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The first few minutes saw the Bulldogs struggle to get their game going, as the Eagles forced them into a series of icings. The Bulldogs at the same time didn't give up much in their end. The Bulldogs would push back and have several good chances on the scrambles around the Eagles net but they couldn't bet a bounce. The Eagles would go to the power play near the midway point of the period and got a bounce to open the scoring. The Eagles would connect on the back half of the power play after a series of good saves by Carson Schamerhorn, as Nick Minerva threw a pass cross-ice from the top of the left circle to the back door that was heading way wide before it hit the leg of Logan Mostat and bounced in off the far post. Paul McAvoy also drew an assist on the play at 11:18 of the first. The Bulldogs would answer just three minutes later when Malik Kaila dumped it in down the right side on a rim to the left wing. Cayden Kraus would hustle to it, and lift and Eagle defenders stick to tap it back to the line where Auggie Moore picked it up in full flight off the bench. Moore would walk in and throw a high hard one on net that was stopped by Daniel Davidson, but he couldn't control the rebound as Jordan Sandhu lifted it home from in tight to make it 1-1 at 15:14 of the first. The Bulldogs would again be sent to the box immediately after the goal, but killed it off with again a couple good saves by Schamerhorn before the Eagles took a penalty for goalie interference. The Dogs would win a couple of draws on their advantage, but couldn't cash in on it as it stayed tied 1-1 after one, with the Eagles up 16-8 in shots.
The second period saw good energy from both sides through the first five minutes, but not much in the way of scoring chances for either wide. The Bulldogs would take a 2-1 lead just past the six minute mark of the period when they connected on the power play as Jordan Sandhu and Cayden Kraus made a series of passes to each other before Sandhu put a crisp feed down low to the side of the net for Tristan Bukovec. He would immediately drive the net, and while he was stopped by Davidson the loose puck went up in the air and off Connor Welsh and in at 6:07 of the second. The Dogs held that lead until the back half of the period, when the Eagles got the equalizer on a somewhat of a harmless looking wrist shot from the top of the left circle by Cole Williams. It would turn dangerous looking in a hurry as Logan Mostat deflected it from just outside the crease directly down into the ice causing it to bounce up and over the pad of Schamerhorn and under his glove and into the back of the net at 12:47 of the second, with Jordan Robert also drawing an assist. Before the Dogs knew what hit them it was 3-2 Eagles just 13 seconds later as Carson Schamerhorn left his net to play the puck but wasn't able to make a decision on it and got caught out of his net as the puck was jammed in from the paint, with Logan Mostat completing the hat trick. Assists on the play went to Jordan Robert and Ashton Calder at 13:00 of the period. The Dogs didn't respond well to the turn of events, as the Eagles pushed hard and hemmed the Dogs in their zone for extended periods over the following minutes. The Dogs bent, but didn't break as they didn't give up much in the way of chances against. They would counter twice late in the period on the rush and had a couple good opportunities, but couldn't cash in as it was 3-2 Eagles after two. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 10-9, and the Eagles 25-18 after 40 minutes.
The Bulldogs had a noticable jump to start the third, getting a couple of pucks on net through the first couple of minutes. The Eagles would be awarded a power play soon afterwards at centre ice, and they would again capitalize on it on a pretty cross-ice set up that Paul McAvoy roofed under the cross-bar to make it 4-2. Assists on the play went to Nick Minerva and Jacob Dupont at 6:03 of the third. Seconds later, the Dogs were penalized again on a trip in the attacking zone. The Eagles would make quick work of the opportunity, with a wrist shot from the top of the point deflecting off a Bulldog stick and in through the legs of Schamerhorn. Jacob Dupont would score it, with assists going to Nick Minerva and Mike Sauer at 7:22 of the third. The Eagles would complete the scoring and finish the barrage just over two minutes later as Paul McAvoy took a head-man pass and walked up the left wing and over the Bulldogs line where he snapped one on goal from the top of the left circle that snuck through Schamerhorn long-side to make it 6-2. Assists went to Cole Williams and Ryan Markovic at 9:42 of the third. The Dogs would go to a power play of their own later in the period but couldn't connect to make a game of it, instead relying on Schamerhorn to make a breakaway save on a shorthanded chance by Darius Davidson to keep it a four-goal game. The Dogs would have any comeback chances halted when they were whistled for a double-minor for high sticking with just over five minutes to play. While they killed it off, it was of little consequence as they ran out of time to get back in it.
Third period shots favoured the Eagles 10-4, for a game total in their favour of 35-22 with Carson Schamerhorn taking the loss while Daniel Davidson picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Eagles went 3 for 6.
The Dogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host the Langley Rivermen for a 2:00pm puck drop.