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Friday, January 20, 2017

Clippers top Dogs 3-0 to open home and home set

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A good start for the Bulldogs, as they got two pucks on net and forced an icing within the first 30 seconds of the game. The Dogs kept up the pace, and had a couple of opportunities out of it due to some extended zone time. A long delay would come about near the midway point of the period after a large scale dust-up at the Nanaimo net, with the Dogs picking up the extra penalty out of it that they would successfully kill off to keep the game scoreless. Despite a small edge in the play, the Dogs couldn't earn a penalty call as a second consecutive opportunity went to the Clippers with just under five minutes to play in the first. The Dogs would once again kill it, with Brody Claeys coming up with a desperation diving save at the side of the net on Matt Creamer after he misplayed the puck behind his net and had to hustle to get back into position. The Bulldogs would earn a power play with just over two minutes to go in the frame, but couldn't capitalize on it as it was scoreless after the first period, with shots favouring Nanaimo 10-9.

The second period began with a good initial shift by the Bulldogs, but the pace then slowed over couple of minutes. The Clippers would take a 1-0 lead soon afterwards on the rush as a Defender stepped up at the line and missed, and allowed David Silye to walk into the deep slot where he beat Brody Claeys with a five-hole change up to make it 1-0, un-assisted at 2:50 of the second. It was 2-0 just two minutes and change later, on a quick spin and fire off the left half-wall by Jamie Collins that appeared to surprise Claeys as it found it's way home short-side. The only assist on the play went to Tristan Crozier at 4:56 of the second. As the period wore on, the Dogs failed to generate much in the way of scoring chances. On the instances where they did have attacking zone time, they moved the puck well on the cycle, but weren't able to get it to the net. Late in the frame Brody Claeys would make a big save on a long Clipper 2 on 1, as he squeezed his blocker arm on a Ben Taylor shot from the right circle with just over a minute to play to keep it a two-goal deficit. The Clippers would earn a power play almost immediately afterwards, with Claeys again making a series of good saves around his net to keep it close. Shots in the period favoured Nanaimo 22-6 for a 40 minute advantage of 32-15.

The Clippers would build their lead to 3-0 inside of 30 seconds into the third period on the power play as a pretty set up saw Marcus Joseph keep the puck in at the line and find Matt Creamer in the right circle. He would put a perfect pass through the seam to the back door to Sean Buchanan who put a perfect top corner, short-side high shot. Creamer would draw the only assist on it at 25 seconds of the third. Soon afterwards a large skirmish erupted after a nasty hit from behind by Vincent Millette on Cameron Kuhl. Somehow, Millette only received a boarding penalty, but as equally surprisingly he picked up a fighting major despite not even getting his gloves off and taking a good number of punches from Nicholas Rasovic who stepped up in exception of the hit. Throughout the period, the Dogs failed to impress for anything more than a fleeting moment, as the Clippers made the lead stand. The closest the Dogs came to breaking the shut out was with just over two minutes to play when Cayden Kraus was stopped by the right pad of DeBrouwer on a shorthanded breakaway.

Third period shots favoured the Clippers 10-7 for a game total of 42-22 Clippers. Evan DeBrouwer earned 1st star honours with the win and the shut out while Brody Claeys took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 1 on the power play while the Clippers went 1 for 5.

With the win the Clippers snap a three game losing streak, and once again increase their lead on the Bulldogs to three points.

The teams meet again tomorrow at the Dog Pound.


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