Here's some video highlights from tonight's game - for the first time in HIGH DEF.
The Bulldogs organization have put a bunch of time and effort into the endeavor of making high definition video broadcasts happen - it's certainly a work in progress still but I very much appreciate everything the organization has done, and it's a remarkable improvement in video quality from just the first go at it tonight.
Apologies for the audio, as it still needs some work. It's too bad that with the new limitations of the HD set up that we can't have pre-produced broadcast audio from 93.3 The Peak anyore...now it has to be fed into the system "raw" and directly off our equipment in the booth. As the set up gets further dialed in I hope that it will improve dramatically. Also apologies to Christian Simeone for the "lip slip" on his goal. I knew it was something "one or ani" , d'oh!
After an initial whistle just 11 seconds into the game, the flow was fantastic with no whistles until just short of the five minute mark of the first. The Dogs had the best early chance to open the scoring when Keaton Mastrodonato blew past a defender to skate in on a breakaway, only to have Adam Marcoux come up with a big glove save. Two minutes later the Capitals opened the scoring for the second straight night, on a set up to the slot and a scramble that saw John Hawthorne make the first save only to have Ethan Scardina locate the loose puck and battle it over the goal line to make it 1-0. Assists on the play went to Caleb Franklin and Riley Thorpe at 6:05 of the first. The Bulldogs answered back after the media time out off a defensive zone faceoff when Cayden Kraus won the draw for Sami Pharaon, and then took off up the middle where Pharaon hit him with a perfect pass in full flight at centre ice to create a 2 on 1 rush. Kraus would keep the puck over the line up the right side and fire a perfect shot low, long-side past the stick of Marcoux to make it 1-1 at 10:29 of the first, with Ryan Butler also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs carried the better of the play through the remainder of the period and had a handful of great chances both on the rush and off containment in the zone, but couldn't capitalze on them at it remained 1-1 after 20 minutes, with the Dogs out shooting the Capitals 14-6.
The second period started with a bang, as the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game before it was two minutes old on the power play when Jackson Doucet fed Mitch Oliver at the right point. He would dish off for Connor Welsh as they would switch up, before Welsh put a perfect pass onto his tape at the top of the left circle where he ripped a one-timer top corner, far-side over the glove of Marcoux to make it 2-1 Bulldogs at 1:50 of the second. It was a 3-1 game three minutes later when the Bulldogs pressed and had a series of consecutive attacking zone draws. Isaac Tonkin-Palmer would win the draw and Cole Poliziani did a great job to jump to the middle and find it and one-time it while falling off the post and in past Marcoux for his first as a Bulldog at 4:56 of the second. The Bulldogs would have a great opportunity to build the lead later in the period when they had a 5 on 3 power play of just over 40 seconds in duration, but they couldn't cash in on it as they took the 3-1 lead to the room after two.
The third period was delayed for a while due to a fan in the stands requiring medical attention. There was no scoring through the first half of the period, with the Bulldog penalty kill called upon to protect the lead. The Capitals had a noticeable level of desperation to their game, but the Dogs didn't concede much in their zone as they protected their lead. The Capitals would a power play with just over five minutes to play after a big hit and a large dust up at the whistle at their net, but again the Dogs killed it off and didn't allow much in the way of good chances. They would finally put the game away with just over two minutes to play on a pretty end-to-end goal that saw Connor Welsh make a good defensive play on a Capital rush. Ryan Steele would find the loose puck on the left wing of the Bulldog zone, where he put a hard cross-ice pass to the right side of centre ice for Brandon Bergado. He in turn made a perfect saucer pass to the middle of the ice on the tape of Christian Simeone, who raced in alone on the breakaway where he faked to his backhand before tucking it in on the forehand inside the far post past a sliding Marcoux to make it 4-1 at 17:14 of the third for the eventual final score.
The Capitals out shot the Bulldogs 16-7 in the third, for a 33-32 total in the Bulldogs favour, with John Hawthorne picking up the win while Adam Marcoux took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Capitals went 0 for 4.
With the win, the Bulldogs have won back to back games for the first time this season, and they have improved their record to .500 also for the first time. They are next in action when they visit the Grizzlies Wednesday night in Victoria.
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