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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Is this for real? Dogs hammer Warriors 10-5

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A good start for the Bulldogs as they brought a level of attitude that was sorely missing over the previous three or four games early in the contest, as they had an obvious jump in their step and played with purpose early. It was all for naught however, as a soft penalty back of the Warriors net saw West Kelowna go to the power play. They would score just 13 seconds into the advantage, on a goal that the Dogs protested was kicked in but I didn't see one. Jonathan Desbiens would get credit for it, with the only assist to Tanner Campbell at 5:09 of the first. Another fairly soft call against the Dogs almost immediately afterwards put the Warriors on the power play again. It was the Dogs instead that found the net as Dominic Thom made a great read at centre ice to pick off a pass and step around and fight through a hook around his waist before gaining the Warrior line and throwing a cross-ice pass to the slot where it was tipped home by a net-driving Quinn Syrydiuk for the shorthanded goal and a 1-1 tie at 7:09 of the first. The score stayed that way until the late stages of the period with Brody Claeys being the busier of the two goalies, making a couple key stops to keep it tied, most memorably on Kyle Marino in the slot where he stopped the first shot and a rebound. The Dogs would earn their first power play of the game shortly afterwards, and when Jordan Sandhu was tripped up behind the Dogs net another penalty saw them go to a 5 on 3 advantage. Thank goodness for the second official in this instance, as the one Referee standing directly in front of didn't call it, while the second Ref who was way back in the Warriors zone at the other end of the ice did call it. The Dogs would connect on the two-man advantage on a set up you have no doubt seen before as Adam Donnelly set up Paul Meyer at the top of the right circle, where he faked a shot and dished off cross-ice to Chris Schutz in the left circle where he blew a one-timer past Keelan Williams to make it 2-1 Dogs at 18:21 of the first. The Dogs would strike one more time before the period was out as Jordan Sandhu found Paul Meyer at the point, who set up Chris Sarault at the bottom of the left circle where he spun and fired and ripped one top corner, short-side for his first career goal to make it 3-1 at 19:57 of the first. Shots favoured Warriors 14-11. At one point late in the period they were 13-5.

The Dogs started the second period with a bang, going up 4-1 just 2:34 into it as Eric Margo picked off a pass at centre ice and skated up the middle over the Warriors line where he ripped a wrister top corner, bar-down over the glove of Williams for the un-assisted marker. Just 28 seconds later it was 5-1 Bulldogs as Paul Meyer threw a puck on net that was stopped by Williams. He also would stop Tristan Bukovec and Cayden Kraus on rebounds, but Chris Sarault would get a final poke on it that he managed to sneak over the line to make it 5-1 at 3:02 of the second. The scoring slowed down for a bit, but five minutes later the Dogs found the net again as Eric Margo went end-to-end out of the Dogs zone up the right wing and fought past a hip check at the Warrior line before driving wide and putting a pass to the crease that was tipped home by Adam Donnelly past Brady Lenardon to make it 6-1 at 8:17 of the second. The Dogs connected again making it 7-1 on the power play at 13:46 as Chris Schutz set up Paul Meyer with a cross-ice pass in the right circle that he wristed far-side off the post and in, with Adam Donnelly also drawing an assist. Three minutes later the Warriors would make it 7-2, somewhat controversially as the puck hit the post behind Claeys and spit right back out front, only to have the Referee signal goal. Kristian Blumenschein got credit for it, with assists to Jonathan Desbiens and Kylar Hope at 16:57 of the second, on the power play. Just 16 seconds later during four-on-four hockey the Dogs answered right back, with Nathan Dingmann attacking the zone with speed before putting a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Chris Schutz that he tipped home five hole at 17:13. It was 8-1 Dogs just 47 seconds later on the power play as Dominic Thom sent Cayden Kraus over the Warriors line up the left wing, where he dished off to the slot for Adam Donnelly who ripped a one-timer home top corner, glove side at the 18:00 mark. The Warriors would get one back before the period was out as Scott Allan put a perfect pass across the slot onto the tape of Tanner Campbell, who ripped a wrister inside the post short-side on Claeys. Liam Blackburn got a second assist on the play at 19:32 of the second to make it 9-3 Dogs after 40 minutes. Shots favoured West Kelowna in the period 23-12, for a two period total of 37-23.

The third period started exactly how the Dogs didn't want it to, and how the Warriors no doubt drew it up in the room as just 27 seconds into the period it was a 9-4 game as the Dogs got caught up ice and gave up an odd-man rush as Kristian Blumenschein drove the net and tipped home a perfect cross-ice pass from Kylar Hope. Connor Sodergren also drew an assist. A minute and change later the Bulldogs answered back again, as Liam Conrad made a fantastic play to back check and steal the puck from Reid Gunville. Conrad then brought it over the line and threw it to the slot to Adam Donnelly who snapped it far-side off the post and in past Keelan Williams, who came back in to start the third. Eric Margo also drew an assist on the play at 1:59 of the third to make it 10-4. The Warriors would get one more late on a nice back-door set up as Nicholas Rutigliano put a pass to the back post for Connor Sodergren who tipped it home to make it 10-5 at 17:41 of the third with Scott Allan also drawing an assist for the eventual final score.

Final shots favoured the Warriors 46-29 with Brody Claeys picking up the win in net while Keelan Williams took the loss. The Dogs went 3 for 5 on the power play and while the Warriors went 2 for 8.

The Bulldogs conclude their weekend tomorrow afternoon when they visit the Vipers in Vernon for a 2pm puck drop.



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