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A pretty good start for the Bulldogs, as they put three pucks on net through the first minute of play. The Rivermen would push back and get a couple opportunities of their own on the next shift. Just a minute later the Bulldogs would go to the penalty box on a call from the opposite blue line. The Rivermen would open the scoring just half a minute into the opportunity when Brody Claeys made a good first save with his right pad, but Nicholas Ponak snapped the rebound home from the paint. Assists on the play went to Cameron Ginnetti and Ryan Barrow at 4:09 of the first. The Rivermen would harness the momentum, carrying the play for the next couple of minutes but being unable to cash in to build their lead. They were awarded another power play on an Auggie Moore penalty that was undetectable on the ice, but again Brody Claeys was solid to keep it a 1-0 lead. The Dogs earned their first power play in the late stages of the period but couldn't cash in on it. It looked like they deserved a 5 on 3 opportunity when Darren Rizzolo was tripped up directly in front of the Referee, but he shrugged it off for whatever reason and play continued. Shots in the first favoured Langley 14-10.
The Bulldogs weren't able to push to start the second, with the Rivermen instead coming out with a jump in their step. They would quickly go up 2-0 just short of two minutes into the period when a dump in from the Dogs line was found down low by Satchel Clendenin, who found an un-checked Ryan Barrow right in front where he slid it low through Claeys. Francis Boie also drew an assist on the play at 1:55 of the period. The Bulldogs would have two great looks in the ensuing minutes on loose pucks and scrambles around the Langley net, with Alex Uryga just missing an open side on the scramble and Ryan Steele being robbed by the glove of Bo Didur again right in the paint off a rebound. The Dogs kept it a two goal game until the late stages of the period thanks to the solid play of Brody Claeys who was sharp on another Langley power play as they peppered him with shots. Another Langley power play would open the game up though, as they made it 3-0 in the late seconds of the power play as Eric Butte was found all alone in front where he snapped one off of Claeys and in, with Francis Boie drawing the only assist at 17:44 of the second. Just 1:03 later it was 4-0 as Andrew Dumaresque was allowed to walk right into the high slot un-checked where he picked the far corner, low inside the post past the blocker of Claeys, with the assists going to Cooper Leitch and Nicholas Ponak at 18:47 of the second for a 4-0 Langley lead after 40 minutes. Shots in the period favoured Langley 16-11 for a 30-21 advantage after two periods.
Needing something to click to start the third to trim the deficit, it was instead the Rivermen that built the lead with an absolutely gorgeous goal by John Schuldt who picked up a pass at the top of the left circle and absolutely undressed a defender with a pretty slick stickhandling move to then walk in to the left faceoff dot and in tight where he ripped a perfect shot top corner, short-side on Claeys to knock the water bottle off. Assists on the play went to Ryan Barrow and Satchel Clendenin at 4:19 of the third. The Bulldogs would threaten to break the shut out with a good looking power play near the midway point of the period, but Bo Didur made a couple of solid saves to preserve the goose-egg. The Rivermen would make it 6-0 on their second shot of the period on an odd-man rush down the left wing that saw Brody Claeys make a desperation save going cross-ice, only to have the puck go in off of what appeared to be his pad. Brendan Budy scored it, with assists to Ryan Barrow and Sean Gulka at 11:50 of the third. The Rivermen would complete the scoring while shorthanded on a lost puck battle and turnover at the attacking line resulting in an odd-man rush and a perfectly paced pass by Ryan Barrow who sent Sean Gulka in alone where he went high past the blocker of Claeys to make it 7-0 at 15:29 of the third to complete the scoring.
Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 9-5, for a game total of 35-31 Rivermen. Brody Claeys took the loss while Bo Didur picked up 2nd star honours with the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Rivermen went 2 for 5 while also scoring once while shorthanded.
The Dogs are next in action Friday when they visit the Grizzlies in Victoria, before returning home to host the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday night and the Powell River Kings Sunday afternoon.