push, and things getting ugly in several instances with players receiving 10 minute misconducts in after the whistle shenanigans around the net and a later fight breaking out between Cayden Kraus and Brett Stapley. The Vipers would go up 3-0 shortly afterwards and erase all doubt, as Hunter Zandee put a shot on net on the rush from the left circle that was stopped by Brody Claeys. Zandee would beat the Dogs defence to the net however, and slide the rebound home past a challenger from Claeys at 9:12 of the third, un-assisted. The Dogs would take their fifth penalty of the game a couple minutes later, and the Vipers would make them pay as Claeys made an initial fantastic save on a backdoor set up for Odeen Tufto. The rebound however would bounce right to the lip of the crease where Christian Cakebread made no mistake in sliding it home to make it 4-0, with Darren Rizzolo also drawing an assist at 13:37 into the third. The Dogs would show no quit in pulling Brody Claeys with two minutes to play for the extra attacker, but despite several pretty good chances they couldn't beat Andrew Shortridge before the Vipers hit the empty net, with Colton McCarthy sliding it home with Jagger Williamson and Hunter Zandee assisting at 19:21 of the third for the 5-0 final.

Final shots favoured the Vipers 34-26 with Brody Claeys taking the loss while Andrew Shortridge picked up the win along with 1st star honours with the shut out. The Vipers went 1 for 5 on the power play - the Dogs didn't get a single advantage, the first time in franchise history that I can remember that happening.

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night in Duncan.


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