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Friday, November 13, 2015

Dogs hammer Clippers 7-3 in Nanaimo

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Not the start that the Dogs wanted, as they conceded a goal inside the first three minutes of the game for the second contest in a row. The Clippers would open the scoring on a drop pass on the rush to the top of the left circle for Matt Hoover, who one-timed it low through the legs of Brody Claeys, who appeared to be partially impeded from making the save from a downed Clipper in his goal crease. Claeys would complain to the Referee at the net, but it didn't appear there was any discussion about incidental contact as the goal stood. Chris Dodero got the only assist on the play at 2:31 of the first. The Dogs spent the better part of the first half of the period getting going, but they certainly responded in the back half of the period as they got their feet going and put on a good push. They would be rewarded for it when they earned a power play late in the period. They would make very quick work on it, as just four seconds into the power play Chris Schutz skated into the circle on a saw-off on the draw and cut to the net and backhanded it home five hole on Evan Johnson. Adam Donnelly would pick up the only assist on the play at 15:09 of the first. The Dogs would earn another power play almost immediately afterwards, and had a couple great chances to go ahead but they would get whistled for a penalty later in the advantage as it stayed 1-1 after one, with the shots 10-10.

Neither team would assert themselves and carry the play to start the second, but the Clippers would be given a glorious opportunity to take the lead when they went to a 5 on 3 power play for 46 seconds in duration near the midway point. The Bulldog penalty killers stood tall, led by Brody Claeys who made 4 or 5 big saves to keep it out. Almost immediately afterwards, the Dogs were awarded a power play and they made good on it as Adam Donnelly won a battle in the right corner to dig the puck back to the right point for Paul Meyer. He in turn fed Scott Clark in the right circle, who threw a quick shot on net, low far-pad. Johnson would make the save, but kick the rebound right onto the tape of Chris Schutz who made no mistake firing his second of the game home into the open side for a 2-1 Dogs lead at 11:02 of the second. Less than two minutes later it was 3-1 Bulldogs as Josh Adkins did a great job to out-work two Clippers behind their net to get it out front to Scott Clark, who absolutely ripped it top corner, over the glove of Johnson at 13:24. Just 43 seconds later it was 4-1 when Adam Donnelly found a loose puck after some great work in the zone from Eric Margo and Liam Conrad, and somehow from his knees threw a cross-crease pass onto the tape of Eric Margo who one-timed it home into the open side at 14:07. A bad turnover just seconds later saw the Clippers with a 2 on 0 chance in front, but Claeys again came up with a big save to keep the momentum going. The Dogs continued the onslaught, going up 5-1 less than two minutes later when Margo found the net again as Brody Claeys played the puck up the right wing for Jordan Sandhu and caught the Clippers changing. Sandhu would head-man it for Josh Adkins, who ripped a low shot from the slot on the rush off the right pad of Johnson, and onto the tape of Margo who drove the net and tapped it home into the open side at 15:54 of the second. Just 40 seconds later it was 6-1 as Chris Schutz found a pass from Nathan Dingmann on the left wing wall and put it to the net where Dingmann deflected it home through the legs of Johnson at 16:34 for a 6-1 Dogs lead after two periods. Shots favoured the Dogs 15-12 in the period for a 25-22 advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs would pick up right where they left off in the second to start the third, hemming the Clippers in their zone and drawing a four minute penalty when Adam Pilotte jumped Nathan Dingmann, who showed great discipline to take a punch and not drop his gloves and punch back. The Dogs did their talking on the scoreboard, with the Coaching Staff deserving a lot of credit to put their fourth line out on the ice. They would reward the Coaches by making it 7-1 as Tristan Bukovec worked the puck to the slot to Cayden Kraus, who ripped a wrist shot past the glove of Jakob Walter, who came in to start the third period in the Nanaimo net at 3:56 of the third. The Clippers came close to making it 7-2 later in the frame, but Brody Claeys made a ridiculous right toe save in tight on Owen Hardy to keep it out. Credit to the Clippers for not quitting despite the score, making it 7-2 with just under five minutes to play when Will Reilly one-timed a centering pass through the legs of Claeys at 15:04. A similar play made it 7-3 when Adam Pilotte put the puck out to the crease for Corey Renwick who jammed it through the five hole of a frustrated Claeys to make it 7-3 at 16:34 of the third. There would be several unnecessary dust ups late in the game, as I didn't think the Officials did a very good job of managing the game with the lop sided scoreboard as the little things were let go, which turned into bigger scrums late in the game. In the end if no one gets hurt, I guess it's no harm no foul. You can't blame the Clippers for being frustrated. The Dogs would be awarded a power play chance with four seconds left in the game, but just won the draw and turned to get back to their end to celebrate the victory.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 32-31, with Brody Claeys picking up the win in net while Evan Johnson took the loss. The Dogs went 4 for 7 on the power play while the Clippers went 0 for 5.

The Dogs are next in action Sunday afternoon when they host the Langley Rivermen at 2pm.


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