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Friday, December 11, 2015

Dogs comeback to top Warriors 4-2

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A fairly flat start to the game from both sides of the puck as their wasn't much in the way of flow. The Warriors had the best chance early in the game as Jonathan Desbiens was found behind the Dogs defence with a stretch pass after he had to delay exiting the zone to pick up a glove and stick lost while tripping up a Bulldog defender. Brody Claeys would appear to get his glove arm on the initial chance, then a pad on a follow up wrap around, before making one more desperation save to keep it scoreless. Desbiens would have another glorious chance when he was found in alone on a broken play in the attacking zone when he appeared to go through his own legs to try and to short-side high but Claeys stood tall to make the save. The Bulldogs certainly looked to be fighting the puck a bit earlier in the period, but got some good chances in the final couple minutes of the period. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 7-6.

The Warriors would have another fantastic chance early in the second, but Brody Claeys stuck out his right pad to rob Conner Sodergren on a cross-crease pass. The game would remain scoreless until just short of the midway mark of the frame when Jonathan Desbiens missed the net on a breakaway and Adam Donnelly sent Nathan Dingmann up the left wing on the rush where he made a defender miss before walking to the net and roofed it short-side high on Bretty Clark at 7:42 of the second. The Warriors would respond on the power play five minutes later when Garrett Forster put the puck at the net from the top of the left circle, where it was stopped by Claeys off a Reid Gunville deflection in the crease. Kyle Marino would chip home the loose puck to tie the game at 1-1 at 12:44 of the second. Just 30 seconds later it was 2-1 Warriors as the Dogs went to a power play immediately after the goal. Brody Claeys would go back of his net to play the puck, but it appeared to hit a Dog forward coming back and end up on the stick of Kylar Hope who wrapped it around and inside the far post to make it 2-1, unassisted at 13:14 of the period. The Dogs would earn another power play later in the period, but it was the Warriors who had the best chance on a breakaway as Brody Claeys stood tall and got his pad out to stop Brett Mennear and keep the Dogs in it and down just 2-1 after 40 minutes. The Warriors out shot the Dogs 15-9 in the period for a 21-16 advantage after two.

The Warriors started the period on the power play, but it was the Bulldogs who found the net before the ice was dry while shorthanded as Josh Adkins broke up a pass that deflected to Eric Margo. He would pick it up and carry it over the Warriors line up the left wing before firing a quick shot on net from a sharp angle below the left face off dot that beat Brett Clark far-side to make it 2-2, just 22 seconds into the third. The Bulldogs would take the lead back in the back half of the period when Dominic Thom delayed exiting the Dogs zone and found Josh Adkins up the left wing over the West Kelowna line. Adkins would appear to try and saucer a pass to Quinn Syrydiuk, but it actually went on goal where it was whiffed on by Brett Clark, again beating him far side to make it 3-2 Dogs at 11:38 of the third with Quinn Syrydiuk also assisting. The Dogs would have the better of the play in the attacking zone as time ticked away, and appeared to possibly be deserving of a power play when Kyle Kaufmann got cross-checked head first from behind in front of one of the Referees. It appeared with that let go that they were going to let them play, but just 30 seconds later a centre ice trip went against the Bulldogs as the Warriors went to a huge power play to try and tie game with just over three minutes to go. It was instead the Bulldogs who got some insurance with their second shorthanded goal of the game as Quinn Syrydiuk cleared the puck out of the right corner of the Dogs zone off a Warrior defender at the line and to centre where it was chased down by Josh Adkins who made no mistake on the breakaway going top corner over the blocker of Clark at 16:41 of the third for the eventual 4-2 final score.

Final shots favoured the Warriors 27-26 with Brody Claeys picking up the win in net while Brett Clark took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while also scored twice shorthanded, while the Warriors went 1 for 4 on the power play while also scoring once shorthanded.

The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters on Teddy Bear Toss night.


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