Sunday, February 14, 2016
Dogs top Cents 7-2, tie Grizzlies for 4th on the Island
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The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, opening the scoring just 2:01 into the game as Paul Meyer made a deft play to hold the line on a Cents clearing attempt at the left point. He then threw a quick shot on goal that was stopped by Cole Kehler, but he couldn't corral the rebound as Cayden Kraus chipped it on net and then battled through traffic in front to poke it home over the line to make it 1-0. The Bulldogs continued to push the pace and carry the play, but Cole Kehler held the fort as the Dogs couldn't build their lead despite running up a 13-2 lead in shots through the first 13 minutes. The Dogs kept with the formula throughout the remainder of the period, but couldn't beat their lead as Kehler held the fort. Brody Claeys wasn't tested nearly as often, but was sharp to make a save on a wide-open Zach Court in the slot before getting some help on the rebound that clanked off the post. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 22-5 after 20 minutes.
The second period began with considerable fireworks as Chris Sarault caught Colin Grannary with an awkward hit ruled a five minute major for a blow to the head. Just a minute into the power play though a Centennials penalty brought about 4-on-4 hockey. The Dogs quickly connected on it as Nathan Dingmann won a draw back in the Merritt zone to Troy Dobbs at the left point. He would fire a quick wrister at the net that found the top corner, far-side, with Kehler appearing to miss it as he attempted to bring his glove across his body to try and catch it. Nathan Dingmann picked up the only assist at 2:13 of the second. The score stayed that way until the midway point of the period when the Centennials got on the board on the power play as a flipped puck in the slot went off a defender's stick and onto the tape of Henry Cleghorn who drove the net and chipped it just over the line off the glove of Brody Claeys. Tyler Ward drew the only assist at 10:53 of the second. The Dogs would answer back in short order to restore the two goal lead as Paul Meyer broke up a play at the Dogs line and quickly fed it ahead up the left wing for Quinn Syrydiuk at the Merritt line where he chipped it past a defender and onto the stick of Nathan Dingmann. He would drive wide down the left side and out-wait the defender before putting a perfect cross ice pass onto the tape of Ryan Finnegan. He would make no mistake on it, with a beautiful top shelf finish to make it 3-1 Dogs at 12:38 of the second. It was a 4-1 Dogs lead just a shade under two minutes later when Tristan Bukovec did a good job below the goal line to out fight a pair of Centennials and then set up Chris Schutz just outside the lip of the crease where he pulverized a one-timer and blew the water bottle off the net. Jordan Sandhu also drew an assist at 14:30 of the second. More fireworks broke out soon afterwards, with a end-to-end sequence seeing Nick Fidanza first throw a somewhat high, blind-side hit on Marshall Skapski that went uncalled. As play went up ice, Skapski knocked down Fidanza without the puck from behind in his own zone that also went un-called. Play would go back into the Bulldog zone, where Fidanza hit Quinn Syrydiuk in the far corner of the Dogs zone, before then taking a big hit by Eric Margo that saw Fidanza down and concussed in an ugly sight with Margo picking up a five minute major for charging. The Centennials would connect on it on a simple play, as a face off win was helped back to the line for Nick Fiorentino who blasted a low one-timed on goal that was deflected home by Henry Cleghorn for his second of the game to make it 4-2 Dogs at 17:57 of the second. As they did in the first, the Centennials took a penalty to take themselves off their major power play as the period expired. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 17-11 in the period for a 40 minute total of 39-16.
Like they did in the first and second periods, the Dogs found the net early in the third during four-aside hockey as Adam Donnelly intercepted a puck at the Merritt line and raced in on a breakaway where he was stopped by Kehler. Cayden Kraus would follow him to the net and roof the rebound on the backhand for his second of the afternoon 2:12 into the third to make it 5-2. The score stayed that way until the midway point of the period, thanks to a couple Grade A saves by Brody Claeys on back-to-back Centennial 2 on 1 chances. It was 6-2 Dogs on a nice set up by Tristan Bukovec as he raced up ice up the left wing and flew past a defender to skate in on a partial breakaway that was stopped by Kehler. Jordan Sandhu would jam the puck in the crease, where he sat until Quinn Syrydiuk slid it home at 9:54 of the third. The Dogs would complete the scoring with just over two minutes to play when Owen Johnson made a great defensive play at his own line on Ryan Roseboom, before putting an outlet pass to centre ice to Quinn Syrydiuk. He would carry the puck up the left wing over the Merritt line before dropping it back to Cayden Kraus, who walked into the deep slot before picking the top corner, far-side high on Kehler for his first career hat trick at 17:47 of the third for the 7-2 final score.
Shots favoured the Bulldogs 13-6 in the third for a game total of 52-22 with Brody Claeys picking up the win while Cole Kehler took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Centennials went 2 for 5.
With the win the Dogs snap a three game losing streak, while also tying the Grizzlies for 4th in the Island Division. They are next in action Friday night in Prince George.