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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dogs drop fifth straight, 6-3 in Langley

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The Bulldogs looked like a different team from the opening puck drop, bringing everything that they lacked the nght before as they had a good jump to their step resulting in a couple good chances through the first couple of minutes. While they were better overall, and offensively, they weren't as good defensively as they needed to be as Brody Claeys came up with two big back-to-back breakaway saves on Nicholas Ponak and then Andrew Dumaresque to keep it scoreless. The period remained high-paced, and fairly evenly played through the midway point. Langley would earn the first power play chance of the game, but the Dogs came up with a solid kill with Claeys making one good save, and both Quinn Syrydiuk and Tristan Bukovec coming up with big shot blocks in the slot. The Bulldogs earned their first power play of the game in short order, and connected on it to open the scoring in the final seconds of the penalty as Ryan Steele walked to the top of the right circle before finding Alex MacDonald with a cross ice pass in the left circle. He would slide a pass down low for Henry Marshall, who simply just snapped a puck on net that appeared to catch Braedon Fleming either cheating, or by surprise as it snuck in through his legs to make it 1-0 at 16:02 of the first. Shots in the period were even at 9-9.

The second period saw the Rivermen tie the game after another solid Bulldog penalty kill as a loose puck was thrown to the back post where Brendan Budy snapped it home inside the post before Claeys could get over. Assists on the play went to Andrew Dumaresque and McKay Flanagan at 3:33 of the second. Langley would take their first lead of the game soon afterwards, on a fluky bounce thrown at the net by Spencer Barry that hit the ice and bounced in the air before being deflected in past the glove of Claeys by Max Kaufman. Ryan Barrow also drew an assist on the play at 6:04 of the second. The Rivermen went to the power play five minutes later, and connected on it to make it a 3-1 game as Cameron Ginetti had his first shot blocked, but the Dogs were unable to clear before he took a return pass and fired it home through the glove arm of Claeys. Assists on the play went to Max Kaufman and Reid Yochin at 11:14 of the second. The Dogs would be awarded a power play a minute later, and would again make good on it as Henry Marshall picked up a rimmed puck behind the net and made a quick pass to the slot for Quinn Syrydiuk. His initial one-timer was stopped, but Tristan Bukovec would fire the loose puck home to make it 3-2 at 13:23 of the second to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes. Shots in the second favoured Langley 14-6 for a two period advantage of 23-15.

The third period was again played at a high pace from the outset, with each team having their looks, but the Rivermen having the better of them. The score stayed 3-2 until just short of the midway point of the period when the Dogs had an attacking zone faceoff in the Langley end that they lost. A simple flip play saw the puck go over a Bulldog defender at the attacking line. The defender would hustle too late, allowing Nicholas Ponak to beat him to the puck and out-fight him in the slot to skate in alone where he snapped a beautiful shot top corner, over the glove of Claeys to make it 4-2 at 13:41 of the third. The Dogs earned a power play soon after, but coughed the puck up at the attacking line resulting in a shorthanded breakaway for Ponak, who out-fought the defense and cut across the crease before sliding a backhand home through the legs of Claeys to make it 5-2 at 13:41 of the third, shorthanded. The Bulldogs would earn another power play with just under four minutes to play, and they would call time out and gamble by pulling Brody Claeys. They would be rewarded for it as the gamble paid off when Jake Witkowski fired a shot on net from a sharp angle at the bottom of the left circle. A rebound would pop out to the slot where Quinn Syrydiuk, who blew a slap shot through the legs of Fleming to make it a 5-3 game, with Marshall and Bukovec drawing the assists at 16:43 of the third. The Bulldogs would keep their goalie out, and spent the better part of the final three minutes on the attack in the Langley net, but despite a large amount of chances they couldn't capitalize to make it a one-goal game before Ryan Barrow lifted one into the empty net with 37 seconds to play for the 6-3 final.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 12-7, with the Rivermen leading the shot total 30-27. Brody Claeys took the loss while Braedon Fleming picked up the win. The Dogs went 3 for 4 on the power play, while the Rivermen went 1 for 3 while also scoring once while shorthanded.

The Dogs conclude their weekend tomorrow night in Chilliwack when they face the Chiefs for a 5:00pm start.


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