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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great effort, tough result, Dogs fall 3-0 to Caps

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A fantastic start to the game for the Bulldogs, as they jumped out to an early edge in the shots and obviously came ready to play. Each team had a wide open chance in the early minutes, with both Liam Conrad and Adam Osczevski being stopped by Lane Michasiw and Brody Claeys respectively. The Dogs would have the best chance to open the scoring in the back half of the period on a clear-cut breakaway for Nathan Dingmann, but Michasiw got just a piece of it to deflect it off the cross bar and out of play as the game stayed scoreless through the first 20 minutes, with the Dogs having a 13-6 edge in shots.

The Bulldogs kept up their solid play in the second, but through the midway point of the period remained to by unable to find the back of the net as Lane Michasiw stood tall. While not tested as often, Brody Claeys also came up with a couple good saves to keep it scoreless through the back half of the second. The Bulldogs continued to push the pace through the end of the period, but it would stay scoreless through 40 minutes, with the Dogs out shooting the Capitals 14-7 in the period for 27-13 advantage after two.

The Bulldogs would start the third on the power play, but failed to generate much better yet capitalize on it. The Capitals would make them pay for it seconds later as Ryan Burton drove down the right wing and brought it behind the net before putting it back to the slot for Kade Kehoe, who one-timed it home from in tight far side off the post and in past Claeys at 2:18 into the third. The Dogs would have two more opportunities on the power play, but they would be flat and it would be a big difference in the end result as the Dogs couldn't buy a goal and the Capitals erased all doubt with just under two minutes to play when Patrick Geary made a defender miss in the zone before walking into the left circle and ripping a shot top corner, far-side over the glove of Claeys top corner to make it 2-0 with just 1:41 left. Adam Osczevski picked up the only assist. The Bulldogs would draw a penalty with 22 seconds left and won the attacking zone draw, but Josh Adkins intercepted the attempted cross-ice pass to score into the empty net while shorthanded with 14 seconds to play for the 3-0 final.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 32-21 with Brody Claeys earning third star honours with the loss while Lane Michasiw took first star honours with the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 3.

A solid effort, but a disheartening result as the Dogs remain snake bitten, being shut out in back to back games. They next see action Wednesday night in Nanaimo.


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