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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Dogs win third straight, 4-3 over Spruce Kings in overtime

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A somewhat slow start again to this game, like the night before, as there were a handful of whistles over the first couple of minutes of the game. The Dogs would get their first shot on goal 5:47 into the game, but quickly got into the game with a handful of chances around the Prince George net. The Dogs appeared to go up 1-0 just short of the midway mark of the period as Quinn Syrydiuk potted a loose puck in the crease with Spruce Kings goaltender Liam McCloskey out of position after attempting to play the end-board bounce. The referee in the zone wouldn't count the goal, but also didn't wave off the goal. No call appeared to be made. After a discussion, the goal wasn't counted, due to incidental contact with the goalie. It appeared Nathan Dingmann went through the crease, but I didn't think he caught McCloskey, who I thought just lost an edge. Perhaps Dingmann caught the knob of his stick. In the end, it was no goal. The Bulldogs would continue to push the pace, peppering McCloskey but unable to get a bounce around the net. Late in the period a faceoff win on a second effort by Cayden Kraus saw the puck go to the slot where Eric Margo caught up to it and ripped it top corner, far-side over the glove of McCloskey to make it 1-0 at 17:36 of the first. The Dogs took the 1-0 lead to the room after one, and an 18-5 edge in shots on goal.

The second period saw the Spruce Kings start with an obvious jump to their step, while the Dogs all of a sudden looked to be a step behind. After a chance on the open shift for the Bulldogs, it was all Spruce Kings through the midway point of the period as they ran up a 9-2 edge in shots and scored two quick ones to all of a sudden take a 2-1 lead. They would first tie the game early in a power play chance as a cross-ice pass to the left circle was absolutely pounded on net, top corner over the glove of Claeys by Jake Lebrun. Assists on the play went to Matthew Stief and Calvin Tilsley at 7:21 of the second. Just 50 seconds later the Spruce Kings took the lead when the Dogs failed to get the puck out at the line and it resulted in a 2 on 0 in tight on Claeys as Jarod Hovde put a cross-crease pass onto the tape of Braiden Epp who made no mistake tapping it into the open net at 8:11 to make it 2-1 Prince George. The Spruce Kings would carry the play as the Dogs tried to respond, and Brody Claeys would make a couple solid saves to keep the Dogs within one over the next several minutes. The Bulldogs would earn a power play later in the period and would make quick work on it to tie the game as it took just seven seconds into the advantage for Adam Donnelly to win the draw for Jordan Sandhu, who walked the blue line before feeding it back to the top of the right side for Paul Meyer who one-timed it home with an absolute bullet, top corner, short-side at 15:59 for a 2-2 tie after two periods. Shots favoured the Spruce Kings 13-7 for a two period total of 25-18 favouring the Bulldogs.

The Dogs came out of the gate flying to start the third period, taking a 3-2 lead before the period was a minute old as Quinn Syrydiuk took a head-man pass up the right wing from Paul Meyer and drove the net to score a highlight reel goal after making a defender miss and tucking it home five hole on McCloskey. Chris Schutz also drew an assist on the play at the :49 mark of the third. The Dogs would have their chances to build the lead, including a power play opportunity, but they failed to connect on it. The Spruce Kings would get the equalizer in the back-half of the period when Kyle Johnson intercepted a pass at centre ice and fed it up the middle for Bryan Basilico who split the Dogs defence and walked in alone on Brody Claeys where he deked one home inside the far post to make it 3-3 with 8:13 to play in the third. There would be no scoring throughout the rest of the period as the game went to overtime, with the Dogs out shooting the Spruce Kings 13-6 in the third for a 60 minute advantage of 39-24.

Overtime would end very quickly, perhaps franchise record quickly, as it took just 12 seconds for the Dogs to win the game off a beautiful passing play and net drive. Jordan Sandhu won the opening draw and put the puck ahead up the right side for Josh Adkins, who quickly dished it off for Scott Clark, who pushed the pace over the Prince George line up the right wing while Adkins took off to the net. Clark would put a perfect pass onto his tape, and Adkins made no mistake slipping it home five hole to set off a wild celebration off the bench for the 4-3 win, just at the :12 mark of overtime.

The Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while Prince George went 1for 1. Brody Claeys picked up his first win as a Bulldog in net, while Liam McCloskey took third star honours with the loss.

With the win, the Dogs have won three straight for the first time this season. They are next in action Tuesday night at home when they host Nanaimo to conclude a four game home stand.


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