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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Dogs throttled 9-0 by Kings

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The first five minutes were rather uneventful, with each side getting a puck or two on net but not much in the way of Grade A scoring chances were given up or created. The Kings would take a 1-0 lead just short of six minutes in, as they went from behind their net to in the Bulldogs net just a handful of seconds later on a rush up ice that saw Josh Coblenz drive wide up the right side to the bottom of the circle before throwing a puck to the top of the crease that went off traffic and ended up on the tape of Josh Bruce, who one-timed it home. Jake Kohlhauser drew the only assist on it at 5:56 of the first. The Bulldogs responded well to the goal against, pushing right back on the follow up shift with a good chance on Brian Wilson in the Kings net. The Dogs kept pushing the pace, and had a glorious chances to tie it as Henry Marshall was set up in alone on the doorstep, and Cayden Kraus also stole the puck to split the D and skate in alone, but neither Wilson kept them out. The Kings would score another goal somewhat similar to the first one later in the period as the Dogs had done a good job in the Kings end, only to see them come up ice and immediately build the lead as Jack Long walked over the Bulldog line up the right side and threw a wrister at the net that was deflected in short-side past the glove of Claeys at 15:08 to make it 2-0. The Kings would push hard to build their lead, with Claeys coming up with a couple big saves, most notably on Carter Turnbull walking down the slot off a Bulldog turnover that saw Claeys make a good glove save. Shots in the first were 10-8 Kings.

The Bulldogs got off to a blazing start to the second, as Jordan Sandhu picked off a pass to create a 2 on 1 rush where he put a perfect pass onto the tape of Alex MacDonald, where he appeared to have it headed upstairs only to have Brian Wilson make a highlight reel desperation save just 11 seconds into the period. The Bulldogs continued to create opportunities, but again couldn't cash in on them and in almost a replay of the first two goals the Kings drove up ice on the rush and made it 3-0 as Hunter Findlater walked down the right wing and put a long-side snapper off the post and in past the blocker of Claeys. Ian Ross and Matt Cairns drew the assists on it at 4:46 of the second. The game theme continued, with the Bulldogs again creating glorious chances, and again failing to capitalize on them, and the Kings seeming to score on the rush immediately afterwards. Jake Witkowski skated in alone on a breakaway on a good play by Nicholas Rasovic to fight the puck out of the zone, only to have Wilson come up with a pad save to keep it 3-0. The Kings would take a 4-0 lead again on the rush, this time on a pretty set up as Tristan Mullin put a backdoor pass onto the tape of Kyle Betts, who tapped it in past a sprawling Carson Schamerhorn at 9:20 of the period. As deflating as it must have been, the Dogs showed no sign of throwing in the towel, as they kept in the game with a penalty kill. They again generated a fantastic chance in the final minute of the period while the teams skated four-aside, as Tristan Bukovec chased down a lost faceoff to set up Jordan Sandhu wide open in front, only to have Wilson stand tall with a big save. The Kings would instantly be gone up ice and the Dogs were caught, and they again converted on the rush on a 2 on 1 and another pretty cross-ice pass that saw Cam Donaldson put a perfect feed onto the tape of Jonny Evans for his second of the game that he one-timed into the near side before Schamerhorn could get over. Jake Kohlhauser also drew an assist on it at 19:02 of the second to make it 5-0. Shots in the period favoured the Bulldogs 15-14 for a total of 24-23 Kings after two.

The Dogs began the third with a power play, and much like the start to the second they created a great chance seconds in on a backdoor pass on the rush tipped on goal by Ryan Steele, only to have Wilson get his left toe on it. Once again, the Kings answered immediately as a shot was stopped from the slot by Schamerhorn, but went up in the air off his stick and landed on the line behind him where it was poked home by Tristan Mullin to make it 6-0 at 1:28 of the period, with Carter Turnbull picking up the lone assist. It was 7-0 before you could blink, as off the centre ice faceoff Jonny Evans walked up the left side into the bottom of the circle where he picked the top corner, short-side high on Schamerhorn at 1:36. The Dogs didn't show many signs of fighting back at this point, as the Kings built their lead to 8-0 when Cam Donaldson was initially stopped by Schamerhorn, only to see him skate in alone again as the seas parted for him. Assists on the play went to Ben Berard and Jonny Evans at 5:34 of the third. The only scoring the rest of the way came at the start of a Kings power play after a big dust up in the Dogs zone, as a Jack Long shot from the top of the point was blocked, but ended up on the tape of Liam Lawson who fired it into the open side before Schamerhorn could locate it to make it 9-0 at 12:58 of the third to complete the second.

Shots in the third were 13-11 Kings for a game total of 37-34 Kings with Brody Claeys taking the loss giving up three goals before being replaced by Carson Schamerhorn. Brian Wilson picked up 1st star honours with the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 4 on the power play while the Kings went 1 for 4.

The Dogs are next in action Friday night in Nanaimo when they visit the Clippers, in what feels like a must-win game now.


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