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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Dogs top Capitals 6-3

The Bulldogs got off to an inspired start, with two good chances around the Capitals net. They would then turn the puck over at centre ice with everyone going the wrong way, resulting in an odd-man rush that saw Troy MacTavish put a cross-ice pass onto the tape of Ty Pochipinski who fired it into the open side to make it 1-0 at 3:20 of the first, with Raphael Gosselin also assisting. The Dogs then earned a power play opportunity a minute later, but looked dreadful on it as they spend the first 1:15 or so turning the puck over and chasing it in their zone. A big goal turned the momentum a minute later, as Ryan Steele set up Pearce Messer in the right circle, where he put a shot on net that was stopped by Adam Marcoux, but the rebound bounced to the slot where Christian Simeone one-timed the one bouncer home to tie it at 1-1 at 6:35 of the first. It was a 2-1 Bulldog lead less than two minutes later when Bradley Ong fed the puck from behind the net back to the left side for Connor Welsh. He put a perfect feed onto the tape of Mitch Oliver at the right point, where he quickly put a shot on goal that was deflected home through Marcoux by Isaac Tonkin-Palmer to make it 2-1 at 8:16 of the first. The Dogs had a couple good chances to build their lead, but the Capitals responded with a power play marker to tie it up just over two minutes later as Andrew Mccann fed the puck down low to the left corner for Jonathan Stein. He would walk to the net un-checked where he beat John Hawthorne top corner, far-side over his glove from in tight to make it 2-2 at 10:56. The Bulldogs again responded four minutes later to take the lead back, snapping an 0 for 7 power play slump as Jackson Doucet took a pass from Mitch Oliver at the top of the right circle just seconds after hitting the crossbar and snuck into the right faceoff dot where he snapped one through the legs of Marcoux to make it 3-2 at 14:44 of the first, with Paul Selleck also assisting. The Bulldogs had again a handful of Grade A chances to build their lead, but couldn't get a bounce or beat Marcoux, before the Caps tied it in the dying seconds of the period when Ty Pochipinski netted his second of the game retreiving an end board bounce and tucking in a wrap around just before Hawthorne could get back to the post. Boo Grist had the lone assist at 19:53 of the first for a 3-3 tie after 20. Shots in the first were 19-18 Bulldogs.

The scoring slowed considerably in the second period, with neither team finding the net until just short of the midway point of the frame when the Bulldogs connected on the power play as Jackson Doucet fed the puck to the slot for Keaton Mastrodonato. He would backpedal to the left side before dishing back to the middle of the slot for Mitch Oliver, who ripped a wrist shot high off the post and in past the blocker of Marcoux to make it 4-3 at 9:52 of the second. The Dogs went right back to the power play on the next shift, and came close to doubling their lead when a Mitch Oliver point shot hit the post but stayed out. The Dogs held the lead until the late minutes of the period, with John Hawthorne coming up with two good saves in tight on an intial shot and a rebound bid for Yuri Davis-Martel. The Bulldogs pushed late in the period to build their lead, but Marcoux came up with a big save on a breakaway bid by Ryan Steele that saw him get a shot away but not a good one as he was hooked up and crashed into the end boards drawing a penalty. Shots in the period were 12-11 Capitals, for a 30-30 aside tally after two periods.

The third period was somewhat similar to the second in that there was no scoring until the midway part of the period, with both goalies being a big reason. John Hawthorne first protected the lead with a breakaway save on Jonathan Stein. Later Adam Marcoux made a right pad save on a very determined net drive by Ryan Steele. The Bulldogs would open up a 5-3 lead just short of nine minutes into the third on the power play when Cole Poliziani worked the puck from behind the net to the right half wall for Ryan Steele. He would pass back to the deep slot for Darren Rizzolo who snapped a perfect wrist shot top corner, glove side on Marcoux at 8:45 of the third. The only goal the rest of the way was a beautiful passing play on the rush that saw Cole Poliziani drop it back to Issac Tonkin-Palmer at the top of the left circle, where he delayed and put a perfect feed to the top of the crease for Bradley Ong driving the net who deflected it home through the legs of Adam Marcoux for his first career goal to complete the scoring for the 6-3 final for a season high for the Bulldogs for goals for in a game.

Third period shots were 20-7 Bulldogs, for a game total of a season high 50 on goal and 37 for the Capitals. The Bulldogs also scored a season high three goals on the power play on seven chances, while the Capital went 1 for 3.

With the win, the Bulldogs snap a four game losing streak and five game winless slide. They are next in action Saturday night when they host the Merritt Centennials.


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