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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Dogs snap streak, top Centennials 3-1

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The first few minutes were energetic, with both teams appearing ready to go. The Bulldogs would get momentum with a solid penalty kill, as they had two good chances while Merritt failed to generate. The Bulldogs would almost immediately afterwards open the scoring as Gary Dhaliwal knocked a puck back at centre into the Bulldogs zone for Connor Welsh. He would skate all the way to the Merritt line where he fed Auggie Moore. He would give it right back to Welsh, who fired a quick shot on net from the right face off dot far-side just under the blocker arm of Jacob Berger to make it 1-0 at 5:12 of the first. The Dogs would keep up the pressure and build a large lead in shots, but they couldn't build their lead. The Centennials would have a good chance late in the period but Carson Schamerhorn located the loose puck first and came across the crease to rob Nick Fidanza to preserve the lead. Shots in the first favoured the Dogs 13-8.

The Centennials would tie the game before the ice was even wet to start the second, as immediately off the draw at cenre Zach Court raced over the Bulldogs line and picked the top corner, far-side over the glove of Schamerhorn from the top of the left circle. The lone assist went to Brett Jewell at 7 seconds of the second. The Centennials almost went ahead on the next shift, but Schamerhorn came across the crease to make a highlight reel save with his glove to rob Jewell to keep it tied. The Centennials would continue to push, and the Dogs continued to try and match their level of play, with Schamerhorn coming up with another big save on a Nick Fidanza net drive. The Dogs would restore the lead on the rush as Tristan Bukovec made a nice play at the Dogs line on a Connor Welsh pass to chip it out for Alex MacDonald. He would push the pace and attack the Merritt zone down the left wing where he walked into the left circle and picked the top corner, short-side high on Berger to make it 2-1 at 6:55 of the third. The Bulldogs would have several great chance on odd-man rushes to build the lead, but Berger came up with a couple great saves to keep it a one-goal game. The Dogs would build the lead late in the period when Cole Slaney showed great skill to knock down a pass behind him at centre before carrying it deep into the left corner of the Merritt zone. He would put a quick pass onto the tape of Auggie Moore, who walked through the slot before putting a cross-ice feed onto the tape of Jake Witkowski, who put a quick shot on net that hit Berger and just trickled over the line to make it 3-1 at 16:35 of the period. The Cents out shot the Dogs 18-15 in the period, for a 28-26 total favouring the Dogs after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs pushed to start the third, and controlled the better of the play through the first ten minutes of it although they were unable to build their lead with Jacob Berger coming up with a couple good saves, the best of which on a Jordan Sandhu one-timer from the top of the crease. The Dogs didn't give up much the rest of the way, with the Centennials putting on a late push in the final minute but being unable to beat Schamerhorn as the Dogs made the lead stand for the 3-1 final.

Shots in the third favoured the Centennials 10-8 for an even game total of 36-36 with Carson Schamerhorn picking up 2nd star honours with the win while Jacob Berger took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Centennials went 0 for 2.

The Dogs are next in action Wednesday night when they host the Nanaimo Clippers.


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