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Friday, January 22, 2016

Dogs fall 3-1 to Kings in Powell River

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A high pace early through the first five minutes, but not much in the way of chances. That changed in a hurry as the Kings intercepted a poor outlet pass just outside the Dogs line and turned up ice on the attack with numbers, as Austin Kamer was sent in alone on the breakaway that he converted on with a wrist shot high short-side over the glove of Claeys. Gavin Rauser drew the only assist on the scoring play at 7:03 of the first. Claeys would be called upon to keep it a one goal game on the next shift, as he came up with a big save on a partial breakaway opportunity for Kyle Betts. The Kings would out shoot the Dogs 15-6 through the first.

The Bulldogs were penalized in the opening 10 seconds of period two, but held the Kings off the board on the advantage thanks to a couple solid saves by Claeys, one of the highlight reel variety that had the goal light on behind him but the Referee right at the net waved it off. The Dogs got their feet under them as the period wore on, and had some good opportunities in tight but couldn't beat Stefan Wornig. With five minutes left in the period Eric Margo was sent to the box for a double minor after he clipped Nick Nonis with a high stick and drew blood. Claeys again came up with a couple good saves, and the Bulldog penalty killers did a fantastic job to kill off the four minutes to keep it 1-0. The Dogs had a couple fantastic looks in tight in the last 30 seconds of the period but couldn't capitalize as it remained 1-0 through 40 minutes. Shots in the period favoured the Kings 15-11 for a two period advantage of 30-17.

The first moments of the third period saw the Dogs earn their first power play of the game, only to have it taken away just six seconds later when Eric Margo was called off the draw for slashing, bringing about an ejection for three stick infractions in the game. I'm not sure if he didn't have three already, with a minor and a double minor through the first two periods. The score would stay 1-0 Kings through the middle point of the period, with the Dogs being unable to generate much in the way of chances or zone time. The Dogs would push hard in the back half of the third, and earn a power play with four minutes to go. Looking for the equalizer, the Dogs never looked good on the power play and instead coughed the puck up and gave up a breakaway that Kyle Betts converted on with a nice move to out wait Claeys to make it 2-0 with 3:05 to play, with Nick Halagian and Jeremy Leclerc drawing the assists on the short-handed marker. Credit to the Dogs for not quitting, as it would have certainly been easy to feel the game had been lost at that point, as they pulled the goalie to make it a 6 on 4 and finally connected on it as Troy Dobbs put a shot on net from the top of the point that was stopped by Wornig, but a rebound came out and a mad scramble ensued that saw Nathan Dingmann and Quinn Syrydiuk get a poke at it before Ryan Finnegan poked it home to make it 2-1 with 2:05 left. The Dogs would again pull their goalie soon afterwards but couldn't get any zone time as a shot was blocked and found at centre by Nick Halagian who hit the empty net to make it a 3-1 final, unassisted at 18:47 of the third.

Final shots favoured the Kings 40-31 with Stefan Wornig picking up the win while Brody Claeys took 2nd star honours with the loss. The Dogs went 1 for 2 on the power play, while also conceding the game winner shorthanded. The Kings went 0 for 5.

The Dogs are back at it tomorrow night at home when they host the Surrey Eagles.


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