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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bulldogs top Clippers 5-4 to sweep home-and-home

Warm ups are underway here in Nanaimo - I'll post updates occasionally through the game. You can also watch the game on Nanaimo Clippers play-by-play voice Dan Marshall - three time BCHL Broadcaster of the Year award winner, has the call. 

Here's my stats guy for tonight, my son Griff

And tonight's line ups

Bulldogs take a 1-0 lead 2:26 into the first on a shot and a rebound , batted in out of midair by Willie Daignault. Jake Wilhelm picked up the assist.

As I was writing that, the Dogs go up 2-0, 4:11 in as Paul Luebke slides one home, low far-side from Tristan Bukovec.

Bulldogs go up 3-0 during four-on-four hockey as Ryan Finnegan skates in on a partial breakaway and snaps one home far-side at 17:05 of the first. The lone assist went to Tristan Bukovec.

Shots in the first favoured the Clippers 11-7. The Clippers went 0 for 1 on he power play. The Bulldogs also went 0 for 1, but only had 17 seconds to work with.

Bulldogs take a 4-0 lead on a sharp angle banker in tight 3:49 into the second by Tristan Bukovec - no assists were given on the play. 

A plethora of penalties soon followed, including three straight to the Bulldogs. They would kill off a 5 on 3 advantage of just under a minute in duration. An even up call brought about four-on-four hockey, and that saw DJ Petruzelli sneak one home five hole from in tight, with assists to Vincent Millette and Antoine Desmeules at 8:30 into the second. 

Another penalty goes against the Bulldogs - just reserving comment in preseason on the competency and comprehension displayed but Officials. Clippers make it a 4-2 game on the subsequent advantage on a rebound in the paint fired home past John Hawthorne who had relieved Claeys. Former Bulldog Adam Donnelly scored it, at 12:11 of the second. Assists went to Danny Pion and Antoine Desmeules.

Clippers awarded a phantom goal with 1:10 left in the second to make it 4-3. Officials at the net wave it off, no light from the goal judge, from my view puck clearly didn't go in. Officials go to the circle and manufacture a goal for Nanaimo and reverse their original call. Goal credited to David Silye, with no assists given, but insert tongue-in-cheek joke here? 

Shots in the period favoured Nanaimo 21-4, for a 40 minute advantage of 32-11.

Unofficially - power plays on the game... Clippers are 1 for 6 while the Bulldogs are 0 for 2.

Bulldogs go up 5-3 11:20 into the third on an unfortunate bounce for Nanaimo as a tipped puck struck one of the Officials in the face and went into a Bulldog stick. Tristan Bukovec would find Jake Wilhelm in the slot where he snapped it past the blocker of Brendan Barry. 

Clippers make it 5-4 with 16.9 seconds left with the extra attacker out as Shawn Guison sneaks one home from a sharp angle. Assists went to Jake Harris and Austin Crossley.

That's as close as the Clippers would come as the Dogs killed the clock to make it a 5-4 final. 

Third period shots favoured the Clippers 17-4 for a game total of 49-15.

I had the Clippers at 1 for 6 and the Dogs at 0 for 3.

The Dogs next see action Friday at home when they host Cowichan. 


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