Saturday, January 16, 2016
Dogs shut out Caps 5-0, run unbeaten streak to three
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Another great start for the Dogs, as they scored first for the fourth straight game when Nathan Dingmann snuck one in short-side past Lane Michasiw from the left side of the net just seconds after Ryan Finnegan had rung one off the bar - a shot I thought hit the back bar and came out. The goal was at :56 seconds of the first, with Ryan Finnegan picking up a Troy Dobbs rim and sliding it out front to Dingmann to earn the assists. The Dogs kept up the pressure and drew a power play that they connected on quickly as Nathan Dingmann dug it back to the right point for Paul Meyer, who went cross-ice to the left circle where Chris Schutz ripped a one-timer through the legs of Michasiw to make it 2-0 at 8:06 of the first. The Capitals would get two power play chances throughout the remainder of the period, and the shots went from 11-1 in favour of the Bulldogs to even at 12-12 after 20 minutes as Brody Claeys came up with a handful of outright ridiculous stops in tight on Ryan Burton, Kade Kehoe and Matt Hudie most notably, as it stayed 2-0 Dogs after 20 minutes.
The Dogs came out buzzing to start the second, finding the net before the period was a minute old as Tristan Bukovec fed Troy Dobbs on the top of the right circle where he snapped one on goal that was stopped by Michasiw. It looked like it was in his glove, but it spit out in front and Bukovec slid it cross-crease where Chris Schutz one-timed it home to make it 3-0 at 39 seconds into the second. The Dogs doubled the lead in the back half of the period, failing to connect on an 11 second 5 on 3 advantage, but making good on the second penalty when Nathan Dingmann put a one-timer on net from the right circle off a cross-ice pass. It was found in front by Adam Donnelly, who put a quick shot on net that resulted in a cross-crease rebound that was hammered home by Rhett Wilcox for his first as a Bulldog - against his old team for good measure - to make it 4-0 Dogs at 12:06 of the second. The Dogs had several containment shifts through the remainder of the frame but couldn't connect on several near misses in tight. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 17-12 for a two period advantage of 29-24.
For the third straight period, the Dogs struck early in the third to lead 5-0 as Quinn Syrydiuk banked it out of the Dogs zone up the left wing to the line where Eric Margo out-fought Connor Russell to skate up ice on a long 2 on 1 rush. Margo would keep the puck, and it was a good decision as he snapped one far-side off the post and in past Michasiw at 1:19 of the third from Quinn Syrydiuk and Chris Schutz. The Dogs had a 5 on 3 opportunity late in the third, but that would do it for the scoring, as the Dogs made the lead stand and shut out an opposition for the first time this season.
Third period shots favoured the Dogs 17-10 for a game total of 46-34 with Brody Claeys picking up the win, his first career shut out and first star honours while Lane Michasiw took the loss. The Dogs went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 3.