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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Dogs unbeaten in two, top Caps 5-1

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A fantastic start for the Bulldogs, as they showed no signs of any rust early in the game, carryig the play while running up an early 6-1 lead in shots with Adam Marcoux making a series of great saves to keep it scoreless, most notably on a Mackenzie Wight breakaway and follow up rebound. The Dogs kept up the pressure, and made it a 1-0 game just past the midway mark of the first when the puck was worked from the left corner back to the point by Darren Rizzolo and Alex MacDonald for Jake Witkowski. He would show good patience and poise, delaying and walking in before ripping a low wrist shot home short-side on Marvoux at 10:07 of the first. The Dogs had no less than four Grade A chances in the Capital crease on the next shift but couldn't get a bounce to build their lead, with Marcoux making a diving highlight reel save across the net to keep it 1-0. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 14-4.

The Capitals had an initial jump in their step to start the second, tying the game just 1:15 into the period on a rebound in front after a solid Brody Claeys save on a cross-ice one-timer by Nii Noi Tetteh. The loose puck bounced at the side of the far post where it was fired home by Jarid Domin. Marshall Skapski also drew an assist on the play. The Bulldogs pushed back immediately on the next shift, and were rewarded on the next shift with great pursuit of the puck off a lost draw by Braydon Nelson and Kyle Kaufmann with Nelson knocking it loose behind the net where Kaufmann found it and put it to a wide open Cayden Kraus just outside the top of the crease where he beat Marcoux with a quick wrist shot, high blocker side to make it 2-1 at 2:38 of the second. The Dogs continued to dominate, with Marcoux continuing to keep the Capitals in it. The Dogs would finally build their lead with just under seven minutes to play in the period as Trevor Cosgrove found a loose puck at centre and made a nice move to make a defender miss at the Capitals line before walking down the right wing and firing a low shot on goal that was stopped by Marcoux. He couldn't control the rebound though, as Alex MacDonald reeled it in and pulled it around him before lifting it home to make it 3-1 at 13:01 of the second. Shots in the period favoured the Dogs 24-5 - a season long league high for any BCHL team in the second period - for a game total of 38-9.

The Dogs showed no signs of letting up to start the third, continuing to push and earning a power play as a result of it just short of four minutes in. They would connect on it on the rush as Trevor Cosgrove gained the Capitals line up the right side before pulling up to let the traffic pass him. He would then throw a pass onto the tape of Jordan Sandhu at the right side of the slot, where he in turn threw it cross-ice and onto the top of the left circle for Tristan Bukovec who snapped a quick release home top corner, far-side over the glove of Marcoux to make it 4-1 at 5:01 of the period. The only scoring the rest of the way came with a minute to change to play and the Capitals on the power play. Brody Claeys started the play off by hustling out behind his net to stop an attempted rim-around dump in and tee it up for Trevor Cosgrove. He would throw a quick rim up the left wing where Jake Witkowski chipped it by a Caps defender at the blue line. He would walk down ice up the right side before throwing a wrist shot on net that was stopped by Marcoux. The puck would carom off the end glass and out front off the opposite post where Cayden Kraus found it and banked it home short-side to make it 5-1 at 18:33 of the third. The only note of mention came just 20 seconds later when Rhett Kingston took a full-zone run at Braydon Nelson to deliver a nasty blind-side/boarding hit on him. Kingston would be given a five minute major for checking from behind on the play.

Third period shots favoured the Capitals 10-9, for a game total of 47-19 Bulldogs with Brody Claeys and Adam Marcoux being the goalies of record. The Dogs went 1 for 1 on the power play, while also scoring once while shorthanded while the Capitals went 0 for 3.

A final note - Cayden Kraus has all three shorthanded goals for the team this season.

With the win, the Dogs are unbeaten in two games and now trail the Nanaimo Clippers by three points for the final Island Division Playoff spot.

The Dogs are next in action Saturday night when they host Prince George.


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