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Friday, February 02, 2018

UPDATED WITH VIDEO - Bulldogs top Kings 4-3 in overtime

The first few minutes didn't see either team get anything in the way of good scoring chances, as both sides appeared to be feeling things out. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game just short of eight minutes in as Keaton Mastrodonato chipped the puck up the right wing for Bradley Ong. He would collect a rolling puck at the bottom of the left circle, and put a quick shot on goal high short-side past Mitch Adamyk. The Dogs had a follow up power play a couple minutes later on a hit from behind on Cole Poliziani by Neal Samanski. They threatened on it with a couple good chances, but couldn't find the net. The Kings earned a follow up power play, and while the Dogs killed it they couldn't clear the zone and get the player out of the box and back into play before the Kings tied it at 1-1 on a pass to the slot that was found by Carter Turnbull, who spun and put a quick backhand high past the blocker of Hawthorne. Assists on the play went to Gavin Rouser and Jonny Evans at 15:48 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 11-7 Powell River.

The Kings drew another power play early in the second, but the Dogs killed it off with John Hawthorne making a couple good saves in the paint. Off the next draw in the Dogs zone, the Kings took a 2-1 lead as Ben Raffler went D-to-D to the right point for Sam Pouliot. He put a quick shot on goal that Hawthorne stopped with his right pad, but Josh Coblenz beat his man to the net to slap the rebound into the open side at  2:32 of the second. The Kings would have the better of the play for the first half of the period, with the Bulldogs starting to push back in the latter stages of it. They would get the equalizer with just over a minute to play when Mitch Oliver rimmed the puck up the right side for Keaton Mastrodonato. He would chip it out to Bradley Ong to create a long 2 on 1 that saw Mastrodonato keep the puck to walk into the bottom of the right circle in tight where he put a perfectly placed shot top corner, short-side high on Adamyk to make it 2-2 at 18:56 of the second. The Kings would be penalized on the next stoppage, resulting in the Bulldogs having 1:09 of power play time to start the third. Shots in the second were 15-10 Kings, for a two period total in their favour of 26-17.

The Bulldogs didn't get anything going on their power play, but a minute later took the lead back when James Orban won an attacking zone draw. Christian Simeone would tip it back to the left point for Darren Rizzolo, who put a quick wrister on goal that was deflected off a King and in to make it 3-2 Dogs at 2:14 of the third. The Dogs did a good job to play with the lead- not sitting back and pushing offensively. Credit to the Kings for not quitting, as they pushed hard on a long extended shift late in the third that saw them get the equalizer when Andy Stevens had his initial shot blocked from the right point that he found again and beat everyone to the net where he cut across the crease and slid one home back hand-five hole to make it 3-3, unassisted at 18:04 of the third. The Dogs did a good job to push back against any momentum over the final two minutes to force overtime. Third period shots were 8-7 Kings, for a 60 minute total of 34-24 Powell River.

Overtime didn't last long, with the Kings having the first good chance that saw John Hawthorne stop Carter Turnbull after he made a nice move walking up the middle. Luc Salem would make a big desperation defensive play off the following puck drop to force a cross-crease pass off the mark, where it was found in the right corner of the Bulldog zone by Cole Poliziani. He would immediately step on the gas, and go end to end through centre and up the right wing to the bottom of the right circle where he put a pass off a King stick and onto the tape of Paul Selleck in the hashmarks, where he beat Adamyk with a quick release far side past his blocker for the game winner to send his teammates pouring off the bench to celebrate at 50 seconds of overtime.

Final shots were 35-26 Kings, with John Hawthorne picking up the win while Mitch Adamyk took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Kings went 0 for 3.

With the win, the Dogs snap a three game losing streak. The Kings have now lost five in a row.

The teams go at it again tomorrow night here in Powell River - a 5:00pm start.


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