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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dogs drop third straight, 6-2 in West Kelowna

The Bulldogs had good jump on the opening shift, but quickly trailed just over a minute in on a bad luck goal on a centering pass from the bottom of the right circle that went to the top of the crease where it hit the skate of Michael Lombardi and went in past the blocker arm of John Hawthorne. I quick discussion by the Officials let the goal stand. I did not think there was a kicking motion, it just happened to hit him and take a fortunate/unfortunate bounce. RJ Murphy drew the only assist 1:52 into the game. The Warriors were immediately awarded a power play, but the Bulldogs came up with a big kill to keep in the game. The Bulldogs then earned a chance on the power play, but didn't look especially good on it. Later in the period, the Dogs passion and compete level came up and they earned another power play as of result of it. They looked considerably better on it, but couldn't beat Nik Amundrud. The Warriors would then take a 2-0 lead on a goal somewhat against the flow of the play that saw Willie Reim have an extra step in beating his man to the net, where he one-timed home a cross-crease pass from RJ Murphy, with Garrett Ewert also assisting at 14:42 of the first. The Bulldogs again earned a power play, with an obvious urgency in their game resulting in a couple solid chances, but an inability to get on the board. Another mad scramble in the final minute of the period failed to find the net, and the Warriors went up ice and scored against the flow of play as a pass to the hashmarks was found by Michael Lombardi, who snapped a quick release far-side off the post and in past Hawthorne to make it 3-0 at 19:45 of the first with Willie Reim drawing the only assist. Shots in the first were even at 12-12.

The Bulldogs were penalized just over a minute into the second on a big hit by Mitch Oliver on Lucas Cullen - it was clean, but the Referee manufactured an interference call on it. The Warriors would take a 4-0 lead as a result of it, as Parm Dhaliwal walked out un touched from behind the goal line at the right side of the net where he cut across the crease and tucked it inside the far post. Assisting on the play were Chase Dubois and Ryan Steele at 2:14 of the second. Four minutes later it was a 5-0 game as a Bulldog defender stepped up and got beat at his blue line resulting in a 2 on 1 rush that the Warriors worked to perfection as Parm Dhaliwal took a pass from Wyatt Head that he gave right back to him and head finished it into the open net near side. Also assisting on the play was Chase Dubois at 6:03 of the second. The Bulldogs answered just 21 seconds later, as Michael Sacco won a draw in the Warriors end that was helped back to the line by Bradley Ong. Spencer Hora would one-time it at the net, where Sacco deflected it inside the far post to make it 5-1 at 6:24 of the second. The Dogs weren't able to build any momentum however, as the Warriors padded their lead later in the period again on the power play as Parm Dhaliwal was set up at the side of the net by Chase Dubois, where he walked out un-touched and went high short-side past the blocker of Brock Lefevbre to make it 6-1. Ryan Steele also assisted on the play at 13:28 of the second. Shots in the period were 21-8 Warriors, for a 40 minute advantage of 33-20.

The third period saw the Bulldogs start with some jam initially, but they couldn't trim the deficit. They were subsequently penalized, but Brock Lefevbre was good to keep it a 6-1 score. The Dogs pushed on a nice odd-man rush to create a solid chance to trim the hole they were in, but couldn't cash in around the net, and ultimately were penalized for...... I'm not quite sure. The Bulldogs would kill it, and then another penalty later in the period, before earning a power play of their own. It would turn into a 5 on 3 advantage of just under half a minute when the Warriors were again penalized. The Bulldogs were all over the Warrior net initially, but couldn't get a bounce to beat Amundrud. They quickly connected on the 5 on 4 power play when Paul Selleck won the draw for Jackson Doucet. He helped it back to Timon Prexler at the left point, who went D-to-D to the right point for Mitch Oliver. He would put a quick shot on goal that was deflected home in the paint by Christian Simeone to make it 6-2 at 16:59 of the third for the eventual final.

Shots in the third were 15-7 Bulldogs, for a 40-35 game total in the Warriors favour. John Hawthorne took the loss before being relieved by Brock Lefevbre, while Nik Amundrud picked up the win. The Dogs went 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Warriors went 2 for 6.

With the loss, the Bulldogs have dropped three straight. They are next in action Friday night as they kick off a double header against the Kings in Powell River.



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