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The Bulldogs were chasing the game from the get-go in this one, as they went to the penalty box just 30 seconds into the game. They pushed back after a good kill, but weren't able to generate much in the way of chances or a sustained attack. The Spruce Kings would open up a 1-0 lead just short of the midway point of the period when the Bulldogs won a faceoff in their end, but failed to move the puck. A quick centering pass by Kyle Johnson was initially mishandled by Jarod Hovde, but he dug it out of his skates in the deep slot and snapped a quick shot top corner, glove side on Schamerhorn to make it 1-0 at 9:53 of the first. The Spruce Kings continued to carry the play, with Carson Schamerhorn coming up with a huge save on Brett Mennear with his right toe on a clear cut breakaway to keep it a one-goal game. The Dogs earned a power play immediately afterwards, and while they opened it with a faceoff win and control in the Spruce Kings end, they moved the puck around the perimeter without attempting any shots before they turned it over and the Spruce Kings cleared. The Dogs again gained the zone, but the same scenario played out, as they not only didn't get a shot on net, but they didn't even attempt one. The Spruce Kings would earn no less than three in-alone and partial breakaway chances through the remainder of the period, with Carson Schamerhorn coming up huge on repeated occasions to keep the Dogs down just a goal after 20 minutes, despite being out shot 21-6.
The second period didn't see the Bulldogs come out as inspired as I was expecting, considering their level of play in the first. As the period wore on, they still struggled to find their game. Despite two power play chances, they failed to get any shots on net, and only had two shots on the period and eight on the game through the back half of the second. The Spruce Kings would build their lead at the end of a long containment shift in the Dogs zone as a centering pass from behind the goal line was found by Connor Russell in the slot, where he beat Schamerhorn with a perfect shot long-side past his blocker. Travis Schneider and Tanner Campbell drew the assists at 14:44 of the second. Just 24 seconds later it was a 3-0 game as Brett Mennear won a draw in the Dogs end back to the line for Tyler Anderson. He would blast a one-timer on net that went off the tip of Schamerhorn's glove and into the top of the net at 15:08 of the second. The Spruce Kings would make it 4-0 with just under two minutes left in the period as they beat the Bulldogs back to their zone and converted on an odd man-rush as a cross-ice pass found Tanner Campbell wide open at the side of the net, where he lifted a shot up and over a sprawling Schamerhorn. Assists on the play went to Jamie Huber and Brett Mennear at 18:05 of the second. The Dogs Coaching Staff would try and find any sense of urgency when they pulled their goalie with a faceoff in the Prince George end and 6.8 seconds left in the period. They won the draw and had a chance around the net, but couldn't convert as the period expired. Shots in the second favoured Prince George 18-4, for a two period total of 39-10.
The third period saw the Dogs had the most jump that they showed throughout the game through the first 90 seconds, but unfortunately the Spruce Kings again beat them to their net on the rush and went up 5-0 on a 2 on 1 rush that saw Hunter Luhmann put a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Travis Schneider who tapped it into the open side at 1:59 of the third. The Spruce Kings would build the lead in the back half of the period on a full two-minute 5 on 3 power play that saw a cross-crease pass by Tanner Campbell hit the leg of Brett Mennear in the crease and bounce in. Jamie Huber also drew an assist at 10:29 of the third. The Spruce Kings went up by a converted touch down three minutes later, on a play very similar to their third goal as a faceoff was won in the Dogs end back to the line for Connor Russell, who snapped a wrist shot top corner short-side high past the blocker of Schamerhorn. Brett Mennear drew the only assist at 13:57 of the third. Less than a minute later it was an 8-0 game as the Dogs took a penalty away from the play out of frustration. The Spruce Kings made quick work on the advantage, with a draw win and a quick D-to-D pass that saw Connor Russell put one on the tape of Tyler Anderson who blew a slapper home inside the short-side post. Ben Poisson also drew an assist at 14:52 of the third.
Third period shots favoured the Spruce Kings 14-7 for a game total of 53-17, both season highs and season lows for shots for and against for the Bulldogs this season. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss while Stefan Wornig picked up the win and shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Spruce Kings went 2 for 8.
The Dogs are next in action tomorrow night at 6:00 when they face the Rivermen in Langley.