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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dogs drop seventh straight, 4-1 in Vernon

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The Bulldogs looked like a loose team with all the pressure of them from the opening faceoff, with a jump to their step that led to a breakaway just 15 seconds in for former Viper Nicholas Rasovic. He would beat Viper netminder Darion Hanson, but not the goal post, as it stayed out and stayed 0-0. The Dogs remained inspired as the period wore on, earning a series of glorious chances - Ryan Steele was stopped on a breakaway, as was Keith Anderson on an in-alone net drive set up by Cayden Kraus. Near the midway point of the period, both Kraus and Mackenzie Wight were stopped on wide open looks from the slot as it was scoreless through the first half of the game, with the Dogs up 11-2 in shots. The Vipers would no doubt get a talking to coming out of the media time out, and picked up their game and in the process started to even the shots on goal, although the Dogs didn't give up much in the way of scoring chances. The Bulldogs would earn a power play chance, but couldn't get much going on it. A minute later, Paul Savage was given the only penalty for responding to a Viper slashing at the glove of Carson Schamerhorn who had covered the puck. Vernon would take advantage of the opportunity, opening the scoring on a set up to the slot that saw Riley Brandt one-time a shot off the blocker of Schamerhorn and in at 17:31 of the first, with assists to Jagger Williamson and Chris Jandric. The Dogs were penalized again seconds later, and the Vipers would again cash in on it as Schamerhorn left his net to play a dump in behind the goal, but didn't end up playing it. The Vipers would steal it and Jagger Williamson sent a pass to the top of the point for Chris Jandric, who one-timed it on goal where it was tipped in by Riley Brandt just under the crossbar and over the shoulder of Schamerhorn at 19:44 of the first. The Vipers would win the ensuing faceoff at centre ice and dump it into the Bulldogs zone. Schamerhorn would vacate his net to play it, but again didn't move it as both defenceman awaited his pass. Luke Gingras would pick it up behind the net, and wrap it home just before the buzzer for a 3-0 Viper lead after one, unassisted. Shots were even at 13 aside through 20 minutes.

Despite the incredibly disheartening circumstances through the first period, the Dogs showed no quit to start the second. They would finally find the net just short of five minutes into the period as Kyle Kaufmann threw a puck through the top of the crease where it bounced back to the left point for Cole Slaney. He would simply throw a quick shot on net, that was stopped by Hanson, but the rebound was found and one-timed home on the backhand by Alex MacDonald from the top of the crease to make it a 3-1 game at 4:09 of the second. The Bulldogs would earn a power power play as they continued to push the pace, and then saw a a short 5 on 3 opportunity come their way when Cayden Kraus was high sticked which drew blood. An immediate even up call on the attacking zone faceoff would take away the Dogs chances, as the teams played four-aside for two minutes before the Dogs went back to the power play. They couldn't cash in on it to get back into the game, with Darion Hanson making a couple of stops but not forced to come up with any jaw droppers as the Dogs couldn't generate a good chance. The Vipers would earn a power play late in the period and generated a couple great looks, with Carson Schamerhorn coming up with a series of good saves, most notably with his right pad on a cross-ice pass on Brett Stapley. Shots in the period were 12-11 Dogs, for a 40 minute advantage of 25-24.

The Bulldogs once again had a nice jump to begin the third, creating a 3 on 1 rush on a neutral zone turnover that saw one pass too many result in not a good opportunity on net. They would earn a power play soon afterwards, but for whatever reason looked flat on it and didn't generate much on it. The Vipers would restore their three goal lead just short of seven minutes into the period, as a puck to the slot was mishandled by Jimmy Lambert, but it worked out as Connor Clouston stepped into it and blew a slap shot top corner, short-side over the blocker of Schamerhorn to make it 4-1 at 6:48 of the third, with Lambert and Jagger Williamson also drawing an assist. There was no scoring the rest of the way, with the Dogs having a couple opportunities around the Viper net but failing to get a bounce, while Carson Schamerhorn was solid when tested in the Dogs net.

Shots in the third were 12-5 Vipers, for a game total of 36-30 in their favour. Carson Schamerhorn took the loss in net, while Darion Hanson picked up the win. The Dogs went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Vipers went 2 for 4.

With the loss, the Dogs have dropped seven straight games. They try to snap the streak and end their weekend on a high note when they visit the Express in Coquitlam for a 2:00pm puck drop against the Express.


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