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Saturday, February 16, 2019

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs win second straight, 3-1 over Grizzlies




The game was played at a breakneck end to end pace in the first few minutes, with the Bulldogs having the first opportunity in the opening seconds as Evan Googins let a slapper go that hit the knob of the stick of Zach Rose and stayed out. The Grizzlies immediately answered and ran around the Dogs zone for a minute, and John Hawthorne was busy with a flurry of chances in tight. The pace continued through the following minutes, before the Bulldogs were penalized on a hit at centre ice. The Grizzlies had several good chances on the power play, and built momentum on it to have a couple good looks immediately following it but Hawthorne was again fantastic when called upon, stopping both Alex Newhook and Alex Campbell in alone, while also getting some good help around the net most notably from Jackson Doucet to intercepted a pass on what looked like an open net set up. The Bulldogs would earn a power play of their own on a body check a few minutes later, and make quick work on it as Ryan Miotto set up Aaron Bohlinger at the top of the point where he blew a one-timer low on goal where it was deflected through the legs of Rose by Keaton Mastrodonato to make it 1-0 at 10:59 of the first. The Grizzlies again pushed for the equalizer, but the Bulldogs defended before drawing a power play of their own late in the period that they had a couple of great looks on around the net but couldn't cash in on them before the buzzer. Shots in the first were 17-10 Grizzlies.


The second period saw the Bulldogs start with a minute and change on the power play, but they were unable to get anything going. The game was somewhat sloppy to the midway point of the period, with the Grizzlies still having a couple good looks that Hawthorne turned away to protect the lead.  The Grizzlies would make it 1-1 just a minute past the midway mark of the period as a rim up the wall was kept in at the right point by Alex Newhook. He would walk in and rip a perfectly placed shot top corner over the glove of Hawthorne, with the lone assist to Jeremie Bucheler at 11:09 of the second. The Bulldogs would immediately silence the building, as Aaron Bohlinger made a good defensive play in the slot in his zone to poke it free for Ethan McLaughlin. He would put a perfect stretch pass up the left wing for Mitchel Deelstra behind the Grizzlies defence, where he flew in alone on Rose to pick the top corner, short-side to put the Dogs ahead 2-1 at 11:46 of the period. The Bulldogs earned a power play three minutes later, but couldn't make it count. Deelstra would get another breakaway in similar fashion a minute later, but Rose made the save to keep it 2-1. The Bulldogs drew another power play late in the period, which turned into a 5 on 3 power play to start the third when Ryan Nolan picked up a major penalty for boarding on a nasty hit with 1 second left in the period that saw Keaton Mastrodonato go head first into the ledge where the boards and glass meet. Shots in the second were 10-10 for a 27-20 Grizzlies edge after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs came painfully close to padding their lead on the major, with Dawson Tritt pulling the puck across the slot in tight alone on Rose where he rang the puck off the crossbar. Another set up to the slot for Ryan Miotto just missed short-side. The Grizzlies created a great chance on the rush soon afterwards, but John Hawthorne despite fighting some traffic made a great glove save on a cross-ice deflection. The Bulldogs countered, with another great chance cutting in front for Tritt fought off by the blocker of Rose. The Grizzlies had a great chance for the equalizer in the back half of the period, but John Hawthorne made another huge save with his right toe on a breakaway chance for Henri Schreifels. Another great chance to pad the lead came when Dawson Tritt stole the puck at centre and skated in alone on Rose, who got his glove on it to keep it out. Major fireworks erupted with just under six minutes to play, as Grayson Valente took a hit in the back and up high from a jumping Alex Newhook. There was no initial call on the hit, but Keaton Mastrodonato saw Valente down and took exception to it and challenged Newhook, who answered the call as both players threw some pretty good punches. The Grizzlies earned a power play out of it with an instigator penalty to Mastrodonato, but they weren't on the power play for long as Isaac Tonkin-Palmer was hauled down at centre ice. The Bulldogs defended well, with one good pass block by Aaron Bohlinger, The Grizzlies would work it back to the line, and Bohlinger blocked one more shot before banking up the wall for Austin Spiridakis, who bunted it out of mid air and into neutral ice where Josh Zary skated to the Grizzlies line to seal the deal for the 3-1 final score at 19:36 of the third.

Third period shots were 11-10 Grizzlies, for a 38-30 game total in their favour. John Hawthorne earned 1st star honours with the win, while Zachary Rose took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Grizzlies went 0 for 2.




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Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight

It's the final regular season meeting between the teams, as the Bulldogs (19-32-3-0, 4th Island) head down to the Q Centre tonight to visit the Grizzlies (34-16-0-4, 1st Island)

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they picked up a big 6-2 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Grizzlies were off from game action last night, and last played Wednesday night in Duncan, where they won their third in a row, 6-4 over the Capitals.

The last head-to-head meeting was a 5-2 Victoria win at the Q Centre on January 31st. Previously, the Grizzlies won 4-3 in overtime on home ice on January 2nd.

In the season series, the Bulldogs have a 2-3-2-0 record against the Grizzlies.



Catch all the action with Bruce MacDonald and myself providing the colour commentary/analysis and play-by-play respectively on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with our pregame show at 6:45, with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Connor Welsh, who's having a great Freshman season with the CIS's Dalhousie Tigers.  Welsh played parts of two seasons with the Bulldogs before being traded last year in advance of the deadline to the Trail Smoke Eaters. It's hard to argue that it's a trade that worked out for both parties, as Welsh played in 16 playoff games on the Smokies run to the Interior final last year, while the Bulldogs turned the Future Considerations acquired for him into the current leading scorer in Ryan Miotto.





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Talk to you tonight from Victoria! 

Hammer
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Friday, February 15, 2019

*UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs top Capitals 6-2





The intensity was high in the opening minutes, and both sides of the puck pushed the pace. The Bulldogs had a good cycle shift early and the Capitals got several pucks on net on John Hawthorne. The Bulldogs would earn a power play early in the game on a great stretch pass by Grayson Valente that sent Jackson Doucet in on a partial breakaway that he just missed the net on but was tripped up. The Bulldog power play looked sharp, earning several great chances before making it 1-0 5:45 into the first as Keaton Mastrodonato made a pretty move to make a defender miss before putting a cross-ice saucer pass onto the tape of Ryan Miotto at the top of the right circle. He would place a perfectly placed pass to the paint onto the stick of Dawson Tritt to deflected it past Pierce Diamond to run his goal scoring streak to four games. The Bulldogs kept pushing the pace and creating opportunities, and made it 2-0 at 10:46 of the period as Jackson Doucet brought a puck from behind the net up the right wing before finding Ethan McLaughlin at the left point where he put a low shot on goal that was deflected home inside the far post by Keaton Mastrodonato. The Bulldogs were penalized late in the period, but built their lead as they initially defended well before going up 3-0 on a highlight reel shorthanded goal that saw Marcus Walter win a battle in the Dogs zone on the right wall free for Austin Spiridakis who flipped it high up the left wing through centre and into the Capitals zone. Dawson Tritt would chase it down, and make a pretty move through the left circle to make a defender miss before walking in on goal where he got Diamond down before sliding it home for his second of the game at 18:05 of the first. He wasn't done there, as Jackson Doucet drew another penalty on the following shift. The Bulldogs made it count with another pretty set up as Keaton Mastrodonato set up Ryan Miotto at the bottom of the left circle, where he one-touched it to Tritt inside the hashmarks where he buried it top corner, high far-side to make it 4-0 as hats rained onto the ice at 19:20 of the first. Shots in the period were 15-14 Bulldogs.


The Capitals earned a power play early in the second, and connected on it to make it 4-1 as Olivier Gauthier beat a screened Hawthorne high far-side from the top of the right circle at 2:26 of the second from Cruz Cote and Jordan Robert.  The Bulldogs failed to respond on a power play soon afterwards, but made it 5-1 seconds later as John Hawthorne got half out of his net late to force a shot wide out of the penalty box. Grayson Valente would then force it out at the Bulldog line and drive the Capitals net up the right wing and in on goal where Diamond made the save, and a follow up rebound stop on the line on Josh Zary, but still couldn't get help as Austin Spiridakis poked it home to make it 5-1 at 8:27 of the second. The Bulldogs added another seconds after a power play chance had elapsed as Mitchel Deelstra drove wide around a defender and got Diamond down and out at the side of his net before throwing it to the crease. An initial great save by a defender on the goal line kept a first chance out off Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, but Stephen Castagna fought the rebound on goal off a Capital and inside the far post to make it 6-1 at 11:28 of the period. The Bulldogs had several chances to build their lead on another power play later in the period, but couldn't beat Diamond to pad their lead. Shots in the period were 17-11 Bulldogs, for a 32-25 advantage after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs began the third playing well, spending the better part of the opening three minutes forcing the Capitals into repeated icings and getting a plethora of pucks on net from face off wins. Things got a little loose short of five minutes into the frame though, and a bad change led to a breakaway for Vincent Millette that he snapped short-side from the slot past the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 6-2, with assists to Preston Broadziak and Boo Grist at 4:16 of the third. That would do it for the scoring, as the Bulldogs killed off three power play opportunities for the Capitals to the buzzer to defend the lead.


Third period shots were

14-8 Capitals, for a game total of 40-39 Bulldogs with John Hawthorne earning the win while Pierce Diamond took the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 5 on the power play and also scored once while shorthanded while the Capitals went 1 for 5.


The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow night when they face the Grizzlies in Victoria.


Hammer

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Bulldogs host Capitals tonight in huge tilt

It's a game with gigantic implications in the Island Division standings, as the Bulldogs (18-32-3-0, 4th Island) host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (16-32-5-1, 5th Island) tonight at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their second straight, 7-4 to the West Kelowna Warriors. The Capitals played host to Victoria Wednesday night. where they lost their second straight, 6-4 to the Grizzlies. 

The Bulldogs have won the last three head-to-head contests, most recently by a 4-0 score at the Island Savings Centre on January 23rd. Prior to that, the Bulldogs won 5-4 at the Multiplex on December 30th, and at also came out on top 4-1 December 8th at the Island Savings Centre.

The Bulldogs have a 4-2-0-0 record in the season series, while the Capitals are 2-3-1-0. Both of the Capital wins have come on Multiplex ice.


Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air at 6:45 for the pregame show, followed by the game action at 7:00 on 93.3 The Peak FM.  I'll handle the hosting and play-by-play calling, Bruce MacDonald provides analysis and adds colour commentary and last but certainly not least, Dan Tisserand compiles and tabulates individual and team statistics.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of The Island Division This Week - a compilation of recaps, previews and highlights from the week that was, and the weekend that is, in the Island Division. As always, it's courtesy of Dan Marshall from 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo.




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Thanks for stopping by the blog! 

Hammer

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bulldogs drop second straight, 7-4 to Warriors



The Bulldogs got a scoring chance just five seconds into the game when Stephen Castagna jumped on the loose puck off the opening faceoff and raced in to the deep slot where Brock Baier got his shoulder on a quick release. Castagna drew a power play in the Bulldog end a few seconds later when he was caught in the face by a high stick. The Bulldogs would connect on it when Ryan Miotto picked off a rim up the near side that he threw to the slot for Jackson Doucet who walked into the deep slot where he snapped a quick release five-hole on Baier and just over the line to make it 1-0 at 1:28 of the first. The Warriors would tie it by the five minute mark, as Anthony Bishop kept the puck in at the right point and walked cross-ice into the top of the left circle where he beat Cole Demers with a wrist shot long-side over his glove to make it 1-1 at 5:08 of the first . with Garret Ewert drawing the lone assist. The score stayed that way until the late stages of the period, with the Bulldogs having a couple good opportunities around the Warrior net, especially on another power play, but West Kelowna went up 2-1 with under five minutes to play when the Bulldogs turned the puck over at centre ice with a defenceman up on the rush resulting in a partial breakaway for Calvin Tilsley that he made good on by dodging a poke-check attempt of Demers to lift it home at 15:58 of the second, unassisted. The Bulldogs raced in on a 2 on 1 rush but a nice defensive play by Garrett Ewert blocked the cross-ice pass attempt. Another Bulldog chance in the final 30 seconds of the period went through the hashmarks and failed to connect, resulting in the Warriors racing up ice and making it a 3-1 game with just 6 seconds to play in the period as Mike Hardman tapped home a pass on the far side of the crease into the open side with Willie Reim and Max Bulawka assisting at 19:54 of the first. Shots in the period were 20-12 Warriors.


The Warriors would go up 4-1 just nine seconds into period two, as a dump-in was fanned on back of the Bulldog net, allowing Lucas Cullen to pick it up and throw it out front against the grain to Parm Dhaliwal, who lifted inside the post short-side. The Bulldogs took a penalty on the next shift, and while they succeeded in killing it off, but the Warriors earned momentum and spent the better part of the next three to four minutes running around the Bulldog zone before going up 5-1 on a cross-ice set up to the back post one-time low through Demers by Calvin Tilsley for his second of the game, assisted by Wyatt Head at 5:44 of the second. The Bulldogs started to get their game going at the midway point of the period, and at least two fantastic chances around the net and on the rush that saw Baier come up big on to protect the lead. The Bulldogs earned a power play late in the period, but couldn't make it count and the Warriors tacked on another one with less than a minute to play in the period as Wyatt Head again set up Calvin Tisley wide open in the left faceoff circle where he walked in tight and lifted it into the open net past a diving Demers to complete the hat trick at 19:27 of the period, with Austin Chorney also assisting. The Bulldogs drew a penalty seconds later, and made good on it instantly off the draw as Ryan Miotto won it back to the right point for Aaron Bohlinger, who wasted no time in putting it on goal where it was deflected home by Dawson Tritt from the slot to make it 6-2 at 19:44 of the second. Shots in the period were 21-9 West Kelowna, for a 41-21 Warriors edge after two.

The Bulldogs again earned a power play early in the third and while they didn't score on it, they kept fighting and found the net just two minutes later as Keaton Mastrodonato accepted a Ryan Miotto pass in the right circle on the rush where he drove wide and put it in front where it hit a stick before Grayson Valente tapped it home from the paint to make it 6-3 and 4:05 of the third. The Bulldogs pushed but couldn't trim the gap through to the back half of the period, where they earned another power play when Mitchel Deelstra fought hard deep in the Warriors zone before being hooked up high. Deelstra would finish it on the power play, when Marcus Walter put an outlet pass up the right wing at centre to Deelstra, who dished off at the Warrior line for Evan Googins and drove the net where Googins put a perfect pass on his tape to send him in alone where he went top corner, short-side over the glove of Baier to make it 6-4 at 12:54 of the third. The Bulldogs kept pushing, with the Warriors responding and pushing back late in the third to hem the Dogs in their zone for an extended period. At the end of the sequence, Jackson Doucet put a flipper perfectly placed into the Warriors zone that Keaton Mastrodonato skated onto for a breakaway that saw Bier make a huge with his glove to keep it a two-goal game. The Bulldogs would push with over two minutes left on the follow draw with their goalie out for the extra attacker and had several looks on pucks around the net, but couldn't find it before Mike Hardman found a loose puck at centre that he fired through the legs of the Bulldog defenceman playing goalie to make it 7-4 at 18:44 of the third to complete the scoring.


Third period shots were 17-7 Bulldogs, for a game total of 48-38 Warriors with Cole Demers taking the loss while Brock Baier earned the win. The Bulldogs went 3 for 5 on the power play while the Warriors went 0 for 1.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


Hammer

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Bulldogs host Warriors today to conclude weekend


It's the second and final regular season meeting between the teams, and the final time the Bulldogs (18-31-3-0, 4th Island) face an opponent from outside the Island Division as the West Kelowna Warriors (26-24-0-1, 6th Interior) conclude a three game road trip by visiting the Multiplex this afternoon.


The Bulldogs were idle last night, after dropping a 6-5 decision to the Nanaimo Clippers at home on Friday night.

The Warriors.... well, funny enough this the edit compared to the original text I had prepared below - the Warriors were supposed to be in Powell River last night, but that was postponed due to Ferry Cancellations. They last played Friday night in Chilliwack, where they fell 2-1 to the Chiefs.

Original - The Warriors conclude an unconventional three-in-three today, or at least it seems that way to me - they opened their weekend Friday night in Chilliwack .... They were in Powell River last night .... Maybe this happens more often than I realize - I know that there has been plenty of instances where teams begin an Island swing Friday in Powell River or begin it on the Island and end it on the Lower Mainland Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure I've seen a team start with a Lower Mainland game, followed by a Sunshine coast contest and conclude it by getting over to the Island for one game.

These teams last met in a wildy entertaining back and forth affair January 12th in West Kelowna that saw the Bulldogs build up a 5-2 lead into the back half of the second, only to have the Warriors score four unanswered en route to a 6-5 win

93.3 The Peak has you covered, as always - Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey commences at 1:45 with the pregame show, followed at 2:00pm with the puck drop and game action. I'll take care of the play-by-play while Bruce MacDonald adds colour commentary while providing game analysis. 



Today's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Connor LaCouvee, who recently signed a two year-two way contract with the AHL's Laval Rocket. Everyone playing the game at the pro level has a story, and Connor's is a fantastic one.


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Hopefully we'll see you from the rink, or talk to you from there! 

Hammer
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Friday, February 08, 2019

Bulldogs fall 6-5 to Clippers in a wild one



There was no scoring in the opening seconds of this contest, and no 2-0 lead a minute in, however it was a goal that led to the first stoppage of the game for the second contest in a row as Tyler Williams put a perfect pass from behind the Bulldogs net to the hashmarks for Sammy Steele who one-timed it home short-side past the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 1-0 at 2:52 of the first. The Bulldogs answered quickly, making it 1-1 on a shot simply thrown at the goal by Jackson Doucet that hit Keaton Mastrodonato in the back and bounced across the crease where it went in off a Ryan Miotto net drive at 4:21 of the first. The teams would each have their opportunities and a power play chance, but it stayed tied until the late stages of the period when Ethan McLaughlin put a hard pass from behind the Bulldog net up the left wing for Michael Hodge. He would put a pass laterally out of the zone that caromed off a Clipper pant leg and up the middle where Dawson Tritt simply just seemed to want it more, as he skated on it and beat his man to the net where he snuck a backhand home short-side on Jordan Naylor at 13:59 of the first to make it 2-1. Shots in the first were 11-8 Bulldogs.


The Clippers got the equalizer just 27 seconds into period two, when a Bulldog defender stood up at the Nanaimo line and got caught leading to a long 2 on 1 rush that saw Tyler Williams keep the puck up the left wing deep into the Bulldog zone before he threw a perfectly placed and paced pass onto the tape of Marcus Mitchell who deflected it past Hawthorne to make it 2-2. It was 3-2 seconds later, as Hawthorne left his net and played a dump in to the near corner where it was intercepted by Ethan Scardina, who threw it to the crease where it went off a defender and in at 1:03 of the second. The Bulldogs showed no signs of letting the turn of events effect them, as they continued to push the pace and spend extended periods in the Nanaimo zone, but despite plenty of pucks on net they couldn't get a bounce to tie the game, and also couldn't connect on a couple power play opportunities. Late in the period, the Clippers put a quick two on the board with a series of deflections - the first on a faceoff win by MacKenzie Merriman back to the right point for Aiden Hansen-Bukata, who threw it low on goal where Ethan Scardina tipped it home five hole on Hawthorne to make it 4-2 at 15:25 of the period. Just 30 seconds later it was 5-2 when Nick Marsh put a long range shot on net from the right point that appeared to glance off a Bulldog and in high far side over the shoulder of Hawthorne at 15:55 with assists to Thomas Samuelsen and Hansen-Bukata. Once again, the Bulldogs responded well, pushing back on the next shift and not appearing deflated. They would finally get rewarded for their efforts late in the frame, as Tanner Pochipinski set up Keaton Mastrodonato below the goal line where he put a perfect pass out front for Josh Zary, who one-timed his first career goal long-side past the glove of Naylor to make it 5-3 at 18:00 of the second. Shots in the period were 14-8 Bulldogs for a two period total in their favour of 25-16.


The Bulldogs pushed hard to make it a one-goal game again just over five minutes into the third, as Grayson Valente took a Michael Hodge pass in the Dogs zone and rushed end to end into the deep slot of the Nanaimo zone where he put a shot wide blocker side on Naylor.  It would bounce right back through his feet to the top of the crease where Michael Hodge ripped it high glove side to make it 5-4 at 5:42 of the third, with Dawson Tritt also drawing an assist. The Clippers would restore the two goal lead four minutes later, in controversial fashion to say the least, as a Bulldog no where near the puck was hit twice, the second time into John Hawthorne resulting in Hawthorne being unable to challenge the shooter and attempt to make the save as he ended up on the seat of his pants allowing Nick Marsh to put a slap shot into the open net, unassisted for his second of the game and of his career at 9:32 of the third. The Referee at the net signalled goal, while the Referee at centre appeared to not be able to detect any of the contact. A long discussion at the scorekeepers booth saw the Referee point at centre, but the Public Address announcer at the same time state there was no goal, to further add to the confusion before it was again confirmed as a good goal. The Bulldogs answered right back on the next shift, on a determined effort in the zone by Evan Googins and Michael Hodge and especially Dawson Tritt, who one a series of battles before driving back of the net to stuff a wrap around on the goal line through Naylor where Grayson Valente jammed it in to make it 6-5 at 10:18 of the third. The Bulldogs were awarded a power play on the next shift, but unfortunately they couldn't capitalize on it. The Clippers would make the lead stand to the buzzer, doing a good job of not giving the Bulldogs much in the final two minutes with the Bulldog net empty for the extra attacker.


Third period shots were 9-6 Clippers for a game total of 31-25 Bulldogs, with Jordan Naylor earning the win while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Clippers went 0 for 1.


The Bulldogs are next in action Sunday afternoon when they host the West Kelowna Warriors.


Hammer


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Bulldogs host Clippers tonight to conclude home and home set





It's the second meeting between these teams in three days and the final regular season tilt as the Bulldogs (18-30-3-0, 4th Island) host the Nanaimo Clippers (24-26-2-0, 3rd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.

These teams last met Wednesday in Nanaimo, a 5-2 Bulldog win. It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs - the first time since late October that they have won back to back games. It also snapped a four game win streak for the Clippers in the head to head series. It was a second straight loss for the Clippers. After a BCHL high 10th straight win on January 11th in Trail, the Clippers haven't won back to back games since. They lost six straight following winning ten in a row, and have won twice in their last ten games.




Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM  is on the air starting at 6:45 for the pregame show, followed by the puck drop shortly after 7:00. Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and game analysis and I call the play-by-play.

In the 2nd Intermission don't miss another edition of the Island Division This Week - courtesy of Dan Marshall from 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, it's a compilation of recaps, previews and highlights from all the broadcast voices of all the Island Division teams.





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Hammer

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

*UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs win second straight, 5-2 over Clippers



The Bulldogs got off to their best start of the season, taking a 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. They opened the scoring just 19 seconds in, when a dump in took an odd bounce off the Zamboni gate before it was found by Stephen Castagna. He would send it back to the left point for Marcus Walter, who put a quick shot on goal that was deflected on goal by Mitchel Deelstra. Jordan Naylor would make the initial save, but Deelstra batted the rebound home to make it 1-0. It was 2-0 before the next shift ended, as John Hawthorne stopped a dump in and reversed it to the far corner for Ryan Novecosky. He would put it up the right wing of his own zone for Ryan Miotto, who made a rink wide pass to Jackson Doucet, who flew up the left wing and into the Nanaimo zone and back of the net where he tucked a wrap around inside the far post. The Bulldogs had several chances to build their lead in the following minutes, and eventually went up 3-0 just short of the midway point of the period as Jackson Doucet stepped up to intercept a pass at the red line with a poke check. Keaton Mastrodonato would find it, and flip it around a defender to create a 2 on 1 where he walked in and put a high hard one on net that was stopped by Naylor, but the rebound went cross-ice where it was one-timed home by Ryan Miotto at 9:52 of the first. Landon Pavlisin would enter the game in relief, and was immediately tested as he made a right toe save on a Keaton Mastrodonato breakaway. The Clippers responded with a good shift in the Bulldog zone a few minutes later, and John Hawthorne made a solid toe save on a cross-crease pass on the rush to protect the lead. The Bulldogs drew a power play late in the period and threatened on it, but couldn't pad their lead before the buzzer. They did draw a second penalty, putting them on a 5 on 3 power play for 47 seconds to begin period two. Shots in the first were 15-6 Bulldogs.


The two-man advantage didn't generate anything on net, with the Clippers defending well but the Bulldogs also perhaps lacking urgency. The score stayed 3-0 until just over six minutes into the period when the Clippers struck just 19 seconds into a power play opportunity as Tyler Williams set up Josh Bourne on the goal line to the right of the Bulldog net, where he put a pass to the top of the crease where it was one-timed through the legs of Hawthorne by Marcus Mitchell at 6:16 of the second. The Bulldogs almost got burned by the Zamboni gate seconds later, as a dump in didn't end up back of the net but instead to the slot where it was thrown on net. Hawthorne would make the first save, and get some help from a defender on a rink-wide rebound that looked to be headed into the open side before it was blocked. The Bulldogs pushed back and restored their lead on a power play of their own, as Ryan Miotto made a pass off the right wing wall to the top of the point for Aaron Bohlinger, who one-timed it on goal where it was deflected in by Dawson Tritt from the top of the crease to make it 4-1 at 15:08 of the second. The Bulldogs ran around the Clippers zone for extended periods, but couldn't build their lead before the period ended. Shots in the frame were 9-8 Bulldogs for a 24-14 advantage after 40 minutes.


Time flew by early in the third period, with the Bulldogs doing a good job of defending their zone and getting pucks deep to force the Clippers to earn all the ice. The Bulldogs drew a power play short of the midway point of the period that they made good on, as a second effort by Dawson Tritt deflected a pass off a Nanaimo stick where it was skated onto by Keaton Mastrodonato to keep it in the Nanaimo zone. He would fly up the left side with the defence parting for him as he faked to the middle, drove to the outside and then cut to the middle untouched where he cut across the crease on his forehand to tuck it by Pavlisin to make it 5-1 at 8:43 of the third. The Bulldogs continue to control the bulk of the play and not give up much into the late minutes of regulation. The Clippers would earn a power play, and again connect on it with Marcus Mitchell deflecting a Robby Drazner pass through the legs of Hawthorne to make it 5-2 at 15:32 of the third to complete the scoring.


Third period shots were again 9-8 Bulldogs, for a game total of 33-22 Bulldogs, with John Hawthorne earning the win while Jordan Naylor took the loss before being relieved by Landon Pavlisin. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play while the Clippers went 2 for 2.


These teams are both in action on Friday when they meet at the Dog Pound.


Hammer





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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight to open home and home set


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It's the opening game of a home and home set between these two Island rivals tonight, as the Bulldogs (17-30-3-0, 4th Island)  visit the Clippers (24-25-1-0, 3rd Island) at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. The Clippers will return the favour and visit the Bulldogs on Friday night. 

The Bulldogs last played Friday night at home, where they snapped a three game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Powell River Kings. The Clippers were in Duncan on Saturday night, where they fell 4-3 to the Capitals in overtime.  


These teams last met New Year's Eve in Port Alberni, a 6-2 Nanaimo win. That was preceeded by a 4-2 Clippers win at the Multiplex on December 16th. The last meeting in Nanaimo saw the Clippers come out on top by a 3-1 score on December 12th.




Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is live from the Frank Crane Arena at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck dropping shortly after 7:00. Bruce MacDonald analyzes and adds colour commentary, and I will call the play-by-play.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog (2005-2007) Maury Edwards, who is now into his sixth season playing professionally in Germany, with ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL.

Maury showed up in my interview crosshairs recently after I clicked on a link titled

"This Could Be The Most Improbable, Absolutely Absurd Hockey Goal Ever Scored"

And wouldn't you know, some guy I know named Maury Edwards assisted on the goal. And oh yeah, the headline doesn't disappoint! Check it out by clicking HERE




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Friday, February 01, 2019

Bulldogs snap streak, top Kings 3-2




The start saw the Kings have a good chance in the opening minute and change as Ben Thomas drove the net untouched, but John Hawthorne got his left toe out to keep it out. The Bulldogs drew a penalty a minute later, but for the most part couldn't gain the attacking zone and earn momentum, although the last half-minute of the advantage showed some promise. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead quickly afterwards as Jackson Doucet fed the puck back to the right point for Ryan Novecosky who simply put the puck on goal where Ryan Miotto got a stick on it to deflect it inside the post far-side past the blocker of Matteo Paler-Chow at 5:55 of the first. It looked like it was a 2-0 seconds later, but Paler-Chow made a highlight reel save with his glove on a cross-ice set up for Stephen Castagna from Austin Spiridakis. The Bulldogs earned another power play at the midway point of the period, but had the opportunity cancelled out a minute into it when a player leaving the ice had a puck strike his skate leading to a too-many-men penalty. The Kings threatened on the power play, but Hawthorne was solid, and got some help from the post. Mitchel Deelstra would be sent in alone on a breakaway where Paler-Chow managed to just get enough of it with his glove to put it out of play to keep it 1-0. The Kings would reply to tie it late in the frame, as Ben Thomas was again allowed to walk into the deep slot untouched from his left to right where he put a perfectly placed shot against the grain top corner, far-side off the bar and over the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 1-1 at 16:38 of the first, with assists going to Levi Glasman and Ryan Pouliot. The Bulldogs would have another great chance to retake the lead late in the period, but Paler-Chow got his right pad out to stop Keaton Mastrodonato on a breakaway to keep it 1-1 after one. Shots in the period were 11-6 Kings, with the six Bulldog shots coming from no less than three clear-cut or partial breakaways and a one-timer from the slot.


The Bulldogs took the lead back before the second was four minutes old as John Hawthorne played a rim up the near side to Tanner Pochipinksi, who bumped it back deep for Aaron Bohlinger. He would feed it back of the net for Hayden Hurst, who put a quick outlet up the right side for Ethan Jones. He would put a perfect pass up the left wing cross-ice for Pochipinski in full flight where he walked in with a step into the left circle where he made it 2-1 Bulldogs with a perfectly placed top corner, short-side shot over the blocker of Paler-Chow at 3:56 of the second. The Bulldogs pushed for more in the following minutes, but the Kings would counter to tie it against the flow of play on the rush on a Bulldog shot that missed the net at a far angle and rimmed up the near side for Rowan Miller who carried it over the Bulldug line up the right side where he gained the line and dropped it for Christian Buono who was allowed to walk into the deep slot where he used the defenceman as a screen and beat Hawthorne with a low shot inside the post blocker side to make it 2-2 at 8:02 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play two minutes later, and connected on it in the dying seconds of the advantage with good patience and pretty puck movement as Evan Googins walked off the left wing wall to the top of the circle before finding Michael Hodge at the bottom of it. He would set up Mitchel Deelstra in the slot, where he beat Paler-Chow with a blast glove side to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 12:12 of the period. The Bulldogs carried the play into the late stages of the period, spending extended periods of time in the Kings zone due to a series of won board battles, but they couldn't get the insurance marker. The Kings had a fantastic chance to tie the game later in the period, on the unluckiest - or luckiest, depending on which side of the puck one may be one, as Grayson Valente attempted a pass as the last-man-back at the Bulldog line, only to have his stick dissolve in two in his hands. Josh Coblenz would race in alone on a breakaway, but Hawthorne stood tall to get a blocker on it to protect the lead. The Kings would mount a push in the final minute of the period, as the Bulldogs appeared to be waiting for the buzzer, while the Kings were playing to it. They would test Hawthorne no less than half a dozen times from close quarters, but couldn't beat him. Shots in the period were 13-11 Powell River, for a 24-17 Kings advantage after 40 minutes.


The third period saw the Bulldogs come out hitting on the opening shift, with a high pace of play through the midway point of the period and each side having their chances but the goalies not blinking. The Bulldogs had a glorious chance to get the insurance marker while on the penalty kill in the back half of the period as Austin Spiridakis did a lap of the zone before sending Stephen Castagna in alone, but Paler-Chow kept it out. The Bulldogs pushed and had two great chances called back on breakaway passes at the blue line, before Paler-Chow made a nifty poke check on a 2 on 1 to keep it a one-goal game. The Kings would push into the late stages, but the Bulldogs didn't give up much in protecting their lead and supporting Hawthorne into the final two minutes. The Kings would have a series of chances with their goalie out for the extra attacker all the way to the buzzer, coming as close as hitting the post in the slot but being unable to get a bounce as the Bulldogs blocked two more attempts to the buzzer to secure the win, with a final play standing out that saw Stephen Castagna block a cross-crease pass and clear the zone.


Third period shots were 16-10 Kings, for a game total of 40-27 Kings, with John Hawthorne earning 2nd star honours with Matteo Paler-Chow taking the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Kings went 0 for 2.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night when they visit the Clippers in Nanaimo.


Hammer

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Bulldogs host Kings tonight to conclude weekend



It's the final game on the schedule this weekend for the Bulldogs (16-30-3-0, 4th Island) as they host the Powell River Kings (30-17-1-0, 2nd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.


The Bulldogs were in Victoria last night, where they lost their third in a row, 5-2 to the Grizzlies. The Kings last played Tuesday night in Nanaimo, where they won their second straight, 5-4 over the Clippers.

These teams last met just a couple weeks back, a 2-1 Kings win at the Multiplex on January 20th.

All the action live from the Multiplex can be heard on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with our pregame show at 6:45, with the game action to follow at 7:00pm. I'll call the play-by-play. Dan Tisserand will compile team and individual statistics and Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary.

Catch another edition of Island Division This Week in the 2nd Intermission, courtesy of Dan Marshall of 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo. It's a compilation of recaps, highlights and previews of the week that was and the weekend that is in the Island Division. 


If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Thanks as always for checking out the blog! 


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