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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dogs top Grizzlies 6-3

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The first minute or two was somewhat tentative, but the Bulldogs soon took control of the play by a considerable margin. They would take a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game when Liam Conrad forced a turnover in the right corner and put a perfect pass to the slot for Chris Sarault, who one-timed it home low through Matt Galajda to make it 1-0 at the 3:00 mark of the first. The Dogs kept up the pressure, building a 10-1 lead in shots by the ten minute mark of the first. Less than two minutes later they doubled their lead when Troy Dobbs put a nice pass to the side of the net for Rhett Willcox, who put a perfect feed cross-crease onto the tape of Quinn Syrydiuk who one-timed it home from the lip of the crease to make it 2-0 at 11:08. The Dogs would get in penalty trouble immediately afterwards, killing off a minor penalty to protect their lead. A minute later they picked up another penalty, followed by another a minute after that which awarded the Grizzlies a 5 on 3 power play for 59 seconds. The Dogs would see the light at the end of the tunnel of the two man advantage, but a poor clearing attempt saw the Grizzlies capitalize as PJ Conlon lifted a loose puck home at the side of the crease above a sliding Carson Schamerhorn to make it 2-1 at 15:52 of the first. Assists on the play went to Cody Van Lierop and Cole Pickup. The Dogs were not surprisingly awarded a power play before the period was out, but they couldn't find the net before the period ended. Shots in the first favoured the Bulldogs 15-7.

The Bulldogs made good use of the power play time that carried over to start the second, building their lead to 3-1 just 21 seconds into it as a Paul Meyer shot from the right point was deflected wide of the net by Nathan Dingmann. It hit the end boards and caromed out to the opposite post where it was found by Chris Schutz in tight where he lifted it home on the scramble. Just two minutes later the Dogs went up 4-1 when Schutz found the net again, as Owen Johnson put a shot on net from the right point that appeared to be deflected by Tristan Bukovec. Matt Galajda would make the first save, but it rattled around in his pads and dribbled out onto the right side of the crease where Schutz again lifted it home at 2:45 of the second. The Grizzlies would answer back just two minutes later as they caught the Dogs up ice on a long pass that resulted in a breakaway chance for PJ Conlon that he finished top corner over the glove of Schamerhorn at 4:14 of the second with Cody Van Lierop drawing the only assist. The score stayed that way with a good Bulldog penalty kill protecting the lead, before a power play chance saw them open up a 5-2 lead when they connected just 9 seconds into the advantage as Eric Margo made a nice play to work the puck under pressure into the right circle for Tristan Bukovec. He would snap a quick cross-ice pass to the top of the crease where Adam Donnelly deflected it home five hole at 12:32 of the second. The Dogs out shot the Grizzlies 9-5 in the period, for a 40 minute advantage of 24-12.

The Dogs protected the lead through the early moments of the third, with the Grizzlies pressing hard to get back into it. A Victoria power play chance would be taken away by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the bench with 35 seconds left in the advantage. Just seconds after Nathan Dingmann stepped out of the Dogs penalty box it was a 6-2 lead as affiliate player Marc-Antoine Gagnon rimmed the puck from behind the Dogs net and up the right wing where Ryan Finnegan found it and raced past a fallen Cody Van Lierop. He walked all the way to the net in tight down the right wing before he snapped one home high short-side past the glove of Galajda at 6:16 of the third with Gagnon drawing the only assist, his first BCHL point in his first game. The Grizzlies would answer just 59 seconds later when Nick Guiney deflected a Nico Sommerville point shot through the legs of Schamerhorn with Brett Stirling drawing the other assist at 7:15 of the third to make it 6-3. The Grizzlies pushed to get back in the back half of the period, but Schamerhorn was solid when tested to preserve the lead as the Dogs killed the clock to make the lead stand.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 35-26 with Carson Schamerhorn picking up the win in net while Matt Galajda took the loss. The Dogs went 3 for 4 while the Grizzlies went 1 for 5.

The Bulldogs are  back home tomorrow night at 2:00pm when they host the Coquitlam Express.

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