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Friday, November 20, 2015

Dogs hammered 10-1 in Salmon Arm

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A good start for the Silverbacks, as they put the first three or four pucks on net through the early minutes as the Dogs didn't have their feet moving early. That trend would continue as the Silverbacks pushed and ran up a 6-0 edge in shots before taking a 1-0 lead 5:15 into the game as the Dogs has just appeared to get into the game. A misfire off a point shot from a draw win in the Salmon Arm zone turned into an odd-man rush the other way that saw Damian Chrek beat a Bulldog defender wide down the left wing and skate in on a partial breakaway where he went top corner, short-side on Carson Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Josh LaFramboise and Taro Hirose at 5:15 of the first. The Dogs continued to chase the puck, and further compounded their problems when they took two penalties just 59 seconds apart at the midway point of the period. They did a fantastic job to kill the penalties off, with Schamerhorn coming up big and the penalty killers winning a couple of big draws to get the puck out. They wouldn't have time to build off the momentum though, as just two seconds after they killed them both off it was 2-0 when Kodi Schwarz walked into the slot and ripped a wrist shot top corner, far-side over the glove of Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Chase Zieky and Taro Hirose at 11:32 of the first. Just two and a half minutes later it was 3-0 as the Dogs went to the penalty box again and the Silverbacks made them pay just seven seconds into the advantage on a faceoff win and a cross-ice one-timer from the right point by Ross Heidt. Schamerhorn made the save, but Colton Thibault woke poke the rebound home from the crease at 13:57 of the first. The Dogs would draw a penalty later in the period, and took advantage of it to make it a 3-1 game as Liam Conrad and Chris Schutz knocked the puck loose at the left side of the net for Adam Donnelly. He would make a defender miss on a net drive before dodging the poke check attempt by Brandon Kegler before sliding it home low under his pad on his backhand at 17:29 of the first. The Silverbacks would fire right back on a breakaway immediately after the goal, but Schamerhorn came up with two stops on Ross Heidt and Mitch Newsome to keep the Dogs within two after one. Shots favoured the Silverbacks 23-8 after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs began the period inspired, with a couple good minutes in the attacking zone pushing the pace. It was all for naught however, as the Silverbacks went up 4-1 when Josh LaFramboise walked into the top of right circle and went top corner, short-side over the glove of Schamerhorn. Assists went to Michael Winnitoy and Ross Heidt at 2:31 of the period. Immediately prior to the goal, Nathan Dingmann walked in alone across the front of the crease and took a stick across the face, but neither of the two officials would detect it. Three minutes later an ugly incident saw Quinn Syrydiuk cross-checked head first from behind into the cross by by Colton Thibault. An immediate penalty was whistled against Thibault, but before the dust settled behind the net Ryley Booth dropped the gloves against a defenseless Nathan Dingmann, and threw about four solid punches with his gloves off. The Officials would only call Booth for two for roughing, and two for unsportsmanlike conduct, while also completely forgetting about the initial penalty as Thibault got off scott-free. To add insult to injury, the Dogs gave up back to back shorthanded goals 37 seconds apart, the first on a breakaway by Josh Blanshard who intercepted the D-to-D pass off the initial win of the draw and went top corner, high glove at 5:27 of the period. 37 seconds later another partial breakaway saw Ross Heidt chase down a clearing pass up the left wing and rip a shot top corner, far-side over the glove of Schamerhorn, with assists to Taro Hirose and Kodi Schwarz at 6:04 to make it 6-1 as Schamerhorn was relived by Brody Claeys. Almost immediately following the goal Adam Donnelly took a high hit from Jared Turcotte and responded by throwing glove-on punches against him. Donnelly would be given two for instigating and five for fighting. It's impossible to not draw a comparison between booth dropping his gloves, and Donnelly not, yet the officials only giving Donnelly a major. Four minutes later, after a stop by Brody Claeys Tyler Cooper and Elijiah Barriga would drop the gloves. Cooper certainly got the jump on Barriga, but Barriga without question dropped his gloves and actually did quite well in the throwing about four or five glove-off punches. Incredibly, only Cooper got the major for fighting, and Barriga was rescued from the tunnel and put back into the game and in the penalty box. I'm without an answer to explain the call on this one. The Silverbacks would make it 7-1 on the power play on a Damian Chreck shot from the deep slot that made its way in high past the blocker of Claeys. Assisting were Kodi Schwarz and Colton Thibault at 13:53 of the second. Yet another shorthanded goal - the third on the GAME, when the Dogs had given up only 2 in their previous 22 games - including one in the last game into an empty net - made it an 8-1 game as the Dogs appeared to score, at least according to the Salmon Arm goal judge. The Referee at the net would wave it off with the goal light on, and the Silverbacks would race up ice on another short-handed breakaway that they connected on with Ross Heidt scoring his second shortie of the game, with Taro Hirose again assisting at 17:58 of the second. One more for good measure on the power play with 41 seconds left in the period saw the Silverbacks go up 9-1 as a shot from the line hit something in front and went on a perfect arc up into the air and into the back of the net. The Dogs would protest that it was a high-stick, but I don't think that was the case as it looked to me that it just hit a body up high and took the perfect bounce. Elijia Barriga would get credit for it - that's the benefit of not getting tossed when you clearly fight, I guess - with Damian Chreck getting the lone assist at 19:19 of the second for a 9-1 'Backs lead after 40, and a 41-17 lead in shots as they out shot the Dogs 18-9 in the period.

There was only one goal in the third, thank goodness, as the Dogs got caught up ice and gave up an odd man rush that saw the Silverbacks score on a pretty three-way passing play as Mitch Newsome finished off a Chase Zieky pass in the right side of the slot. Carson Bolduc also drew an assist at 4:12 of the third for the 10-1 final.

Final shots favoured the Silverbacks 52-33 with Carson Schamerhorn taking the loss giving up six goals on 27 shots through 26 minutes of action before Brody Claeys entered the game. Brandon Kegler picked up the win in the Salmon Arm net. Special teams stats were pretty incredible, and a big big mess so these are unofficial numbers - the Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Silverbacks went 3 for 8 - while also scoring three times while shorthanded.

The Dogs try to learn and forget, and move into West Kelowna tomorrow when they face the Warriors.


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