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Friday, October 07, 2016

Dogs suffer hard luck 5-3 loss to the Kings

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A high-paced start through the first couple of minutes, with the Bulldgs having the best early chances when both Alex MacDonald and Kyle Kaufmann had good looks open in front. The Bulldogs would continue to control the better of the play and had good chances in tight, but it was all of a sudden 1-0 against the flow of play just over six minutes in when Gavin Rauser went end to end down the right wing and snuck one in through what looked like an impossible angle through Brody Claeys. The goal was unassisted at 6:20 of the first. The Dogs continued to push the pace, and generated a handful of Grade A chances as a result, but quite similarly to the first goal it was suddenly 2-0 when the Kings went up ice on the rush and connected when Jack Long put a shot on net from the right wing that resulted in a cross-ice rebound that was tapped into the open side by Hunter Findlater at 10:49 of the first with Long drawing the only assist, as the Dogs had a 10-4 edge in shots, and a similar or better edge in chances, yet they were in a 2-0 hole. The Dogs did a good job of not letting the scoreboard deflate them through the rest of the period, but they still couldn't bury one. Shots favoured the Dogs 13-10 after 20 minutes.

The second period again resembled the first, as the Dogs had a couple extended scrambles around the Kings net, but still couldn't get a bounce as the Kings defended well. The Kings would push back and draw a penalty at the end of an extended containment shift in the Bulldogs zone. The Kings would connect on it, albeit in controversial fashion as a one-timer from the line was stopped by Carson Schamerhorn. The puck would bounce of his blocker and up in the air at the side of the net where it appeared to be thrown into the net by Cam Donaldson. The Bulldogs for the most part didn't protest, but Tristan Bukovec did, immediately drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for voicing his displeasure of the non-call. Cam Donaldson would get credit for it, with assists going to Callum Volpe and Kyle Betts at 9:00 of the second. The Dogs would kill off the following penalty, and just seconds later got on the board to make it a 3-1 game as Trevor Cosgrove fed Ryan Steele in the Dogs zone and he went end-to-end to the Kings net where his initial shot was stopped, but Alex MacDonald would be rewarded for going to the net as he one-timed the rebound home through the legs of Wilson at 11:13 of the second. The Dogs would make it a one-goal game three minutes later when they connected on their first power play of the game as Connor Welsh put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Trevor Cosgrove at centre ice. He would immediately drive the zone and walk into the deep slot and absolutely rip a wrist shot top corner, short-side over the glove of Wilson to make it a 3-2 game at 14:10 of the period. The Bulldogs pushed hard for the equalizer, and came painfully close to getting it as a hard fought battle in the Kings zone saw Jordan Sandhu walk behind the net and out front with a wrap around that went off Wilson before being stopped right on the goal line. The Kings would respond and take their two goal lead back again against the flow of play as a Bulldog defender fell at centre ice, resulting in a long 2 on 1 rush. Carter Turnbull would make a perfect pass through the legs of the only man back and onto the tape of Tristan Mullin at the back post where he one-timed it into the open side to make it 4-2 at 17:28 of the second. Shots favoured the Bulldogs 13-12, for a two-period advantage of 26-22.

The Bulldogs pushed early in the third, and drew a power play opportunity to try and get within a goal. Unfortunately the deficit would grow, as the Kings cleared the puck down ice and Carson Schamerhorn went out of his net to play it. He held the puck, as Jake Witkowski looked on waiting for him to pass it. Before he could, Cam Donaldson would steal it, walk behind the net and dance out front where he put a perfect shot home top corner, short-side to make it 5-2, shorthanded and un-assisted at 2:42 of the third. As was the theme of the game, the Dogs appeared to not let the goal deflate them, as they continued to work hard to try and get back in it. They would earn a power play in the late stages of the third and again connected on it with just a handful of seconds remaining in it as Jake Witkowski made a great play to keep the puck in at the line. He would send Trevor Cosgrove to the net where he dished a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Auggie Moore off to the left side of the zone where he blasted a one-timer home before Wilson could get over to make it 5-3 at 15:28 of the third. The Dogs would earn another power play just 20 seconds later, and once again had a couple good looks but couldn't get the critical goal to get within one. At the end of the penalty the Dogs appeared to maybe have deserved another advantage as the Kings player left the penalty box and went to the bench but didn't leave the ice as a Kings player jumped off the bench. The crowd was up in arms, but no Refs arms went up until 10 seconds later when Auggie Moore was penalized for a diving poke check where he looked to get puck first, but not to the Referee. The Dogs would pull their goalie to make it 5 on 5, and had two glorious chances in the final minute to make it a one-goal game but Brian Wilson went cross ice to make one fantastic open net save before Tristan Bukovec failed to find an open net just a second later with the Dogs pressing until the final buzzer but being unable to trim the gap.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 13-9 for a game total in their favour of 39-31, a season high for shots on goal. The Dogs went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Kings went 1 for 4 while also scoring once while shorthanded. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss in a relief effort while Brian Wilson earned third star honours with the win.


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