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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dogs drop fifth straight, 5-0 to Chiefs

The Chiefs had an early edge in the play in the opening minutes, followed by a dangerous looking power play that the Bulldogs killed off with John Hawthorne making a couple solid saves. The Dogs were unable to generate any sustained attack time in the Chilliwack zone, before the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead by doing just that, as Tommy Lee made a fantastic desperation play diving to swipe the puck back to the line for Jake Gresh at the right point. He would fire a quick wrist shot at the net that might have been tipped, but certainly wasn't seen by John Hawthorne as it beat him five hole to make it 1-0 at 11:47 of the first. The Dogs had a dangerous chance on the rush later in the period, but Mathieu Caron made a good save on Keaton Mastrodonato. The Bulldogs were penalized late in the period, and killed it off to the clock with the Chiefs again looking dangerous. The Dogs were penalized at the buzzer, and were again penalized on a misconduct before hitting the dressing room resulting with the Chiefs having 19 seconds of 5 on 3 time to begin the second. Shots were 8-4 Chilliwack after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs killed off both penalties to begin the period, with John Hawthorne coming up with a huge paddle save on the goal line on Will Calverly just 12 seconds into the period to keep it 1-0. The Bulldogs finally earned a power play seven minutes into the period, and it appeared to be the worst thing that could've happened to them as the Chiefs won the opening draw and cleared it down and then immediately out-worked the Dogs in their zone for a good half minute to earn some momentum. The Dogs would again turn it over in their zone, and it was 2-0 when Anthony Vincent read a rim back of the net and stole it. Tyler Vanuden went and got it back, and was then tripped up at the side of the net by Jared Turcotte. Anthony Vincent would find the loose puck, and put it to a wide open Turcotte at the top of the crease where he one-timed it top corner, far-side over the glove of Hawthorne at 7:32 of the second. The score stayed that way until the late stages of the period, with the Bulldogs unable to generate almost anything in the way of offence. The Chiefs went up 3-0 on the power play after two great right toe saves by Hawthorne, as a Jake Gresh point shot was stopped but Ryan Bowen located the rebound off the back post and tapped it in. Assists on the play went to Ryan Miotto and Marcus Tesink at 18:46 of the second. It was 4-0 before the period was out, as Regan Kimens was set up all alone in front where he deked to the backhand and slid it inside the post. Assists on the play went to Ryan Bowen and Kale Yewchuk at 19:42 of the period. Shots in the frame were 20-4 Chiefs, for a 28-8 advantage after 40 minutes. 

The Bulldogs looked somewhat inspired to begin the third, getting a couple pucks on net but not being able to generate anything in the way of a solid scoring chance. Just three minutes into the frame, they picked up a four minute penalty, and while they killed it off they lost precious time and were unable to generate any momentum. The Chiefs took a 5-0 lead at 10:10 of the third on a goal that was hard to watch - at least from the Bulldog side of the puck as Harrison Blaisdell dumped the puck in from centre ice, and no Bulldog went to get it. Kaden Pickering hustled to pick it up and put it to the top of the crease for Blaisdell, who was all alone and allowed to deke it low inside the far post past Hawthorne to complete the scoring.

Third period shots were 11-10 Bulldogs, for a game total 38-19 Chiefs with John Hawthorne taking the loss, while Mathieu Caron picked up the win and the shut out. The Dogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Chiefs went 1 for 7 while also scored once while shorthanded.

With the loss, the Dogs have dropped five in a row. They are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Vernon Vipers.



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