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A very good start for the Bulldogs as they had the early jump while the Vees appeared to fight the puck a bit. The Bulldogs opened up an 8-1 lead in shots - albeit that number seemed somewhat skewed both ways as the shots didn't appear to be going up on the scoreboard the way they were hitting the goalies. At any length the Dogs had the best chance early in the game when Adam Donnelly threw the puck on net from a sharp angle in the far circle. Anthony Brodeur would make the first save, and then two fantastic follow up saves on rebounds with his right toe off Eric Margo in the paint. The Vees would take a 1-0 lead somewhat against the flow of play on the rush as Ben Brar had his initial shot blocked by Tyler Cooper, but it came right back to him and before Carson Schamerhorn could get re-set he snapped it home, low short-side. There was no assist on the play at 12:29 of the first. The Bulldogs would push back and get the equalizer before the period was out as Garrett Halls gained the red line and dumped the puck deep into the Vees zone where it was chased down by Nathan Dingmann. He would out fight the Vees defender before getting it out front to Quinn Syrydiuk who fired it on net from a very sharp angle to bank it home off the skate of Brodeur and over the line to make it 1-1 at 18:34 of the first. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 12-7 after the first.
The Vees would take their second lead of the game just over a minute into the second when Nicholas Jones walked around a Bulldog defender and cut across the zone before feeding it to the crease where Colton Poolman deflected it home past the pad of Schamerhorn for his first career goal to put the Vees up 2-1 at 1:36 of the second. The Vees would have a great chance on the power play to build their lead a couple minutes later, but Carson Schamerhorn went side-to-side to rob Easton Brodzinski. The Bulldogs would kill off the Vees power play, and tie it seconds later as Nathan Dingmann stepped out of the penalty box and fought off some accidental contact from the linesman to find a Garrett Halls clear up the boards. He would race over the Vees line and put the puck at the net where it was stopped by Brodeur off a rebound chance by Chris Sarault, before Dingmann found it cutting across the crease and fired it home to make it 2-2. Assists on the play went to Sarault and Schutz, but it might have been Halls again deserving one at 8:03 of the second. Another fantastic save just over a minute later by Carson Schamerhorn would keep it tied as he flashed the leather with a great glove save on a Scott Conway shot from the hashmarks that appeared to be labelled top corner. Shots in the period were 9-6 Vees for a two period total favouring the Bulldogs of 18-16.
The Dogs had a great start to the third period, having a couple good looks around the Vees net just only to see the puck sail just wide. Later in the period the Vees went to the power play and connected on it just 10 seconds into the advantage as a shot was stopped by Schamerhorn only to be potted on the rebound by Nicholas Jones, with assists going to Easton Brodzinski and Colton Poolman at 6:57 of the third. Just over a minute later the Dogs were whistled for too-many-men on the ice - it looked like they might have actually had seven players - and it would come back to haunt them as just 20 seconds into the advantage it was 4-2 as Carson Schamerhorn made the first save but a mad scramble ensued that saw Scott Conway poke it home. Assists on the play went to Easton Brodzinski and Colton Poolman at 8:10 of the third. The Dogs were flat after the sudden turn of events, and a comedy of errors in the zone saw a turnover at the net send Taylor Ward in alone across the crease, only to have Schamerhorn make a huge save with his glove to keep it a two-goal game. The save would be huge, as just a minute later the Dogs connected on a power play when Dominic Thom took a pass from Josh Adkins that he pounded on net from the rigth circle. Brodeur would make the save, but Quinn Syrydiuk batted the rebound home from the top of the
crease to make it 4-3 at 11:16 of the third. The Dogs would earn another
power play soon afterwards, but took a penalty on a partial breakaway
that saw Garrett Halls and Ryan Finnegan contact the Vees forward
driving the net. During four-aside hockey the same call very
frustratingly wouldn't be made the same way as Liam Conrad stole the
puck from Scott Conway and skated in on a breakaway only to have Conway
lay out and dive and chop Conrad across the arms to prevent him from
getting a shot on net, but no call would be made. The Dogs would
continue to push, and ended up tying the game with less than two minutes
to play as Scott Clark threw a wild shot wide of the net that ended up
in the corner. He would tie it up for Chris Schutz, who put it to the
deep slot for Josh Adkins who beat Brodeur with a quick release five
hole to make it 4-4 at 18:14 of the third to force overtime.
Bulldogs would dominate OT, out shooting the Vees 8-1, but the best
chance was awarded to the Vees when Scott Conway took contact on a
partial breakaway to earn a penalty shot with 3:25 left in OT. Carson
Schamerhorn would make the save with his stick to keep the game going.
The Dogs had a flurry of chances in tight around Brodeur but couldn't
convert, with his best save coming on a windmill glove stop on Dominic
Thom on a slapper from the deep slot. Double OT saw the Dogs get their
ire up again at the officiating as Nathan Dingmann was clipped in the
face by a high stick, but none of four officials detected it. There
would be only one shot in double OT and it was credited to the Vees, but
they also had a great chance to end it with time ticking on a Easton
Brodzinski breakaway that hit the post and stayed out as the game ended
in a draw.
With the tie, the Dogs snap their losing streak
at four but remain winless in four. The Vees had their winning streak
stopped at five, and their home ice winning streak halted at sixteen,
but they are now unbeaten in six overall and in seventeen on home ice.
shots favoured the Bulldogs 38-25, however the Bulldog stat keepers had
the shots at 39-38 in favour of the Bulldogs. The Dogs went 1 for 3 on
the power play while the Vees went 2 for 5.
The Dogs are
next in action tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in Coquitlam when they face the
Express for the first meeting of the teams this season.