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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Chiefs top Dogs 4-3

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After a late start due to the Officials being caught in a traffic accident, the Chiefs appeared to have an extra jump in their step on the Dogs through the first couple of minutes including a Bulldog power play opportunity. The Bulldogs would open the scoring soon afterwards from a faceoff outside the Chiefs blue line as Jake Witkowski won it forward to himself and dished off to Ryan Finnegan down the right wing. He would take an immediate return pass from Finnegan and beat Mark Sinclair with a lightning quick release short-side to make it 1-0 at 7:41 of the first. The Chiefs would respond quickly, connecting on the power play four minutes later as they moved the puck around the Dogs zone sharply to the bottom of the right circle where Jesse Lansdell ripped one home top corner, short-side high past the glove of Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Austin Chorney and Linden Hora at 11:27 of the first. Just three and a half minutes later the Chiefs took their first lead of the game as the Dogs failed to get the puck out at their line, with Jordan Kawaguchi making a great kick with his shinpad to hold it in. Kale Kane would the throw it to the middle to Tommy Lee who walked in tight and snapped one home top corner, far-side over the glove shoulder of Schamerhorn to make it 2-1 at 4:59 of the first. Shots favoured the Chiefs 13-4 after the first.

The second period began and it was an absolute circus from the get go with sticks being high before the puck was even dropped. That would continue as play commenced, with the Chiefs being penalized on the first shift. The Dogs would make good on the power play to tie it at 2-2 when Darren Rizzolo fed the puck back to the line for Henry Marshall. He would snap a low shot on net that was deflected home by Ryan Steele up and under the bar and over the glove of Sinclair. I thought it was in immediately, and so did the Referee at the net as he signaled goal as it was 2-2 at 1:23 of the second. The following few minutes saw a series of after the whistle dust-ups, leading to another incident that saw Jake Wilhelm knock down Will Calverly in pursuit of the puck. He would take the initial penalty, and as he regained his footing he was met by a charging Cole Piliziani who headlocked him and threw him to the ice. Everyone on the ice grabbed a partner and even a scrap broke out as Paul Savage and Nolan Zweep dropped the mitts. The Dogs would still end up down a man out of it all, as Auggie Moore received two apparently for receiving. Just 18 seconds later the Bulldogs were penalized again after an immediate head shot was missed at centre ice. The Chiefs would take full advantage of the opportunity and changed the game, first going up 3-2 on the 5 on 3 power play as Carver Watson picked the top corner from the deep slot past a screened Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Austin Chorney and Jordan Kawaguchi at 5:16 of the second. Just 18 seconds later the Chiefs connected on the power play again to make it 4-2 as Jake Smith walked to the slot and snapped one past the glove of Schamerhorn, with assists going to Austin Chorney and Carver Watson at 5:34 of the period. The even up calls were almost instantaneous, with the Chiefs being sent to the box a dozen seconds later. The Dogs would then go to a 5 on 3 less than a minute later. They would make good on it to make it a one-goal game as Trevor Cosgrove set up Jordan Sandhu at the bottom of the right circle where he went cross-ice with a perfect pass that was one-timed home short-side by Jake Witkowski to make it 4-3 at 7:02 of the second. That would do it for the scoring in the period, but there was still plenty of action. Jake Smith would be awarded a penalty shot with 6:31 left in the period, with the Dogs also being penalized up ice for kneeing on the play. Schamerhorn would make the save, and the Dogs would kill the penalty off. Immediately after the kill Quinn Syrydiuk kneed at the Cheifs line, but couldn't draw a call. An in alone chance for Tristan Bukovec resulted from the collision, He would show great patience and have Sinclair down and out, but he couldn't tuck it inside the post and Sinclair made a fantastic desperation save with his right toe to keep it 4-3 Chiefs after two with the Chiefs out shooting the Dogs 17-10 for a 40 minute advantage of 30-14.

The Bulldogs would have two great chances early in the third period, with both Alex MacDonald and Quinn Syrydiuk being stopped in tight by Mark Sinclair. Carson Schamerhorn was forced to be solid in the Dogs net as well, as the Chiefs pushed to build their lead. They would come close, hitting both the post and the crossbar, but the game stayed tight until the final moments. The Dogs would press, but would be unable to get their goalie out for the extra attacker until the final 20 seconds. They earned one face off in the Chiefs end, but couldn't generate a good chance to get the equalizer as the Chiefs made the lead stand.

Third period shots favoured Chilliwack 13-7, for a game total of 43-21. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss in net and earned second star honours while Mark Sinclair earned the win. The Dogs went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Chiefs went 3 for 7.

With the loss, the Dogs have lost three in a row for the first time this season. They are next in action Friday night in Prince George as they kick off a three-in-three swing through the Mainland Division.



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