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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Clippers comeback to top Bulldogs 4-2





The Bulldogs drew a power play early in the first, and spent nearly a full two minutes in the attacking zone with a bushel of chances around the net, but Jordan Naylor kept it scoreless with a couple good stops. The Clippers countered out of the box on a 3 on 1 rush, but John Hawthorne came up with a big save in the slot on Marcus Mitchell. The Bulldogs would open the scoring a minute later, as Ryan Novecosky and Stephen Castagna chipped the puck up the left wing for Tanner Pochipinksi, who fought it out at the line and raced up the left wing on a 2 on 1 rush where he kept the puck and beat Naylor with a quick release short-side to make it 1-0 Bulldogs at 4:42 of the first. The Bulldogs ended up in the penalty box a minute later, but killed it off with Hawthorne looking sharp with a couple of big saves in tight. The Bulldogs were instantly penalized again, but again killed it off, with a great chance for Stephen Castagna on a short-handed breakaway that saw Naylor come up with a big right toe save to keep it a 1-0 game. The Bulldogs were again penalized two minutes later, with an extra two minutes added on for arguing the call resulting in a four minute Nanaimo power play. The Bulldogs killed off the first two minutes with not giving up much, but the second penalty came back to haunt them as Aiden Hansen-Bukata set up Carter Stephenson at the top of the point where he scored on a partially mis-fired one-timer that found the top corner over a screened Hawthorne - with Marcus Mitchell possibly deflecting it. Tyler Williams also drew an assist at 14:36 of the first, for a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes, with the Bulldogs up 15-11 in shots on goal.


The second period began with lots of whistles, not much in the way of flow, and both sides fighting the puck through the opening four or five minutes. The Bulldogs earned a power play on an errant stick soon afterwards, and made good on the power play with a minute of pressure before Jackson Doucet fed it back to the left point for Aaron Bohlinger. He would one-time it on goal where Keaton Mastrodonato deflected low inside the post past Naylor's blocker at 5:39 of the second. The Bulldogs were penalized two minutes later, before being whistled again on a battle at the side of the net putting the Clippers to a 5 on 3 power play for 35 seconds. John Hawthorne came up with three big saves, twice on one-time set ups for Gunnar Wegleitner, and once on Ethan Scardina on a rebound in the paint. Other than that, the Bulldogs did a solid job in keeping the Clippers to the outside to kill it off and protect their lead. The Bulldogs continued to push the pace and create chances, but couldn't add to their lead. They earned a power play later in the period, but the Clippers had the best chance in it early when Kyler Kovich skated in alone on a shorthanded breakaway. Hawthorne would out-wait him to keep it out and keep it 2-1. The Bulldogs came close seconds later to finding the net, on a dump in that hit a partition and went on goal, but Naylor reacted with his right toe to keep it out. Shots in the period were 14-5 Bulldogs, for a 29-16 advantage after 40 minutes.

The third period started somewhat similar to the second, with lots of whistles early and not much in the way of flow or chances. The Clippers would get the equalizer on an end-to-end rush just under five minutes into the period, as Sammy Steele drove wide down the left side and in alone on Hawthorne who made the save, but couldn't locate the rebound before Ethan Scardina jammed it home in the paint to make it 2-2 at 4:50 of the third. The Clippers spent the next few minutes all over the Bulldogs zone, with Hawthorne making two big saves on Marcus Mitchell and Tyler Williams in tight to keep it tied. The Bulldogs weren't able to respond, as the Clippers continued to carry the better of the play, eventually going up 3-2 on a dump-in that the Bulldogs retrieved but then turned over to the middle of their zone where Jonathan Stein picked it off and walked in alone on Hawthorne were he put a backhand home cutting to the net. The goal was unassisted at 12:15 of the third. The Bulldogs weren't able to generate much in the way of chances or a sustained attack the rest of the way, but did have a couple of near misses around the net in the final minute with their goalie out for the extra attacker. The Clippers would hold on, before rubbing some salt in the wound with an empty netter potted by Thomas Samuelsen, with assists to Ethan Scardina and Tyler Williams at 19:57 of the third to complete the scoring for the 4-2 final.


Third period shots were 12-9 Clippers, with Jonathan Naylor earning 1st star honours with the win, while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Clippers went 1 for 6.


The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday when they host Kazakhstan.


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Bulldogs host Clippers today at 2:00




It's the last league game before the Christmas Break for the Bulldogs (12-21-1-0, T-4th Island) as they host the Nanaimo Clippers (15-18-0-0, 3rd Island) today at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs have one last contest on their schedule before they head home, an International Friendly against the Khazakhstan Junior National team Wednesday night at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they picked up a 2-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies. The Clippers last played Friday night at home, where they won their third in a row, 4-3 over the Grizzlies in a shoot out.

These teams last met in Nanaimo on Wednesday night, a 3-1 Clippers win. Prior to that, the Clippers won 5-4 in Nanaimo on November 9th. The previous meeting was October 26th, a 2-0 Bulldog win at the Dog Pound, with the first meeting resulting in a 2-1 Bulldog win at the Frank Crane Arena on September 9th.



We'll be live on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM from the Multiplex starting with our pregame show at 1:45 ahead of the 2:00pm puck drop. Bruce MacDonald adds colour commentary and provides game analysis and I call the play-by-play. 
Today's 2nd Intermission feature is another edtion of the Island Division This Week - a compilation of previews, recaps, highlights and news and notes from all of the BCHL's Island Division broadcasters courtesy of Dan Marshall from 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo.





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Saturday, December 15, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs top Grizzlies 2-1

Here's the highlights. Enjoy.
Hammer







There wasn't much in the way of chances through the opening minutes of the game, with the Grizzlies having an edge in shots and John Hawthorne coming up with a couple good saves, most notably on a deflection on the rush off Cameron Thompson. The Bulldogs first shot of the game was on 2 on 1 rush short of the midway point of the period, with Kyle Dumba making the save but kicking out a rebound cross-ice that saw a great defensive back check save a goal. The Bulldogs got their game going later in the period, coming close to opening the scoring on the rush when Jackson Doucet hit the crossbar behind Dumba. The Bulldogs earned a power play soon afterwards, and had several good looks on it but couldn't cash in. The Grizzlies earned a late period power play, but it was the Bulldogs having the best chance on it as Isaac Tonkin-Palmer chased down a loose puck for a breakaway but Dumba got his right toe on a backhand deke to keep it scoreless after 20 minutes. Shots in the first were 12-9 Grizzlies.


The opening minutes of the second were somewhat uneventful and similar to the first, with neither side looking especially sharp or taking control of the game. The Bulldogs earned a power play short of the midway point of the period, and again threatened on it with Ryan Miotto stopped in alone by Dumba, as it stayed scoreless into the back half of the period. The Grizzlies came close to opening the scoring on a crazy scramble that saw a sharp angle bid beat Hawthorne seven-hole, but sit on the goal line and not cross it with Hawthorne getting some help and making a couple desperation saves in the paint. Marcus Walter would get his stick on the loose puck outside the crease and poke it up the left wing, where Mitchel Deelstra out-raced Nico Somerville to poke it out of the zone. He would then out race Ryan Fisher to skate in alone on a breakaway where he went backhand-fivehole on Dumba to open the scoring, and send the Teddy Bears flying at 17:57 of the second. It didn't stay 1-0 for long though, as the Grizzlies tied it just 31 seconds later when Cameron Thompson sent Ryan Nolan in alone through the Dogs defence where he went top corner over the blocker of Hawthorne to tie it at 1-1 at 18:28 of the second. The Bulldogs responded well to end the period, creating a couple chances around the Victoria net, but they couldn't take the lead back before the buzzer.  Shots in the period were 17-8 Bulldogs, for a two-period total in their favour of 26-20.


The third period saw great pace from the get-go, with good chances both ways. The Bulldogs would earn a penalty shot when Austin Spiridakis was hooked on a breakaway on a great stretch pass. He would make good on the opportunity, beating Dumba through the five hole to make it 2-1 at 6:34 of the third. The Bulldogs pushed for more, but couldn't beat Dumba before John Hawthorne protected the lead with a stop on a partial breakaway by Cameron Thompson, and a follow up rebound save with his right toe. The Bulldogs didn't give up much the rest of the way, but Hawthorne came up huge with a trio of saves on Edward Yan, Charlie Campbell and Khalil Fontana with just under four minutes to play on a one-time bid in tight, a rediculous right toe save on a follow up rebound, and at least one more stop on another rebound when he was down and out that hit him and ended up loose on the goal line where he found it first to cover it and keep it 2-1, for the eventual final score as the Bulldogs didn't give up anything the rest of the way to the buzzer.


Third period shots were 8-7 Grizzlies, for a game total of 33-28 Bulldogs with John Hawthorne earning the win while Kyle Dumba took the loss. Both teams went 0 for 3 on the power play.


The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Nanaimo Clippers.


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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight for Teddy Bear Toss


It's down to the final three games before the Christmas break for the Bulldogs (11-21-1-0.T- 4th Island) as they host the Victoria Grizzlies (22-10-0-2, 1st Island) tonight at the Dog Pound on Teddy Bear Toss night. 

The Bulldogs were last in game action Wednesday night in Nanaimo, where they fell 3-1 to the Clippers. The Grizzlies were in Nanaimo last night, where they had their three game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 shoot out loss to the Clippers. This is the last game for the Grizzlies before they head home for their break, as they don't see action again until December 29th. 

This is the fifth game of the season series to date, with the Grizzlies winning the most recent contest 7-2 at the Multiplex on November 23rd, erasing a 2-0 second period deficit by scoring seven unanswered goals.  The Grizzlies took the first meeting 5-1 in Port Alberni on September 14th. The Bulldogs won the second match up, 5-3 in Victoria on October 12th followed by a 2-1 overtime win for the Grizzlies at the Multiplex on October 13th.

Don't forget that it's the Teddy Bear Toss tonight - here's a look of some of the Teddy Bear games from years past.....









 If you can't come to the game, we will bring it to you as always, on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey Broadcasts courtesy of Van Isle Ford. I'll call the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and adds colour commentary.

Tonight's 2nd Intermision guest is Dan Marshall, the play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow for a matinee affair at the Multiplex.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clippers top Bulldogs 3-1





The Bulldogs won the opening draw and got the puck into the Nanaimo zone, but seconds later it was in the back of their net as Aiden Hansen-Bukata kept the puck in at the right point and simply threw on goal where it was deflected from the top of the crease by Thomas Samuelsen high short-side over the glove of Cole Demers to make it 1-0 Clippers at 23 seconds of the first. The Bulldogs didn't let the early hole faze them, as they pushed right back with a couple chances of their own, one which appeared to have gone in on a Ryan Moon rebound in the paint four minutes in but the Referee well positioned back of the net waved it off as it stayed a one-goal Nanaimo lead. The Bulldogs earned a power play a minute later, and looked dangerous on it and came painfully close to tying it as Mitchel Deelstra beat Jordan Naylor but hit the post as it stayed out. The Clippers would respond with a long attacking zone shift a couple of minutes later, peppering Demers while the Bulldogs ran around but being unable to pad their lead. The Bulldogs again responded with a couple of fantastic chances, finally drawing even with under four minutes to play as Jackson Doucet gained the red line and put a high, soft flip into the right corner of the Clipper's zone. Ryan Miotto would hustle onto it, and knock a Clipper off of it before putting a pass out front to Ryan Novecosky. His one-timer would be stopped by Naylor, but Miotto found the rebound and fired it off a defender and in to make it a 1-1 game at 16:29 of the first. The Bulldogs got right back on the attack, but couldn't convert on a couple of opportunities around the paint. They would get caught pressing a minute later, resulting in an odd-man rush that saw Cole Demers make a diving cross-ice save on Josh Bourne to keep it tied. A penalty was called on the play, and the Clippers made quick work on the advantage as Tyler Williams put a high shot on goal from the left point that was deflected from the top of the crease by Marcus Mitchell high past the blocker of Demers to make it 2-1 Clippers at 18:20 of the first, with Josh Bourne also assisting. The Bulldogs again attacked immediately, with several chances failing to find the net, before again being penalized with 23 seconds left in the period. Shots were 15-14 Clippers after 20 minutes.


The Bulldogs successfully killed off the Nanaimo power play to open the second, with Demers making one great save on a pass out of the corner resulting in a one-time bid in front for Marcus Mitchell that he got his right pad on to keep it out. The Bulldogs would again push back and drew a power play that saw them threaten with over a minute and a half of attack time off the opening draw, but they couldn't cash in on it to tie the game. The Clippers then earned another fantastic chance on the rush, as Mackenzie Merriman knocked the puck down in mid-air and got by a Bulldog defender and in alone on Demers, who came up big to keep it 2-1. The Bulldogs were penalized late in the period but generated the best scoring chance on it as Stephen Castagna picked off a misplayed puck at the Bulldog line to race in on a shorthanded breakaway where he again beat Naylor, but hit the post short-side and it somehow stayed out while crossing the goal line and hitting Naylor before bouncing ahead to the top of the crease as it remained a 2-1 Nanaimo lead into period three. Shots in the period were 13-7 Clippers, for a 28-21 advantage after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs were penalized immediately to open the third period, but again came up with a solid kill to keep it a one-goal game They would push back and generate a couple great chances, with Naylor coming up big on a Jackson Doucet one-timer from the slot. The Clippers would have the better of the chances through to the middle of the period, with Cole Demers coming up with no less than five saves on glorious chances for Tyler Williams alone in front, Kyler Kovich on a cross-ice one-timer on a 2 on 1 rush, and finally on Sammy Steele on a long 2 on 1 with his glove to again keep the Bulldogs in it. The Bulldogs would press into the back half of the third, but couldn't find the equalizer before getting caught at the attacking line as Sammy Steele blocked a shot at the Clipper line and chased down the loose puck for an odd-man rush over the Bulldog line up the right wing where he walked in deep before snapping a quick release long side low inside the post to make it a 3-1 game, with Tyler Williams drawing the assist at 13:26 of the third. The Bulldogs would push into the final minute with their goalie out for the extra attacker and created a couple of good looks, but couldn't get one to go as the Clippers made the lead stand.


Third period shots were 10-6 Bulldogs, for a 34-31 total in favour of the Clippers. Jordan Naylor picked up the win in net, while Cole Demers took the loss. The Bulldogs went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Clippers went 1 for 4.


The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday when they host the Victoria Grizzlies.


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Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight


It's the opener of a home and home set between these teams over the next four days, as the Clippers (13-18-0-0, 3rd Island) host the Bulldogs (11-20-1-0, 4th Island) tonight at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. 


The Bulldogs played just once last week, picking up a big 4-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan on Saturday night. The Clippers last saw action in Langley Sunday afternoon, where they finished a three-in-three road trip by snapping a five game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Rivermen. 


These teams last met November 9th in Nanaimo, when the Bulldogs seized defeat from the clutches of victory, falling 5-4 with the Clippers scoring the winner with seven seconds to play, after the Bulldogs had tied it earlier in the final minute with the goalie out for the extra attacker. The previous meeting was October 26th, a 2-0 Bulldog win at the Dog Pound. The first match up was a 2-1 Bulldog win at the Frank Crane Arena on September 9th.



If you can't make it down to the Frank Crane Arena, fear not, as we'll bring the game to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting at 6:45 with our pregame show. Dan Tisserand is a game time decision to be on hand to compile team and player statistics while Bruce MacDonald gives game analysis and provides colour commentary while I call the play-by-play and handling the hosting responsibilities



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Captain Eric Margo, currently playing his third year with the CIS's Queens University Gaels. 






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Saturday, December 08, 2018

*UPDATED with HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs comeback to top Capitals 4-1





The game started with great pace both ways, and a fantastic chance for the Capitals on a long 3 on 1 rush inside the first minute of the game, with John Hawthorne out-waiting Adam Conquest to make a big save in tight, followed by what looked like at least two rebound stops. The Bulldogs pushed throughout the next ten minutes of the period and controlled the play while building up a 9-2 edge in shots. The best of the chances early in the period saw Jack Grant came up big on a Keaton Mastrodonto one-timer from the slot set up by Ryan Moon. The Dogs kept pushing the pace, but couldn't beat Grant on a later chance on the rush followed a rebound in the paint. A minute later,  Dawson Tritt tried to chase down what looked like a possible breakaway, but had his glove hooked right off of his hand. No arms went up, but they did seconds later as Tritt was sent to the box for roughing on a hit at centre ice. The Capitals would connect in the opening seconds of the power play to open the scoring, as Jordan Robert chased down a loose puck off a Bulldog stick and attempted a cross-ice pass that then hit another Bulldog stick and found the five-hole on Hawthorne to open the scoring at 13:33 of the first. The remainder of the period was played more even, with each team having their chances. Shots in the frame were 14-10 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs killed off 1:55 of Capital power play time to begin the second, and tied the game soon afterwards as Keaton Mastrodonato intercepted a pass at centre and banked it ahead up the right wing for Ryan Moon for an odd-man rush. Moon would out wait the defender before putting a perfect cross-crease feed onto the tape of Mastrodonato, who made no mistake in one-timing it inside the far post before Grant could get over, making it 1-1 at 2:53 of the second. The Bulldogs had a couple of great chances later in the period, but couldn't cash in to take the lead. The Capitals countered in the final seconds of the period as the Bulldogs failed to get the puck out on the previous sequence and spent a long shift defending. John Hawthorne came up with a right toe save on a Dimitri Mikrogiannakis one-timer from the line, and then got some help on the rebound when Aaron Bohlinger out-fought Lucas Vanroboys to save what looked like a sure goal to keep it 1-1 heading into period three. Shots in the period were 13-10 Capitals, for a 24-23 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs struck quickly to open the third, as a long attacking zone shift ended up with the puck in the back of the net as Dawson Tritt chased down a loose puck and rimmed it to the right corner for Mitchel Deelstra. He would place a perfect pass to the deep slot to Grayson Valente, who put a quick release on goal that was stopped by Grant, but the rebound dropped at the back post for Ryan Miotto, who hammered it home to make it 2-1 Bulldogs at 1:03 of the third. The Bulldogs had two great chances with just over nine minutes to play, but Jack Grant robbed Keaton Mastrodonato and Mitchel Deelstra on back to back instances to keep it a one-goal game. The Capitals would then push hard over the next two or three minutes, with Hawthorne coming up with a handful of solid saves, with two of the highlight reel variety on one-time set ups to the door step on both Brady Lynn and Luc Wilson to protect the lead. The Bulldogs would get some insurance a minute later, with Hawthorne pucking a puck ahead with his blocker to Ryan Miotto up the right wing. He then perfectly placed a saucer pass to Mitchel Deelstra, who made no mistake on the breakaway picking the top corner high over the glove of Grant to make it 3-1 Bulldogs at 16:40 of the third. The Capitals would gamble and pull their goalie a minute later, but the Bulldogs sealed the deal immediately as Grayson Valente blocked a shot at the net and skated it all the way out of the zone up the left wing to just short of centre ice where he hit the empty net to make it 4-1 at 17:43 of the third, with Ryan Moon drawing the lone assist to complete the scoring.


Third period shots were 15-8 Capitals for a game total of 38-32 in their favour. John Hawthorne earned 1st star honours with the win, while Jack Grant took the loss while earning 3rd star honours. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play, the Capitals went 1 for 2.


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


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Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight *6:00pm start*


It's the only game on the schedule this weekend for the Bulldogs (10-20-1-0, T-4th Island) as they visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals (8-19-4-1, T-4th Island) for the first time since the opening night of the season.


The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped a 5-3 heartbreaker to the Coquitlam Express.


This is the Capitals third game already this week - they were in Victoria last night, where they dropped their second straight decision 5-3 to the Grizzlies. The Capitals led 3-1 after 40 minutes, only to have Victoria score twice on the power play in the first seven minutes of the third to tie it, before netting the winner with under five minutes to play. They also played Tuesday night at home, where they fell 4-0 to the Powell River Kings


Tonight will be the fourth head-to-head meeting between the teams. The Capitals have won two of three, and the last two - most recently by a 4-1 score at the Multiplex on November 13th. The previous meeting was a 4-0 Capitals road win on September 15th. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 3-2 in a shoot out on September 7th 




Note the game time of 6:00pm. That means 93.3 The Peak's Bulldogs Hockey brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet is on the air starting with the pregame show at 5:45. I'll handle the hosting and provide the play-by-play, while Bruce MacDonald will be on hand to give game analysis and add colour commentary. 
In the second intermission tonight we'll run another edition of The Island Division This week, a compilation of recaps, previews and highlights from the respective voices of the Island teams. As always, it's courtesy of Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers on 106.9 The Wolf. 


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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Dogs blow 3-0 lead, fall 5-3 to Express




The Bulldogs and Express both began the game with good energy, with the Bulldogs having the best early chance on a Jackson Doucet net drive, followed by the Express earning a couple of chances on the rush. John Hawthorne and Kolby Matthews were solid in the respective nets to keep it scoreless through the middle of the period. The Bulldogs were penalized on a Mackenzie Wight hit, and the Express threatened but Hawthorne was solid when required to keep it tied. The Bulldogs then took the lead on the rush as Keaton Mastrodonato intercepted an Express pass in the Bulldog zone and immediately attacked with speed on the rush. Mastrodonato would outlet to Jackson Doucet who carried it wide up the left side into the Express zone, before putting a perfect cross-crease pass onto the tape of Mastrodonato who deflty one-touch deflected it high over Matthews to make it 1-0 at 10:37 of the first. The score stayed that way with Hawthorne again making a handful of good saves to protect the lead, until the final seconds of the period when Jackson Doucet tapped a loose puck below the goal line to Keaton Mastrodonato, who made a perfect pass to the deep slot for Grayson Valente, who made no mistake with a quick release high far side over the glove of Matthews to make it 2-0 Bulldogs at 19:43 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 14-8 Express.


The Bulldogs built their lead early in the second on the power play, as they made at least three good plays to win races on loose pucks to keep the zone alive. Jackson Doucet would make a pass from the top of the left circle down low at the side of the net for Keaton Mastrodonato, who put a perfect cross-ice feed through the slot for Aaron Bohlinger, who one-timed it home short side before Matthews could recover to make it 3-0 at 1:33 of the second. The big lead might have been the worst thing that could've happened for the Bulldogs, or the best thing that could've happened to the Express, as they spend the next handful of minutes carrying the play and generating chances in the Bulldog zone. They would cash in on the rush to get on the board as Danny Pearson beat his man to the net and deflected a pass to the top of the crease from Joshua Wildauer up and over Hawthorne to make it 3-1, with Henry Rybinski also drawing an assist at 5:11 of the second. The Express continued to push, with Hawthorne being solid on a couple of great chances. Matthews was solid at the other end when the Bulldogs generated chances on the rush catching the Express pushing. Matthews came up with a big save on a short-handed breakaway chance by Dawson Tritt to keep it a two-goal game with Ryan Miotto in the box for body checking. The Express scored at the other end less than a minute later when Regan Kimens found the five-hole on a rolling puck to make it 3-2, with assists to Christian Sanda and Henry Rybinski at 15:10 of the second. Shots in the period were 17-14 Express, for a 31-22 advantage in their favour after 40 minutes.


The third period saw the Express continue to have the edge in the play, with Hawthorne being busy but razor sharp to protect the lead to the midway point of the period. The Express would be awarded a power play opportunity that changed the game a minute later though, as it was 3-3 on a quick set up just 13 seconds into the power play that saw Henry Rybinski set up Dallas Farrell in the left corner. He made a perfect cross-crease feed to Regan Kimens at the backdoor, where he made no mistake in one-timing it up and over Hawthorne at 11:00 of the third. The Express would continue to push earning a power play a couple minutes later, but Hawthorne kept it tied into the dying minutes. The Bulldogs also had their chances for the go-ahead goal, with Mitchel Deelstra hitting the crossbar and being unable to convert a breakaway with the puck bouncing on him in the slot. Dawson Tritt would also have a great chance on the doorstep, but Matthews got his left toe on it to keep it tied. The Bulldogs would then surrender a backbreaking goal that stood up as the winner with just over a minute to play, as a Bulldog defender misplayed a puck in his feet that the Express found in the right corner. All three Bulldog forwards were already gone out of the defensive zone, as Regan Kimens walked to the net and slid it home through the legs of Hawthorne to complete the natural hat trick to make it 4-3 at 18:52 of the third, with Connor Gregga drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs would earn an attacking zone faceoff with 58 seconds remaining and took their time out and pulled Hawthorne but lost the ensuing draw and the following battle for the puck and couldn't generate a chance before the Express sealed the deal into the empty net as Joshua Wildauer was found alone over the Bulldog line by Danny Pearson to make it a 5-3 final at 19:37 of the third to complete the scoring.


Shots in the third were 19-5 Coquitlam, for a game total of 50-27 with Kolby Matthews earning the win while John Hawthorne earned third star honours while taking the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 1 on the power play, while the Express went 2 for 5.


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Bulldogs return home to host Express to conclude weekend



It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, and the third game in two and a half days for both of them, as the Bulldogs (10-18-1-0, T-4th Island) return home this afternoon to host the Coquitlam Express (16-11-1-0, 3rd Mainland) for a 2:00pm puck drop. 

The Bulldogs were in Powell River last night, where they snapped a three game losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the Kings. They were also in Powell River Friday night, where they lost 5-3 to the Kings. The Express began their Island road trip Friday in Victoria, where they lost their sixth straight, 10-6 to the Grizzlies. they were in Nanaimo last night, where they snapped a six game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Clippers.




We'll be live from the Multiplex on 93.3 The Peak FM starting at 1:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 2:00pm on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey Broadcasts. Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary an adds analysis while I call the play-by-play.

Catch another edition of the Island Division This Week in the second intermission. It's produced by Clippers play-by-play voice Dan Marshall of 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, and is a compilation of the Island Division broadcasters providing highlights, previews and recaps of the week that was and the week coming up



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Saturday, December 01, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Dogs stage two-goal third period comeback to top Kings 3-2 in overtime





The Bulldogs earned a power play inside the first 30 seconds of the game, and came painfully close on two instances to open the score as a Dawson Tritt deflection and a second opportunity later in the power play went through Matteo Paler-Chow but missed the open net behind him trickling wide. The Bulldogs continued to push the pace and have an extra jump to their step to win races to pucks and board battles, resulting in another power play at the middle of the first. They didn't threaten on this one for the most part, as the Kings efficiently killed it off. The Bulldogs continued to have an edge throughout the period, again earning a power play in the late stages after the line of Mackenzie Wight, Evan Googins and Tanner Pochipinski won a series of battles in the Kings zone. The power play was again similar to the previous opportunity, with the Kings killing it off with ease and earning momentum, while the Bulldogs spent the next couple of minutes on their heels in their zone, with Cole Demers coming up with a couple of good saves to keep it scoreless. The Kings earned their first power play of the game late in the period, but the Bulldogs killed it off to the buzzer without giving up much. Shots after the first were 11-8 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs killed off the remaining 40 plus seconds of the power play to open the second without giving up anything, but were again promptly penalized seconds later on a needless slash 200 feet from their own net. It would end up in the back of it quickly as Ben Thomas put a pass to just outside the crease for Ethan Schmunk, who drew two defenders and Demers to him before putting a cross-ice feed onto the tape of Josh Coblenz, who made no mistake in hitting the empty net to make it 1-0 Kings at 1:28 of the second. The Bulldogs responded well to the goal against, pushing back to get several opportunities of their own on goal, but Matteo Paler-Chow made a great save on a Ryan Miotto one-timer from the slot on a Dawson Tritt set up to protect the lead. The Kings drew another power play at the midway point of the period, but the Bulldogs killed it off to keep it a one-goal game. Another power play was one-too-many later in the period, as Jayden Lee put a pass down the left wing for Christian Buono, who found Ryan Brushett with a cross-ice pass that he wristed home high, short-side over the glove of Demers to make it 2-0 at 15:04 of the second. The Bulldogs drew a penalty later in the period, and then tempers flared when Aaron Bohlinger was hit from behind by Ryan Pouliot. Despite the Bulldogs not going after Pouliot for retribution for throwing the hit, in the ensuing dust-up they were given an extra penalty which prevented them from going on a 5 on 3 power play. They would look very dangerous on the short 4 on 3 power play that ensued, with Matteo Paler-Chow making two or three solid saves on cross-ice one-timer set ups to keep it 2-0. The Bulldogs were soon afterwards penalized for high-sticking, bringing about a faceoff with one second left on the clock in the Bulldog zone. Tempers would further flare at the buzzer, as Mackenzie Wight went to one knee to block and shot attempt on the draw, and when he was down he was cross-checked in the head by Christian Buono that he didn't appreciate, but no penalties were called on the play. Shots in the period were 13-13, for a 24-21 Bulldog advantage after 40 minutes.

The third period began with the Kings on a 4 on 3 power play for 24 seconds, with Mackenzie Wight coming up with two fearless shot blocks. A minute and change of four-on-four hockey followed, before a short Bulldog power play resumed due to the major penalty. They would finally find the net on it, as Ryan Miotto fought a faceoff back to the left point with his skate for Darren Rizzolo. He would simply put a low shot on net with a quick release, where it Dawson Tritt potted the rebound off his own deflection past Paler-Chow to make it 2-1 at 3:15 of the third. The teams traded chances over the next couple of minutes, with Cole Demers coming up with a huge save on a broken play that ended up cross-ice on the tape of Ben Thomas, as Demers stayed with him and did the slits to get his glove up to keep it a one-goal game. That would prove huge as just two minutes later the Bulldogs tied it up, with Mitchel Deelstra racing to force a turnover in the Kings zone off the stick of Mitch Williams that Dawson Tritt picked off to walk into the top of the right circle, where he snapped it home short-side off the post and in past the glove of Paler-Chow to make it 2-2, un-assisted at 13:12 of the third. Third period shots were 10-6 Bulldogs, for a 34-27 advantage after 60 minutes.


Overtime ended quickly, with the Bulldogs having the first chance but being unable to connect on a 2 on 1. The Kings had a chance at the other end, on a broken play bouncing off the post and staying out. Marcus Walter would block a wrap around attempt at the side of the net, resulting in a long 2 on 1 saw Keaton Mastrodonato accept a Jackson Doucet pass up the ring wing over the Powell River line where he gave it back to him with a perfect pass for a breakaway that he deked on the forehand inside the post for the game winner and the 3-2 final.

Final shots were 34-27 Bulldogs, with Cole Demers earning 2nd star honours with the win, while Matteo Paler-Chow picked up 3rd star honours while taking the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Kings were 2 for 5.

With the win, the Bulldogs snap their losing streak at three games, and a six game road losing streak.

They are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Coquitlam Express.


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Bulldogs, Kings meet again tonight *5:00 start*




It's the second meeting between these teams in a matter of hours, as the Bulldogs (9-19-1-0, T-4th Island) visit the Kings (17-2-0-0, 2nd Island) for a 5:00pm puck puck drop at the Hap Parker Arena.

The Kings won the opener of this two game set last night by a 5-3 score, running their win streak to four and sending the Bulldogs to their third straight loss.



I'll bring all the action to you on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, presented by Pacific Chevrolet. The pregame show gets on the air at 4:45, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 5:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Eddie Gregory, play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow at 2:00pm for the first meeting of the season between the teams.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Dogs drop third straight, 5-3 to Kings



The Bulldogs earned a power play just two minutes into the game on a neutral zone trip caused by a nice move by Dawson Tritt. They did get a couple of pucks on net, but also made a couple of unforced errors to allow the Kings easy clears. The Bulldogs would open the scoring just over four minutes into the game, when Evan Googins walked from behind the goal line up the right side and across the blue line before dishing off to Marcus Walter on the left half-wall. He would put a cross-crease feed onto the tape of Mackenzie Wight, who one-timed it home to make it 1-0 at 4:35 of the first. The lead didn't last long, as it was 1-1 two minutes later when Jayden Lee made a nice move to make a defender miss in the slot. He would walk in tight and be stopped by John Hawthorne, but he found his own rebound and one-timed it home blocker side at 6:43 of the first, from Ryan Brushett and Ryan Pouliot. The Bulldogs pushed back later in the period, with a series of shifts spent in the attacking zone, but couldn't take the lead. The Kings would go up 2-1 late in the period on the rush, as Josh Coblenz picked up a loose puck at the Bulldog line and was allowed to walk in tight where he used a defenceman as a screen and put a perfect shot past the ear of Hawthorne and under the crossbar to make it 2-1, with Ben Thomas and Matthew Byrne assisting at 18:09 of the first. The Bulldogs earned a power play on the following rush, and made quick work of it as Ryan Miotto accepted an Aaron Bohlinger pass at centre and dished off to Jackson Doucet up the left wing. He made a quick pass at the line for Dawson Tritt, and then took a return pass at the left point. Doucet would then walk in to the top of the left circle where he snapped a quick release low through the legs of Adamyk to tie it at 2-2 at 19:08 of the first. Shots after 20 minutes were 13-10 Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs got in penalty trouble early in the second, with a couple of what I thought were soft ones after Ethan Jones had been tripped up earlier in the period. The Bulldogs fought through it, killing off a 30 second long 5 on 3 power play for the Kings, and the following penalty. They would earn a power play chance of their own a few minutes later, and again made it count as Marcus Walter walked down the right side before feeding Ethan Jones below the goal line. He would carry it behind the net and out the far side, before putting a perfect pass onto the tape of Mitchel Deelstra in the left side of the slot where he ripped a quick release far-side off the post and in high past the glove of Adamyk to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 6:22 of the second. The Bulldogs would protect the lead with two penalty kills consecutively in the following minutes, doing a good job of supporting Hawthorne and clearing pucks in front. Keaton Mastrodonato would race in alone on a shorthanded breakaway, but he couldn't beat Mitch Adamyk on the backhand as it stayed 3-2 Bulldogs after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 13-7 Kings, for a 23-20 Kings advantage after two periods.


The Kings earned another power play early in the third, on another tough one to take as Mackenzie Wight attempted to check Josh Coblenz, who saw him coming and jumped out of the way and fell down with Wight being called for tripping. The Kings would score what was for all intents and purposes a power play marker to tie the game on it, a second after the opportunity elapsed as Ryan Brushett accepted a rink-wide pass up the right side where he walked in on a partial breakaway to the right faceoff dot where he blew a slapper high far-side over Hawthorne's blocker to tie it at 3-3, with Jayden Lee assisting at 5:03 of the third. The Bulldogs were again almost immediately penalized on a stick check from behind, and the Kings scored the go ahead goal on it as a rink-wide pass was accepted in the top of the right circle where he put a wrist shot past the blocker of a screened Hawthorne to make it 4-3, with no assists given at 7:56 of the third. The Bulldogs put up a valiant attempt to get back into it into the dying minutes, winning a long battle in the corner in the Kings zone with under two minutes to play, but couldn't generate the equalizer before allowing a backbreaker as Josh Coblenz accepted a pass across the Bulldog line and skated in alone where he beat Hawthorne five-hole to complete the hat trick for the 5-3 final at 18:50 of the third, with Matthew Byrne drawing the lone assist.


Third period shots were 7-3 Kings, for a game total of 30-23 in their favour with Mitch Adamyk earning the win while John Hawthorne took the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 3 on the power play, the Kings went 1 for 7.

The teams meet again tomorrow night, a 5:00pm puck drop.


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