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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dogs come back to top Kings 4-2

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While the Dogs threw a couple good hits inside the first 20 seconds of the game, they found themselves down 1-0 on a bad turnover up the middle of their own zone. Cam Donaldson would intercept it and walk down the right side before throwing a crisp cross-ice pass onto the tape of Jonny Evans who one-timed it home before Brody Claeys could get over, at just 1:41 of the first. The Dogs would threaten on a power play later in the period, but the Kings killed it off and continued to carry the better of the play. They would hem the Dogs in their end for what felt like forever before making it a 2-0 game as Jonny Evans walked off the left wing to the slot before sliding a backdoor pass onto the tape of Curtis McCarrick. Brody Claeys would appear to make the initial save, but Jake Kohlhauser tapped the loose puck home from the top of the crease to make it 2-0 at 16:48 of the first, with McCarrick drawing the only assist. The Dogs would be penalized almost immediately afterwards, but killed it off as the period expired, with Brody Claeys coming up with a big save on the door step on Jonny Evans to keep the Dogs within two after one. The Kings out shot the Dogs 14-5 in the period.

The Bulldogs would look like a vastly different team to begin the second, as they had a jump in their step and got a good amount of pucks on net early. They kept the push going, and were rewarded for it just short of five minutes in as Ryan Steele won a draw in the Kings end. Mackenzie Wight would feed it back to the top of the point for Darren Rizzolo, who scored his first as a Bulldog with a quick wrister off the post and in, far-side past the blocker of Wilson to make it a 2-1 game at 4:57 of the second. The Dogs would find the equalizer just over two minutes later when the Kings coughed it up in their zone up the middle, where it was found by Tristan Bukovec. He would put a perfect rink-wide pass onto the tape of Jordan Sandhu at the top of the right circle, where he one-timed it home far-side low past the pad of Wilson to make it 2-2 at 7:15 of the period. The Bulldogs would keep pushing the pace, and were finally rewarded for it late in the period as Cameron Kuhl dumped the puck in and followed up on the forecheck with a big hit. Ryan Steele would throw it out front from behind the goal line, where it was relayed by Henry Marshall to the left half-wall where Trevor Cosgrove one-timed a knuckler top corner, past the glove of Wilson to make it 3-2 at 16:56 of the second. The Dogs were penalized almost immediately after the goal, but did a solid job of killing it to hold their lead into period three. Second period shots favoured the Dogs 14-7, for a Kings lead of 21-19 after 40 minutes.

The third period saw the Bulldogs show no signs of sitting back, as they pushed hard through the first 10 minutes to continue to lead. The Dogs did a good job of defending their end, and also of killing time in the Kings end on the cycle. The lead held until the late stages of the game, with the Dogs not giving up much, until a misplayed puck at centre ice resulted in a 2 on 1 rush that saw Brody Claeys come up with a game saver on Jonny Evans with just over two minutes to play. The Kings would pull their goalie for the extra attacker, but the Dogs would seal the deal after a series of solid face-off wins in their zone. Spencer Hunter would work the puck out up the left wing for Darren Rizzolo, who fought it up the wing for Tristan Bukovec. He would make a nice move to make a King defender miss, resulting in a 2 on 1 rush where he dished off perfectly to Jake Witkowski down the right side where he hit the yawning cage to make it 4-2 at 18:54 of the third for the eventual final score. One final tidbit happened with just 2.4 seconds left as Joshua Bruce was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway. The Bulldogs would bring Carson Schamerhorn off the bench, and he stood tall to make the save.

Third period shots favoured Powell River 13-6, for game total of 34-25 Kings. Brody Claeys picked up 2nd star honours with the win while Brian Wilson took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Kings went 0 for 5.

The Bulldogs are finally back home tomorrow when they host the Wenatchee Wild for a 2:00pm puck drop. Don't forget your Teddy Bears.


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