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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bulldogs fall to 1 and 1 in preseason with 4-1 loss in Nanaimo

I wasn't able to get to Nanaimo for the game tonight, but did catch the first couple minutes and the last couple minutes on HockeyTV.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring 1:44 in when Booker Chacalias had a rebound hit him on a net drive off a Dawson Frank shot. There should have been a second assist on the goal on a nice chip out of the defensive zone but it doesn't appear that one was awarded.  The Dogs would earn a power play chance immediately afterwards, but couldn't connect on it. The Clippers would even it up on a power play of their own soon afterwards for a 1-1 tie after one on a seeing eye wrist shot through traffic from the top of the point.

The only goal of the second came from the Clippers with just under six minutes left to lead 2-1 after 40 minutes, before adding two more in the third at 6:53 and 10:37 for the eventual 4-1 final.

The Dogs had one last chance to make a game of it when they went to a 5 minute power play in the back half of the third, but they couldn't capitalize on it.

Final shots were 33-26 in favour of the Clippers. John Hawthorne started in net, before being relieved by Gabriel Couture.

The Bulldogs get some much deserved time off from game action tomorrow - they next see action Thursday in Duncan when they face the Capitals, before returning home to host the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night. They conclude their preseason schedule Sunday afternoon when they visit the Grizzlies.


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