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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dogs drop 5-0 decision to Kings to end 2015

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A great start to the game - fantastic in fact, with back and forth hockey over the first seven minutes of the game seeing no whistles and fantastic flow. Quite possibly the best start to a game I have seen all season. Unfortunately, the Officiating would rear it's ugly head and immediately change the game and blow a call that would have a huge impact on it. The Bulldogs scored and went up 1-0, but unfortunately as the puck went in the whistle was sounding as Stefan Wornig never had possession of it on a Nathan Dingmann shot down the left wing allowing Liam Conrad to tap it in. It wasn't as if it was a trickler out of the equipment either, he just plain didn't have it. I guess it's the downside to no whistles over the opening seven minutes as the stripes must have been gassed and hoping for an excuse to stop play. It was obvious from the Officials body language and apparent confusion that he knew the call was blown, and one would think that discretion would allow the goal to stand saying it was in as the whistle sounded but that wouldn't be the case as it was waved off. The Kings would of course score seconds later to make it go from bad to worse, as affiliate player Josh Coblenz potted a rebound at the side of the net, with assists going to Andy Stevens and Austin Kamer to make it 1-0 Powell River at 7:54 of the first. The Dogs didn't react well to the adversity, and the Kings got an obvious boost from the turn of events, having the better of the play through the remainder of the period with Carson Schamerhorn coming up with a series of good saves to keep it 1-0 after one, with the Kings out shooting the Dogs 13-4.

The Dogs had a great chance with traffic at the net just seconds into the second period that unfortunately stayed out - the Kings would counter on the rush and make it 2-0 moments later with Rylan Ball joining the rush and accepting a drop pass in the slot that he snapped top corner, far-side off the post and in past the blocker of Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Tristan Mullin and Liam Lawson at 41 seconds of the second. I thought the Bulldogs noticeably sagged at this point, or perhaps the Kings got another lift, or maybe it was a combination of both. Either way, the Dogs looked disheartened and a step behind while the Kings were controlling the better of the play, going up 3-0 at the 5:40 mark after a Bulldog icing left a tired group on the ice. Jack Long put a puck perfectly off he side of the net for Carter Turnbull, who tipped it home past the blocker of Schamerhorn. Johnny Evans also drew an assist for winning the faceoff. The Kings built the lead to 4-0 later in the period when the Dogs were caught on a horrific change and the Kings moved the puck beautifully as Stefan Wornig played the dump in ahead for Andy Stevens, who sent Jeremey Leipsic ahead on a partial 3 on 0 breakaway. He would make no mistake keeping the puck and snapping a shot past the blocker of Schamerhorn at 9:59 of the third. One more before the period was out saw the Kings go up 5-0 on a rebound converted on the power play by Gavin Rauser. Jeremy Leclerc picked up the only assist at 14:04 of the second. Shots in the period actually favoured the Bulldogs 14-12 but the chances certainly favoured the Kings.

The third period started with the Bulldogs having some carry-over time on the power play from the end of the second, but they couldn't capitalize on it. They would have two more chances as the period wore on, but the only fireworks throughout the frame came with three minutes to go as Paul Meyer and Tristan Mullin dropped the gloves but that would be it as the game ended in a 5-0 final.

Final shots favoured the Kings 32-26, with Carson Schamerhorn taking the loss and Stefan Wornig picking up 1st star honours with the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 3.

The Dogs open up 2016 on Saturday night when they visit the Capitals in Duncan.  

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