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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dogs comeback to top Eagles 5-2

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It was very obvious from the get go that the Bulldogs came ready to play as they had a noticeable jump in their step off the opening puck drop. There was no scoring through the first twelve minutes of the game, but the Dogs had the better of the chances and an early 12-5 lead in shots. The Eagles would earn the first power play, but the Dogs had the better of the chances and zone time with Liam Conrad getting a nice ovation from the crowd after killing 15 to 20 seconds while freezing the puck alone against four Eagles behind the Surrey net. Another penalty would go against the Dogs soon afterwards, and the Eagles would connect on it when Tyler Andrews was left un-checked as he skated in alone on a breakaway where he went top corner, short-side over the glove of Carson Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Kurt Black and Austin Anselmo at 14:32 of the first. The Eagles had a couple back to back opportunities to build the lead off of faceoffs in the Dogs end, but Carson Schamerhorn kept it a one goal game. The Bulldogs didn't sag despite falling behind, as they got the equalizer four minutes later when Eric Margo threw a check and dug the puck out of the right corner of the Eagles zone and threw it to the slot. It would bounce off of Chris Schutz, off Quinn Syrydiuk and then back onto the stick of Schutz who made no mistake hitting the open side to make it 1-1, from Syrydiuk and Margo at 18:00 of the first. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 18-13 after 20 minutes.

The second period saw the Eagles come out with a jump in their step, as they had an early edge in shots. A very scary incident a couple minutes later would bring about a long delay of approximately 33 minutes as Tristan Bukovec and Donovan Ott chased down a loose puck on the boards at centre ice. Ott would appear to stumble at they both contacted each other in making a play on it as he went in head first into the boards and appeared to be in some duress and having a seizure as both trainers raced off their respective benches and a paramedic in the penalty box directly in front of the incident also came to his aid. As Ott left the ice on a stretcher with ambulance attendants he gave a thumbs up to the crowd who gave him a roaring ovation which was obviously very nice to see. Once the game finally resumed, the Dogs had the better of the play and had several great chances but Justin LaForest was solid in the Eagles net to keep it tied. The Dogs would earn back to back power play opportunities in the latter stages of the period and had countless opportunities - including 8 shots alone on one power play, but they couldn't bury one. The Eagles would take the lead late in the frame when the Dogs got caught up ice and gave up another partial breakaway on an odd-man rush that was very similar to their first goal as Tyler Andrews sent Paul McAvoy in alone where he went bar-down short side high over the blocker of Schamerhorn to make it 2-1, with Kurt Black also drawing an assist at 15:05 of the second. The Dogs again pushed back as the period ended but couldn't get the equalizer. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 15-5, for a two period advantage of 33-18.

The Dogs pushed hard to erase the deficit in the third period, getting a bunch of pucks on net but continuing to be snake bitten early as the Eagles protected the lead. The Dogs failed to connect on an early power play chance, but connected soon afterwards as Chris Sarault fed a pass to Troy Dobbs at the right point, where he simply put a quick release low on net where it was stopped by a screened LaForest. He couldn't control the rebound though, and Liam Conrad fired it home into the open side to make it 2-2 at 7:22 of the third with Dobbs and Kraus drawing the assists. Less than two minutes later it was a 3-2 Dogs lead on a goal that almost defies description as Garrett Halls put a perfect stretch pass from his own zone onto the tape of Jordan Sandhu up the right wing over the Eagles line. Sandhu would drive hard to the net, put the puck back between his own legs with a nifty move, and then lift a perfect backhand top corner, short-side high to lift the fans out of their seats and drop a thousand jaws in disbelief with most people no doubt not believing what they just saw. Garrett Halls also drew an assist on the play at 9:06 of the third. The Dogs kept up the attack and less than two minutes later again made it a 4-2 game when Adam Donnelly won a neutral zone faceoff onto the tape of Ryan Finnegan who immediately attacked the Eagles zone down the right wing before putting a perfect pass to the slot to Nathan Dingmann who fired a wrister off the glove of LaForest and in at 10:59 of the third. The Dogs would complete the scoring three minutes later as Nathan Dingmann returned a pass to Ryan Finnegan, who walked behind the net and out the left side before spinning and firing a perfect shot top corner, far-side past a perplexed LaForest to make it 5-2 at 13:59 of the third for the eventual final score.

Shots in the third favoured the Eagles 12-10 with the game total favouring the Bulldogs 43-30 as Carson Schamerhorn picked up the win while Justin LaForest took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Eagles went 1 for 4.

The Dogs are next in action Wednesday night when they host the Nanaimo Clippers.

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