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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dogs drop third straight, 6-0 to Vees in Penticton

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The Bulldogs came out flat much like last night in Wenatchee, as through the first three plus minutes they chased the play and gave away the puck on numerous occasions in their end resulting in Carson Schamerhorn being forced to be good to keep it scoreless early. The Vees would open the scoring soon afterwards, on a goal that was initially waved off at the net by Referee Grant Tyson. As would be the Dogs luck, the SOEC is one of just two buildings in the BCHL that has a video review set up - and for the first time since the system's inception it over turned a call on the ice to make it 1-0 Vees at 6:23 of the first. The goal was scored by Matt Gosiewski, who roofed an end-board bounce top corner, far-side just inside the post off a Mitch Meek point shot that went wide, stick-side on Schamerhorn. Taylor Ward also drew an assist on the play. The Dogs earned a power play opportunity soon afterwards, but despite a couple of good looks they couldn't generate the equalizer. The Vees would take a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds later, as Grant Cruikshank threw the puck on net from the right half-wall that was stopped by Schamerhorn. The rebound would appear to go off a defender before Nicholas Jones pounced on it and lifted it past a desperate dive by Schamerhorn to make it 2-0 at 10:48 of the first. The Vees continued to push, and the Dogs continued to chase the game, with Carson Schamerhorn keeping them in it, with the Vees out shooting the Dogs 18-5 through 20 minutes.

The Dogs began the second period on the power play, and had a good look on a loose puck in the crease but it looked like Matthew Robson got his right toe on it to keep it out. At the conclusion of the power play, Owen Sillinger would be hauled down on a breakaway, that was surprisingly only called a hook as Darren Rizzolo hauled him down. The Dogs would kill it to keep in the game, but throughout the period failed to do much to threaten, save for one good attacking zone shift of a long duration that saw a series of good looks, but no pucks getting on net as shots either missed wide or were blocked by the Vees. Penticton would be awarded a power play later in the period, on what might have been a high stick, but was certainly over sold by a late head snap. The Vees would make quick work of it, connecting just 16 seconds into the advantage as Chris Klack fed the puck from the right side to the top of the point to Johnny Tychonick, who put a perfect pass into the tape of Taylor Sanhei inside the right circle where he put a perfect one-timer short-side past Schamerhorn to make it 3-0 at 14:34 of the second. The Vees would get a breakaway on the next shift, with Schamerhorn coming up with the save, but just seconds later it was 4-0 as Joe Leahy walked over the Dogs line up the left side and beat Schamerhorn with a short-side slapper that might've been deflected off a defender's stick. No assists were given on the play at 15:14 of the second as Brody Claeys entered the game in relief off the bench. He would be tested early and often through the end of the period, coming up with two ridiculous saves on the doorstep in desperation efforts on Grant Cruikshank to keep it respectable after 40 minutes. The Vees out shot the Dogs 12-7 in the period, for a two period advantage of 30-12.

The Bulldogs showed some positive signs early in the third, getting pucks on net and showing some signs of desperation. The Vees would tilt the ice short of the midway point of the period though, getting the Dogs back on their heels and spending long periods defending in their zone as Carson Schamerhorn - who started the third period - kept the Dogs in it with a series of saves around his net. The Vees would earn a power play in the late stages of the game, and connected on it to make it 5-0 as Mitch Meek took a pass from the bottom of the right circle that he one-timed top corner off the tip of Schamerhorn's glove. Grant Cruikshank would draw the only assist at 16:30 of the third. The Dogs would get caught pressing trying to get on the board a minute later, and gave up a breakaway to Nicholas Jones that he made no mistake on with a five-hole deke on Schamerhorn to make it 6-0, with Duncan Campbell assisting at 17:39 of the third for the eventual final score.

Third period shots favoured the Bulldogs 12-11 for a game total of 41-24 Vees with Carson Schamerhorn taking the loss in net while Matthew Robson picked up the win and third star honours with the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Vees went 1 for 4.

The Dogs will try to snap a three game losing streak tomorrow when they visit the Centennials for a 2:00pm puck drop in Merritt.


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